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Citizens denied vote in Lexington.

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When the Urban County Council voted to seek public control of Lexington’s water utility, the German conglomerate RWE helped elect to the Council candidates who would reverse the decision. Then, when citizens gathered 28,000 signatures to put the issue to a public vote—far more than the 18,300 needed—RWE sued. Not satisfied with controlling just the water system, RWE has attempted to control citizens’ voting rights as well.

But BluegrassFLOW (For Local Ownership of Water) and LUVLexington (Let Us Vote) continue to prove that local ownership is in the public’s interest. They won the lawsuit, and are confident that they will win RWE’s appeal.

Now, community activists are gearing up for the decisive November 8 vote. Joined by three Green Corps organizers, those supporting local ownership of water are building a powerful grassroots movement. They have organized phonebanks, neighborhood walks, and literature drops to raise awareness and to get out the vote. In Lexington, there’s no stopping the FLOW!

For more information see Bluegrass FLOW's website, and Let Us Vote Lexington.

In the news:
Sept 17: Fayette water vote upheld on appeal
Sept 14: RWE is fighting skip to high court
Aug 30: Kentucky American appeals: 'We continue to believe the law is on our side'
Aug 27: Judge OKs water vote this fall
Aug 20: A sketch of the world's water conglomerates
August 9: RWE true to form
August 22: Water war hostilities are about to resume
August 20: World's water conglomerates 
August 1: Don't let RWE distort referendum 
July 14: Kentucky American sues to block vote
June 13: RWE doesn't have city's interests at heart 
June 8: Legal hassling - Don't force citizens to sue city for water vote
May 22: Getting to know RWE - Local utility a cog in hardball game
April 29: American Water sub sues Kentucky for Rate Increase
February 28: PSC rules on Kentucky-American Water rate request 

August 26: Water firm's plan: courts, PR, politics

August 12: Conglomerates see gold in water

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