Food & Water Action Endorses Eric Stamps For Virginia State Assembly

October 16, 2019

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Contact:
 Jorja Rose, [email protected], 202-683-2483

Richmond, VA – Food & Water Action is endorsing Eric Stamps in the race for Virginia State Assembly in the 14th District. Eric Stamps was born and raised in Danville and has advocated to improve the economy for parts of Pittsylvania and Henry County that have not seen the same job growth as other parts of Virginia. His own challenges with navigating the health care system to address issues with his vocal muscles taught him how difficult access can be. That’s why Stamps wants to ensure automatic enrollment for Virginia’s new Medicaid expansion, raise the minimum wage, and ensure that affordable housing is available in Southeastern Virginia.

Stamps, who founded Indivisible Southside, has long been a fierce environmental advocate. He has been a vocal opponent of the proposed Mountain Valley Southgate gas pipeline that would threaten the region’s drinking water. His campaign platform emphasizes the need for a fast and equitable transition to clean and renewable energy via an ambitious energy plan that would get Virginia to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035.

“Eric Stamps is the kind of voice we need in the Virginia State Assembly,” says Jorge Aguilar, senior organizer at Food & Water Action. “With his leadership and that of other champions like him, we hope to get Virginia on track for a clean and renewable energy transition by the year 2035, as well as a fast shutdown of all fossil fuel infrastructure that plagues communities across the state.”

Verlinda Reynolds-Jackson Endorsed by Food & Water Action 

October 15, 2019

For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Verlinda Reynolds-Jackson for re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in the 15th District.

Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson is committed to fighting for our climate and our future, as well as fighting for clean water for all and robust funding for our public drinking water systems.

Reynolds-Jackson is ready to stand up to the fossil fuel industry’s attempts to pollute New Jersey’s air and water. She also supports the goal of rapidly transitioning New Jersey to 100% renewable energy from wind and solar.

“Verlinda Reynolds-Jackson knows that we must protect New Jersey’s climate future by getting off fossil fuels,” said Junior Romero, Organizer with Food & Water Action. “We need advocates like Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson in Trenton who will do what it takes to protect clean air and water and a livable climate for all New Jersey residents.”

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Food & Water Action mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Jamel Holley Endorsed by Food & Water Action for New Jersey Assembly

October 15, 2019

For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Jamel Holley for re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 20th District.

Assemblyman Holley is committed to fighting for our climate and our future, as well as fighting for clean water for all and adequate funding for our public drinking water systems.

Holley considers environmental justice to be one of the most pressing issues facing New Jersey residents, and he has a record of standing up to the fossil fuel industry’s attempts to pollute our air and water. Last year, he co-sponsored legislation to ban the treatment and disposal of toxic fracking waste, and he also supports the goal of rapidly transitioning the state to 100% renewable energy from wind and solar.

“Jamel Holley knows that in order to protect our climate and our future, New Jersey has no time to waste in getting off fossil fuels,” said Food & Water Action organizer Junior Romero. “We need advocates like Assemblyman Holley in Trenton, who will do what it takes to protect clean air and water and a livable climate for all New Jersey residents.”

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Food & Water Action mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Clinton Calabrese Endorsed by Food & Water Action for New Jersey Assembly

October 15, 2019

Food & Water Action, the political lobbying arm of Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Clinton Calabrese for re-election to the State Assembly representing the 36th legislative district.

When news broke that a massive new fracked gas power plant was being proposed in the Meadowlands, Assemblyman Calabrese was among the very first elected officials who met with Food & Water Action and local residents to discuss our concerns. The proposed location for the plant is just across the border from his community of Ridgefield, putting him and tens of thousands of his constituents immediately down-wind of the plant’s pollution plume.

Assemblyman Calabrese and his staff listened diligently to our concerns and the concerns of his constituents, ranging from increased air pollution and truck traffic to environmental contamination and public safety. Eventually, Calabrese issued a strong statement of opposition to the power plant, becoming only the second legislator in the state to take a public stand against it.

In addition to his bold stance against the Meadowlands power plant, Assemblyman Calabrese has demonstrated ongoing courage in the fight for a healthy and livable climate future. He has introduced and co-sponsored aggressive clean energy legislation, endorsed the call for a moratorium on all fossil fuel projects, and joined hundreds of students and local residents in the “March For Our Lungs” in May.

“Opposing a major fossil fuel project in New Jersey takes real political courage. The leadership of the private construction unions spend huge sums of money to influence our local, county and state elections, so Assemblyman Calabrese is to be commended for standing up for the health of our communities and a safe, livable climate,” said Food & Water Action organizer Cassandra Worthington. 

Calabrese is also committed to fight for clean and affordable public water for all, and is the primary sponsor on legislation that would ban toxic fracking waste from being dumped in our New Jersey communities and waterways.

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Food & Water Action mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Christine Clarke Endorsed by Food & Water Action for New Jersey Assembly

October 15, 2019

For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political lobbying arm of the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Christine Clarke’s campaign for Assembly in the 26th Legislative District.

Clarke is a longtime environmental advocate and grassroots organizer committed to taking her extensive knowledge to Trenton to champion bold solutions to our climate crisis.

Clarke serves as a local leader with the Climate Reality Project and volunteers with countless civic and environmental organizations. She has served in leading roles within the People’s Climate Movement, The New Jersey March for Science, and as an honorary adviser to the NGO committee on sustainable development.  Clarke also serves as the chair of the Jefferson Township Democratic Committee, and has a proven track record of building the kind of popular movement necessary to make our democracy work for people and the planet, not just corporate profits.

“If we’re going to take on massive climate polluters, transition the state to 100% renewables, and protect clean and affordable public drinking water for all, we need champions like Christine Clarke fighting for us in the New Jersey legislature,” said Food & Water Action organizer Matt Smith. “Christine Clarke has committed to champion bold policies like an immediate moratorium on fossil fuel expansion projects, as well as a rapid and fair transition to clean renewable energy.  These are exactly the kind of solutions we need in the fight to protect clean water and a livable climate future.”

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Food & Water Action mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

As Wildfire Rages, Governor Newsom Must Shut Aliso Canyon Gas Facility to Protect Families

October 11, 2019
In June 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom promises Food & Water Action support Jane Fowler that he's working to shut down Aliso Canyon.
In June 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom promises Food & Water Action support Jane Fowler that he’s working to shut down Aliso Canyon.

Porter Ranch—More than 25,000 homes have been evacuated in Porter Ranch and the surrounding communities due to danger from the Saddleridge wildfire. The flames have reached the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, the site of the worst gas blowout in US history in October 2015. In response, Food & Water Action California State Director Alexandra Nagy issued this statement:

“As the Saddleridge Fire rages through Aliso Canyon storage facility we fear the worst for our friends, colleagues and neighbors. As homes are on fire in Porter Ranch and Granada Hills, the blaze at the gas storage facility is sending toxins into the atmosphere. We are enraged that Governor Newsom has dragged his feet on closing Aliso Canyon storage facility, despite repeated promises to protect the community.

“As the fourth anniversary of the blowout at Aliso Canyon approaches in just days, families should not once again face this threat—one that could have been avoided if the governor and state regulators took timely action to shut the facility. It is not too late for Governor Newsom to protect the health and safety of local families and shut down Aliso Canyon immediately.”

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