National Environmental Group Endorses Cathy Kunkel for Congress

September 22, 2020

Kunkel will fight for access to clean water for all West Virginians

For Immediate Release

The national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing Cathy Kunkel to represent West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

Kunkel has been fighting for her community for years. As a founder of the statewide grassroots group Rise Up WV, she created a platform for West Virginians’ voices to be heard over those of corporations. Kunkel also led the movement to ensure safe drinking water for Charleston residents following the 2014 Elk River chemical spill. While she was out organizing, Kunkel has also been a leading researcher in the economics and finances of the fossil fuel industry, authoring reports that have exposed serious flaws in the myth that a privately-owned, fossil fuel-based economy serves Americans.

Food & Water Action Political Director Sam Bernhardt issued the following statement:

“Cathy Kunkel has everything a member of Congress needs. As a community organizer, Cathy has spent years listening to and empowering her community. As a leader in researching the fossil fuel industry, she has a deep understanding of what’s wrong with the nation’s energy system and how to fix it.”

In races across the country, Food & Water Action is backing bold leaders committed to taking on the most pressing public health, environmental and climate challenges of our time. In June, the group helped climate champions Mondaire Jones and Jamaal Bowman cruise to victory in their New York congressional races.

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Food & Water Action Endorses Jen Metzger for NY State Senate

September 16, 2020

 

For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Jen Metzger for Senate in the 42nd District.

Metzger won the endorsement based on her firm commitment to moving New York to 100% renewable energy, stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover.

“Jen Metzger is a proven climate leader with a track record of real accomplishments in the fight to move off fossil fuels to renewable energy,” said Food & Water Action organizer Emily Skydel. “Metzger helped win New York’s ban on fracking in 2014, and as a newly elected state senator she was the leader this year in making that ban the law.  Metzger has been a true champion in the fight against dirty fossil fuel infrastructure, helping stop the Pilgrim Pipelines and opposing the Danskammer power plant. Food & Water Action enthusiastically endorses Metzger’s re-election campaign.”

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Food & Water Action Endorses Pete Harckham for Senate

September 9, 2020

 

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Pete Harckham for re-election to the Senate in the 40th District of New York.

Harckham earned the endorsement based on his continued commitment to halting all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including the proposed Danskammer fracked gas expansion, as well as supporting the statewide shift to public ownership of our utilities and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover.

“Pete is exactly the leader the Lower Hudson Valley needs right now to tackle the climate crisis and ensure private polluters don’t control our energy policy,” said Food & Water Action organizer Santosh Nandabalan. “At a time when Westchester County has faced Con Edison’s gas moratorium, and we’ve seen the damage from tropical storms and hurricanes, we need a senator in the 40th District who will take the fossil fuel industry head on, fight for public power and win a Green New Deal for New York. We’re proud to stand by Pete in his run for re-election.”

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Food & Water Action Endorses Karen Smythe for Senate

September 9, 2020

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Karen Smythe for Senate in the 41st Senate District of New York.

Smythe won the endorsement based on her firm commitment to moving New York to 100% renewable energy, stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover. 

“Karen Smythe is the climate leader the Hudson Valley needs and deserves right now to meet the most pressing issue of our time,” said Food & Water Action organizer Emily Skydel. “We need a leader in the 41st District who will put the people of the Hudson Valley ahead of the oil and gas industry. We’re prepared to fight for Karen because we know she’s ready to take the fight to corporate polluters.” 

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Food & Water Action Endorses Ed Markey for U.S. Senate

August 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Food & Water Action, the political affiliate of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, has endorsed Ed Markey (D-Ma) for U.S. Senate. 

The endorsement is based on Senator Markey’s long track record of service on issues that are priorities for the organization, including a ban on fracking, bold climate change action, protecting public water and sustainable agricultural practices. 

Food & Water Action has more than 21,000 members and supporters in Massachusetts, and plans to mobilize its statewide network to turn out voters ahead of the September 1st primary. 

Upon announcing the endorsement, Food & Water Action Political Director Sam Bernhardt issued the following statement: 

“Massachusetts needs Ed Markey in the Senate to lead on climate action and protect our food and water from corporate interests. Throughout his years of public service, Senator Markey has demonstrated a deep commitment to the needs of his constituents and ordinary Americans.

“Our future literally depends on electing strong leaders like Ed Markey to the Senate. He has made climate action a centerpiece of his career, and we need his continued leadership in the U.S. Senate. We are thrilled to endorse Ed’s campaign and to mobilize our supporters to get out the vote in this critical race.”

Contact: Peter Hart – phart[@]fwwatch[dot]org

Hillsborough Candidates Pushing for 100% Renewable Energy are Endorsed by Food & Water Action

August 10, 2020

Endorsements for Commissioner Pat Kemp and Sky White

Tampa, FL — Today, Food & Water Action announced the organization’s endorsement of County Commissioner Pat Kemp (seeking reelection in District 6) and Sky White (running in District 3), two candidates for the Hillsborough County Commission. FWA is currently working to get the Tampa City Council to approve a measure to go 100% renewable energy by 2030, and plan to get the Hillsborough County Commission to do the same. Both candidates are fierce climate advocates and have voiced their intentions to prioritize climate action once in office. 

Commissioner Pat Kemp has been the leading voice in fighting for renewable energy access during her past 4 years on the Commission. She has demonstrated her commitment to fighting for an end to fossil fuels by speaking out against TECO’s proposal to convert the Big Bend coal-fired power plant to fracked gas and calling on DeSantis’ Administration to instead put resources towards renewable energy. 

Sky White has run a grassroots campaign for the District 3 County Commissioner seat. She has repeatedly stated her commitment to a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy. As a longtime community organizer, White knows how to meaningfully engage with residents in the democratic process.

“Pat Kemp and Sky White know we don’t have time to waste when it comes to facilitating a transition to 100% renewable energy here in Hillsborough County,” says Michelle Allen, Florida State Director for Food & Water Action. “We are proud to endorse the candidates for Hillsborough County Commission we believe will make the biggest impact to avert climate disaster.”

ContactJorja Rose, jrose[at]fwwatch[dot]org, (202) 683-2483