Food & Water Action Releases Pennsylvania State Legislative Endorsements

February 26, 2020

Group is Supporting Candidates Taking Strongest Climate Stance


Philadelphia, PA — Food & Water Action will build on Pennsylvania’s wave of anti-fracking and pro-renewable grassroots energy by endorsing eleven candidates for Pennsylvania’s state legislature in 2020.

In 2018, Food & Water Action played a key role in sending a new class of climate champions to Harrisburg. State Representatives like Elizabeth Fiedler, Danielle Friel Otten, Summer Lee, and Sara Innamorato took strong stances on a range of issues, including opposing Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan, which would lock the state into at least 20 more years of fracking.

Food & Water Action will work to grow this group of progressive champions by endorsing candidates who are committed to:

  • Halting construction of pipelines and polluting cracker plants, and envisioning an end to the fracking industry in Pennsylvania
  • Moving Pennsylvania towards 100% renewable energy by 2035
  • Opposing Restore Pennsylvania, which will lock Pennsylvania into 20 more years of fracking
  • Backing an economic development plan that brings jobs, community wealth and economic self-reliance to our state
  • Expanding Pennsylvania’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry
  • Rejecting all contributions from the fossil fuel industry by signing the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge

“We are endorsing a group of candidates who will stand strong against the fossil fuel industry,” said Sam Bernhardt, Food & Water Action’s Political Director. “Acknowledging that climate change is real, but failing to take substantive action needed to get us off fracking, is simply a new form of climate denialism. These candidates will fight to enact policies to reign in climate change and protect our food and water.”

Food & Water Action is endorsing the following candidates:

Summer Lee for State House District 34

In 2018, Summer Lee ran for State Representative on a platform of stopping the fracking well proposed in her densely-populated district just outside of Pittsburgh. Not only did she win her election as a first time candidate— she then played a key role in stopping the fracking well that threatened her community’s air and water. Summer will no doubt continue fighting for the Mon Valley communities she represents, which have faced decades of environmental injustice.

Angela Prattis for State House District 159

Angela Prattis is a community leader, mother, and Township Councilwoman. Angela gained national notoriety when she had to fight her local government for the right to serve free lunch to hungry children in her community. Angela won that fight, and then won her race for township council. Angela’s family and community is burdened by far too many environmental injustices. Chester is home to two of the most polluting incinerators in the country. Angela can see one of the facilities from her front door, and she and her family members have asthma. House District 159 also hosts two refineries and the Mariner East pipeline. Angela will fight to bring a Green New Deal to a region that has been unfairly burdened with pollution and safety threats stemming from a legacy of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Ginny Kerslake for State House District 167

Ever since Sunoco contaminated her neighbor’s water three years ago while building their Mariner East pipeline system, Ginny Kerslake has been an inspiring leader in the fight to protect Chester County from this dangerous corporation. This tenacity and commitment will make her a great State Representative. Ginny will fight for sustainable communities for all Pennsylvanians.

Nikil Saval for State Senate District 1

Nikil Saval is a father, writer and community organizer who has been fighting for working families and the environment for many years. In 2016, Nikil co-founded Reclaim Philadelphia, a grassroots organization that has played a key role in electing several climate champions. Nikil is running for State Senate District 1, which covers much of Center City and South Philadelphia, including the former property of the South Philadelphia refinery, which was shuttered in 2019 after a massive explosion. Nikil will fight for a Green New Deal that will simultaneously revitalize local economies and take us off fossil fuels.

Brett Burman for State Senate District 9

Brett Burman is a Delaware County community leader who has been a fierce advocate for our environment and public education. Brett has been a leader in the fight against the Mariner East pipeline system, which runs through a broad swath of the 9th State Senate District. In 2019, Brett led the effort to pass a resolution through the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee calling for a moratorium on construction of the pipeline. If elected, Brett would be the first out LGBTQ State Senator in Pennsylvania’s history.

Rick Krajewski for State House District 188

Rick Krajewski is a tireless advocate for justice. Like Nikil Saval, Rick is a leader of Reclaim Philadelphia, where he has focused on criminal justice reform. Now running for a State House District covering part of West Philadelphia, Rick is all in for a Green New Deal that will ban fracking, among other strong progressive platform planks.

Tara Zrinski for State House District 138

Tara Zrinski has been working with Food & Water Action for nearly a decade, advocating for a halt to fracking and stopping the PennEast pipeline. In 2017, Tara was elected to Northampton County Council, where she has fought to preserve open space and stop sludge spreading. Now, she’s ready to step up to the next level, running to flip her Republican-held State House district.

Danielle Friel Otten for State House District 155

Danielle Friel Otten won her State House race in 2018 running as a first-time candidate on a platform of shutting down the Mariner East pipeline, which runs less than 100 feet from her home. Danielle’s victory, and her presence in Harrisburg, have changed the narrative of fracking industry domination of the state government. She led the charge to oppose Restore Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf’s flagship legislation which would entrench fracking in the state for another 20 years.

Sara Innamorato for State House District 21

Innamorato was a consistent voice for protecting the health and safety of Pennsylvania communities from fracking during her first term in Harrisburg. Responding to the emerging cancer crisis facing fracked communities in southwest Pennsylvania, Sara went on a tour of frontline communities, was a presence at community meetings and called on Governor Wolf for a thorough investigation of the crisis.

Elizabeth Fiedler for State House District 184

Elizabeth Fiedler proved in her first term as a State Representative that she’s there to fight for what’s right. Elizabeth fought Restore PA, advocated for a Green New Deal, and called for justice after the explosion at the South Philadelphia refinery, which is less than a mile from Elizabeth’s South Philly district.

Adrienne Redd for State House District 154

Adrienne is a longtime climate activist running to replace retiring climate champion State Rep. Steve McCarter as he steps out of his Montgomery County seat. Adrienne is the most progressive candidate in the field, and will call out the regressive policies being pushed forward by both Democratic and Republican party leaders.



Arati Kreibich Endorsed by National Environmental Advocacy Group in New Jersey Congressional Race

January 13, 2020

Arati Kreibich New Jersey CD-5

For Immediate Release: January 13, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The national advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing Arati Kreibich in her campaign to win the Democratic primary to represent New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional district.

Kreibich is challenging incumbent Rep. Josh Gottheimer, who won the seat in 2016.

Kreibich is currently a council member in Glen Rock and has been a staunch grassroots ally in the fight against new polluting fossil fuel infrastructure projects. Unlike Gottheimer, she has committed to supporting a strong Green New Deal, and has staked out strong positions on environmental justice and clean water issues.

Kreibich was part of the community effort that transitioned Glen Rock to 100% clean renewable energy through the creation of a community choice aggregation program. She also championed a municipal resolution opposing the plan to build a massive gas-fired Meadowlands power plant. Gottheimer remained silent on the issue, despite the fact that over a dozen municipalities in his district passed resolutions opposing the project. Gottheimer has drawn criticism over his unwillingness to hold town hall meetings to hear directly from constituents.

Gottheimer’s voting record in Congress makes him one of the strongest supporters of the Trump agenda on the Democratic side; in the 115th Congress, he voted with the White House over 50 percent of the time. In 2017, Gottheimer was one of a small number of Democrats who voted in favor of the Midnight Rules Relief Act, which would have made it easier for the Trump administration to roll back critical ozone regulations and truck emissions rules, as well as water quality standards.

“Crafting bold, aggressive climate policy is the foremost challenge of the next decade, and we need leaders like Arati Kreibich in Congress to make that happen,” said Matt Smith, Food & Water Action’s New Jersey state director. “Arati Kreibich has been fighting dirty energy projects here in New Jersey, and the climate movement needs her to continue that fight in Washington.”

Kreibich is one of six Congressional candidates who have earned Food & Water Action’s endorsement. The group is prioritizing candidates who have committed to supporting a national ban on fracking and halting new fossil fuel infrastructure, supporting a strong Green New Deal, and co-sponsoring the WATER Act – a vital federal bill that would improve our water infrastructure.

Food & Water Action is the political arm of the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, which has been active in New Jersey for over a decade.



Food & Water Action Endorses Bold, Progressive Challengers for Congress

January 9, 2020

For Immediate Release – Jan. 9, 2020

Contact: Seth Gladstone – [email protected], 917.363.6615

Washington, D.C. – The national environmental organization Food & Water Action announced its first batch of Congressional endorsements today, backing six candidates who are bold leaders committed to taking on the most pressing public health, environmental and climate challenges of our time. The organization has endorsed four Democratic challengers taking on Democratic incumbents: Jessica Cisneros (TX-28), Morgan Harper (OH-3), Adam Scow (CA-20) and Arati Kreibich (NJ-5); and two Democrats challenging Republican incumbents: J.D. Scholten (IA-4) and Kara Eastman (NE-2). All the endorsed candidates have committed to supporting a national ban on fracking and halting new fossil fuel infrastructure, supporting a strong Green New Deal, and co-sponsoring the WATER Act – a critical federal bill that would improve our crippled water infrastructure.

None of the incumbents being challenged by these endorsed candidates support a ban on fracking or have co-sponsored the WATER Act.

In announcing the endorsements, Food & Water Action Managing Political Director Mark Schlosberg issued the following statement:

“To avoid the worst of climate chaos and ensure all Americans have access to safe food and clean public water, we need champions in Congress who strongly advocate for these priorities. We need bold leaders that not only acknowledge the problems but will fight for solutions that actually rise to the level of those challenges. That’s just what this slate of candidates will do, and we’re thrilled to endorse these public health and environmental champions for Congress.”

The endorsements are as follows:

  • California 20th where Adam Scow is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Jimmy Panetta;
  • Iowa 4th where J.D. Scholten is running to replace Republican Rep. Steve King;
  • Nebraska 2nd where Kara Eastman is running to replace Republican Rep. Don Bacon;
  • New Jersey 5th where Arati Kreibich is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer;
  • Ohio 3rd where Morgan Harper is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty;
  • Texas 28th where Jessica Cisneros is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar.

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.



Biden Lacks Vision on Water

November 15, 2019

Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden released a $1.3 trillion infrastructure plan. The 12-page plan includes three short bullet points for water infrastructure and proposes allocating only an estimated $6 billion or so as federal investment in water infrastructure, which is only $3 billion more than is currently appropriated for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water infrastructure programs and still insubstantial.

In response, Mary Grant, the Public Water for All Campaign Director at Food & Water Action, released the following statement:

“Former Vice President Joe Biden’s proposed plan to update our aging water systems is woefully inadequate and disappointing. It is not a bold or inspiring vision to provide safe water to every person in our country. In order to keep our water safe and clean, our aging water and sewer systems need more than $35 billion a year just to comply with existing federal standards.

“Right now, EPA water funding falls under $3 billion a year, and Biden’s proposal to double that amount would not even meet a fifth of the need that our systems have. He further touts expensive and false solutions through ‘private-sector innovation’ like desalination.

“People are suffering right now — from toxics in their water to failing water systems to increasingly expensive water bills. As many as one in three American households are struggling to pay their water bills today, and climate change and privatization are deepening this national water crisis.

“Our country needs a comprehensive solution through the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability Act (H.R. 1417, S. 611) to fully fund our water infrastructure, eliminate lead from our public schools, and help ensure that every American has safe, affordable water in their home.”

Mike Bloomberg Sides with Fossil Fuels and Fracking

November 8, 2019

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 7) – With news that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to file for the Democratic Party presidential primary in Alabama, Food & Water Action Climate & Energy Program Director Mitch Jones issued the following statement:

“As mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg opposed efforts to ban fracking. He also supported the Keystone pipeline. Earlier this year he confirmed his support for continued use of fossil fuels. It is clear that Bloomberg’s reputation as a climate warrior is drastically overblown. He has been and he remains a pro-fracking, pro-pipeline, pro-nuclear billionaire who favors half measures and false solutions because he’s more interested in protecting his friends in the C Suites than he is in stopping climate change.

“This race doesn’t need another candidate supporting tepid climate change policy. As our climate crisis deepens, this is a “which side are you on” moment. We know which side Bloomberg is on – the side of fossil fuel fracking and pipelines.”

Contact: Seth Gladstone – [email protected], 917.363.6615

Food & Water Action Endorses Bob Fisher in Salem Supervisor Race

November 4, 2019

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the environmental group Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Robert (Bob) Fisher in the race for Township Supervisor in Salem, Pennsylvania.

Bob Fisher has advocated for the health and safety of his community for many years, and most recently helped pass an ordinance to protect Salem Township residents’ clean air and pure water from the harmful impacts of nearby factory farms.

Fisher, who has been a leader in the fight against factory farms gobbling up the local economy, has long been a fierce advocate for community health and safety. His campaign platform emphasizes the need for stronger representation and protections for residents.

“Bob Fisher has already demonstrated his commitment to the health and safety of all Salem residents,” says Rebecca Wolf, Senior Factory Farm Organizer at Food & Water Action. “With his leadership and the organized support of residents, we can protect the air and water rights of Salem residents, and create a model for other communities in the state to emulate.”

Food & Water Action has successfully mobilized voters to support candidates in Pennsylvania. In 2017, the group knocked on 16,000 doors to elect candidates to the Uwchlan and West Goshen Township Board of Supervisors, and it played an instrumental role in Danielle Friel Otten’s successful 2018 campaign in the 155th State House District.