Food & Water Action Endorsed Sarahana Shrestha Ousts 23-Year Industry-Backed Incumbent in NY Hudson Valley Assembly Race

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Last night, Food & Water Action endorsed candidate Sarahana Shrestha won her Democratic primary election for state assembly (AD-103) in the Hudson Valley. Her primary opponent, Kevin Cahill, had been in power for 23 years, taking thousands of dollars in fossil fuel industry campaign donations, and standing as a roadblock to progressive climate policies in Albany.

Sarahana is a staunch supporter of the All-Electric Building Act, Build Public Renewables Act, and a moratorium on fossil fuel powered cryptomining, all of which Speaker Heastie killed last session despite overwhelming public support. A progressive wave of climate activists, led by Sarahana is coming to Albany, ready to listen to the people, not deep pocketed fossil fuel industry lobbyists.

Food & Water Action Hudson Valley Organizer Emily Skydel issued the following statement:

“Speaker Heastie, this is what happens when you don’t pass climate bills. When Heastie killed the All-Electric Building Act, we mobilized. We’ve doorknocked and phonebanked with Sarahana and know full well that she is the progressive climate champion we need in Albany. With only a handful of years remaining to meet our state climate goals, we need to get serious about moving off fossil fuels — Sarahana is helping lead the movement to make it happen.

“The Hudson Valley said no to Danskammer’s fossil fuel power plant scheme last year. This year, we’re taking it one step further and bringing our local climate activism to the state level. We are proud to stand with Sarahana in her fight for a bolder, more progressive New York State Assembly. We’ll be fighting alongside her in November to ensure Speaker Heastie has his directive set on day one of next year’s legislative cycle: climate can’t wait.”

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]

National Environmental Group Endorses David Segal for Congress

The national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing former State Representative David Segal in his run for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District.

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

“David Segal has the track record, the depth of knowledge, and the passion needed to be a climate leader in Congress. As a Providence Council Member and Rhode Island State Representative, David has fought for Renewable Portfolio Standards and stood against fossil fuel infrastructure. We look forward to working with him to pass ambitious climate legislation in Congress.”

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, 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 destructive power of powerful economic interests.

National Environmental Group Endorses Jamaal Bowman

The national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing Representative Jamaal Bowman in his reelection campaign for New York’s 16th Congressional District.

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

“We were proud to endorse Jamaal Bowman in his 2020 campaign. Bowman’s passionate advocacy in DC has only confirmed what we already knew: he is a climate leader who must be sent back to Congress this year. We look forward to continuing to work with Representative Bowman to ensure we pass meaningful climate legislation.”

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, 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 destructive power of powerful economic interests.

Iowa Democratic Party Ratifies Bold Platform Opposed to Carbon Capture, Pipelines, Factory Farms

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On Saturday, the Iowa Democratic Party voted to ratify a new party platform, taking a bold stance against carbon capture, pipelines and factory farms.

Polling in March by Food & Water Action found that 73% of Iowa voters (including 78% of Democrats) would be less likely to vote for a candidate that supported eminent domain for the carbon pipelines proposed across the state. With Saturday’s platform vote, Iowa Democrats became the first confirmed state party in the nation to formally oppose carbon capture and its associated carbon pipelines.

While many party activists met in Des Moines, over 50 Iowans gathered in Ames on Saturday, giving two hours of testimony at a People’s Hearing against the expanding factory farm crisis plaguing the state. 2019 polling found that nearly two-thirds of Iowa voters stand behind legislation to stop factory farm expansion, but absent state legislative action on the issue, Iowa continues to see rampant growth of the destructive industry. From 1982-2017, Iowa lost nearly 90% of its hog farms, while nearly 10,000 factory farms have moved in, taxing local economies, water supplies, public health, and the climate. With Saturday’s platform vote, Iowa Democrats once again threw their weight behind a moratorium on factory farm construction and expansion.

Food & Water Action Senior Iowa Organizer John Aspray issued the following statement:

“The Iowa Democratic Party has adopted a bold platform reflecting many of the demands coming from their constituents who want meaningful change. Iowans know that our land, air and water are worth more to us than the empty promises of prosperity offered by Big Ag and Big Energy. Our state is more than a dumping ground for factory farm manure and a corridor for pipelines to pass through.

“At the grassroots level, Iowa Democrats are taking a stand against the corporate abuses that have run rampant in our state for too long. We urge Democratic candidates and elected officials  to follow suit. With midterm elections right around the corner, we look forward to ushering in a new wave of elected officials that stand up to carbon pipelines and the extractive corporate agriculture industry.”

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]

Food & Water Action Endorses Ana María Archila for NY Lieutenant Governor

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Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing community leader Ana María Archila for New York Lieutenant Governor. Archila’s opponent, newly appointed Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado, is backed by wealthy corporate interests including cryptocurrency tycoons opposing necessary legislation that would place a moratorium on the use of fossil fuel plants to power cryptomining.

With less than a decade left to make serious progress in reducing New York’s climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, Ana María Archila’s leadership promises a bold commitment to passing, implementing and enforcing uncompromising policies that move the state off fossil fuels. From the All-Electric Building Act to the Build Public Renewables Act and a moratorium on fossil-fuel powered cryptomining, Archila’s support for these important policies are clear evidence that she is the climate champion New York needs in Albany.

Food & Water Action Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp said:

“Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. But, while the clock ticks ever forward, Albany fails to meet the desperate urgency of the moment. For three years in a row, leadership has allowed the legislative session to close without serious action on climate change. With less than a decade remaining to move New York’s buildings off fossil fuels, shut down fossil fuel power plants and build public renewables, we are running out of time. New York needs bold climate leadership from the state’s highest elected officials, and Ana María Achila is ready to deliver. Achila has what it takes to put regular people in the driver’s seat, supporting bold policies that end our destructive reliance on fossil fuels and deliver a just transition for New Yorkers. Ana María Achila is the climate champion we need.”

“I’m so proud to have the support of Food and Water Action, who stands up to corporate polluters every day in the fight against climate change,” said Ana María Archila, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor. “As I laid out in our Green New Deal for New York plan, we must meet the climate crisis with the full force of state resources and bold policies to transition to a green energy future.”

Food & Water Action has also endorsed a slate of climate candidates for state legislature including Vanessa Aguldelo, David Alexis, Illapa Sairitupac, and Sarahana Shrestha, all of whom also recently received the endorsement of sitting Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. These candidates are poised to change the business as usual culture in Albany and ensure climate change is taken seriously.

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]

Food & Water Action Endorses Climate Champion Vanessa Agudelo for Assembly

Food & Water Action Endorses Climate Champion Vanessa Agudelo for Assembly

Agudelo to join other candidates in ushering in new era of climate leadership in Albany

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing another strong climate champion for state legislature: Vanessa Agudelo for State Assembly District 95.

“After what we’ve seen in the final days of the legislative session, we desperately need real climate leaders in Albany with the vision and political will to enact our state’s climate goals. Vanessa Agudelo is exactly that kind of person,” said Food & Water Action Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp. “As a former council member and seasoned climate activist, Vanessa has been on the frontlines fighting fossil fuels, and organizing to stop corporate polluters like Danskammer. She has a proven record fighting for environmental justice in the Hudson Valley and she is a powerful force to be reckoned with.” 

Vanessa Agudelo is running a people-powered campaign to replace the retiring Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, whose district includes the Westchester Wheelabrator, the largest source of pollution in Westchester county. Agudelo is the bold and uncompromising voice we need to win the policies and actions to combat the climate crisis and protect the most vulnerable communities in Westchester and throughout the state.

“I’m honored to be endorsed by Food & Water Action. As a Peekskill City Council member, I was one of the first elected officials in the Hudson Valley to join the successful movement to stop the Danskammer fracked gas plant, and I will be proud to continue our fight together in the halls of Albany as an assembly member,” said Vanessa Agudelo, candidate for AD 95. “The environmental justice movement has long been one of my political homes and it is this people power movement that is going to send our campaign to the Assembly.”

Vanessa joins a slate of other Food & Water Action endorsed climate candidates in the state including David Alexis and Illapa Sairitupac in New York City and Sarahana Shrestha in Hudson Valley, all of whom also recently received the endorsement of sitting Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The four candidates are poised to change the business as usual culture in Albany and make sure climate change is taken seriously.

“We’re so excited Food & Water Action is joining a movement of climate organizations like Sunrise NYC working to elect Vanessa Agudelo. Young people are fighting for our lives, but the political establishment stands in the way,” said Saul Ferholt-Kahn of Sunrise NYC. “Throughout her career, Vanessa has consistently championed a Green New Deal future. I know Vanessa is one of us, and this campaign is just the beginning.”

Contact: Santosh Nandabalan – [email protected]