Food & Water Action Endorses David Alexis and Illapa Sairitupac

Candidates will usher in new era of climate leadership in Albany

For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing two strong climate champions for state legislature in New York City: David Alexis for State Senate District 21 in Brooklyn, and Illapa Sairitupac for Assembly District 65 in Lower Manhattan.

David Alexis is poised to replace Senator Parker, who has repeatedly belittled constituent concerns about climate policy, including blowing off meetings with constituents multiple times on the urgent issue of a statewide gas ban. Where Alexis promises to flush out the old, Sairitupac is the bold and uncompromising voice we need to push the envelope on just how progressive New York’s legislature can be.

Alexis and Sairitupac won the endorsement based on their firm commitment to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis and their commitment to fight for a just and swift transition off fossil fuels.

“David Alexis and Illapa Sairitupac share a commitment to climate justice that is lacking among far too many of our legislators in Albany. While others are stuck in the incremental mindsets of decades past, David and Illapa know that when it comes to climate change, delay equals death. Both are committed to fighting for a gas free New York, enacting public power, and providing the desperately needed funding to end the era of fossil fuels in New York,” said Food & Water Action Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp. “David and Illapa are fighters, and that’s what it will take to defeat the fossil fuel industry. Their elections will usher in a new era of climate leadership in Albany. We can’t wait to fight alongside them on the campaign trail now and in the capitol following their election.”

“The climate crisis has already started. Food & Water Action understands this, and places the emphasis where it should be: on protecting the vulnerable,” said State Senate Candidate David Alexis. “I’m honored to receive their endorsement because I’ve seen the effects of environmental racism in Brooklyn firsthand. That’s why I’ve always stood up for green energy and clean air.”

“The climate crisis is the terrain for all our battles. As an ecosocialist, I’m proud to have received this endorsement, and look forward to passing the Build Public Renewables Act once in office,” said State Assembly Candidate Illapa Sairitupac.

Contact: Phoebe Galt, Food & Water Action, [email protected].