Food & Water Action Endorses Hudson Valley Climate Champions

October 11, 2018

Group Identifies Three ‘Green New Deal’ Candidates

Food & Water Action, the political lobbying arm of the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, has announced its endorsement of three progressive Democrats running to represent the Hudson Valley.

These Green New Deal candidates—Aidan O’Connor (Assembly District 102), Joyce St. George (Senate District 51), and Chad McEvoy (Assembly District 101)— earned the group’s endorsement based on their support for the New York Off Fossil Fuels Act (A. 5105/S. 5908), and the fact that they all have signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. They join Hudson Valley natives Jen Metzger, candidate for Senate District 42, and Scott Martens, candidate in Assembly District 98, in the fight against our state’s dangerous addiction to dirty fossil fuels.

“Aidan, Joyce and Chad are exactly the kind of climate champions that the Hudson Valley needs for a robust clean energy economy,” said Santosh Nandabalan, organizer with Food & Water Action. “Voters are hungry to support Green New Deal candidates who want to get New York–and the nation– off fossil fuels. We are hopeful that more candidates up and down the ballot support these common sense measures.”

Food & Water Action has thus far withheld its endorsement of Antonio Delgado, the Democrat running to represent the 19th Congressional District. Despite embracing the Green New Deal rhetoric in a recent environmental forum, Delgado has refused to support the most aggressive climate legislation in the country, the Off Fossil Fuels Act. Sixteen of Delgado’s would-be colleagues in New York’s Congressional delegation support the bill, which mandates a shift to 100% renewable energy by the year 2035.

The OFF Act is also supported by bold progressive Democratic candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jess King, and Randy Bryce.

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Food & Water Action Endorses Marc Elrich for Montgomery County Executive

October 11, 2018

Baltimore, MD – Today Food & Water Action announced its endorsement of Marc Elrich for Montgomery County Executive.

“During his time as a County Council Member, Marc has been an innovative champion for the environment. He is a knowledgeable, policy-driven, progressive advocate for all,” said Food & Water Action Senior Policy Advocate Mitch Jones. “Marc has declared climate change to be the defining environmental issue of our time, and his work on the Council has shown he means it.”

As Councilman, Elrich sponsored the resolution that requires Montgomery County to eliminate greenhouse gases by 2035. He also pushed the Council to support removing dirty “renewables” like trash incineration from Maryland’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

“We can be assured that with Marc as County Executive, Montgomery County will live up to its commitment to fight climate change and lead the state towards a truly clean, renewable future,” Jones said.

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Food & Water Action is a political advocacy organization supporting the educational work of Food & Water Watch. We champion healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.

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Food & Water Action Endorses Josh Welle for Congress

October 10, 2018

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Josh Welle in New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District race.

The district’s current Republican representative has not done enough to fight President Trump’s agenda, which threatens the health of our most vulnerable citizens and our environment.

Josh Welle, who brings bold and new ideas to tackle climate change and other threats to our environment, earned the group’s endorsement based on his opposition to offshore drilling, fracking for oil & gas, and his support for the Off Fossil Fuels Act, the strongest climate and clean energy bill in the country.

“We are building a clean energy movement in New Jersey that will counter the pro-corporate Trump administration. Josh Welle is the kind of leader we need to send to Washington to fight for clean air, clean water, and a livable climate,” said Food & Water Action organizer Junior Romero.

The OFF Act, which calls for 100% renewable energy by the year 2035, has been endorsed by a number of progressive Democrats running in Congressional races across the country, including Jess King and Randy Bryce. The legislation is co-sponsored by dozens of members of Congress, including New Jersey’s Bonnie Watson Coleman.

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Food & Water Action Endorses Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress

October 4, 2018

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District race.

Watson Coleman earned the group’s endorsement based on her longstanding leadership in Congress fighting against the powerful corporate interests that jeopardize public services and threaten our environment.

“From strongly opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the state takeover of Atlantic City, to co-sponsoring bills to rebuild our water infrastructure, we know that Bonnie Watson Coleman stands for people power over corporate power,” said Lena Smith, Senior Organizer with Food & Water Action. “Bonnie Watson Coleman is also a co-sponsor of the Off Fossil Fuels Act, the strongest climate and clean energy bill in the country. We look forward to her continued leadership on the fights to protect our planet and secure a healthy, livable future for all.”

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Food & Water Action Endorses Slate of Progressive Candidates in New York

August 8, 2018

Group Backs Climate Champions and IDC Challengers

BROOKLYN, NY – Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing seven candidates in New York state Senate and Assembly races, the first election cycle in which the group is deploying its statewide power to send strong climate champions to Albany.

Food & Water Action endorsed candidates based on their commitment to moving New York to 100% renewable energy by 2030, stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects statewide, and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover.

The candidates receiving the groups endorsement are:

  • Julia Salazar, State Senate District 18
  • Jen Metzger, State Senate District 42
  • Scott Martens, State Assembly District 98
  • Karen Smythe, State Senate District 41
  • Jessica Ramos, State Senate District 13
  • Zellnor Myrie, State Senate District 20
  • Alessandra Biaggi, State Senate District 34

“These are the candidates who are committed to putting people before corporations, and making bold moves on climate policy that have not happened under Governor Cuomo,” said Alex Beauchamp, Food & Water Action’s Northeast Director.  “Food & Water Action and our members are excited to send these true climate champions to Albany.”

Several of the Food & Water Action endorsed candidates are challenging incumbent Democrats who are members of the Independent Democratic Conference.  This group of Democrats who caucus with Republicans have been targeted by grassroots progressive activists who argue that the IDC members betray Democratic voters, and also make progressive climate legislation impossible in Albany.

As one of the lead groups in the successful statewide fight to ban fracking, Food & Water Watch organizers and volunteers lead campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure, focusing on the fracked gas power plants and pipelines proposed in every corner of the state. Several of the candidates receiving their endorsement have been active in the campaigns against these projects.

The group is also pushing the state to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Food & Water Action is the affiliated 501(c)4 arm of Food & Water Watch.

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Food & Water Action Endorses Alessandra Biaggi for NY State Senate

August 6, 2018

Group Touts IDC Challenger’s Progressive Credentials

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Alessandra Biaggi in her campaign for District 34’s State Senate seat against Jeff Klein, a leader of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC).

Food & Water Action endorsed Biaggi based on her commitment to moving New York to 100% renewable energy by 2030, stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects statewide, and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover.

“Alessandra Biaggi is both the Bronx and Westchester county’s antidote to the toxic influence of the IDC,” said Santosh Nandabalan, an organizer with Food & Water Action. “We’re excited to see her emerge as a true leader for sustainability, economic justice and moving New York state off fossil fuels.”

Biaggi is challenging incumbent Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the IDC, which for years has handed control of the Senate to Republicans. Klein’s decision to caucus with Republicans hasn’t just betrayed Democratic voters in the 34th state senate district, it has also made progressive climate legislation impossible in Albany.

As one of the lead groups in the successful statewide fight to ban fracking, Food & Water Watch organizers and volunteers lead campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure, from the fracked gas power plants proposed in every corner of the state to pipelines such as the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) running dangerously close to the Indian Point Nuclear facility. The group is also pushing the state to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Food & Water Action is the affiliated 501(c)4 arm of Food & Water Watch. This is the first election cycle in which Food & Water Action will make endorsements and deploy its statewide power to send strong climate champions to Albany.

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