National Environmental Group Endorses Alex Morse for Congress

July 27, 2020

Mayor Morse has led Holyoke on climate. Now he’s needed in Congress.

For Immediate Release

The national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in the Democratic primary to represent Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District.

Morse has made his city a climate leader by blocking the expansion of fracked gas infrastructure, closing the state’s last coal power plant, and committing the city to a goal of achieving 100% renewable energy. Morse charted this path by utilizing his city’s municipal utility to build out renewable energy solutions.

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

“At a time when cities around the county were succumbing to industry lobbyists and selling their publicly-owned assets, Mayor Alex Morse leveraged Holyoke’s municipal utility to take major steps towards fighting climate change and providing services to city residents. This is exactly the kind of leadership we need in Congress to transition our economy to 100% renewable energy by expanding publicly-owned energy infrastructure.”

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. Last month, 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 Beth Doglio for Congress

July 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. – The national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing Beth Doglio in her run for Washington’s 10th Congressional District.

Food & Water Action is endorsing Doglio based on her track record of championing the environment for decades, both as a nonprofit leader and as a legislator. As a member of Congress, Doglio has pledged to fight for Green New Deal legislation and a national ban on fracking.

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

“For decades, Beth Doglio has been a leader both inside and outside of the halls of power. From founding one of Washington’s most powerful environmental groups to leading the charge for climate solutions as a state legislator, she has done it all.

“Beth Doglio is exactly the kind of leader we need in Congress. Her years of dedication to the climate fight, both as a leader in the movement to stop fossil fuel infrastructure in Washington state and as a member of the state legislature, would immediately make her one of the preeminent voices on the issue in Congress. If elected, her dedication to passing a progressive agenda and willingness to challenge the status quo will be invaluable qualities in the fight to protect our food, water, and climate. We are excited to endorse Beth’s campaign and send her to Congress next year.”

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

Contact: Sam Bernhardt – 267-428-1903 – bernhardt[at]fwwatch[dot]org

Mondaire Jones’s New York Primary Victory Demonstrates Strong Rejection of Fracking and Faulty Market-Based Climate Policies like Carbon Taxes, Cap-and-Trade

June 24, 2020

For Immediate Release

New York – While New York election results have yet to be officially certified, Democratic congressional candidate Mondaire Jones (NY-17) has seemingly won his respective primary with a platform that firmly rejects fracking, new fossil fuel infrastructure and faulty market-based climate policies such as cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. Specifically, Jones campaigned on a pledge to:

  • Support legislation to ban fracking everywhere;
  • Support legislation to halt all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including power plants and pipelines;
  • Support legislation to ban exports of oil and natural gas;
  • Oppose faulty market-based climate policies such as carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes.

Meanwhile, Jones’s opponents were either silent or unambitious on climate and energy. Adam Schleifer, who appears headed for a distant second place finish in the race, made a carbon tax central to his climate platform. David Carlucci, who will likely finish third, repeatedly blocked climate legislation as a member of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Caucus, where he caucused with Republicans.

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

“Mondaire Jones campaigned on a bold climate and energy platform that unquestionably rejects fracking and any new fossil fuel development. Similarly, he rejects faulty climate policies like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade — policies that would actually create financial incentives for states and municipalities to keep drilling and fracking for decades to come.

“Mondaire’s win represents a clear desire for bold new leadership on climate from their future constituents, and it is part of a growing movement across America to reject half-measures and false solutions when it comes to protecting public health and our environment.”

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Piscataway Progressives Endorsed by Food & Water Action

June 18, 2020

 

The national advocacy organization Food & Water Action is endorsing a slate of progressive candidates in Piscataway’s upcoming Democratic primary. 

The group is endorsing Bill Irwin for mayor, along with council candidates Kamuela “Nikki” Tillman, Ralph Johnson, and Laura Leibowitz.

These progressive candidates are committed to join us in our work to stop all fossil fuel projects, protect access to clean, affordable drinking water, and usher in a rapid and fair transition to 100% renewable energy.

This group played a key role in the local campaign that helped make Piscataway the first town in New Jersey to pass a referendum enacting community choice aggregation, which will help Piscataway transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035. Because of their hard work, township residents are already saving money on their electricity bills and cleaning up air pollution by reducing their dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

In addition, all four have served Piscataway as either school board members or neighborhood representatives on the Middlesex County Democratic Committee. They have been fighting for years to improve access to government meetings and make the local government more inclusive of the diverse population of Piscataway. 

“We worked closely with these community leaders on the 100 percent renewable energy ordinance, which helped Piscataway make history. This election is an opportunity to continue to advance a bold, progressive agenda for the township, prioritizing our health and environment over unnecessary, dangerous and polluting development projects,” said Food & Water Action state director Matt Smith.

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Food & Water Action Endorses Jabari Brisport and Phara Souffrant Forrest

June 4, 2020

Group Touts Candidates’ Commitment to a Green New Deal for New York

For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing two strong environmental champions for state legislature in Brooklyn: Jabari Brisport for the District 25 State Senate seat, and Phara Souffrant Forrest in the race for the Assembly seat in the overlapping District 57.

Brisport and Souffrant Forrest won the endorsement based on their commitment to moving New York to 100% renewable energy by 2030, stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover.

“Jabari Brisport and Phara Souffrant Forrest are the progressive champions Brooklyn deserves to represent us in Albany. We need strong leadership to enact a Green New Deal for New York to move the state off fossil fuels as fast as possible,” said Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region Director with Food & Water Action. “Jabari and Phara are fighters, and we’re excited to fight with them to stop all fossil fuel projects and demand a swift transition to 100% renewable energy.”

Both candidates have endorsed the four core goals of the Movement for a Green New Deal coalition, of which Food & Water Action is a founding member:

  • No new fossil fuel infrastructure in New York
  • 100% Renewable Energy
  • Public Power Now
  • Tax on the ultra wealthy to pay for it

Across the state, Food & Water Action organizers and volunteers lead campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure and enact a Green New Deal for New York, most recently winning a huge victory in stopping the Williams fracked gas pipeline proposed for New York Harbor.  In 2018, Food & Water Action made key endorsements and deployed its statewide power to send strong climate champions to Albany.

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Food & Water Action Endorses Andrew Romanoff for U.S. Senate

May 7, 2020

For Immediate Release — May 7th, 2020

Contact: Thomas Meyer, [email protected], 360-460-7397

Denver – Today, Food & Water Action, the political affiliate of Food & Water Watch, endorsed Andrew Romanoff for U.S. Senate. The endorsement is based on a candidate questionnaire and interviews highlighting the organization’s priorities, including fracking, climate change, public water and sustainable agriculture. This is Food & Water Action’s first endorsement of a candidate for U.S. Senate.

Food & Water Action has more than 25,000 members and supporters in Colorado, and plans to mobilize its statewide network of volunteers to turn out voters ahead of the June 30th primary.

Upon announcing the endorsement, Food & Water Action National Climate Organizing Manager Thomas Meyer issued the following statement:

“Andrew Romanoff is the leader Colorado needs to take on the fossil fuel industry and protect our food, water and climate. Coloradans deserve a senator who will put their best interests ahead of corporate profits, and who will work to create a healthy future for all people and generations to come.

“For eight years as governor, John Hickenlooper did the bidding of the fracking industry. The people of Colorado, and the global climate that we all depend on, can’t afford Hickenlooper in the U.S. Senate. The choice in this primary couldn’t be clearer. We are thrilled to endorse Andrew’s campaign and to mobilize our supporters to get out the vote in this critical race.”

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