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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Food & Water Action Endorses Karen Smythe for State Senate

August 3, 2018

Group Touts Candidate’s Progressive Credentials

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Karen Smythe in her campaign for the District 41 State Senate seat.

Food & Water Action endorsed Smythe 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.

“Karen Smythe is just the kind of leader we need in Albany to pave the way to 100% renewable energy in the Hudson Valley.” said Santosh Nandabalan, an organizer with Food & Water Action. “We’re honored to be part of the grassroots movement to push her, the well-being of residents and our environment in–and the industry interests of polluters out.”

As one of the lead organizations in the successful statewide campaign to ban fracking, Food & Water Watch organizers and volunteers spearhead campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure, like the fracked gas power plants and pipelines proposed across the state. 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.

Contact: Santosh Nandabalan, Food & Water Action, [email protected], 203-606-8551

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Food & Water Action Endorses Jessica Ramos for State Senate

August 3, 2018

Group Touts IDC Challenger’s Progressive Credentials

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Jessica Ramos in her campaign for the New York District 13 State Senate seat.

Food & Water Action endorsed Ramos 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.

“We need champions like Jessica Ramos, who is a concerned mother, to represent Queens in Albany to protect our air and water by moving New York off fossil fuels for our children and future generations,” said Nisha Swinton, an organizer with Food & Water Action.“The surge of progressive activism across Queens will help propel Jessica Ramos to victory.”

Ramos is challenging incumbent Sen. Jose Peralta, a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, which for years has handed control of the Senate to Republicans. Peralta’s decision to caucus with Republicans hasn’t just betrayed Democratic voters in the 20th state senate district, it has also made progressive climate legislation impossible in Albany.

As one of the lead organizations in the successful statewide campaign to ban fracking, Food & Water Watch organizers and volunteers spearhead campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure, like the fracked gas power plants and pipelines proposed across the state. 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.

Contact: Nisha Swinton, Food & Water Action, [email protected], 319-331-3405

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Food & Water Action Endorses Jen Metzger and Scott Martens

August 2, 2018

Group Touts Candidates’ Progressive Credentials

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing two strong environmental champions: Jen Metzger for the District 42 State Senate seat, and Scott Martens in the race for the Assembly seat in District 98.

Metzger and Martens 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.

“Jen Metzger is the champion we need in Albany to move New York off fossil fuels,” said Eric Weltman, a Senior Organizer with Food & Water Action. “Jen combines the experience, skills, and commitment necessary to accomplish great things. We’re proud to be part of a grassroots movement prepared to propel Jen to victory in November.”

“Scott Martens is exactly the kind of climate leader New Yorkers are craving in Albany,” said Food & Water Action organizer Laura Shindell. “Scott is committed to fighting fracking infrastructure and fossil fuels because he understands the importance of protecting our air, water, and climate.”

As one of the lead organizations in the successful statewide campaign to ban fracking, Food & Water Watch organizers and volunteers spearhead campaigns to shut down fossil fuel infrastructure projects. Martens has been a leader in the fight against the CPV fracked gas power plant in Orange County, and Metzger has been an active part of the organizing against the proposed Pilgrim oil pipelines. 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.

Contact: Eric Weltman, Food & Water Action, [email protected], 617-304-5330

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