J.D. Vance is a Climate-Denying Threat to Public Health and the Environment

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This afternoon Donald Trump announced Ohio Senator J.D. Vance as his running mate. In response, Food & Water Action Deputy Director Mitch Jones issued the following statement:

“Just like Trump himself, J.D. Vance is a fossil fuel backer and climate change denier that poses a serious risk to public health and our environment. Among the countless reasons that Trump and Vance shouldn’t be elected to lead our country, the duo represent an existential threat to a livable climate future for all Americans and people around the globe.

“For the sake of our planet and the wellbeing of current and future generations, it is critical that sensible people of all stripes come together to ensure that Trump and Vance are defeated in November.”

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Food & Water Action Endorses Eon Huntley for NY Assembly District 56

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Today, Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, endorsed Eon Huntley in the race against incumbent Assembly member Stefani Zinerman for New York’s 56th Assembly District, representing the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

The endorsement of the progressive champion comes after the conclusion of the state legislative session, where the Assembly failed to pass the NY HEAT Act for the second year in a row. Eon Huntley has committed to championing the popular bill to cap energy bills and end gas subsidies.

With the endorsement, Food & Water Action Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp issued the following statement:

“Look no further than the chamber’s failure to pass the NY HEAT Act, to see that the Assembly has become a regular roadblock to climate action in Albany — we urgently need to change that story. Even out of office, Eon has done more to pass the NY HEAT Act than Zinerman did all session. We are proud to endorse Eon Huntley as the bold leader Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights need to usher in a fresh wave of progressive policies to move New York off fossil fuels, and ensure affordable energy for all.”

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Food & Water Action Endorses MaryJane (MJ) Shimsky for NY Assembly District 92

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Today, Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, endorsed Assemblymember MaryJane (MJ) Shimsky for re-election in New York’s 92nd Assembly District, covering most of the Town of Greenburgh, the Town of Mount Pleasant and part of northwest Yonkers, in Westchester County.

Shimsky won the endorsement based on her firm commitment to clean water and climate action. Since taking office, Shimsky has fought for critical bills including the Save the Hudson Bill, signed into law in 2023; the Climate Change Superfund Act, which passed the legislature this week; and the NY HEAT Act.

With the endorsement, Food & Water Action Volunteer Iris Hiskey Arno, a constituent of Assemblymember Shimsky, issued the following statement:

“Assemblymember Shimsky has proven herself an environmental champion, repeatedly going to bat against dirty energy interests to protect our climate, environment, regional economy and public health. There are many environmental challenges ahead of us, from fighting for on-site radioactive waste storage at Indian Point and stopping Enbridge’s dangerous Project Maple fossil fuel expansion in Westchester to passing the NY HEAT and Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Acts. Westchester residents need bold leaders like MaryJane Shimsky who are fighting alongside us, not just cosponsoring bills or giving lip service to activists demanding real action.”

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Staci Berger Endorsed by National Environmental Group

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The national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Action has endorsed Staci Berger in the Democratic mayoral race in Piscataway. 

Berger is a longtime community activist with deep ties to progressive organizations across New jersey. 

Food & Water Action is the political and lobbying arm of Food & Water Watch, which has been active in climate and community organizing projects across the state. 

Food & Water Action organizer Charlie Kratovil released the following statement: 

“Staci Berger is a passionate and committed champion for social and environmental justice. She has worked closely with climate and community activists and wants to protect Piscataway from the worsening air pollution and truck traffic linked to the warehouses being built in town. Staci Berger is committed to protecting clean air and a healthy environment for all Piscataway residents.”

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National Environmental Groups Endorse Sarah Klee Hood for Congress

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National environmental groups Food & Water Action and Climate Hawks Vote are endorsing Sarah Klee Hood’s campaign for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

Whether as a local elected official, a clean energy entrepreneur, or on the campaign trail, Sarah Klee Hood has been a leading voice for building out a renewable energy economy in upstate New York. Sarah was also a leading voice in the successful fight to win a moratorium on cryptocurrency mining in New York. She narrowly lost the 2022 primary election for this district after cryptocurrency entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried spent $500,000 to defeat her; Bankman-Fried has subsequently been convicted of a slew of financial crimes. She has also embraced the legislative goals laid out in the Green New Deal Champions pledge, and signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge.

The other candidate in the Democratic primary, State Senator John Mannion, has been a consistent hindrance in the fight for clean energy in New York. Mannion voted against the aforementioned cryptocurrency mining moratorium. He was also the only Democrat to vote against the Build Public Renewables Act, and he was one of two Democrats to vote against the NY HEAT Act, the climate movement’s priority legislation in 2024.

Food & Water Action Northeast Regional Director Alex Beauchamp said:

“Sarah Klee Hood has consistently stood as a climate champion, even when it meant facing dark money spending from a now-convicted crypto conman. Upstate New York needs Sarah’s vision for a clean energy economy bringing thousands of jobs back to the region.”

Climate Hawks Vote Political Director RL Miller said: “Sarah Klee Hood has stood out as the only climate hawk in the district during our thorough endorsement process, which included a survey of local climate activists – where she was the near-unanimous choice. New York’s 22d Congressional District is one of national Democrats’ top priorities, and we’re endorsing to ensure that the Democrat facing the do-nothing Republican will prioritize bold climate action. Whether through generating cleantech jobs or standing up for local conservation priorities, Sarah is our climate hawk.”

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Sue Altman Endorsed by National Environmental Group

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Progressive organizer Sue Altman has been endorsed by the national advocacy group Food & Water Action in the race to represent New Jersey’s 7th District in Congress.

Altman has a long record of championing progressive issues in Trenton, and challenging political leaders on both sides of the aisle – qualities that will be essential to running an energetic, forceful campaign in a battleground district.

“Sue Altman has proven that she isn’t afraid to speak truth to power to advance the fight for a fairer, healthier and more just society,” said Food & Water Action New Jersey State Director Matt Smith. “Winning a high profile race in a battleground district like this will require a determined and passionate voice for social change. Sue Altman is the kind of candidate who can articulate a vision that will motivate voters to show up this November.”  

Food & Water Action is the political arm of the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, which has been deeply in grassroots campaigns across the state to stop dirty energy projects and protect clean water for all.   

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