National Environmental Groups Endorse Luz Rivas for Congress

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A group of national environmental advocacy organizations is endorsing Assemblywoman Luz Rivas’ campaign for California’s 29th Congressional District. Food & Water Action, Oil Change U.S., Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, Friends of the Earth Action, Zero Hour and Climate Hawks Vote spoke out in support of Assemblywoman Rivas’ bid. Rivas is running for the vacant seat left by retiring Congressman Antonio Cárdenas. She began her career as an electrical engineer, eventually winning a seat in California’s State Assembly where she would chair the Natural Resources committee.  

Friends of the Earth Action Government and Political Affairs Director Ariel E. Moger said: “Friends of the Earth Action is elated to endorse Luz Rivas, an incredibly effective elected leader and environmental justice advocate. Her experience and expertise prove she would be an invaluable champion for people and the planet in Washington. We sincerely hope that California voters will join us in supporting Rivas’ bid for Congress.”  

Food & Water Action Political Director Sam Bernhardt said:  “Luz Rivas has an unmatched understanding of the dangers of scam policies like carbon capture and sequestration, and she has the background in engineering to serve as the expert spokesperson we need in the nation’s capital where, unfortunately, far too many elected officials remain uneducated on the issue.”  

Oil Change U.S. Political Director Collin Rees said: “Luz Rivas has a deep understanding of environmental injustice and a fierce vision for a bold, people-centered approach to ending the fossil fuel era and building a world where all can thrive. We need more members of Congress with Assemblymember Rivas’s understanding of the harms of carbon capture and storage and other harmful fossil fuel industry scams.”

Center for Biological Diversity Action California Political Director Karuna Jaggar said: “Luz Rivas has a remarkable record of success during her time in the California legislature, and she’ll certainly bring that fierce dedication to Congress. Her background in engineering and deep understanding of climate science will prove critical as we fight to avoid the worst harms of the climate catastrophe. Rivas is exactly the type of person we need in Congress, and we’re proud to endorse her.”

Zero Hour Executive Director Zanagee Artis said: “Luz Rivas boasts a remarkable understanding of the scientific underpinnings of the climate crisis and will be the champion for environmental justice that California’s 29th district needs in Congress. We have no doubt that she will lead with both people and planet at the forefront of her decision-making.”

Climate Hawks Vote Political Director RL Miller said: “Luz Rivas is a rare combination of working class, environmental justice heart, and climate science smarts. We’re looking forward to working with her in Congress. I’ve known Luz and worked with her in the California legislature, where she’s been an effective lawmaker championing solid science-based policies.”  

Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc. fights for transformational environmental policy and pushes political discourse to center justice and the environment. Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc. is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of Friends of the Earth U.S., but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc., not Friends of the Earth. 

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Oil Change U.S. is dedicated to supporting real climate leadership, exposing the true costs of fossil fuels, and building a just, equitable, and renewable energy future in the United States. We work to demand political candidates and elected officials reject fossil fuel money, end fossil fuel subsidies, oppose new pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure, and support a just transition and a Green New Deal.

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and legislators that will advance a progressive environmental agenda. The Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Center for Biological Diversity, but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, not the Center for Biological Diversity.

Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support our vision) wanting to take concrete action around climate change. Together, we are a movement of unstoppable youth organizing to protect our rights and access to the natural resources and a clean, safe, and healthy environment that will ensure a livable future where we not just survive, but flourish.

Climate Hawks Vote works to build grassroots political power for the climate movement…and we win our races. 

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Food & Water Action Endorses Clarence Lam for Congress

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The national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing State Senator Clarence Lam’s campaign for Congress (MD–03). 

The group endorsed Sen. Lam based on his long track record of fighting for the environment. In his time in the state legislature, Lam introduced legislation to ban fracking chemicals, regulate the pesticide chlorpyrifos, stop oil trains from running through Baltimore, and strengthen Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Lam’s background as a medical doctor and public health specialist will provide a much-needed voice of authority in Congress to speak on the impacts of pollution. 

In endorsement interviews, Lam committed to supporting a ban on oil and liquefied natural gas exports, as well as fighting climate scams like carbon capture.

Food & Water Action Political Director Sam Bernhardt said:

“Clarence Lam has been a champion for the people of Maryland, working tirelessly to protect Maryland’s families from harmful pollution. He has proven himself willing to take on the biggest polluting industries, no matter how powerful they are. We know he will use that same energy to be a champion for the American people as a member of Congress.”

Food & Water Action Endorses Sarahana Shrestha for New York State Assembly District 103

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Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, has endorsed Sarahana Shrestha in the race for Assembly District 103, covering portions of Ulster and Dutchess Counties.

Sarahana won the endorsement based on her firm commitment to clean water, climate action, and a just clean energy transition. Since taking office last year, Sarahana has championed the successful passage of the Save the Hudson Bill, Build Public Renewables Act, and the All-Electric Buildings Act. Sarahana is also a co-sponsor of the NY HEAT Act, key portions of which were included in Governor Hochul’s budget proposal.

Food & Water Action Organizer Emily Skydel issued the following statement:

“From keeping fracked gas plants out of our communities to stopping radioactive waste dumps into the Hudson River and fighting to make public power a reality statewide, Sarahana has repeatedly proven herself an environmental champion. Sarahana is the climate leader the Hudson Valley needs; we are proud to endorse Sarahana and look forward to continuing the work we’ve begun together.”  

National Environmental Groups Endorse Summer Lee’s Reelection

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A group of national environmental advocacy organizations is endorsing Rep. Summer Lee’s (PA-12) reelection campaign. Food & Water Action, Oil Change U.S., Center for Biological Diversity Action, and Zero Hour spoke out in support of Rep. Lee ahead of a primary opponent. 

Throughout her political career, Rep. Lee has been a strong voice for climate action, working to keep fracking wells out of Allegheny County, and pushing to get off fossil fuels nationally. She is one of the only members of Congress with fracking in their district to call for a ban on the environmentally destructive form of drilling. 

Lee faces a corporate- and Republican-funded opponent who has shown no political leadership or vision, consistently aligning herself with the powerful at the expense of working people and the environment. 

Food & Water Action Political Director Sam Bernhardt said:

“We’ve made a lot of progress cleaning up Allegheny County’s water and air in the past years, and some of those victories have been driven by the job that Summer Lee has done advocating for environmental and climate justice. There’s still a lot of work to be done in the fight for environmental justice. We know we can win if we send Summer Lee back to Congress.”

Oil Change U.S. Political Director Collin Rees said: 

“Rep. Summer Lee is an incredible champion for bold climate and environmental justice who prioritizes the needs of working people over polluters. Her dedication to standing up to deadly big-money interests — from the oil and gas industry to the military industrial complex — makes her one of the best members of Congress and a crucial voice for democracy. We are proud to support Rep. Lee’s campaign for Pennsylvania’s 12th District.”   

Center for Biological Diversity Action Northeast Political Director Stephanie Kurose said:  

“Summer Lee has proven she is willing to stand up to big polluters and fight for a cleaner, safer world for us all. We need more progressive champions like Summer in Congress. We’re very proud to endorse her.”  

Zero Hour Executive Director Zanagee Artis said:

“Summer Lee is a champion for environmental justice and has always fought for communities most impacted by pollution. Pennsylvania’s 12th district deserves an advocate like Summer Lee who will stand up to the fossil fuel industry. She is an ally to the youth and we are proud to endorse her for re-election.”

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and legislators that will advance a progressive environmental agenda. The Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Center for Biological Diversity, but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, not the Center for Biological Diversity.

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Oil Change U.S. is dedicated to supporting real climate leadership, exposing the true costs of fossil fuels, and building a just, equitable, and renewable energy future in the United States. We work to demand political candidates and elected officials reject fossil fuel money, end fossil fuel subsidies, oppose new pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure, and support a just transition and a Green New Deal.

Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support our vision) wanting to take concrete action around climate change. Together, we are a movement of unstoppable youth organizing to protect our rights and access to the natural resources and a clean, safe, and healthy environment that will ensure a livable future where we not just survive, but flourish.Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

National Environmental Groups Endorse Laura Friedman

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Food & Water Action and Climate Hawks Vote are endorsing California Assemblywoman Laura Friedman in her campaign for California’s 30th Congressional District.

Friedman has been a climate champion in the California legislature. Friedman has a long track record of protecting Californians from drought, climate change, and toxic chemicals. She is the only top-tier candidate in the race to sign the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge.

With Rep. Adam Schiff running for U.S. Senate, the 30th Congressional District is ripe for a progressive woman leader like Friedman to take the reins. And with nearly half a million dollars cash on hand as of the last campaign finance disclosure deadline, she has the resources needed to go toe-to-toe with opponents who are fundraising from corporate interests.

Food & Water Action Political Director Sam Bernhardt said:

“Laura Friedman will be the climate champion we need in Congress. As an Assemblymember in Sacramento, Friedman has a proven record on climate change. She has also been at the forefront of protecting Californians from PFAS exposure and drought. Her record proves Laura will be the environmental advocate we need in Congress.”

Climate Hawks Vote Political Director RL Miller said: 

“Laura Friedman has been a true climate hawk in the state legislature, fearless about tackling tough issues like parking and transit, equally fearless about taking on the fossil fuel industry head-on. We’re excited to see her in Congress.”

Progressive Groups Call on Latimer to Stay Out of NY Congressional Primary

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Today, eight liberal groups with substantial membership in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley sent a letter organized by Food & Water Action to Westchester County Executive George Latimer, urging him to focus on building Democratic power in Westchester over spending valuable resources on a reported possible primary against incumbent Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman in the 16th Congressional District.

The letter was signed by groups including NYCD16 Indivisible, Concerned Families of Westchester, For the Many, New York Communities for Change and Food & Water Action.

One section of the letter reads, “We respect the work you [George Latimer] have done, but we believe that a primary challenge in New York’s 16th district would divide and hurt Democrats and organizers who must dedicate limited resources to flipping red seats in this state. Democrats must be united in the face of the election of a far-right, MAGA Speaker of the House. Your candidacy would serve to undermine a progressive champion who has time and again fought for working New Yorkers, prioritized the needs of his district, and handily won the last two primaries for federal office.” Read the full letter here.

“In these troubled times, when we face a very real threat to our democracy from Republicans and the right, it’s imperative to focus like a laser on winning back the New York congressional seats disgracefully lost in last year’s election,” said Iris Hiskey Arno of NYCD16 Indivisible Steering Committee. “At a time when unity is everything, a primary between two popular Democrats, incumbent Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Westchester County Executive George Latimer can only serve to tear Democratic and activist groups apart – negatively affecting our attention to critical issues including electoral work, the climate crisis, criminal justice, healthcare, and immigration.”

“We should be using our time fighting to get back all the seats that we lost on Long Island and upstate rather than fighting to hold onto a highly regarded congressional representative,” said Cari Gardner, Vice Chair of New York Progressive Action Network.

“Concerned Families of Westchester, a 22-year-old peace & justice organization, urges George Latimer not to run against Rep. Jamaal Bowman in the Democratic primary,” said Frank Brodhead of Concerned Families of Westchester. “We know that Latimer is an asset to our communities, and we have welcomed him as a speaker at our rallies. But we strongly support Rep. Bowman for reelection, because of the legislation he has supported in Congress and because he is a strong opponent of US wars. In the face of the dangers of Trump and the reactionary Republicans, this is not the time for a divisive primary challenge against the excellent legislator we have in Rep. Bowman.”