It’s been more than 200 years since the colonists fought for independence from the British. Now, in 2014, we’re in a fight for independence of a different sort.
This July 4th, you could help us declare our independence from corporate influence by becoming a Food & Water Partner.
It’s no secret that decades of bad policy have helped corporations become more powerful and more influential in U.S. politics than ever before. In fact, the law of the land is now unlimited corporate spending in politics. Because of Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon, corporations can spend unlimited money and are buying more influence in our government than at any other time in U.S. history.
This is why so much of our work at the federal level is harder than ever. Big Industrial Agriculture and Big Oil and Gas interests are buying influence at universities, with non-profits, and with policymakers with the goal of increasing their profits at the expense of our health and communities. But we envision a world where people count more than profits; where everyday people have a say in the decisions that affect their lives and health, and we’re not alone.
If you believe in democracy, if you believe that people should have control over their own basic needs, and you are willing to fight fearlessly for what is right, then I want to invite you to become a Food & Water Partner. That’s why we’re announcing a bold goal: We need 435 new Food & Water Partners to commit to monthly giving who will stand with us, and give us the financial support we need to change the conversation and weaken the influence of big money in politics so that our democracy serves people, not corporate profits.
Why 435? That’s how many representatives there are in Congress, and even though it’s a symbolic start, we want to show we’re building support in every district, regardless of whether it’s red or blue, urban or rural. We’re all in this together.
The bread and butter of Food & Water Watch is our organizing. We are committed to building power in communities across the country to pressure decision makers to do the right thing. We don’t think it’s okay for leaders in either political party to take marching orders from corporations, so we hold them accountable just like we would any politician that gets a little too cozy with industry.
Furthermore, we’re building for the long term, and we know we need a true 50 state strategy that builds power in every state and every district because we can’t live without safe food and clean water. We are making moneyed interests and entrenched political leaders sit up and take notice. Food & Water Watch’s uncompromising activism and movement building are game-changers that are eating into the influence of those who would profit from our food and water.
As a Food & Water Partner, your regular donations as a monthly supporter allow us to keep our fundraising costs low so more money goes to our work protecting our essential food and water resources and empower you to make contributions that fit your monthly budget while making a big impact on the issues we all care about. Become a Food & Water Partner today.