After Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, we can all be sure of one thing: despite his administration’s love of alternative facts, he was being dead serious about his terrible campaign promises. His cabinet appointments have been stacked with climate change deniers, oil company CEOs and Wall Street executives who put more stock in their profits than our families’ health and safety. And as we expected, Trump’s decisions already spell disaster for our environment: his support of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL Pipeline signals an escalation in our fight against fossil fuel infrastructure and production. We’re in for the fight of our lives.
At Food & Water Watch, we’ve been taking the threat of Trump’s presidency and his corporate cabinet seriously. That’s why we helped to organize a Resistance Rally outside the White House before Trump’s address to let him know that his attacks against our environment, public health, immigrants, women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community do not represent American values.
Now, Trump is planning to slash funding for key agencies like the EPA that help to protect our rights to clean air and drinking water. Our Executive Director Wenonah Hauter sat down earlier today to hear from supporters like you and discuss the real state of the union:
To achieve any progress in the next four years, we can’t sugarcoat the situation: we’re at a point unlike any we’ve faced in our history. But, our history should also give us the courage to fight—and a blueprint to victory: we can prevent the worst of Trump’s plans and block his corporate agenda. And we can rebuild and reaffirm what a real, positive vision of a country with renewable energy, safe and reliable water infrastructure and a healthy food system can look like.
How? The same way we’ve always won any major victories: through people coming together and holding their elected officials accountable. In order for us to protect our families and our environment from the assaults Trump has already launched, we’re planning on calling on every voice we can find and speaking up at every level we can. We do this through rallies, marches and meetings with our representatives to make sure they understand what we want. At the federal level, our actions will be aimed at resisting Trump’s heinous proposals, defending the EPA, protecting our public lands from fracking and oil and gas drilling, and rebuilding our nation’s public water infrastructure.
At the state level, we have campaigns in Maryland and Florida to ban fracking, permanently. In Colorado, we’re working to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. In California, we’re fighting to end the practice of irrigating crops with oil wastewater, while also winning fracking bans in communities across the state. And rest assured we’re working across the country to make sure that everyone can be sure their food and water is reliable and safe.
We’ll need all of your support to win. More and more people have been joining the fight by calling their senators and representatives, signing petitions or attending rallies. Another great way to make a quick and immediate impact in our fight is to start a monthly donation with us. And if you start a monthly donation by midnight on Saturday, that impact will be doubled, thanks to a generous donor who wants to help us do everything we can do protect our food and water from Trump.
The gifts of our supporters have gone a long way in this fight already. Since we take no corporate or government donations or funds, the donations of our supporters will help to:
- Conduct research that exposes the connections between Trump, his cabinet and the fossil fuel industry;
- Continue to strengthen a grassroots movement that has already banned fracking in the state of New York and in Monterey County, California and other counties across the country;
- Coordinate more rallies like the Resistance Address and provide people more ways to get involved to resist Trump’s terrible policies and rebuild our democracy.
Remember, when people come together, they can win. Despite the challenges we’re surely up against, we can not only stop Trump’s pro-corporate, pro-fossil fuels agenda – we can rebuild for our future and set forth a vision that protects both people and the planet.