Friends of the Earth Action endorsed David Ocampo Grajales and Imani Oakley for Congress in the 8th and 10th congressional district, respectively, today.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We are thrilled to endorse these progressive champions for Congress. This election season, our environment, public health and democracy are on the line,” Friends of the Earth Action Government and Political Affairs Manager Ariel Moger said in a statement.
“We need to elect leaders who will put communities over corporate profits, and these candidates will undoubtedly do just that. We strongly urge voters to support these progressives who will fight for people and the planet in Washington.”
The organization has spent more than 50 years elevating progressive environmental issues and championing policies that will fundamentally transform our economic and political systems.
“It’s an honor to have the support of Friends of the Earth and coming off the Earth Day weekend this endorsement is perfectly timed. We only have one planet and it’s our responsibility to protect it,” noted Ocampo Grajales.
“That’s why I’ve made tackling the climate crisis a key pillar of my campaign. I look forward to partnering with Friends of the Earth to fight for a Green New Deal and to ensure that we pass on a habitable world, with clean air and water, to future generations.”
Friends of the Earth Action provides the assistance to their sister organization, Friends of the Earth US, which is part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, with over 70 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent.
“Environmental issues and racial justice issues are inextricable, especially here in a primarily-urban district like NJ-10. Our Black and Brown neighborhoods see higher rates of childhood asthma and adult cancers,” added Oakley.
“We have fewer trees, dirtier soil, more polluting industry and traffic, higher concentrations of heavy metals, fewer places to safely grow a garden, more blighted industrial buildings – the list goes on and on. I could not be more honored that Friends of the Earth Action recognizes this and affirms that I am ready to fight like hell for this community, my lifelong home.”
Ocampo Grajales is seeking to get elected to U.S. Rep Albio Sires (D-8) soon to be vacant seat in a race where Rob Menendez is heavily favored, while Oakley has the tall task of unseating U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) in the June 10th primary.