Food & Water Action Fund
Food & Water Action Fund is a political advocacy organization supporting the educational work of Food & Water Watch.
Engaging Politically to Protect Our Access to Safe Food and Clean Drinking Water
Are you happy with the job our elected officials are doing? We try to elect lawmakers who will represent our interests, but we all know that many of them are in the pockets of companies like Monsanto and Halliburton. We need to make democracy work for people, not corporations, in order to assure that everyone has access to safe food and clean water.
Food & Water Watch combines research, advocacy and education to mobilize the public and call for solutions to protect everyone's right to safe food and clean water— but the other crucial half of the equation is holding our elected officials accountable.
We launched Food & Water Action Fund to allow us to ramp up our direct lobbying and election efforts in order to make our advocacy more effective.
Case Study: Getting Involved in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Race on Fracking
In Pennsylvania, a state that's been heavily fracked, former governor Tom Corbett bent over backwards to give ridiculous tax breaks to Big Oil and Gas in exchange for campaign contributions. Through Food & Water Action Fund, we were able to enter into the candidate debate during the primaries to push those vying to face off against Corbett to be better on fracking. Our organizer based in Philadelphia hand-delivered pledges to each of the Democratic candidates, outlining the need for a moratorium.
We also held actions at campaign events, handed out fliers and held signs calling on the candidates to support a statewide moratorium. Our actions attracted the attention of media, campaign staffers, party officials and the candidates themselves.
Corbett did lose the general election, and while we still have a lot of work to do, we're in a better position to protect Pennsylvanians from fracking and hold our new governor accountable because of the work we were able to do with our political fund in the early stages of the election.
Why Food & Water Action Fund?
Since donations to Food & Water Action Fund are not tax deductible, we're able to do more direct political work like putting out voter scorecards and pressuring candidates to take the right position on important issues like fracking. We'll always keep doing the important advocacy work we do at Food & Water Watch, but by supporting our political fund, you can help us fight corporate special interests more effectively on all fronts.
About this Platform
This is a new project to allow you to start, run and deliver your own campaign on issues important to you, with the technology you need at your fingertips.
It can be big or small, heroic or ordinary. This is about power to the people. If you have an idea to make your community, your school, your local playground or the planet a better place, we want to assist you.
What can I run a campaign on?
We will be providing opportunities to launch local campaigns on critical issues affecting your food and water. If you see something happening in your community that you want to change, use the tools provided here to take it on.
When starting your campaign, the most important step is to get the ball rolling - don't worry about getting everything 100% right. Even experienced, professional campaigners make mistakes and often change tack as things develop. You don't need to be an expert to launch a campaign, you just need to be willing to learn new things along the way.
What can't I campaign on?
You are welcome to use this tool for local campaigns as you see fit, within reason. The campaign must be related to food and water issues. If we disagree with the campaign, we will not promote it for you. Your campaign must not be defamatory, discriminatory, illegal, you get the idea.
We reserve the right to use our judgment and take something down if it goes against our positions on issues or if it crosses a line of common decency.
How do you decide which campaigns go on the homepage?
A number of factors contribute to what campaigns are highlighted on the homepage. These include campaigns that are on the edge of winning, campaigns that have shown rapid growth and campaigns that are particularly timely.
Who controls the data on the site?
While you are able to email your supporters through the website, privacy laws prevent us from sharing your supporters' email addresses with you. The data collected on and through the site is available to administrators at Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action Fund.
Besides starting a petition, what else can I do in my campaign?
You can start a petition, share it with your network and communicate further with your supporters via email.
You can also take your campaign to the street. For instance, you can download a blank copy of your petition, collect signatures in person and then enter your data easily into the system. You can also download a finished copy of your petition to print and deliver to your target.
You can access all of these features from the manage page
This is a tool that allows anyone, anywhere to take a campaign from start to finish.
Can I cancel my petition?
How will signing petitions make a difference?
Petitions provide a useful snapshot of the level of public support for an issue and put forward a list of people who all share a common commitment or concern. And they don't always need a big number to make a big impact - think about a local issue where a petition of 20 neighbors on one street would require someone to sit up and take notice.
Petitions can be the catalyst for conversations that change how people think conversations with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, church group, school, fellow consumers, local club; political representative or business leader. It's most effective when you make a point of delivering your petition to your target in personal, high-profile or creative way, explaining why supporters feel the way they do. But it probably won't do much if you just start a petition and walk away.
I'm loving this and I want to learn more. Where do I go from here?
You understand the principles of campaigning 101 and are ready for more advanced tactics. Excellent.
Here's the thing. Sometimes your campaign is won pretty quickly, and that's an amazing feeling. Other times, a campaign needs a movement of supporters behind it to really succeed. When the barriers to change are high this tends to be the case.
And that's when you need to build a movement.
Movements are diverse groups of people who probably have different skills, professions and interests but are united around a common purpose. These individuals can communicate why an issue is important to them and will often experiment together with different tactics over time to build power and instigate long lasting change.
You can't build a movement alone. A movement is born from a team of people with complementary strengths and diverse skill sets. Real movements grow through collaboration and skill sharing, and while some may step forward more naturally to be leaders, everyone has a part to play.
To build a movement, you need to find other people who care about the issue but have different skills from you. If you're a great writer, find someone who's good at accounting. If you're not a people person find someone who is. Build and invest in those personal relationships to ensure your team is strong and diverse.
I no longer wish to receive updates on a campaign I signed up to. How do I unsubscribe?
It's sad to see you go, but you can unsubscribe by clicking the 'unsubscribe' link in site emails you receive.