“The fight of our lives”: Friends of the Earth Action endorses Betsy Sweet for U.S. Senate

Friends of the Earth Action joins a list of prominent national organizations endorsing Sweet, including Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, Democracy for America, and Progressive Democrats of America

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Friends of the Earth Action, one of the nation’s leading environmental organizations, announced today that they have endorsed Betsy Sweet for U.S. Senate in Maine. Sweet, a longtime environmental activist and the only major Democratic candidate who supports a Green New Deal, seeks to unseat Maine’s long-time U.S. Senator, Republican Susan Collins.

“The world is literally and figuratively on fire,” said Sweet.  “It will not do to bring a watering can to the edges. Half measures and incremental steps are not going to be enough. It is time to work on real, urgent solutions to solve the climate crisis and to pass a Green New Deal.  I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Friends of the Earth and I’m proud to stand with them in this fight of our lives.”

“Betsy Sweet is a progressive champion and a life-long fighter for Maine’s communities and environment,” said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth Action. “Her bold vision for solving challenges like the climate crisis and income inequality is sorely needed in the U.S. Senate. We are proud to endorse Mrs. Sweet and urge the voters of Maine to stand with her on election day.”

“As a Mainer, I know we need strong, progressive representation in the U.S. Senate to support necessary policies like a Green New Deal and the fight for economic justice,” said Michael Herz, Friends of the Earth Action board member and Maine resident. “That is why Friends of the Earth Action endorsed Betsy Sweet. We know that Betsy shares our values and will continue to fight for people and the planet.”

Sweet has pledged to refuse dark money, federal lobbying, and corporate PAC money. Her platform includes getting money out of politics and passing the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and a 21st Century Bill of Rights.

Contact: Erin Jensen, (202) 222-0722, ejensen@foe.org

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