Tomorrow, Wednesday June 27, we will hold an all-day fundraiser. By pledging today you can help us keep up our rapidly growing momentum!
Rocky returned Sunday evening from an action-packed trip to Minnestota, where he presented to two enthusiastic audiences in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and marched in a huge parade with United for All Families, calling for marriage equality. Volunteers are ready to launch a signature gathering campaign to get Rocky on the ballot in Minnesota.
Last Saturday, Rocky learned he will be on the ballot in New Mexico, where he was nominated by the Independent Party as its candidate for President. Already, he has qualified to be on the ballot as the Justice Party's nominee in Mississippi and Utah, and as the Progressive Party's nominee in Oregon. A road team is gathering signatures to get Rocky on the ballot in Arkansas, and it will continue its work throughout the South, the East Coast, and New England. Volunteers are close to obtaining the required signatures to get Rocky on the ballot in Washington State. And we've only yet begun!
Our goal on Wednesday is to raise $10,000 to continue our aggressive campaign and to expand our ballot access successes. If we achieve our fundraising goal, we will break our record for a single day’s contributions. We will also break our record for contributions in a single month. Please be a part of this crucial effort.
We need your help more than ever as we continue to challenge the political duopoly and make the compelling case for a more peaceful, healthy, safe world. We can achieve our goal with your help today.
A vote for Rocky Anderson is a vote for peace.
- Rocky opposed the Vietnam War, participating in protests and teach-ins as a college student.
- Rocky did more than speak out. His resistance to US orchestration and financing of the contra war in Nicaragua included organizing and taking two trips for dozens of people to Nicaragua during the contra war to see for themselves the truth, which varied dramatically from the accounts by the Reagan administration and the mainstream media.
- Rocky debated the contra Commander-in-Chief Adolfo Calero and spoke at universities and elsewhere about disastrous US policy in Central America.
- Rocky's opposition to the invasion and occupation of Iraq included his calls for impeachment of Bush for lying to the nation during the lead-up to that catastrophic war.
- Rocky would end our military involvement in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia immediately. He would undertake to repair relations with those nations and re-affirm their sovereignty, while committing not to engage in acts of war without congressional authorization, as required by the War Power Clause of the Constitution. Rocky would seek to be remembered as the “peace president,” not a “war president.”
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No resource is as ubiquitous or taken so much for granted as water. “We all live downstream”, as the saying goes, but most humans live upstream as well, making easy the disposal of our modern lives’ waste and rubbish. Safeguarding this most precious resource both for drinking water and surface water should be the goal of all, and is particularly important to Rocky. As mayor of Salt Lake City, he oversaw the purchase of valuable watershed areas, created water resource education programs, and fought to preserve water resources through climate-change prevention initiatives. Clean water is relatively plentiful in the US, but as we deplete our aquifers and climate change disrupts snowfall and the resultant snowpack that most of the Rocky Mountain states rely on for water, America’s access to clean, affordable water may be at dire risk.
In the United States, clean, safe drinking or culinary water is taken for granted by the vast majority of Americans. However, the US has serious problems with water quality, resulting from agricultural and municipal runoff and industrial waste. As our water supplies, including surface water (lakes, streams, and rivers), stored water (reservoirs and snowpack), and groundwater, become polluted or contaminated, it requires increased treatment to be safe for consumption. This leads to increased resource and monetary demands to keep our citizens’ culinary water safe and plentiful, while the true solution is to cure the causes, not the symptoms, of impure water.
Globally, few ecological crises rival the lack of access to clean water. UNICEF finds that 3,000 children under five die of diarrheal diseases every day, and 88% of these deaths are due to poor drinking water, lack of sanitation, and poor hygiene 1. Further, every $1 invested in water and sanitation results in economic benefits of $5 to $46 2. Women and children also spend millions of hours annually fetching drinking water, which results in lost time for farming, education, and economic development. Water and sanitation projects implemented in developing countries have decreased the death rate of children less than 5 years of age, and increased the impression of the United States abroad, which is sorely needed at this time.
As President, Rocky Anderson will continue his focus on the environment, including clean water, by:
- Mitigating global climatic change that will affect water quality and quantity both domestically and abroad.
- Invest in and implement 21st century technologies to lessen the nutrient discharge from wastewater treatment plants, which seriously degrades receiving waters across the nation
- Determine the true risk hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, poses to our nation’s groundwater, and ensure that the pursuance of carbon resources through this means poses no threat to groundwater quality.
- Sound investment in global initiatives to prevent waterborne disease and provide water for crops.
- Review and update, if needed, the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, which regulates the point discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States.
- Work to protect and recharge our nation’s aquifers, which are at serious risk from unsustainable withdrawal and contamination.
1. UN Water, Tackling a Global Crisis: International Year of Sanitation 2008, 2008
2. Hutton G, L Haller, & J. Bartram, ‘Global cost-benefit analysis of water supply and sanitation interventions’. Journal of Water and Health 2007:5.4;481-502, 2007