Those were the words of Rep. Donna Edwards, a progressive champion and U.S. Senate candidate from Maryland, and she would know. Donna Edwards has spent her career fighting against the corporate takeover of a vital resource — water.
Last summer, Donna Edwards led a Congressional effort to stop the city of Baltimore from a mass shut off of water to residents who hadn’t paid their bills. Donna Edwards believes that water is about human rights, not profit margins.
So it was natural that Donna Edwards joined Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats recently to hold hearings into the horrible water crisis in Flint, created by Republicans who put money above public health.
Donna Edwards is demanding answers from Governor Rick Snyder and his cronies. And she’s going further, exposing the fact that lead poisoning is a national problem that isn’t confined to Flint.
Donna Edwards has led the way in Congress in protecting clean water access as a human right, not a corporate commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. We need that leadership in the Senate to block future tragedies like Flint from ever happening again. Please chip in $3 or more to support Donna Edwards today.
Republicans continue to block new funds to replace contaminated water pipes across America. They won’t even pay for new pipes in Flint. As her leadership at the Flint hearings reflects, Donna Edwards is working hard to help get clean water for every family:
“What should make us all furious is that this is not uncommon. Low-income, black, and brown communities are affected by lead poisoning across the country, threatening the long-term health and cognitive development of these exposed children for their entire lives.
This is a question of priorities. It is time to prioritize critical infrastructure funding in black, brown, and low-income communities immediately to ensure they are protected from these dangerous environmental hazards. And we must restore the fund to prevent lead poisoning which has been cut by this Republican Congress by more than half.”
Donna Edwards is not only taking on those who poisoned the water in Flint — she’s also fighting to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Anywhere.
Whether it’s challenging corporate special interests, right-wing Republicans, and even Democrats who wanted to make deals for the NRA or to cut Social Security. Donna Edwards has been a proven leader. She knows that the economy is rigged for Wall Street and stacked against working families. She knows that you cannot solve income inequality without addressing racial injustice.
Donna Edwards is challenging the establishment, just like she did in 2008 when she won a hard-fought primary. She’s pledged not to take any money from Wall Street banks — a pledge her opponent in the Democratic primary refuses to make. Now she needs our help to make sure she has the resources she needs to win this important Senate race.
Let’s stand with her as she takes on the establishment in her campaign for U.S. Senate. Chip in $3 or more right now to support Donna Edwards for U.S. Senate.
Thank you for standing up for Donna Edwards.
Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America