America has a water problem

There are serious consequences to water shutoffs:

  • They can cause health issues because without water, people cannot bathe or flush their toilets.
  • 21 states consider the lack of running water in the home to be child neglect, so families are in danger of being separated.
  • And, high water prices force many families to choose between water and other essentials like medicine and groceries.2

Water affordability is a national problem, and water shutoffs are a policy decision — which means this is an issue we can solve.

“Good policies are critical to addressing this affordability crisis,” says Mary Grant, Food & Water Watch Public Water for All Campaign Director.3

The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act would promote affordable water service for all.

Wenonah Hauter
Executive Director
Food & Water Watch

1. Right to Water, Food & Water Watch, July 28, 2011.
2. America’s Secret Water Crisis: National Shutoff Survey Reveals Water Affordability Emergency Affecting Millions, Food & Water Watch, October 2018.
3.  Shocking Study: 15 Million U.S. Residents Had Water Shut Off in 2016

Tell CBP: Stop searching personal electronics at the border!


Petition to CBP:

Demand Progress

We demand CBP immediately stop searching personal electronics and forcing passengers to hand over passwords to websites and social media platforms just to enter and/or leave the country.

At the San Francisco airport, three CBP officers demanded an Apple employee, Andreas Gal, unlock his cell phone and hand over his laptop. Both devices had “Confidential and Proprietary” written on their lock screens. But CBP didn’t care, and when Gal refused their demands, he was detained and interrogated.1

CBP has gone too far forcing passengers flying into and out of the country to hand over personal electronics and passwords to website and social media platforms. Tell CBP: Stop violating passengers’ privacy by forcing them to hand over personal electronics.

Ever since Trump took office the CBP has ramped up their invasive searches of personal electronics at border crossings and airport. Last year, these invasive electronic device searches happened over 33,000 times.2 And if a passenger refuses to comply they can be detained and interrogated, even though they haven’t committed a crime.

No one should have to travel in fear of their privacy being violated. Tell the CBP: Stop searching passengers’ personal electronic devices.

1. Washington Post, “Apple employee detained by U.S. customs agents after declining to unlock phone, laptop,” April 3, 2019.
2. Ibid.

Thanks for taking action,

Tihi and the team at Demand Progress


1. Washington Post, “Apple employee detained by U.S. customs agents after declining to unlock phone, laptop,” April 3, 2019.
2. Ibid.