Article Type: Press Release

Student activists find new ways to organize during COVID-19 elections

This summer, more than 350 Student PIRGs New Voters Project interns will work with college campuses and state election officials across the United States to adopt safe voting policies, register students online, and educate students on how to cast their ballots in the November general election. As a part of Rock the Vote’s Democracy Summer, the New Voters Project will also recruit and train hundreds of fellow students to mobilize thousands of peers to register to vote.

Student Groups Outline COVID-19 Higher Ed Funding Needs

As you work on providing economic relief and protecting public health in response to the COVID-19 crisis and move forward with the FY21 appropriations process, we, the undersigned student advocacy organizations, write to urge you to invest in America’s institutions of higher education, so that they can ensure student success and support during this crisis.

Student PIRGs join nationwide effort to mobilize the youth vote

A powerhouse lineup of artists, activists, influencers and elected officials will kick off Democracy Summer 2020 Thursday evening at a virtual event. The effort, led by Rock the Vote in partnership with the Student PIRGs, Voto Latino Foundation, When We All Vote, March For Our Lives and many more, aims to register and mobilize 200,000 new voters over the summer.

CALPIRG wins national award for work to fight climate change

EcoAmerica announced the winners of the 2020 American Climate Leadership Awards in a virtual ceremony today recognizing CALPIRG Students for their successful campaign for a University of California-wide commitment to 100% renewable electricity.

Washington state bans single-use plastic grocery bags

Seattle, WA – Governor Inslee signed the Reusable Bag Bill Wednesday, which will ban single-use plastic grocery bags statewide. The legislation, which goes into effect on Jan 1, 2021, bans retailers from giving out single-use plastic carryout bags and requires an 8-cent charge for other bags.

Student PIRGs call on states to adopt emergency absentee voting

While many states have plans to deal with emergencies like power outages, natural disasters and other one-off situations, very few states are currently set up to successfully run an election where large public gatherings, such as polling places, present a public health risk.