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Student PIRGs urge Whole Foods: Put planet over plastic by eliminating plastic packaging

The Student PIRGs, Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, and other nonprofits launched a campaign alongside national partners on Tuesday calling on Whole Foods to change its practices on plastic packaging. The group’s decision comes after the supermarket chain received an “F” for its policies on single-use plastic packaging.

Statement: New data shows youth voter turnout on track to surpass 2016

New data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) estimates that the percentage of all eligible young voters, ages 18-29, who cast a ballot in 2016 may increase between 5 to 10 percentage points in 2020. CIRCLE estimates based on votes counted as of November 6, suggest that 49%-51% of voting-eligible young people, ages 18-29, cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential election.

Youth voter turnout on track to set records in key states

The Student PIRGs New Voters Project, one of the country’s oldest and largest youth-led voter mobilization efforts, played a role in increased youth voter rates during the 2020 election. New data shows increases in the youth share of all votes cast in a number of key states. The preliminary surveys show that the youth vote share increased nationally from 16 percent in 2016 to 17 percent in 2020. 

Young people turn out in larger numbers in Florida

Preliminary reports from the Florida country registrars’ websites show an increase in voter turnout rate in student-heavy precincts. Florida PIRGs’ New Voters Project, one of the country’s oldest and largest youth-led voter mobilization efforts, ran massive get-out-the-vote volunteer actions in the final weeks leading up to the election.

Organizing and activism is driving youth turn out

In the past two week, the Student PIRGs New Voters Project, one of the country’s oldest and largest youth-led voter mobilization efforts, has reached more than 750,000 young people by organizing virtual Phone-a-thon events as part of a coordinated effort to help register and turn out students.

Students Mobilize on National Vote Early Day

DENVER — The Student PIRGs New Voters Project joined more than 2,500 partners across the country on Saturday to celebrate National Vote Early Day, the first civic holiday to help Americans take advantage of their options to vote early in their state. Over 300 students called and texted thousands of their peers to help them make plans to vote. Dozens of student organizations, community groups, and faculty joined the massive outreach effort. Supporting first time voters navigate the process in their state is critical in helping ensure they turn out.

NAACP and PIRG launch Florida youth voter turnout program

Nationwide — The NAACP, the nation’s largest and most highly recognized civil rights organization, and the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project, one of the country’s oldest and largest youth-led voter mobilization efforts, announced the last push of their youth get out the vote campaign Monday in Florida. In addition to working together, the Student PIRGs are providing the NAACP a grant to help expand the scope of the project during this crucial election.

Youth virtually engage their peers on National Voter Registration Day

COVID-19 has reshaped 2020’s election landscape, but that hasn’t stopped the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project from extensive outreach for Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day. The organization, which is one of the country’s oldest and largest youth-led voter mobilization efforts, is taking tried-and-tested campaign tactics and adapting them to reach students in an online world. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When asked by a group of young admirers for advice, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “My advice is fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join… Read more