Dan Xie, Political Director

Reflecting on the last year of the pandemic

A year ago today, exactly one week after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, the Student PIRGs team launched four new campaigns to contend with the emerging reality of the novel coronavirus. Here’s a look back on some of the highlights of our work.

Looking back on a year of civic engagement

The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project aims to achieve full participation of young people (aged 18-24) in the democratic process. To wrap up our 2020 program, I wanted to share some final highlights of our non-partisan, peer-to-peer work.

Rollback the Rollbacks

Early actions the Biden administration can take to restore critical environmental protections In recent years, America’s environment has been at risk. Air pollution has been on the rise. Many of our bodies of water are at risk of pollution from… Read more

Students take to the (virtual) Capitol

No one should have to worry over lack of food or access to safe housing, especially during a pandemic. Yet, these problems are so widespread that 38 percent of college students say that they don’t have the means to meet their basic… Read more

Home Safe for the Holidays

As we approach the final weeks of the fall term, we’re all eager to get back home and celebrate Thanksgiving and have a normal holiday. But unfortunately, that cannot happen this year. According to the COVID Exit Strategy, all but one state is trending poorly, and the country as a whole has seen its highest reports of new cases in the past few weeks.

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.

Election Day Highlights from the Field

Happy Election Day! Across the country, young people are making their voices heard and showing up to the polls in huge numbers compared to the 2016 election. I’m so incredibly proud of the work our team has done over the last eight months building a student-powered campaign to make sure that America’s largest generation was heard at the ballot box.

The Last Push

It’s Election Week! The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project is using the last two days to keep up the unprecedented momentum we’re seeing in youth turnout, with more than 4,500 hours of calling and texting scheduled from our student-led team around the country. I’m back to share an update on our work and an invite to join online Get out the Vote events we’re hosting this week.

11 days

There are only 11 days left until the election, and I’m back with another update on how the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project is pulling out all the stops to make sure young people are registered and have a plan to vote.

Videos to get your campus Vote Ready!

With less than two weeks left until Election Day, the Student PIRGs and the Andrew Goodman Foundation have put together a series quick videos on how student organizations, faculty, and campus administrators can get their campuses ready for the 2020 Elections and make sure that their students on join the more than 2.5 MILLION young people that have voted already.