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04/22/2014
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This Earth Day help California become a leader in the fight against global warming.

Ask the California Senate to Charge Ahead with a new Million Clean Cars program to cut our number one source of global warming pollution, cars and trucks.

Sign the petition here for a Million Clean Cars!

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03/05/2014
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A guide for students to avoid ripoffs from credit cards and big banks.

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03/05/2014
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As college students we are new to managing money, and that makes us vulnerable to the misleading practices of banks. Confusing, deceptive practices from banks and financial institutions can lead to sky-high debt and financial crisis in the short term, and impact our financial health for years to come. Make sure that you have the tools to protect yourself and manage the basics of personal finance by getting our online guide to Avoid the Debt Trap!

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02/25/2014
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On Monday I went to the Capitol with CALPIRG students from across the state; check out the photos here.

We held 57 meetings, supporting bills to disclose big money in politics, get more emission-free vehicles on the road in California, and stop the overuse of antibiotics in the livestock industry.

Lobbying at the Capitol has always been my favorite part of my involvement with CALPIRG. When I meet with our elected officials in Sacramento I get to see the impact of all the petition signatures and education events on campus. Senator Wolk's office was impressed to get so many petitions from UC Davis students and hear what we had to say!

Having a campus public interest group means that its not just the big powerful interests who have a voice in Sacramento, but every day people like you and me.

Thanks!

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PIRG In The News

Contra Costa Times

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will visit the East Bay for a fundraising event next Thursday evening

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The New York Times

Rich Williams, the higher education advocate for U.S. Public Interest Research Group, said he thought about 14 moderate Republican senators might support the effort to keep the interest rates down. “This should be a bipartisan issue,” he said. “It’s something everyone gets.”

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Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — CALPIRG's (California Public Interest Research Group) Energy Service Corps (a joint project of CALPIRG and AmeriCorps) student volunteers will take time off from spring break to help communities save money on heating and electric bills. The student volunteers will perform free energy audits and weatherizations of homes and buildings in Truckee. They will also teach energy conservation lessons in schools and run a workshop for community members about energy use and energy efficiency. The energy workshop and weatherization for Tuesday, March 27, 3-6 p.m. at High Fives Nonprofit Foundation, 10775 Pioneer Trail, Truckee has been canceled.

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USA Today

A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators, philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs.

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