CALPIRG at University of Southern California

Campus Organizer

We are USC's students' public interest group and we are focused on getting real results. For example, last year we worked with the state legislature to ban single-use plastic bags statewide. Other victories include registering 40,000 students to vote, passing a bill to make textbooks more affordable, and getting $36 billion in financial aid directly to students (through Pell grants). We offer opportunities for you to become an intern or volunteer, where you can learn a variety of skills while really making a difference. By joining CALPIRG, you can see how easy it is to get involved in a large movement for social change.

This semester, we're working on...

  • Continuing to fight global warming with the LA Go Solar! Campaign
  • Conserving water in LA County with the Water Watch Campaign
  • Saving Antibiotics by convincing Subway to buy antibiotic free meat

Students' support can go a long way

The thing that makes us so effective is that students and community members have agreed to pay $10 per month to fund CALPIRG. When we share our resources, we can stand up to powerful opposition that generate enough profit to influence lawmakers in their favor with ease. These contributions help us make students’ voices just as influential, allowing us to hire our own professional staff to train students to run effective campaigns as well as advocate in Sacramento and Washington DC full time on our behalf. 

Latest News

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