CALPIRG Students Fall 2023 Newsletter

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Anoushka Jasuja of UC Berkeley speaking at our Right to Repair press event in Sacramento.

We started off the term with a set of victories coming out of Sacramento! After gathering countless petition signatures, hosting press events on and off campus and lobby days in Sacramento, we helped to pass a new bill to ban the commercial use of bee-killing pesticides.

We also helped pass the California Right the Repair Act, which will give Californian consumers and repair shops what we need to fix electronics and appliances like phones, computers, and microwaves. To help win this victory this summer, we organized lobby meetings in Sacramento, and hosted local media events to bring more attention to the bill. We’re so proud to see this bill signed into law!

Here we are in Sacramento!

You probably saw us working on our campaign to address climate change, one of the biggest issues of our generation, with our 100% clean energy campaign. From the historic wildfires in California creating orange skies raining ash, to extreme weather patterns like hurricanes and heat waves – it’s clear we need to act now to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

100% Clean Energy campaign events  

The UC system can lead the way in ending our dependence on fossil fuels. Imagine if the whole UC system was 100% clean and renewable sources of energy like solar and wind. Repowering our communities would mean harnessing the power of the sun and the wind instead of extracting finite resources.

This quarter we focused on showing how much support there is from students on campus for a totally 100% Clean Energy UC. We held press events that got covered in the news, our UC Berkeley chapter held a solar powered concert on campus, at UCLA they made a mural of what a clean UCLA would look like!

Jake Twomey, UCSB 2nd year, getting interviewed on TV!

We also rolled up our sleeves for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in November. No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people – including college students. Our latest research suggests that one in five students is considered food insecure.

At UC Riverside, our chapter partnered with student government to collect items for a local shelter and collected close to 300 pounds of food and clothing to donate!

Our UC San Diego chapter collected 224 food items for campus food pantry. Our UC Berkeley chapter partnered with Cal Habitat for Humanity and collected over 200 items. UCLA held a food drive and collected 181 items.

Finally, in November we got together with all of our CALPIRG chapters across the state for our annual Santa Barbara Conference. We held trainings, discussed campaign strategies, and celebrated all that we accomplished this term!

Next Quarter

We are excited to continue to advocate on issues young people care about! Next term our priority campaign will focus on fully banning plastic bags in California to protect our oceans and public health. We will also work to address students basic needs, and get ready for the 2024 election.

Thank you for your support! We know students have the power to shape the future we will inherit. We’ll keep up the work to tackle climate change, protect public health, revitalize our democracy, feed the hungry and more.

If you are interested in getting involved yourself next term in making real social change on and off campus, fill out this form to get in touch!

Best,

Clara Castronovo
CALPIRG Students Board Chair

Here I am at one of our campaign events on campus to tackle plastic pollution (far right)!