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And we’re off!

Now that we’re almost a month into 2018, our CALPIRG Student Chapters are ready to launch our winter quarter campaigns.

We spent the last few weeks educating students on our civic engagement program, recruiting and training volunteers, and lining up our team of interns and campaign coordinators who are going to be working hard this quarter for social change.

In just two and a half weeks, we educated 30,000 students through class announcements, added 7,000 to our email list, and engaged 450 volunteers.

This week we held our first big meetings of the quarter and a total of 590 were in attendance. We’re really excited about the work this team is going to do this quarter.

Our UC Riverside chapter had 105 students in attendance. 

UC San Diego had 120 students in attendance at their meeting. 

Our UC Davis chapter had 84 people in attendance. 

This winter CALPIRG Students is continuing our work to push for a 100% clean energy future. In the wake of wildfires and extreme weather, we want to see California lead the way in the fight to mitigate climate change.  We’re focused this quarter on pushing to pass SB 100 (De Leon) which would commit the state to 100% clean energy by 2045. This would be historic legislation, but we need to build support to make sure it passes. We’ll be educating students on the issue, organizing events like solar-powered concerts to spread the word, and bringing students to Sacramento for our annual Lobby Day.  

We’re also working to make textbooks more affordable by promoting online educational resources while also educating faculty on the burden caused by online access codes that require payment to access homework online.  Just today, we released a new report, investigating those high textbook prices for common courses at schools across the country. Entitled Open 101: an Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks, the report contains recommendations that, if enacted, could save students billions of dollars by ensuring the materials that students buy for their general education classes is free instead. You can read the report here.

Finally, we’re gearing up for the 2018 Election and getting out the youth vote. We’re building coalitions of student organizations and student governments for big voter registration and get out the vote drives, working with administrators to better institutionalize voter registration on campus, and working with country registrars to set up new conditional vote centers on or near campus. We want to make sure as many students as possible are registered and make their voice heard this Election.

As always, let us know if you can help on any of these campaigns or have other ideas of things we can do. You can stay updated by following us on Facebook and Twitter.