CALPIRG at UC Irvine
Campus Organizer: Kol Chaiken
We are UC Irvine students' public interest group, and have been since 1998. We are focused on getting real results. For example, last term we worked with the state legislature to uphold the ban on single-use plastic bags statewide by helping to pass Prop 67. This will help prevent millions of tons of trash from polluting our oceans! 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 term, we're working on...
- Fighting warming by asking UCI to go 100% renewable energy and passing SB 100 in Sacramento!
- Saving the bees and our food system by working to ban neonic pesticides!
- Helping to put an end to college student food insecurity through food programs!
Students' support can go a long way
The thing that makes us so effective is that 10% of our students pledge to pay $5 on their bill every quarter 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. Student contributions help us make student 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.
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