A statement from Student PIRGs Higher Education Advocate, Ethan Senack, following the Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill markup and passage in the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier today.
This spring break we took a road trip, but not to Cancun. We took 30 college students with CALPIRG Students at the UCs on an Alternative Spring Break media tour in support of the Save the Bag Ban Campaign.
Sacramento – Motivated by a love for the environment and a commitment to protecting the ocean and marine wildlife, 50 students from CALPIRG, the California Student Public Interest Research Group chapters stretching from UC Berkeley to UC San Diego officially launched their campaign to Save the statewide ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags.
Plastic bags pollute our ocean and beaches and kill thousands of sea turtles every year. That’s why CALPIRG helped make California the first state in the country to ban plastic grocery bags.
According to the CALPIRG Education Fund survey of more than 1,000 students last spring, most students want the college to do more to reach out to students about voter registration, where and how to vote, and what’s on their ballot.
New expert estimates indicate that turnout of young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 will likely exceed 50 percent in yesterday’s national election. This strong showing places 2012 on par with record 2008 turnout rates and bucks predictions of a precipitous drop-off in young voter participation.