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  • Latest Updates Blog | CALPIRG Students
    petitions to make textbooks more affordable Add new comment Survey Student Loans Wednesday September 21 2011 By Are you a student loan recipient If so please take our 8 question survey Related topics Higher Ed Read more about Survey Student Loans Add new comment Fall 2011 Campaigns Tuesday September 20 2011 By Check out our Oceans Energy Efficiency Hunger and Homelessness Stop Subsidizing Obesity Toxics and Affordable Education campaigns here Read more about Fall 2011 Campaigns Add new comment Pages first previous 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 next last More About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference

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  • Media Hits | CALPIRG Students
    models from BMW and Nissan The free event is co hosted by the Charge Ahead California campaign UC Riverside and the California Student Public Interest Research Group Read more about Event Features Electric Vehicles Media Hit Democracy Measure P Aims to Abolish Corporate Personhood Unlike this year s controversial soda tax measure one city ballot measure has flown under the radar Measure P expresses dissatisfaction with corporate personhood and campaign finance laws in the United States in the hope of passing a Constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood The driving force behind the measure s inclusion on the city ballot was CalPIRG s Reclaim Democracy campaign CalPIRG is a group that works to protect consumer and voter rights and has a chapter at UC Berkeley Read more about Measure P Aims to Abolish Corporate Personhood Media Hit Energy CALPIRG s Go Solar Campaign What you need to know Whether it s your first semester or your last you have probably been approached at least once by the on campus environmental group CalPIRG Perhaps you ve accumulated a ton of their flyers and emails by now maybe even texts Perchance you ve heard about their campaign called Berkeley Go Solar If you don t know too much about it yet now is your chance to learn Read more about CALPIRG s Go Solar Campaign What you need to know Media Hit New Voters Project Student Groups Make Final Push for Voter Registration Fewer students than usual could be found Monday on Sproul Plaza due to the weather but some braved the rain for a final push to register students to vote with hours remaining before the deadline Many student groups have launched initiatives to increase student voter registration in time for the upcoming midterm elections Nov 4 Students from the campus

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  • Student Debt | CALPIRG Students
    innovators Related topics Higher Ed Student Debt Read more about Victory for Students Media Hit Higher Ed Student Debt Congress votes to keep student loan interest rate from doubling Just two days before the student loan interest rate was scheduled to double Congress passed a measure that includes maintaining the current 3 4 percent loan interest rate for more than 7 million students Read more about Congress votes to keep student loan interest rate from doubling Media Hit Student Debt Debit Cards on Campus Given the history of shady dealings between banks and colleges Congress needs to take a hard look at the increasingly common practice of schools contracting with banks to disburse financial aiddollars to students Read more about Debit Cards on Campus Media Hit Higher Ed Student Debt Obama students push Congress to prevent student loan interest rate increase With six days left before Congress makes a decision on the doubling of student loan interest rates President Barack Obama and college students around the country continue to push for congressional action to stop the increase Read more about Obama students push Congress to prevent student loan interest rate increase Report Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt The Campus Debit Card Trap Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards In addition to on campus services such as student ID functions offered on the card some cards offer traditional debit card services linked to bank accounts other cards provide additional reloadable prepaid card functions The disbursement of financial aid and university refunds is the most significant partnership identified Read more about The Campus Debit Card Trap About Us Our Leadership

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  • AG SUBSIDIES PAY FOR 21 TWINKIES PER TAXPAYER, BUT ONLY HALF OF AN APPLE APIECE | CALPIRG Students
    to just 3 8 of farmers and they mainly support just a few commodity crops including corn and soybeans Among other uses food manufacturers process corn and soy crops into additives like high fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils that provide a cheap dose of sweetness and fat to a wide variety of junk food products Among the report s key findings Between 1995 and 2011 18 2 billion in tax dollars subsidized four common food additives corn syrup high fructose corn syrup corn starch and soy oils better known as hydrogenated vegetable oils At 7 58 per taxpayer per year that would buy each taxpayer 21 Twinkies Outside of commodity crops other agricultural products receive very little in federal subsidies Since 1995 taxpayers spent only 637 million subsidizing apples which is the only significant federal subsidy of fresh fruits or vegetables Coming to 27 cents per taxpayer per year that would buy less than half of one Red Delicious apple Los Angeles residents share of the expense for junk food subsidies is over 13 million each year on average compared with just 459 000 in subsidies for apples That s enough to buy 35 million Twinkies but less than 1 million apples Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last three decades with one in five kids aged 6 to 11 now obese Research shows that increased snacking is responsible for a significant portion of this increase About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness

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  • Apples To Twinkies 2012 | CALPIRG Students
    important is the increased prevalence of high fat heavily sweetened junk food Between 1995 and 2011 American taxpayers spent over 277 billion in agricultural subsidies Most subsidies went to the country s largest farming operations mainly to grow just a few commodity crops including corn and soybeans Most of these commodity crops are not simply eaten as is Among other uses food manufacturers process them into additives like high fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils that provide a cheap dose of sweetness and fat to a wide variety of junk food products Thus Americans tax dollars directly subsidize junk food ingredients Key Findings Between 1995 and 2011 18 2 billion in tax dollars subsidized four common junk food additives corn syrup high fructose corn syrup corn starch and soy oils which are processed further into hydrogenated vegetable oils Healthier agricultural products receive very little in federal subsidies Since 1995 taxpayers spent only 637 million subsidizing apples which is one of the few fresh fruits or vegetables that have a significant federal subsidy If subsidies for junk food ingredients went directly to taxpayers to allow them to purchase food each of America s 141 million taxpayers would receive 7 58 to spend on junk food and 27 cents to spend on apples each year enough to buy 21 Twinkies but just half of one Red Delicious apple The 18 2 billion in subsidies for junk food ingredients that taxpayers have shelled out since 1995 is enough to buy 49 billion Twinkies Placed end to end they would circle the globe 125 times Since 1995 the lion s share of agricultural subsidies has gone to a very small number of large operations 75 of subsidies go to just 3 8 of U S farmers The fact that so many tax dollars are

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  • Textbooks Project Packet | CALPIRG Students
    Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on

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  • Students urge Berkeley to ban plastic bags | CALPIRG Students
    cities like Oakland on the grounds that they have not considered the environmental impacts of increased paper bag use caused by a ban But a recent victory at the California Supreme Court by the city of Manhattan Beach which was sued by plastic bag backers has made the legal environment more favorable said Berkeley City Attorney Zach Cowan Everyone has been waiting for the Manhattan Beach case to be decided Cowan said It wasn t a magic bullet though and it doesn t say every city can ban plastic bags without qualifications Julie Sinai chief of staff to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said the city also has been waiting for the county waste management authority to finish an environmental impact report so Berkeley can use the report as legal backup if it passes a law As soon as the results come from the EIR we ll have a clearer understanding of moving forward Sinai said The draft of the EIR says a ban would have no negative environmental impact The report concludes that more truck trips would be required to transport paper bags but because paper bags are larger there is no reason to assume the same number of paper bags would be needed Most bag bans around the state include a charge say 10 cents for each paper bag in order to deter their use and to get customers used to bringing reusable bags to stores Berkeley City Councilman Kriss Worthington who attended the Wednesday rally said the city is way too late in banning plastic bags We need to catch up with the other cities so it s too late for us to be first he said Worthington cited inertia fear of lawsuits and bureaucracy as reasons why the city has not banned plastic bags Julia Ritchie an

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  • Student group calls for alternatives to textbooks | CALPIRG Students
    that publishers and professors find an alternative solution They keep sending out different editions of essentially the same book just to put out new books and the used textbooks are no longer any good said parent Patrick Conway UC Berkeley is the latest stop on a 40 campus tour by a coalition called The Text Book Rebellion Mascots symbolizing Mr 200 Textbook and The Textbook Rebel strolled Sproul Plaza gathering attention Organizers gathered signatures hoping to change the book industry Really what we re looking at is new models for publishers and the best example is a company called Flat World Knowledge said Allen Flat World Knowledge makes its textbooks available for free on the Internet Students also have the option of buying black and white self printed books e books and audio books for as little as 29 95 A manager at Ned s Books David Delgado says that model just won t work I wouldn t see that happening just because the information isn t exactly cheap Books aren t free and there s a lot of work that goes into it said Delgado But students say what we have now isn t working Prices have increased 22 percent over the last four years This upward trend has been happening for 20 years Textbooks have been increasing four times the rate of inflation and I personally can feel it said Kiley Morris from CALPIRG And even book sellers say that just can t continue I do think there s a breaking point yes and I think we re getting really close to that said Delgado The Association of American Publishers told ABC7 it is already aggressively working to provide students with alternative and less expensive course materials One popular option offered by book sellers is to rent books

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