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  • MASSPIRG Homepage | MASSPIRG Students
    Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Tell Your Elected Leaders Support 100 Clean Energy Take Action We can build support for a future powered by 100 clean and renewable energy Jobs for Graduating Seniors Learn more and apply If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront our country consider a job with U S PIRG Intern with MASSPIRG Apply Online As a MASSPIRG intern you ll learn skills and get valuable experience working on a campaign You ll learn how to build teams of volunteers organize events on campus and work with the media A crash course in effective citizenship Get the toolkit Get the basic tools necessary to run strong campaigns and service projects and win

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  • Our Mission | MASSPIRG Students
    chapters have been making a real difference in peoples lives and winning concrete changes to build a better world We give students the skills and opportunity to practice effective citizenship Both here on campus and out in the world we mobilize students to investigate big social problems come up with practical solutions convince the media and public to pay attention and get decision makers to act About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks

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  • Our Leadership | MASSPIRG Students
    Students State Board Treasurer and a junior at UMASS Amherst where he studies computer science Read more about Lucas Gutterman Kristin Jackson Assistant Organizing Director Contact person by email Kristin Jackson is the MASSPIRG Assistant Organizing Director and works with staff and campus chapters across Massachusetts Read more about Kristin Jackson Andrew Snow State Board Clerk Contact person by email Andrew is the MASSPIRG Student State Board Clerk and a studies Business Management at Fitchburg State University Read more about Andrew Snow Shawna Upton State Board Chair Contact person by email Shawna is the MASSPIRG Students State Board Chair and a junior at UMASS Amherst Read more about Shawna Upton Matthew Wellington U S PIRG Antibiotics Program Coordinator Contact person by email Matthew is the Antibiotics Program Coordinator for U S PIRG based out of Boston Read more about Matthew Wellington Ed Mierzwinski National Consumer Program Director 202 546 9707 x314 Contact person by email Ed Mierzwinski is the national Consumer Program Director Read more about Ed Mierzwinski About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn

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  • Accomplishments | MASSPIRG Students
    What s Your Plan Campaign which talked to the presidential candidates over 100 times on the campaign trail to ask them about their plans for global warming and higher education 2007 Over two hundred MASSPIRG students from our 18 chapters attended Powershift 2007 the largest global warming conference in history at the University of Maryland College Park MASSPIRG staff and students ran trainings organized workshops and helped to run the conference The conference ended with a rally at the capitol in DC and then students met with their legislators and lobbied them to pass the Safe Climate Act a comprehensive cap on emissions at the federal level 2007 In October over 50 students from MASSPIRG chapters and student governments came to Boston to attend a hearing for the Massachusetts State House of Representatives Higher Education Committee Students testified presented petitions and asked legislators to make textbooks more affordable by requiring publishing companies to disclose the price of their textbooks to faculty and sell the book separately from the extra bells whistles like CDs workbooks etc when applicable The Affordable Textbooks bill which would address these issues and sponsored by Rep Steven Walsh passed out of committee with a favorable recommendation 2007 In September we helped pass the College Cost Reduction and Access Act the largest increase in federal student aid in 20 years This law also made dramatic cuts in interest rates for student loans We followed up by helping pass the Higher Education Opportunity Act which was signed by President Bush in August 2008 That law contains several important policy changes including an increase in the maximum authorized level of the Pell Grant to 9 000 This was a huge victory for MASSPIRG students and staff who were organizing petition drives student debt alert events on their campus and speaking at higher education hearings in DC 2007 In January MASSPIRG students began organizing events on their campuses asking for more renewable energy in the state Students organized solar smoothie events mini windmill farms and coal vs wind face offs Our staff and students had district meetings with legislators and gathered petitions Because of our hard work both houses of the Massachusetts legislature voted to pass a strong renewable energy standard requiring the state to get 14 of its energy from clean renewable sources like wind and solar power by the year 2020 2007 In January newly elected Governor Deval Patrick signed Massachusetts on to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI which is a pact between the New England Governors to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global warming This move came after years of tireless advocacy and activism on the part of students across the state A commitment had initially been made by former Governor Romney who unfortunately backed the Commonwealth out of the agreement at the last minute With this victory we can now put Massachusetts back on the path to solving global warming 2007 MASSPIRG worked with a national coalition to convince the U S House of Representatives to pass HR 5 which would cut in half the interest rate on student loans The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 356 to 71 The bill would lower interest rates over five years on subsidized Stafford student loans which are used overwhelmingly by students from low and middle income families This would save the average low or middle income borrower starting school in 2007 2 300 in debt 2006 MASSPIRG students and staff helped register over 6000 college students across the state to vote in the Massachusetts gubernatorial elections In some districts we increased youth voter turnout by 200 from 2004 2005 2006 MASSPIRG along with the Student PIRGs across the country launched the Campus Climate Challenge The goal of the challenge is for 500 colleges across the country to take the lead in fighting climate change by committing to reduce their emissions to 90 below 2005 levels by 2050 2004 2006 MASSPIRG released groundbreaking reports on how the textbook publishing industry is ripping off students CALPIRG students surveyed hundreds of professors and bookstores and our research led to approximately 400 news stories across the country In addition Congress called for an independent study by the GAO After our reports Pearson announced an online textbook that is 50 cheaper than the paperback version and the UCLA Math department negotiated a 20 cheaper Thomson Learning textbook 2005 Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed legislation that will cut utility bills for customers throughout the state by making common appliances more energy efficient The law makes Massachusetts the first state to respond to the national energy crisis by embracing updated energy efficiency standards for furnaces and boilers one of a home s biggest energy users 2005 GAO study on textbook prices supports MASSPIRG s previous conclusions that textbook publishers practices are driving up the costs of textbooks The GAO report received attention from press across the country including USA Today 2005 MASSPIRG worked in a coalition to raise 50 000 for tsunami relief efforts 2005 MASSPIRG students working with groups across campus organized different responses to Hurricane Katrina and Rita UMass Dartmouth MASSPIRG students organized trips down to the gulf for over 50 students MASSPIRG students from UMass Amherst UMass Boston and Bristol Community College also joined trips to the gulf On campus MASSPIRG students organized fundraisers and educational events including a Dodgeball tournament fundraiser at UMass Amherst that raised almost 5 000 2005 Despite a strong push by the oil industry and their allies in Congress MASSPIRG and the State PIRGs were part of a successful campaign to beat back the latest effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling The fight was the latest in a 25 year effort to combat drilling in this pristine wilderness 2004 MASSPIRG help register 9700 college students to vote in the Fall 2004 election through the national non partisan New Voters Project The state effort combined with the national campaign resulted in a 10 increase in

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  • Local Chapters | MASSPIRG Students
    Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North

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  • Berkshire Community College | MASSPIRG Students
    nonprofit advocacy group with a 40 year track record of standing up to powerful special interests and winning concrete social change reforms on issues such as the environment the cost of higher education and public health Recently we helped pass policy to invest 700 million in public transportation here in Massachusetts and 3 billion for federal student aid And over the past 4 years we helped to register over 20 000 students to vote With volunteer and internship opportunities MASSPIRG gives students the skills and opportunity to practice effective citizenship The thing that makes us so effective is that students here at BCC have voted to fund MASSPIRG through a 9 per student per semester waivable fee We pool these resources statewide to hire professional staff like organizers lawyers and advocates who fight on behalf of the students full time where key decisions are being made at the State House and in Washington DC This semester our priority campaign is to repower Massachusetts with 100 clean renewable energy Stay up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter Latest News BCC Moves Forward with Open Textbook Pilot Program 08 27 2015 After months of organizing students the SGA faculty and administrators we are excited to annouce that Berkshire Community College is moving forward with a pilot program More Bottle Bill goes on tour 12 03 2013 This morning MASSPIRG staff and students met at the Secretary of State s office in Boston to deliver over 130 000 signatures in support of updating the most effective More Vote YES for MASSPIRG at BCC 04 20 2012 Vote Yes for MASSPIRG MASSPIRG is a student funded student directed non profit advocacy organization that wins real results in the public interest Students at BCC have More 1 of 3 next Berkshire Community

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  • Fitchburg State University | MASSPIRG Students
    volunteer and internship opportunities MASSPIRG gives students the skills and opportunity to practice effective and engaged citizenship The thing that makes us so effective is that students here at Fitchburg State vote every two years to fund MASSPIRG through a 9 per student per semester waivable fee We pool these resources statewide to hire professional staff like lawyers advocates and organizers We work together to run local and statewide campaigns and they fight on behalf of students full time where key decisions are being made on Beacon Hill and in Washington DC This semester our priority campaign is to repower Massachusetts with 100 clean renewable energy Stay up to date by following us on Facebook or Twitter Latest News TODAY SUPREME COURT RULED FOR ANOTHER FLOOD OF BIG MONEY 04 02 2014 TODAY SUPREME COURT RULED FOR ANOTHER FLOOD OF BIG MONEY Decision in McCutcheon v FEC could add 1 billion from big donors through 2020 Today the U S Supreme Court ruled More Bottle Bill goes on tour 12 03 2013 This morning MASSPIRG staff and students met at the Secretary of State s office in Boston to deliver over 130 000 signatures in support of updating the most effective More U S PIRG releases report on driving trends 08 30 2013 Boston MA Bay Staters have cut their per person driving miles by 4 03 percent since 2004 mirroring similar reductions in 45 other states The Commonwealth s and nation More 1 of 2 next MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS

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  • Holyoke Community College | MASSPIRG Students
    pool these resources statewide to hire professional staff like lawyers advocates and organizers We work together to run local and statewide campaigns and they fight on behalf of the students full time where key decisions are being made on Beacon Hill and in Washington DC This semester our priority campaign is to repower Massachusetts with 100 clean renewable energy Latest News Greenfield CC Fall 2011 Accomplishments 12 29 2011 Thanks for being part of MASSPIRG and helping make 2011 such a success Check out some of our highlights from the year Reducing the burden of student loan debt by capping More MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Volunteer with MassPIRG Play a crucial role on one of our urgent campaigns and learn new skills Volunteer Today TO VOTE Student Leaders

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