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  • Report: Small businesses burdened by big corporations' tax dodges | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    havens while 150 billion in federal tax revenue is lost the group says Tax dodging is not really a victimless defense Peter Skopec an official with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group said yesterday at a Downtown Jersey City gallery and framing store The group working with the Main Street Alliance a network of small business owners picked Gallerie Hudson on Newark Avenue for yesterday s presentation to show the effect offshore tax havens have on local business owners according to Skopec and Corinne Horowitz a business representative with the Main Street Alliance The two called out a number of corporations that have reportedly paid little if any federal taxes in recent years despite showing profits Wells Fargo made 49 billion in profit from 2008 to 2010 and paid a negative tax rate according to a report from the Citizens for Tax Justice Google meanwhile used accounting tricks to lower its 2011 tax bill by 2 billion Skopec said today The lost revenue means other taxpayers have to pay more or funding is cut to social services to bring budgets into line he added You should pay taxes based on what you owe rather than on how clever your accounting department is Skopec said Requests for comment from Google were not returned Wells Fargo spokesman Kevin Friedlander disputed the claim by Citizens for Tax Justice adding that the banking giant does indeed pay federal corporate income taxes to the tune of 6 8 billion since 2008 Wells Fargo is proud to be a responsible corporate citizen and honors its obligations at the federal state and local levels Friedlander said Phillip Stamborski owner of Gallerie Hudson said he pays about 28 percent of his income in federal taxes It upset him to learn that corporations and the wealthy can save

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  • NJPIRG chapter to focus on global warming campaign | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    s really poor air quality Capazzo said 18 out of 29 New Jersey counties have some of the worst air quality in the nation In some counties more than 1 in 10 children have asthma People in New Jersey really do need to have a healthy environment that they can feel safe breathing and living in she said It was really something that I thought would hit home with people This is really in their neighborhoods and in their state and I hope that they remember that END CITIZENS UNITED As corporate America grows in power NJPIRG s End Citizens United campaign pushes to keep corporations out of politics Habler said The campaign is based off Citizens United v Federal Elections Commission a 2010 Supreme Court case ruling that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as individual citizens he said Corporations can therefore exercise the right to freedom of speech and translate that to their ability to donate money to individual political campaigns said Habler a School of Arts and Sciences junior We feel like this is wrong This is an attack on our democracy because people have such sway in the elections he said It could create a lot of corruption and also lowers the value of the average citizen s vote Habler said before Citizens United the McCain Feingold Act regulated the financing of political campaigns But since the 2010 ruling the country saw a spike in corporate spending on politics when 6 billion of corporate money mixed into the federal election cycle Eleven states including New Jersey passed resolutions declaring their opposition to Citizens United v Federal Election Commission he said But despite New Jersey s open opposition Habler said the End Citizens United campaign would focus on passing local resolutions in New Brunswick and Piscataway this semester State resolutions reflect the interest of the state but they don t reflect the interest of every single citizen as well as a local resolution does he said The point is to have thousands of local resolutions across the nation then the Supreme Court knows a constitutional amendment needs to pass To date 400 local resolutions have passed across the nation he said The End Citizens United campaign also aims to educate people about corporate spending on politics Habler said they hope to gather 1 000 signed petitions from members of the University community and surrounding municipalities THE HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS CAMPAIGN Since Hurricane Sandy stripped many New Jersey residents of important necessities NJPIRG s Hunger and Homelessness campaign focuses on providing aid for hurricane victims People are still suffering the shore still isn t fixed said Adamu a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore A lot of people still need food and supplies This semester the University chapter plans to join with chapters in Trenton and Newark for a service trip to the shore She said the logistics of the service trip are still a work in progress It will be a great opportunity for us to

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  • Super Typhoon Haiyan Response Toolkit | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    Super Typhoon Haiyan all but decimated the eastern seaboard of the islands while the storm ravaged 70 80 of the infrastructure in the central and western regions leaving in its wake over half a million displaced citizens who have no access to clean drinking water shelter food or a way off the islands Check out the Typhoon Haiyan Response Toolkit to learn more about what you can do to help out You can start helping families affected by the disaster today by organizing on campus events that will raise funds that go directly to relief organizations on the ground in the Philippines Resource file download Download the report Related Issues Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important

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  • Remember to vote tomorrow!! | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    day Don t forget to cast your vote in the Gubernatorial election along with NJPIRG s Referendum Remind your friends to vote and remember to get involved Here s what we ve been up to NJPIRG s statewide education campaign to educate students about the Affordable Care Act was joined by many special guests including Congressman Frank Pallone New Brunswick Assemblymen Upendra Chivukula Somerset and Angel Fuentes Camden Since 2010 NJPIRG has helped 11 300 Rutgers students get registered to vote NJPIRG wants to remind you to exercise your right to vote About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign

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  • Do you want to win a free t-shirt? | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    free t shirt About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No

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  • NJPIRG Fights To Inform Students about Private Loans | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    than 330 consumers or about eight percent of the total complaints filed to receive monetary compensation to resolve their student loan complaints with a median of 700 in monetary relief and maximum relief of more than 75 000 More than 500 additional consumers or twelve percent of the total complaints filed have had their complaints closed with some form of non monetary relief such as modifying collections proceedings and providing assistance with documentation NJPIRG Student Chapters worked to establish the CFPB after the financial crisis and now we re working to make sure it works for YOU We re at 9 259 of the 19 000 votes we need Tell your friends to come out and Vote YES for NPIRG Student Chaptes Student Consumer Action Network Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food

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  • NJPIRG throws dodge ball game to raise funds for storm victims | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    and Sciences first year student Kamerman said it was refreshing to see so many people show up to the event A lot of people came up and said I m not athletic and I don t want to play dodge ball but thank you for what you re doing and they gave us donations she said The event included a halftime show with a live band and a performance from the Scarlet Knights Cheerleading and Dance Team Kamerman said the event was not only intended to spread awareness for Hurricane Sandy relief but also bring attention to the issue of hunger and homelessness Our goal is to raise over 4 000 in the next few weeks for hurricane relief Kamerman said Kamerman said she became involved with NJPIRG because she wanted to make a difference in society The issue of hunger and homelessness is something that s not really paid attention to she said A lot of people don t realize that the majority of the homeless especially locally are children It s an issue that not only needs help but awareness as well Anne Adekoya event coordinator for the hunger and homelessness campaign said planning and organizing the event was not easy It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to put an event like this together in such a short amount of time Most of the success of this event is driven by the passion of wanting to help this cause said Adekoya a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore She said the most important part was to get the word out so that people would show up We did something called dorm storming We went to as many dormitories as we could and we knocked on all the doors to create visibility and get our message out there she said Crystal Mor NJPIRG campus community organizer said the event was a fun way for student to give back to the community We wanted people to unite A lot of people came as single players and were put onto a team They are meeting new people stepping out of their comfort zones and having fun together said Mor a University alumna The event also served as a way to promote the upcoming Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week It will include canned food drives direct service volunteering and a faculty benefit dinner where the proceeds will go directly to hurricane relief Mor said Elisa Hoehe a graduate student in the School of Social Work played in the game and said it was exciting and intense I guess I thought it was going to be just one game but you re out there playing for 15 minutes straight You get to play as many games as you can in 15 minutes Hoehe said Hoehe invited 14 of her friends from Belleville to come out and play She said it was easy to get them to come because it was for a good cause When I first saw someone passing

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  • NJPIRG campaign works with church | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    intern at the church We make food and snacks available to them and give them somewhere to sleep for the night Shepler said many of the homeless are victims of the economy who never though this could happen to them You can t romanticize poverty Shepler said It s real and deeply spiritual They are just like you and I more victims of circumstance than homeless because of something they themselves did The food pantry is one of the church s biggest efforts to help the homeless in the New Brunswick community operating five days a week and helping more than 1 000 people a month Shepler said Adamu said the food bank recently cut its supply and is in need of help We are trying to help fundraise for more supplies for them Adamu said Having benefit dinners and getting volunteers like the fraternities to help are two of the thing we are working on NJPIRG is also trying to get people to help spruce the shelter up by painting the walls and supplying new furniture Adamu said One of the things you wouldn t realize them needing is medicine Adamu said Medicine is huge She said NJPIRG wants to host a benefit dinner in the church s gym open to anyone who wants to come for a romantic evening with some food to raise proceeds for the campaign When I m here I mostly survey the place to find out what they need most Adamu said I ask about upcoming events help them prepare the food clean up and set up for the kids to play and basically do whatever the church needs me to do The church also runs a thrift store which opened this past summer and is now open from noon to 5 p m

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