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  • NJPIRG Camden Chapter Blasts McCutcheon v FEC Decision | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    Citizens United the Supreme Court handed a giant megaphone to the wealthiest interests and now with their ruling in McCutcheon they ve turned up the volume even higher said Omar Samaniego Chapter Chair at NJPIRG The last thing we need right now is to increase the giving of the donors with the deepest pockets concluded Omar It s time to amend the Constitution to overturn the Court s wrong headed decisions permitting a handful of millionaires and corporate interests to dominate our elections NJPIRG NJPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society 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

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/media/nj/njpirg-camden-chapter-blasts-mccutcheon-v-fec-decision (2016-04-29)
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  • Organization works with activists to curb fracking in the Delaware River Basin | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    million New Jersey residents receive their water supply from the Delaware River New Jersey itself has little resources for fracking but he is concerned Pennsylvania corporations would infect the river with wastewater In Ohio people have found toxic elements such as barium and strontium in their water he said A Duke University study found that fracking contaminated water was 200 times more likely to have radioactivity I don t think fracking can be done safely he said It injects toxic materials into the ground But the waste from fracking is exempt from hazardous waste law as part of a national bill passed under the George W Bush administration he said Holt is part of a bill that would revoke hazardous waste exemptions for the oil and gas industry Pringle said the process contaminates drinking water with methane to the point where residents can light their water on fire Harry has experience with fracking s dangerous effects she said Her aunt sold her backyard space to a fracking corporation Now the aunt cannot taste or smell and her doctor believes the problems are tied to fracking contamination Harry said She said loopholes in regulations have allowed corporations to release toxic chemicals into the air and into the ocean where they can harm ecosystems In a separate case the New Jersey Legislature plans to vote soon on a bill that would ban importation of fracking wastewater into the state DeRosa said The bill passed two years ago with bipartisan support but was vetoed by the governor Advocates are hoping to bypass Christie s veto with a two thirds majority he said New Jersey has already accepted 2 billion gallons of wastewater from Pennsylvania he said Pringle said towns like Elizabeth have accepted fracking waste He too is hopeful for a legislature override

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/media/nj/organization-works-activists-curb-fracking-delaware-river-basin (2016-04-29)
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  • With New DRBC Director Announced, Rep. Holt & Environmental Allies Call for Permanent Fracking Moratorium for the Delaware River Watershed | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    open the watershed to gas drilling but due to strong public pressure the area remains free from drilling and the moratorium in place We are glad that the moratorium is still in place protecting the drinking water for the 15 million people who depend on the Delaware River Basin We are concerned that political pressure from Governors Corbett and Christie could open up the Delaware Watershed to fracking threatening our open space and our drinking water With the change in leadership at the Commission the public should be concerned that billions of gallons of toxic waste could threaten the River that belongs to all of us not the gas companies The moratorium must be made permanent said Jeff Tittel Director NJ Sierra Club With the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that mandates all members of Pennsylvania government from the local level to the regional to the state level have an obligation to consider and protect the rights of present and future generations to pure water clean air and a healthy environment it is clear that permanent protection for the Delaware River watershed is the only way the DRBC and its Pennsylvania Commissioner can honor this obligation said Maya van Rossum the Delaware Riverkeeper We hope Mr Tambini will recognize that as a public servant working to protect water resources in Pennsylvania that he too is subject to this obligation in his new role as the head of the DRBC and make permanent the prohibition on shale gas development in our Delaware River watershed Today s event also included Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center s release of Shalefield Stories a report compiled by the grassroots group Friends of the Harmed that outlines the stories of families impacted by fracking across the country The report can be found online at http www environmentnewjersey org reports nje shalefield stories Residents next door in Pennsylvania recounted their stories of illness water contamination and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations which the organizations said that Shalefield Stories was the latest evidence for keeping fracking out of the Delaware River watershed Given the staff transition and with every day new revelations as to how bad fracking is for water the DRBC should fulfill its mission to protect the Delaware a critical drinking water supply and make permanent the temporary moratorium on fracking in the watershed said David Pringle NJ Campaign Director Clean Water Action People recalling their experiences with fracking damage in Shalefield Stories include Judy Armstrong Stiles of Bradford County Pa who spoke of the barium and arsenic that was found in her drinking water and then in her blood after Chesapeake began drilling on her land June Chappel of Washington County Pa who lived with a 15 million gallon fracking waste pit just 200 feet from her house Behind the alarming numbers and the outline of fracking s environmental impacts there are real people whose lives have been gravely impacted by these polluting practices said Dan DeRosa Field Organizer with

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/news/nj/new-drbc-director-announced-rep-holt-environmental-allies-call-permanent-fracking-moratorium (2016-04-29)
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  • Tell Senator Booker to stand up for New Jersey - tweet it, tumblr it, post it on Facebook, #DontFracktheD. | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    calling on Senator Cory Booker to speak out to protect the Delaware River Basin help us holler at Cory via social media DontFracktheD The industry isn t taking fracking seriously so we have to take action It felt like a huge slap in the face one resident told CNN I do not feel that they ve addressed anything I haven t even called their hotline yet because I m just too upset A pizza coupon I mean come on The last time the commission voted on fracking where we get our water NJPIRG Students and our allies packed the room with 150 activists and we were able to delay their decision We can win for good this time but we need your help Tell Senator Booker to stand up for New Jersey sign up here to tweet it tumblr it post it on Facebook DontFracktheD 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

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/nj/tell-senator-booker-stand-new-jersey-tweet-it-tumblr-it-post-it-facebook-dontfrackthed (2016-04-29)
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  • Join us as we launch our campaigns at the NJPIRG Kickoff! | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    you be joinging us here 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

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/nj/join-us-we-launch-our-campaigns-njpirg-kickoff (2016-04-29)
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  • Fixing the Broken Textbook Market | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    The survey also found that 94 of students who had foregone purchasing a textbook were concerned that doing so would hurt their grade in a course More than half of the students felt significant concern for their grade 2 High textbook costs can have a ripple effect on students other academic decisions Nearly half of all students surveyed said that the cost of textbooks impacted how many which classes they took each semester Students attend college seeking job preparation and or degree attainment Careful course selection is often necessary in order to yield the results that a student is seeking within the timeframe they are prepared to study It is especially concerning that this process may be being undermined by high textbook costs 3 Students want alternatives expressing support for textbooks that are available free online and buying a hard copy is optional 82 of students felt they would do significantly better in a course if the textbook was available free online and buying a hard copy was optional This is exactly how open textbooks are designed Not only is the open textbook an ideal alternative to a traditional textbook from a student point of view but it is the only product in the marketplace that can directly challenge the high prices that publishers charge for new editions These high prices which outpace inflation underpin the entire textbook marketplace and drive market conditions for other alternatives such as the used book and rental markets Overall this study demonstrates that despite recent steps forward in the marketplace high textbook costs will continue to be a problem for students unless the cost of high priced new editions of college textbooks comes down Related issues Make Textbooks Affordable About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/reports/sp/fixing-broken-textbook-market (2016-04-29)
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  • Students raise public support to advocate for GMO labels | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    would ultimately be misleading to consumers Franklin heard about the issue while surfing reddit but did not research it further until a representative from NJPIRG came to speak in one of his classes He is not sure why companies would not label GMOs People have a right to know what s in their food so why shouldn t they put a label on it like on the nutritional information There should be something that says genetically modified foods he said Franklin said he was not sure what to expect going door to door and he found a lot of families to be receptive because people want to know what s in the food they eat For the most part the public does overwhelmingly agree for something as simple as putting an extra label on it why not he said NJPIRG Citizen Lobby is working to promote a GMO labeling bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Stender D 22 The bill would require all genetically modified products sold in New Jersey to be labeled as such Such bills already exist in Connecticut Maine and Massachusetts Skopec said and it has been on the ballot in other states GMOs have been on the market for more than 20 years NJPIRG took up the issue about a year ago as GMO foods and genetically modified crops continue to have a growing influence of in agriculture He noted that more than 90 percent of consumers want GMO labels on their foods He encourages consumers to get in touch with the stores they are shopping at and with local legislators to express their desire to see GMO labeling Companies like Whole Foods Markets Inc Chipotle Mexican Grill and Ben Jerry s have already started labeling GMO products in response to their customers Skopec said Meanwhile NJPIRG

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/media/nj/students-raise-public-support-advocate-gmo-labels (2016-04-29)
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  • Rutgers students campaign for GMO labeling | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    lead to increased pesticide use and they have a right to know what s in their food freshman Thea Popko said Whole Foods and other companies have taken big steps towards labeling recently and now it s time for Stop Shop to deliver for its customers as well For me personally speaking with families about their perspective on GMOs really highlighted the importance of this issue senior Brian Franklin said of his experience canvassing this week I spoke with a father yesterday who was worried about the long term health risks of GMOs He strongly supported the labeling of these products so that his children could grow up in a society where consumers can make responsible and informed choices NJPIRG Law Policy Center also released a report documenting recent actions companies have taken in response to consumers desire for better information about GMO ingredients in their food In addition to Whole Foods commitment to labeling other recent actions include Chipotle and Ben Jerry s announced they will label the food they sell for GMO ingredients and eventually move toward phasing out those ingredients Cheerios and Grape Nuts are going GMO free The Non GMO Project which offers voluntary GMO labeling in 2013 saw a 300 percent yearly increase in producer interest Additionally Kroger and Safeway joined grocery chains including Whole Foods Trader Joe s and Target by announcing they would not sell genetically engineered salmon even if it s approved for sale 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

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/media/sp/rutgers-students-campaign-gmo-labeling (2016-04-29)
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