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  • Start a PIRG Chapter | WISPIRG Students
    forming a PIRG chapter on your campus When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by powerful special interest lobbyists we speak up and take action By teaming students up with professional advocates and organizers we make our voices heard and have an impact locally and nationally We learn how to build a relationship with the media and get coverage on issues that concern us how to register voters how to engage in public policy decisions and so much more Students involved with PIRG campus chapters have had a chance to face up to society s big problems take action and win concrete changes that improve the quality of our lives In so doing we ve helped fulfill our Universities Service missions and taught countless students how to be active participants in our democracy If you re interested in starting a PIRG chapter at your college please fill out the volunteer form here and we ll be in touch Please include Starting a PIRG chapter in the Message field About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/page/wi/start-pirg-chapter (2016-04-29)
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  • All Campaigns | WISPIRG Students
    200 a piece and end up worth pennies by the end of the semester often thanks to unnecessary new editions and pass codes that expire It s time for publishers to stop charging ridiculous prices and start taking advantage of today s technology to offer students a better deal Our campaign is working to increase the use of open textbooks which are free online free to share and affordable in print the ideal publishing model to make textbooks affordable Read more about Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Textbooks Make Textbooks Affordable Everyone knows that textbooks prices are outrageous With student debt skyrocketing young people can t afford to spend 1200 on books and supplies every year Together we can change that Read more about Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Textbooks Make Textbooks Affordable Everyone knows that textbooks prices are outrageous Students spend an average of 1 168 a year on textbooks and course materials and prices have been rising more than for times the rate of inflation for the past two decades Read more about Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Consumer Protection New Issue This is a summary of the campaign Read more about New Issue Campaign New Voters Project New Voters Project The New Voters Project is a nonpartisan effort to help register young people and get them to the polls on Election Day We believe the best way to get political leaders to pay attention to young people and our issues is to register and vote Read more about New Voters Project Campaign Energy Water Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Wisconsin has some of the most beautiful lakes and streams in the country and our waterways are essential to our ecosystems and our economy But our waterways are threatened by runoff pollution from farms construction sites and mines Read more about Protect

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/issues (2016-04-29)
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  • 21st Century Transportation | WISPIRG Students
    that young people in particular are decreasing the amount they drive and increasing their use of transportation alternatives Keep Reading Report Transit Transportation and the New Generation From World War II until just a few years ago the number of miles driven annually on America s roads steadily increased Then at the turn of the century something changed Americans began driving less By 2011 the average American was driving 6 percent fewer miles per year than in 2004 The trend away from driving has been led by young people Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Energy Service Corps Foods Health Care Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Other Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Water Spring Kickoff this Wednesday Matt Kozlowski WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting Wednesday February 15th 7pm 180 Science Hall RSVP Our Kickoff Meeting is Wednesday night Come find out more about us share your ideas and meet some great people Keep Reading Blog Post Energy Transit I choo choo choose public transit Matt Kozlowski Hi Friday Congress may vote on a plan to cut all federal money for public transit and spend it on more highways instead Send a message to your representative today Invest in our country s public transportation not our dependence on oil The plan is to pay for more highways by selling off rights to drill for oil and gas all over America s land and water Keep Reading Report Transit The Right Track America s highways and airports are increasingly congested Our nation s transportation system remains dependent on oil And our existing transportation infrastructure is inadequate to the demands of the 21st century The United States should build an efficient and fast passenger rail network with high speed rail as a central component to help address the nation s transportation challenges in

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/campaigns/wi/21st-century-transportation (2016-04-29)
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  • Affordable Higher Education | WISPIRG Students
    the long term for the borrowers and parents in repayment In response USPIRG works to increase student grant aid make debt levels more manageable and protect students as consumers from practices that contribute to educational debt We need robust grant programs on a state and federal level a simpler system of student aid that actively encourages student and parental participation and stronger safeguards for student borrowers in repayment Also we can lower student debt by protecting student consumers College students pay unjustifiably high amounts for college textbooks each year And those who rely on credit and debit cards to help offset day to day costs of education or to access their financial aid disbursements can get slapped with penalty fees and terms that take advantage of them Tell Congress Protect Student Aid Issue updates News Release Student PIRGs Higher Ed Textbooks DURBIN FRANKEN KING INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HELP MAKE COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS MORE AFFORDABLE Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed Why McGraw Hill Is Offering 100 for Your usedtextbookproblems McGraw Hill launched transparent attempt to put down and undermine the used textbook market and we can t let it go unanswered Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed Textbooks Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open Source Textbooks College students could save an average of 128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low cost open source electronic versions a new report finds Keep Reading News Release Student PIRGs Higher Ed Textbooks REPORT Open Textbooks The Billion Dollar Solution A report released today by the Student PIRGs shows that an alternative textbook model called open textbooks could save undergraduate students more than a billion dollar a year Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed Student Debt Textbooks How students are engaging textbook companies in a duel against high prices

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/campaigns/wi/affordable-higher-education (2016-04-29)
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  • Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness | WISPIRG Students
    neither the United States nor other nations have actually dispersed the money pledged to rebuild Haiti Likewise Congress has been repeatedly unwilling to extend unemployment benefits as we rebuild the US economy Unfortunately the lack of political support is not new Americans have grown to accept hunger and homelessness as the status quo While people want the economy rebuilt and want their personal situations to become better we lack broadbased support for systemic solutions to poverty Register for the Hunger Cleanup Issue updates Resource Hunger Hurricane Sandy Response Toolkit Summary The best way to immediately help the victims of a natural disaster is to fundraise and get the funds to on the ground relief organizations as quickly as possible Check out our toolkit for tips Keep Reading Blog Post Hunger Join the Hunger Cleanup Meghan Ford Hi Over winter break a fire broke out at a local shelter Porchlight Some residents were displaced and many more lost nearly everything from smoke damage Join my UW Madison Hunger Cleanup team to help raise money for Porchlight We re raising 10 000 to donate to Porchlight and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Energy Service Corps Foods Health Care Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Other Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Water Spring Kickoff this Wednesday Matt Kozlowski WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting Wednesday February 15th 7pm 180 Science Hall RSVP Our Kickoff Meeting is Wednesday night Come find out more about us share your ideas and meet some great people Keep Reading Resource Hunger Hunger Clean up Project Packet Summary Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the Hunger Clean up on your campus Keep Reading Resource Hunger Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Toolkit Summary Download this resource for everything

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/campaigns/wi/campaign-against-hunger-and-homelessness (2016-04-29)
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  • Make Textbooks Affordable | WISPIRG Students
    on campus while also tackling publishers stranglehold on the market to change prices for good We re educating students faculty and bookstores and raising awareness through researchand the media We re also calling on publishers colleges and foundations to support the creation of more open source textbooks that could save students millions each year Sign the Textbook Rebellion Petition Issue updates Report Student PIRGs Textbooks COVERING THE COST A new report investigating the real impact of high textbook prices on today s college students Keep Reading News Release Student PIRGs Higher Ed Textbooks DURBIN FRANKEN KING INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HELP MAKE COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS MORE AFFORDABLE Keep Reading News Release U S Department of Education Textbooks U S Department of Education Announces First Ever Open Education Adviser Position The U S Department of Education announced today the hiring of the first ever open education adviser to lead a national effort to expand schools access to high quality openly licensed learning resources Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Textbooks U S PIRG Joins 91 Organizations In Calling on White House to Open Access to Federally Funded Educational Resources Today U S PIRG along with a broad coalition of 91 education organizations institutions of higher education technology companies and foundations called on the White House to ensure federally funded educational materials are made freely available to the public as the administration develops an Open Government Partnership plan this fall Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks Open Textbooks The Current State of Play Use of open textbooks one form of OER is gaining traction across different types of colleges and universities and the catalog of OER textbooks continues to expand Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/campaigns/wi/make-textbooks-affordable (2016-04-29)
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  • New Voters Project | WISPIRG Students
    Issue updates Blog Post New Voters Project Op Ed The power of young people Ethan Senack This piece was originally published in the Durham Herald Sun http www heraldsun com opinion guestcolumnists x1154808806 Together yo Keep Reading Blog Post New Voters Project 4 PM ELECTION DAY DISPATCHES FROM THE GROUND Student PIRGs check out tumblr for more updates from around the country Young voter enthusiasm and lines to vote grew on college campuses over the course of the day Keep Reading Blog Post Democracy New Voters Project Volunteer Register Voters at Concerts this Summer WISPIRG Students This summer we re running voter registration drives at concerts and music festivals across Wisconsin and we d love your help Let us know if you want to volunteer sign up here We ve teamed up with some great artists like My Morning Jacket Phish Wilco Dave Mathews Band Neko Case The Roots and more It should be a ton of fun WISPIRGs New Voters Project is a non partisan campaign to mobilize young voters and turn them out to the polls Keep Reading Resource Democracy New Voters Project Voter Protection Toolkit Summary Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize a voter protection campaign on your campus Keep Reading Report Democracy New Voters Project Saving Dollars Saving Democracy Cost Savings for Local Elections Officials Through Voter Registration Modernization Millions are being wasted due to antiquated voter registration systems and procedures U S PIRG Education Fund s survey of 100 counties showed that over 33 467 910 00 of public money was spent on simple registration implementation and error correction issues in 2008 The Fund finds that a more streamlined and automatic system linking existing databases with the state voter rolls could free up significant resources at the local level Keep

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  • Stop Subsidizing Obesity | WISPIRG Students
    food and with public concern about obesity and federal spending at all time highs your support can help us finally beat Big Ag and end subsidies for junk food Issue updates Media Hit Foods Are federal funds feeding obesity epidemic More than 18 billion in federal funding that subsidizes corn and soybean crops which are changed into the main ingredients in junk food ultimately are contributing to the country s obesity epidemic according to a public interest research group Keep Reading Report WISPIRG Education Fund Foods Apples To Twinkies 2012 At a time when America is facing an obesity epidemic crushing debt and a weak economy billions of taxpayer dollars are subsidizing junk food ingredients In this report we find that in 2011 over 1 28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients bringing the total to a staggering 18 2 billion since 1995 To put that figure in perspective 18 2 billion is enough to buy 2 9 billion Twinkies every year 21 for every single American taxpayer Keep Reading News Release WISPIRG Education Fund Foods AG SUBSIDIES PAY FOR 21 TWINKIES PER TAXPAYER BUT ONLY HALF OF AN APPLE APIECE Green Bay WI Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to WISPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2012 Meanwhile limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy one half of an apple per taxpayer Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Energy Service Corps Foods Health Care Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Other Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Water Spring Kickoff this Wednesday Matt Kozlowski WISPIRG Kickoff Meeting Wednesday February 15th 7pm 180 Science Hall RSVP Our Kickoff Meeting is Wednesday night Come find

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/campaigns/wi/stop-subsidizing-obesity (2016-04-29)
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