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09/30/2014
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Another victory!

Yesterday Governor Brown approved our Million Clean Cars bill.  I'm excited to tell you that this morning, he signed a statewide plastic bag ban into law.

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09/29/2014
Blog Post

Thanks to you, the work of our volunteers, campus leaders, the thousands of students who signed petitions, and our coalition partners, we won our Million Clean Cars Campaign! 

The state legislature voted to approve the Million Clean Cars program last month and Governor Brown signed the bill just last week.

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09/23/2014
News Release

Berkeley, CA – A student coalition that includes statewide student government leaders from all three California public higher education systems and CALPIRG’s New Voters Project gathered at UC Berkeley on National Voter Registration Day to kick off their youth voter mobilization campaign across the state. At the event, CALPIRG Education Fund released the results of their student survey on voting, The Voting Intentions and Opinions of Students 

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09/23/2014
Report

While the youth vote has played a large and much-discussed role in recent elections, registration and turnout rates for young voters between the ages 18-24 still lag far behind older voters. 

In the 2012 election, 62.2% of eligible young people between 18-24 years old were registered, and only half of them (50.8%) turned out to vote. i 

The numbers were even lower in the last midterm. In the 2010 election cycle only 49.43% of eligible young people between 18-24 years old were registered to vote.ii 

Young voters face more barriers to registration and turnout than older voters: Many of them are becoming eligible for the first time, they move frequently for school or economic reasons, and they are new to the ins and outs of the electoral process. 

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PIRG In The News

CA FWD

Happy National Voter Registration Day! It may not generate as much excitement as National Donut Day, but it should. Too many Californians aren’t registered to vote. As a result, California ranks among the bottom in voter registration nationwide. And as I’m sure you know, if you aren’t registered, you can’t vote. Now if voters received a free donut for registering or updating their registration record, the Golden State would probably shoot to the top.

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The Daily Nexus

Students Against Fracking will celebrate a recent initiative placed on the November ballot to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County in an event called “An Afternoon Against Fracking” this Saturday at noon on Campus Point.

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The California Aggie

Local groups and students in Davis are pushing for greater food producer and consumer rights, according to the recent lobbying and education efforts of both the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) and the newly initiated Fair Trade Club on campus.

Among the topics being discussed by these Davis organizations, the three issues of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) food labeling, the overuse of antibiotics in animals intended for human consumption and an increased presence of Fair Trade Certified food products in stores are the most prominent.

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SFGate

Spirit Airlines generated the most complaints per 100,000 passengers and Southwest the least, according to a study released Thursday.

The study, by the CALPIRG Education Fund, analyzed complaint data for 13 large domestic airlines lodged with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division from 2009 through 2013. It found that most complaints are about delayed or canceled flights.

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