University of Oregon
Our chapter meetings are every Tuesday at 7pm in Straub 252.
Chapter Chair: Casey Scofeld, email@example.com
Campus Organizer: Jacob Wyant, firstname.lastname@example.org
OSPIRG is a statewide student-directed and student-funded non-profit that works on issues that affect all Oregonians. OSPIRG has been on the campus of the University of Oregon since 1971 when students worked together to bring about a new way of addressing important political issues. The organization was influenced by the idea that there are more problems than we should tolerate and more solutions than we implement. OSPIRG trains students to stand up to powerful special interests and to make tangible impacts in their campus community and beyond.
OSPIRG is effective because we teach students the skills they need to get their voices heard on campus and in Salem and Washington D.C. Get involved to make a difference, gain skills, build your resume, and learn more about organizing models, coalition-building, lobbying elected officials, and working with the media.
Fall 2016 Campaign
In the fall OSPIRG will be running public education and advocacy campaigns on six issues.
Save the Bees
Our lead campaign will be working to protect our bee populations and food supply by petitioning the EPA to ban a dangerous class of bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids. These chemicals have already been banned from use on public lands in cities like Eugene & Seattle, and most recently was first banned on a statewide level by the state of Maryland. These pesticides contribute to colony collapse of pollinators, which is why we want to get EPA Administrator to place a moratorium on their sale to the public.
Campaign Coordinators: Tan Perkins, Katie Stafford
Go Solar, Oregon
We will also be continuing our Go Solar campaign to fight global warming by promoting clean renewable energy in Oregon. We know we have the technology to drastically increase the amount of renewables in our energy mix, and since helping to pass landmark legislation in the Feb. 2016 session we’ve been focusing on education the public about the accessibility of solar and pushing local leaders to be solar champions, and we will continue that effort in the fall.
Campaign Coordinators: Ian Appow, Sarah Bethea, Ali Doerr
Alleviate Hunger and Homelessness
Poverty is a huge issue in Lane County. As a part of OSPIRG’s service mission, students involved in our Hunger & Homelessness will continue to work with local service providers, such as Food for Lane County, to build resources for our neighbors in need. In addition, next fall we will focus on working with other campus groups to help get the new on-campus food pantry up and running.
Campaign Coordinators: Richard Lopez, Ivan Chen
Protect Crater Lake
Oregonians love Crater Lake, but year after year logging companies push to clear-cut old-growth forest outside of the boundaries of Oregon’s only National Park. We are working to help create permanent protections for 500,000 acres of wilderness around Crater Lake National Park. In the fall will continue building support to get our senior senator Ron Wyden to introduce this wilderness proposal by the end of the year. This proposal will ensure that the Crater Lake region remains intact and our state’s crown jewel will be just as beautiful for future generations to enjoy.
Campaign Coordinators: Aurora Leiferman, Marissa Carter
Make Textbooks Affordable
Textbooks have become way too expensive and pose a real financial burden for many students. At the University of Oregon and around the country we are organizing to get more open textbooks in our classrooms. Open textbooks are faculty-written and peer-reviewed like traditional textbooks, but they are published under an open license, meaning they are free online, free to download, and affordable in print – usually $10-$40. OSPIRG will be working to show that students need more affordable options and are willing to speak up to make it happen and we’ll be meeting with top leaders and key decision makers on campus, encouraging them to expand programs for open textbooks at the U of O.
Campaign Coordinators: Nikaya Aprin, Maria Gallegos
Invigorate our Democracy!
Our democracy is supposed to be one person, one vote. Unfortunately, an increasingly small number of wealthy individuals and institutions have a vastly outsized influence over our countries political process. While the Supreme Court has ruled that we cannot limit the amount of money wealthy individuals and corporations can spend to influence elections, we can create a system that incentivizes candidates to voluntarily reject large and corporate contributions and instead rely on small contributions to fund their campaigns. Such a system serves the dual purpose of getting big money out of the process while bringing more people in to the democratic process. Here in Eugene, OSPIRG is working to promote small donor programs, which will empower more Americans to make small contributions, increasing civic participation.
Campaign Coordinators: Amy Laws, Ellen Gardon
The best way to get involved with one of our campaigns is by becoming an OSPIRG intern! You can apply by emailing email@example.com.
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