Southern Oregon University

No Pipelines Meeting: Tuesday 5:30pm – 6:30pm, SU306
Free Textbooks Meeting: Tuesday 11am – 12pm, SOURS

Chapter Meeting: Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:30pm, SU319
Hunger and Homelessness Meeting: Thursday 1:30pm – 2:30pm, SU318
Activist Class: Friday 11:30am – 12:30pm, SU306

Campus Organizer: Morgan Bechtold-Enge -

OSPIRG SOU students working to protect Crater Lake

Current Campaigns:

Stop the Pipeline:

Our waterways are what make Oregon beautiful; they are critical for natural ecosystems, recreation, and our drinking water. And they are under threat from the Jordan Cove pipeline. This dirty and dangerous proposed fossil fuel pipeline threatens nearly 400 beautiful Oregon rivers and streams, including the Rogue and Umpqua. With record breaking heat and wildfires raging across the state, we can't afford to put the natural places we love at risk and build more fossil fuel infrastructure—we need to continue moving towards 100% renewable energy.

The good news is that Governor Brown can stop this dirty fossil fuel pipeline. We know that Gov. Brown is a strong environmental champion, but with oil and gas companies spending almost $120 million on lobbying our politicians in 2016, standing up to them can be a tough decision. If we show that Oregonians from north to south want to defend our rivers, we can get Gov. Brown to direct state agencies to stop this dirty fossil fuel pipeline.

Make Textbooks Affordable

For more than a decade, the Student PIRGS have led the way in exposing publisher's practices that rip off students, championing cost-saving textbook options like used books and rental programs, and advocating for open textbooks as a long-term solution.

We can save students a ton of money, and put the heat on publishers to make textbooks affordable.

Hunger and Homelessness:
Oregon has the highest rate of child hunger in the nation, at about 30%. We think that we can make a direct impact on this issue by partnering with local food banks to make sure our neighbors have access to good and healthy food. So, we’ll be working with groups like the Ashland and SOU Campus Food Banks to raise money and run food drives so that we can feed our neighbors. Recently for our hunger and homelessness campaign, we helped to increase food security on campus and in our community be gathering over 500 lbs of food for our campus food pantry and for the Ashland Emergency Foodbank. We also worked closely with AEFB, Jackson County Fuel Committee and the Governor's Food Drive.

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