Updates

MaryPIRG’s Track Record of Change: 5 Big Wins

As UMD’s student led- activist organization, MaryPIRG, enters another fall semester with energized leadership, five exciting campaigns (one of them brand new to PIRG), and new tactics that will stir things up on campus, we thought it would be helpful… Read more

McDonald’s Takes Step to Protect Public Health

CHICAGO: Today, McDonald’s released a new policy to restrict medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply chain.  The company says it will immediately start measuring and assessing antibiotic use in its top ten beef sourcing markets. Then, by the end of 2020. McDonald’s plans to set targets for lower use of medically-important antibiotics. 

The Open Textbook Pilot Grant Program

On October 2nd, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it would be rewarding its first grant through the Open Textbook Pilot grant program to 12 higher education institutions which are working to adopt and promote open educational resources.

Student-Led Movement Inspires Historic Midterm Turnout

TAMPA, FL- All preliminary results point to a record breaking surge in youth voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections. Students working with the Public Interest Research Groups’ New Voters Project made over 375,000 Get Out the Vote contacts in 11 states.

The Affordable Textbooks Campaign Kicks Off

On Monday, September 24th, MaryPIRG held its biannual campaign Kickoff. It was an informative and engaging event with great speakers (including the past mayor of College Park, as well as each individual campaigns’ managers) and the chance to discuss semester-long strategy with each of the respective campaigns.

Student PIRGs 2018 Annual Report

This year, students working with their PIRG chapters across the country got their campuses to ban bee killing pesticides, passed a federal bill to make textbooks more affordable, and raised tens of thousands of dollars for hurricane victims. In the… Read more