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Students for PIRGIM has had a strong presence in the Daily the past several days, and is going before MSA on Tuesday evening to ask to be granted Chapter status (which would require money from MSA), so that they can take on more ambitious projects. I asked PIRGIM members Audrey Vesota and Pam Baker to explain what this process means:
Students for PIRGIM and many other active members of the campus community are hoping to re-establish a proud tradition of student activism by bringing a full-fledged PIRGIM chapter to the U-M campus. If our student group becomes a chapter, we would be able to work with professional staff and link up with a strong national network of more than 80 Student PIRG groups across the nation. This would allow us to work much more effectively on the issues that matter to students: issues such as tenants’ rights, textbook affordability, higher education funding, voting rights, and environmental public health. We are a non-partisan organization that works on issues that affect a broad public and student interest.
The proposal before MSA can be read at PIRGIM’s website.
Some of the recent press on the group’s activities:
Somewhat deeper googling will show articles on the group’s activities this past fall with Voice Your Vote, campaigning in favor of the Ann Arbor greenbelt initiative a year ago, and supporting Accessory Dwelling Units in Ann Arbor (a position which wins them mention from The Goodspeed Update as part of “a critical mass of progressive voices in the city which could breathe new life into city politics”).
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