|Emily Vitale // Class of 2022 // Chapter Chair, Affordable Campaign Coordinator // Email|
|Meryem Majaoudou // Class of 2022 // Chapter Vice Chair // Email|
|Abby Lorden // Class of 2022 // Secretary and Hunger & Homelessness Campaign Coordinator // Email|
Who We Are:
The Fitchburg State PIRG chapter was founded in 1982. FSU students have voted to fund the chapter through a $9 per student per semester waivable fee. We pool these resources statewide to hire our own professional staff like organizers, advocates, and lawyers to fight on behalf of students where big decisions are being made on Beacon Hill and Washington DC. Between the work that students do on campus, and the work our advocates are doing to represent us in the State House, we’re able to get a lot done effectively.
MASSPIRG is a statewide, student-directed and student-funded nonprofit advocacy group with a 40-year track record of standing up to powerful special interests and winning concrete social change reforms on issues such as the environment, the cost of higher education, and public health. Recently, we helped pass policy to invest $700 million in public transportation here in Massachusetts and $3 billion for federal student aid. And over the past 4 years, we’ve helped to register over 20,000 students to vote! With volunteer and internship opportunities, MASSPIRG gives students the skills and opportunity to practice effective and engaged citizenship.
|Read more about the MASSPIRG fee at Fitchburg State University here!|
- 100% Renewable Energy: Climate change is threatening our entire way of life, and a primary cause is the continued use of fossil fuels. But we can make the switch to clean, renewable sources of energy like wind and solar! That’s why we’re pushing to pass the 100% Clean Act through the state legislature this legislative session! We can commit Massachusetts to 100% clean electricity by 2035 and 100% clean electricity by 2045!
- Make Textbooks More Affordable: College is expensive, and the skyrocketing costs of textbooks and course materials are restricting students’ access to education even further. That’s why we’re raising awareness of Open Education Resources, low-cost (or even free) alternatives to textbooks. We’re educating both professors and students about OERs and mobilizing students against the rise of expensive access codes and other initiatives running up costs for students.
- Hunger & Homelessness: No student should have to worry about where their next meal will come from or where they’ll sleep at night, but the COVID-19 has made this a reality for many students. We’re working with the Falcon Bazaar to raise resources to combat food and housing insecurity in the Fitchburg community.