Updates

MASSPIRG’s 2021-2022 Legislative Agenda

MASSPIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, results-oriented public interest advocacy that protects consumers, preserves the environment, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, promotes public health and fosters responsive, democratic government.  Each legislative session, we work on bills that advance public interest… Read more

How MASSPIRG Students and our partners teamed up to take on deceptive student loan practices

Some student loan servicers take advantage of borrowers through unfair, predatory and even illegal lending methods. It’s a problem MASSPIRG and our partners have been working to solve for years — and our efforts were rewarded this past January, when the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights was passed by the Legislature and then signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker. Nearly 1 million student borrowers across the commonwealth now have the protections they deserve against deceptive lending practices.

Staying Safe during Spring Break

Spring is here! As the weather gets warmer, many of us may think back to a year when everything was normal and we could travel and have fun with our friends and family. Although this year is different, we can… Read more

It’s Time to Double Pell

Last week, hundreds of PIRG student leaders across the country advocated for affordable higher education, funding for students’ basic needs, and the support universities need to reopen safely.  Virtual DC Lobby Day 150 PIRG student leaders came to the Capitol… Read more

State Adopts New Regulations to Protect Pollinators

A coalition of beekeepers, public health, farming and environmental advocacy organizations applauded today’s action of the Massachusetts Pesticide Board Subcommittee to protect pollinators by restricting the use of the harmful class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or “neonics”.

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market, Third Edition

This national survey of more than 5,000 college students was taken in September 2020, and builds on similar surveys from 2013 and 2019. It offers a snapshot in time of student experiences, particularly those at four-year institutions, in the first full semester of the pandemic and points out more long-term problems that institutions and national leaders must work to solve.

“Being Revolutionary”

Kaitlyn Mitchell said no to being an activist before she said yes. In fact, even after she said yes, she quit a couple of times. But each time she came back. Why? Perhaps, it was her political and community-minded upbringing.… Read more

MASSPIRG launches ‘Waste is Out of Fashion’ campaign

To address the huge amount of clothing that is wasted and turned into environmental pollution each year, MASSPIRG partnered with U.S. PIRG to launch a campaign on Tuesday calling on states to hold the industry accountable for its overproduction and ban the destruction of overstock.