- 12 PM: Making Polluters Pay: A Conversation with Rep. Jamaal Bowman
- 2 PM: Healthcare Needs In New York
- 4PM: Election Day 2021: Redistricting on the Back of the Ballot
Educating and Mobilizing College Students on a Wide Range of Issues
The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) seeks qualified candidates for Project Coordinator positions throughout New York State. Project Coordinators gain valuable, hands-on, leadership and organizing skills and are provided a rewarding, meaningful, exciting work experience and the opportunity to educate college students as well as train the next generation of activists.
The nation has begun an unprecedented vaccination campaign to protect Americans from COVID-19. The Biden Administration has promised to vaccinate 100 million Americans in its first 100 days in office. As with any other important health issue, it is important to get the facts from scientific resources. NYPIRG has partnered with “Let’s Get Immunized New York” to educate the state on this important issue.
- If you want to know about the state’s COVID vaccination program, you can access it here.
- If you want to find a vaccination location, you can access that information here.
- If you want background information on vaccines generally, you can get it here. And in Spanish here.
Of course, there are other important sources of information, but what is most important is that we all act. It is only through sustained civic action that this pandemic can be stopped. We must all do our part. Thank you and please be safe.
Make Polluters Pay Event
On October 15, 2020, NYPIRG and our partners, NYRenews and NY Youth Climate Leaders, held a very special Zoom event with New York Attorney General Letitia James. Student leaders, climate advocacy partners, and our keynote speaker discussed how to #MakePollutersPay for the environmental and climate destruction that they have caused. This digital assembly of the people, viewed online by over 200 virtual attendees, offered participants the opportunity to learn how we can hold corporate polluters responsible for their actions — through the legal system, through policy, and through organizing. As New York looks to clean up this pollution, protect natural resources, and combat climate change, it should be polluters footing the bill. To learn more, or to get involved, please sign up for updates from your campus NYPIRG chapter. Thank you!
NYPIRG Student Profile
Abdullah Mohiuddin, Richmond Hills, Queens
I’m a rising Sophomore at CCNY, where I study International Relations and I hope to one day become a lawyer. I’ve been involved with NYPIRG for a year now, first as an intern, and now as a newly-elected member of the Board of Directors. Being fresh out of high school when the Black Lives Matter movement was at an apex of social awareness and involvement, I realized that I wanted to be more involved with other social issues as well. I wanted to know where New York State stood on issues that I prioritized and that my community was invested in.
Since the pandemic started, I noticed a big change in not only my community in Queens, but all across the city in general – lots of people lost their jobs and many became food insecure – and I wanted to become involved in organizing social change as a result. To me, it’s important to help rebuild not only my community but also New York State as a whole. During my time so far with NYPIRG, I have learned so much about New York policy and also about advocacy and community organizing. I discovered how influential New York policy can be for the country as a whole and I was even able to volunteer to represent NYPIRG as an organization on a few different occasions – the most significant being the New Deal for CUNY Press Conference, where I got to speak in front of Assembly members and members of the media.
The event ended up getting a lot of positive coverage but, at the end of the day we don’t want praise, we want action. We need policies that will benefit students and people across the state! This event, and many others I participated in, showed me the importance of community organizing. NYPIRG has given me the opportunity to represent my community and be a part of real change for people in Queens and across the state. In the future, I really hope to address support for mental health resources on a larger, nation-wide scale because it is quickly becoming one of the biggest crises we are facing as a nation.
A college degree is a near-requisite for competing in today's job market. Yet, over the past 11 years, funding for higher education has flatlined, tuition has skyrocketed, and financial aid and opportunity programs which serve New York’s most at-risk students remain under-resourced year after year. Mounting costs are not reserved to tuition: Textbooks, transportation, housing, childcare, and food expenses can also be significant barriers to a college degree.
This is the reality New York college students face. Students are stepping up across the state to tell their stories through NYPIRG’s Higher Education Storybank project.
Click here to visit the storybank where you can read student stories. You can also filter the bank by school, students' NY Assembly or Senate districts, or by tagged keywords. Please share widely.
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