NYPIRG celebrated Earth Day with a virtual event featuring keynote speaker Judith Enck, former EPA Region 2 Administrator and President and Founder of Beyond Plastics. We discussed community and student empowerment and the fight for a livable future.
NYPIRG and our coalition partners held an online teach-in on the Astoria NRG fracked gas power plant. We went over why a brand new fracked gas power plant would hurt our communities and the climate, and how you can join the growing movement to stop it and create thousands of good, green union jobs.
We were also joined by Representatives Jamaal Bowman, Ritchie Torres, and Mondaire Jones as we discussed a variety of tactics to work with activists, politicians, and organizations across the nation on this critical issue.
The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and our coalition partners held a rally and news conference as part of our #TransformTransit campaign. We announced a sustained push for federal funding of public transit accessibility and reliability as part of President Biden's American Jobs Plan.
We aim to win $20 billion to complete the accessible station and signal upgrades promised in the MTA capital program and $3 billion in annual operating support to guarantee frequent and affordable transit– with room to meet new needs in every neighborhood, while also creating good jobs for New Yorkers.
Right now, states across the country are proposing Jim Crow-style voting restrictions – from massive voter roll purges to onerous new ID requirements that are hard for students, low-income people, and people of color to meet. Between just January and May of this year, 14 states passed 22 laws to restrict voting rights, a record.
We are fighting back against this voter suppression! NYPIRG and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer held a massive virtual town hall about the For The People Act (HR1/S1), which willprotect and expand our democracy, lessen the influence of big money in politics, and restore ethical norms. We heard the latest update on where the legislation stands in the Senate, got answers on how the bill impacts you, and took action to help get the bill passed.
Often those who bear the brunt of the impacts from polluting projects and policies are not heard. It is about time that we talk about the facts and take action!
Join NYPIRG and our coalition partners for a community discussion on the proposed Danskammer gas power plant in the Town of Newburgh (Orange County). Hear how this plant will affect you and your community, and see what we can do together to stop the plant.
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
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.