A review of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Consumer Complaint Database reveals a sharp spike in consumer complaints about auto purchasing, leasing and finance since the beginning of the pandemic.
U.S. PIRG has partnered with Marked by COVID for a national "Week of Mourning" to commemorate the Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Mourners are attending virtual vigils and shared testimonials on social media throughout the week in acknowledgement of lost friends, coworkers and loved ones.
Included in the windfall of CALPIRG-supported legislative victories this year are a law creating a California consumer watchdog, a first-in-the-nation ban on 12 toxic chemicals in personal care products sold in California, and a law prohibiting flavored tobacco products in the state, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed hours after it passed the Legislature.
Facing surges in COVID-19 cases, Gov. David Ige (Hawaii) and Gov. Gavin Newsom (Calif.) have scaled back their states' reopening plans. Gov. Ige has approved a stay-at-home order for the island of Oahu, and Gov. Newsom has announced a tiered re-opening plan that places more rigorous restrictions on counties with "widespread" transmission.
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U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to make sure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We have called on states to ensure safe elections in November, with emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially distant polling places and other measures.This weekly update highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news.
By responding to this urgent need for change, we can make consumers better off not just for the pandemic, but also in the years to come.
What to do before you go to vote, what to take with you and how to stay safe while you’re at your polling place
Plastic “recycling” makes us more dependent on the material in surprising ways, and that makes our pollution problem much worse
The tale of Peter Mui’s broken infrared toaster oven, and how repair can help fix our broken relationship with stuff.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.