COVID-19

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Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns
Numi Lee Griffith
High Value Health Care, Advocate

In the spring, we shut down our lives and our economy in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19 enough to be able to manage it through widespread testing and contact tracing. In spite of that shutdown, today the virus is raging virtually uncontrolled. We didn’t stick with it until the job was done.

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Joe Ready
Director, Democracy for the People Campaign

U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to ensure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We’re calling on states to start preparing now to ensure safe elections in November, including 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.

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Joe Ready
Director, Democracy for the People Campaign

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced many states to make significant changes to their elections in order to protect public health. Remarkably though, even with a dangerous virus that makes any in-person activity at least somewhat risky (e.g., going to a polling place on Election Day), there are states -- both red and blue -- that still haven’t made the necessary changes to let people vote safely. In a country with tremendous technological expertise and a history of innovation, that’s mind-boggling. The policy prescriptions have been right in front of us to offer every American safe, secure and convenient options to vote but powerful inertia, intentional or not, has kept America from modernizing its democracy.

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Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Advocates who played a role in creating the CFPB, defending it, and now holding it accountable, are doubling down on efforts to make sure the Consumer Bureau does the job it was originally created to do: protect consumers. 

Whether you are an advocate or a consumer (or both!), you are invited to join us on July 21st on Twitter to share why it’s important to you that the CFPB returns to its mission.

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Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

Few people living today remember what it was like to live through a world war, but that’s what we’re in, and we’re going to have to sacrifice if we want to save ourselves and each other. Just as the greatest generation did, we need to step up to what history has delivered.

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Joe Ready
Director, Democracy for the People Campaign

A few days after Colorado’s June primary election, I received an email from the Denver Elections Division telling me that my vote didn’t count. Here is the story of how I fixed it and why the whole process is important.

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Ethan Evans
Electric Buses, Healthy Kids Campaign, Associate

A new congressional report on the climate crisis recommends $1 billion for clean school bus projects. 

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Abe Scarr
Illinois PIRG State Director

U.S. PIRG is calling on municipal, state and federal policymakers to mandate face masks in all indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor locations where it’s hard for people to socially distance six feet apart.

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Grace Brombach
Consumer Watchdog Associate

Lots of progress, but still lots left to be done

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Matt Casale
Director, Environment Campaigns

Over the last four months, while the COVID pandemic has occupied the forefront of the American public’s consciousness, the Trump administration has indefinitely suspended a series of EPA regulatory activities and undone a collection of crucial environmental protections.