University of Oregon
Our chapter meetings are every Tuesday at 7pm in Chapman 207.
Chapter Chair: Casey Scofeld, email@example.com
Campus Organizer: Jacob Wyant, firstname.lastname@example.org
OSPIRG is a statewide student-directed and student-funded non-profit that works on issues that effect all Oregonians. OSPIRG has been on the campus of the University of Oregon since 1971 when students worked together to bring about a new way of addressing important political issues. The organization was influenced by the idea that there are more probems than we should tolerate and more solutions than we implement.
OSPIRG is effective because we teach students the skills they need to get their voices heard on campus and in Salem and Washington D.C. Join us to gain skills and learn more about organizing models, lobbying, and media relations.
Fall 2015 Campaigns
Protect Crater Lake:
Our lead campaign this term is to protect Crater Lake. Oregonians love Crater Lake, but year after year logging companies push to clear-cut old-growth forest right outside the boundaries of Crater Lake National Park. This threatens the wildlife, waterways, and ecosystem within the park. So this fall we’re working on a campaign to permanently protect 500,000 acres of wilderness around Crater Lake National Park.
Democracy/Get Big $ Out of Politics:
We're working to reclaim our democracy through fairer elections. Elections are supposed to be one person – one vote. Unfortunately, mega-donors and corporations are drowning out the voices of ordinary voters like you and me. As a result, instead of listening to their constituents on issues like the environment or public health, politicians favor the donors who funded their campaigns. So we're fighting to empower the voices of regular Americans by campaigning for a system that matches small contributions to candidates who don’t take money from large or corporate donors. We’re already seeing this system work in places like New York City, and we could definitely do this here in Oregon!
Everyone knows global warming is a huge problem- but we can’t wait to take action! We have the potential to get way more energy in Oregon from solar. And not only is solar power cheap and renewable, but it creates jobs, improves air quality, and reduces the impact of global warming. We had a lot of success last year when we won a ballot measure on campus to sign on the student body to asking Governor Brown to commit Oregon to 10% solar energy by 2025, and then brought that support to Salem to lobby her directly. Now we are working to get the city of Eugene to start leading the way and make an immediate impact with solar policies of its own.
Hunger and Homelessness:
Oregon has the highest rate of child hunger, at about 30%. We think that we can make a direct impact on this issue by partnering with local food banks to make sure our neighbors have access to good and healthy food. So, we’ll be working with groups like Food for Lane County to raise money and run food drives so that we can feed our neighbors.
Oregon is experiencing one of our worst droughts ever! But there is a lot we can do on campus to do our part to reduce our water consumption. We will be hosting a huge dorm water saving competition, as well as doing a lot to educate students on campus about tips on saving water.
The best way to get involved with one of our campaigns is by becoming an OSPIRG intern! You can apply here.
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