BC NYPIRG Kicks off Spring 2014 with First Action Meeting

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BC NYPIRG held its first student action meeting in the Glenwood room at the SUBO this past Wednesday. The meeting was full of passion and boasted a great student turn out. Program Coordinator Eric Legeer started the evening off with a speech about the importance of change and how its biggest strength lies in numbers. Eric encouraged students to believe that they have the power to make the change that they want to see happen. “There’s a huge amount of political capital right here” he said.

Following the tone of Eric’s speech were the student campaign leaders. The campaigns for this semester include higher education, hunger and homelessness, environmental protection, fracking, consumer action and lastly, the straphangers campaign. After the student leaders’ rallying speeches, keynote speaker Andy Morrison, Campaigns Director at NYPIRG, took the podium to discuss the importance of teamwork in promoting change.

Aptly referencing Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights movement (it’s Black History Month!), Morrison explained that her and others like the great Dr. Martin Luther King did not act alone, but rather had help from groups of community leaders and activists to make change happen. It was the help of those groups, and not solely the actions of those great leaders, that caused the Civil Rights Movement ultimately achieve its success.

Morrison was not shy to say that it’s not necessarily going to be easy to fight for certain causes. “There are monied interests that oppose progress” he said. However, he mentioned several successful student led campaigns that have succeeded or have made lasting impressions on city and state government. Morrison, an alumni of Brooklyn College, is glad that he got his start at NYPIRG when he first joined as an undergrad. “It wasn’t until I joined NYPIRG that I learned to make change real” he admits.

Get your start, too, by visiting us at 0302 James Hall. We’d love to have you as a part of our overall mission to build student power!

Ashley Schwartz


Today is Election Day! Get out and make your voice heard at your local polling center!


NYPIRG’s Annual Trick-or-Eat

Thursday, October 25th, Brooklyn College NYPIRG, in collaboration with City Harvest and Hunter College NYPIRG held their annual “Trick-or-Eat” in the spirit of the fall season.  Instead of collecting candy students and volunteers went out to in the community and asked local community members for canned and non-perishable goods to help the hungry and homeless.  Each resident that students visited were given bags to place donations in and agreed to leave all contributions in front of their residence to be picked up on Thursday, October 31st.  The food gathered will be given to City Harvest, who will disperse the donations to the homeless and hungry in the local community.

 The community showed enthusiastic and widespread support.  Annusha Salman, a freshman at Brooklyn College and intern with NYPIRG said that the “Trick or Eat” was a huge success. “It was refreshing to go out into the community and meet so many folks interested in helping the homeless and the hungry. Once I mentioned that NYPIRG and City Harvest were collaborating in providing food to the homeless, folks didn’t hesitate to take a bag.”

Anyone interested in helping the hungry and homeless can help to collect donations next week for delivery to City Harvest. We will be meeting Thursday, October 31st in 0302 James Hall at 3:30 pm to gather the food from the local community. To find out more about our upcoming events follow us on Facebook and twitter at “Brooklyn College NYPIRG” or stop by the NYPIRG office at 0302 James Hall. We look forward to working with you!

John Wassermann
NYPIRG Project Leader, Hunger and Homelessness
718-859-7177


Just a friendly reminder that the 2013 New York City Mayoral Elections are on Tuesday, Nov. 5th. If you can’t be present at a polling site, please don’t forget to pick up an absentee ballot. You can download the form here: http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html.

No one is powerless. Everyone has a vote, so use it!

No one is powerless. Everyone has a vote, so use it!



NYPIRG’s FALL 2013 GENERAL INTEREST MEETING

A large number of Brooklyn College students made their way to the Jefferson Williams Lounge in the Student Center last Thursday, Oct 3rd, to take part in NYPIRG’s General Interest Meeting. The event started with a keynote speech by Ben DeAngelis, NYPIRG’s Campus Program Director. Not only did he speak to the audience about being proactive students, he stressed the importance of becoming citizen advocates. His powerful oratory skills and his passion for student activism greatly motivated the audience. 

Following his speech, the Project Leaders gave brief introductions about their respective campaigns and urged the audience to join them in their efforts. The campaigns that students are working on are: Higher Education Affordability, Straphangers Campaign, Hunger and Homelessness outreach, Consumer Rights, Clean Air and Environment  (Anti-Fracking), and Voter Registration & Mobilization.  

After the Project Leaders introduced their campaigns, people who were interested in getting involved broke into groups, signed up for upcoming events, and planned for future actions. The campaign groups also arranged set times to meet weekly in order to keep growing. When the event concluded, individuals left the venue with a broader perspective on activism and its importance.

You’ll be seeing a lot more events from NYPIRG around campus. You can learn more about all the ways you can get involved by attending our Chapter Meetings held every week on Tuesdays at 12:30 in the NYPIRG Office, room 0302 James Hall.


 Anusha Salman


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