BC NYPIRG Kicks off Spring 2014 with First Action Meeting
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.
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