In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our government has a coordinated, strategic response to safeguard the public’s health, protect consumers from emerging dangers and ensure people can still participate fully in our democracy.
CALPIRG and top health experts delivered a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, urging him to shut the state back down and start over with new policies to thwart COVID-19. The letter calls for stay-at-home restrictions to slow the virus as well as increased testing capacity and production of personal protective equipment.
More than 2,100 drinking water fountains in California schools have tested positive for lead, according to new analysis from CALPIRG Education Fund. CALPIRG is calling for increased funding to get the lead out of drinking water in schools across California.
The California Assembly has unanimously passed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act. The bill is now one step closer to banning highly toxic ingredients in beauty and personal care products that can cause cancer, infertility and a compromised immune system.
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COVID Exit Strategy (www.covidexitstrategy.org), a nonpartisan group of public health and crisis experts, has been tracking the progress states have made towards containing COVID-19. On July 10th, as the epidemic worsened, the group added a new color to their grading scale, indicating states with uncontrolled spread of the virus. California is one of 20 states currently in this category – our state is not meeting the CDC recommended benchmarks for reopening, and the situation is getting worse.
Oakland - Amid uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus in California, CALPIRG and top health experts delivered a letter Wednesday to Governor Newsom, calling on him to shut back down, start over with new policies to thwart COVID-19 and do it right. The letter calls for implementing stay at home restrictions to slow the virus, while increasing testing capacity and production of personal protective equipment.
John Lewis was an American hero.
Most people knew him as a champion of civil rights, whether as a young man marching for freedom on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965 or serving as the “conscience of the Congress” for the past 33 years. Yet John Lewis was also a dependable ally on public interest issues, a tenacious advocate of voting reform and open government, consumer protection and a healthy environment.
Today, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund released a new report showing that since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, public consumer complaints have skyrocketed, setting a new monthly record each month.
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.
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.