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Sander Kushen
Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG
Sander Kushen

Author: Sander Kushen

Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., Dartmouth College

Sander is based in Sacramento and works with California decision-makers, the media, and coalition partners to further CALPIRG’s legislative priorities. He represents CALPIRG members across the state in efforts to protect public health and consumer interests. Previously, Sander worked for two years with CALPIRG Students as the Campus Organizer for UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. In that role, he recruited and trained hundreds of student activists to register voters, ban unnecessary single-use plastics throughout the UC system, and advocate for an expedited transition to 100% renewable energy. In his free time Sander enjoys karaoke, science fiction novels, and hugging his cat, Arthur.

On Tuesday, May 17, CALPIRG organized a virtual lobby day, calling for the state Senate to advance Right to Repair reforms (Senate Bill 983, Eggman). Dozens of independently-owned repair businesses, hailing from San Diego to Fresno to Mammoth Lakes, joined the effort. The bill, SB 983 would lower consumer costs for electonic and applience repair and reduce electronic waste. Indepenednt rpeiar shops support the legislation since it willexpand access to the parts, tools, and serive information they need to continue serving their communitites. 

CALPIRG, the repair businesses, and coaliton partners met with 12 state Senate offices throughout the day, and the day's meetings were covered by a story in the Sacramento Bee. SB 983's next hurdle will be passing the Senate Appropriations comittee, where it will be heard on Thursday, May 19th.

"Our Right to Repair lobby day was a huge success," said Sander Kushen, CALPIRG's state advocate (pictured in a meeting below). "We made it clear to our lawmakers that Right to Repair is a common-sense step to help local businesses, everyday consumers, and our enviroment."

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Advocates and repair shops in the first lobby meeting of the day with the office of Senator Ochoa Bogh
Sander Kushen
Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG
Sander Kushen

Author: Sander Kushen

Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., Dartmouth College

Sander is based in Sacramento and works with California decision-makers, the media, and coalition partners to further CALPIRG’s legislative priorities. He represents CALPIRG members across the state in efforts to protect public health and consumer interests. Previously, Sander worked for two years with CALPIRG Students as the Campus Organizer for UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. In that role, he recruited and trained hundreds of student activists to register voters, ban unnecessary single-use plastics throughout the UC system, and advocate for an expedited transition to 100% renewable energy. In his free time Sander enjoys karaoke, science fiction novels, and hugging his cat, Arthur.