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An Independent Voice For Consumers
CALPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society.
For decades, we’ve stood up for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests.
I’ve been reading the CFPB’s mail. It’s okay, you can too. It’s public. Not surprisingly, the latest CFPB consumer complaints paint a grim picture of the pandemic’s effect on family finances. I ask: Why isn’t the CFPB doing more to help struggling consumers?
Mortgage servicers failed Americans during the last recession. And if early data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is any indication, history may well be on its way to repeating.
Legislation to protect Californians from price gouging is one step closer to becoming law after Senate Bill 1196 (SB 1196) passed the Senate Committee on Public Safety Wednesday. Authored by State Sen. Thomas Umberg, the bill has bipartisan support in the legislature and is supported by consumer advocates, the Attorney General, and the California District Attorneys Association.
This coming Monday, June 1, will mark the third full month that bills are due since COVID-19 was declared a national state of emergency in March. To help Americans manage their finances, U.S. PIRG Education Fund has published an updated guide with tips on what to do about paying bills during the crisis.
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.
The FDA has sent 34 warning letters to companies that say their products can treat or cure COVID-19 without being able to prove those claims. CALPIRG is providing people with the information they need to avoid wasting their money on these and other coronavirus-related scams.
Thanks to our partners at CALPIRG Students, California is one step closer to moving beyond plastic. On March 12, Carol Christ, chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, endorsed a commitment to eliminate all non-essential single-use plastic with viable alternatives by 2030.
On March 27, CALPIRG Students was announced the winner of ecoAmerica's 2020 American Climate Leadership Awards in a virtual ceremony. The student advocates ran and won a historic campaign for a University of California system-wide commitment to 100 percent renewable energy.
Your donation supports CALPIRG’s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.