Holyoke Community College

Campus Organizer: Hillary Weber

Email: Hillary@masspirgstudents.org

Phone: 603-630-5719

MASSPIRG is a statewide, student directed and student funded nonprofit working to win concrete victories on social issues. We work on a range of issues to protect public heath, the environment and consumers. Some examples inclue, working to alleviating poverty, energy efficiency through solar energy and making college more affordable. Just recently, our advocates in DC stopped the doubling of student load interest rates. While here in Massachusetts, over the past four years, we have have registered over 20,000 students to vote!

The thing that makes us so effective is that students here at Holyoke Community College voted to fund MASSPIRG through an $9 per student, per semester waivable fee. We pool these resources statewide to hire professional staff like lawyers, advocates, and organizers. We work together to run local and statewide campaigns, and they fight on behalf of the students full-time where key decisions are being made on Beacon Hill and in Washington DC.

This semester our lead campaign is stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Antibiotics are critical to our health but right now the overuse is creating superbugs which increases the risk that our medicines won't work the next time we get sick. The major problem contributing to antibiotic resistance is that 70% of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are being given to healthy livestock on factory farms. So we are calling on the restaurants that buy from the factory farms to make the change. Last spring, MASSPIRG helped convince McDonalds to stop serving chicken raised on antibiotics so now we want Subway to do the same with all of their meats. We know they will do it if they hear from enough of us. So get involved with MASSPIRG to help get Subway on board and save our antibiotics!

We are also working to make textbooks cheaper, promote solar energy, and alleviate hunger and homelessness.

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Thanks for being part of MASSPIRG and helping make 2011 such a success. Check out some of our highlights from the year: Reducing the burden of student loan debt by capping... More ›