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Environmental Justice Roundtable

08.17.16 Post by Ian Kantonen

  This past week, members of our HERC Coalition (community organizations including MPIRG, Sierra Club, MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Community Power, and St. Joan of Arc) went on a trip to Chicago for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 roundtable discussion with environmental justice leaders on the Clean Power Plan, and testified at […]

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Students for the BWCA

07.11.16 Post by Ian Kantonen

The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) strives to create justice through all spheres of everyday life and MPIRG has been involved in issues around the Boundary Waters for decades. In the 1970s, MPIRG was one of the key organizations that made the BWCA a paddle-only zone. With recent industries showing interest in the BWCA, […]

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Stop the Enbridge Line 3 Abandonment

06.13.16 Post by Ian Kantonen

  On Thursday June 1, 2016, myself and other members from MPIRG, Honor the Earth, MN 350, and the Sierra Club gathered in Duluth, Minnesota with Winona LaDuke to discuss our summer campaign plans on Enbridge’s Line 3 abandonment pipeline. Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline stretches over 300 miles across Northern Minnesota, reaching Red Lake, Leech […]

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Could the Trans Pacific Partnership’s Corporate Tribunals Overturn the Obama Administration’s Keystone XL Decision?

11.12.15 Post by Erik Hatlestad


Last week the Obama Administration announced two major climate and trade policy decisions that have drawn heated discussion for years. Friday morning the President announced that his administration would reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.  This pipeline, which would have crossed the entire United States from Montana to Texas, would carry oil from the Alberta tar […]

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MPIRG Student Works to Reduce Pesticide Application

11.03.15 Post by Erik Hatlestad


Following the 2015 mosquito season at Cass County Vector control, Biological Field Aide and MPRIG constituent Brett Drevlow performed analysis of historical mosquito trap data in and around Fargo North Dakota. The intent of this effort was to better aid in the direction of adult mosquito pesticides applications, thus to ensure maximum effectiveness and to, […]

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A Story from Fargo/Moorhead

07.27.15 Post by Erik Hatlestad


Moorhead State University Moorhead (MSUM) student Kat Priem tells her story, and why she supports the Fight for $15. Fargo/Moorhead has been tagged as a prime example of the American Dream, and has received national attention for the opportunities we enjoy. Students, individuals and families are making their way to the area to get in […]

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Because its not really home until you are registered to vote

07.01.15 Post by Ian Kantonen

  MPIRG fully supports the initiative taken by council member Jacob Frey today. Providing Minneapolis residence with a voter registration card upon completing a rental agreement is a simple step to ensure civic participation in our communities. This also has the potential to increase voter participation in non national election years, when much less money […]

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Statement on #MOA11

03.09.15 Post by Ian Kantonen

As a student run organization that recognizes our current criminal justice system does not serve justice for all, we, the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, are appealing to the ethical and moral responsibility of Sandra Johnson and the City of Bloomington in demanding that they drop the charges against the Mall of America Eleven. The […]

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“Ain’t I a Woman?” – Laverne Cox Speaks on Race, Gender Identity with Language of Love

03.03.15 Post by Ian Kantonen

Misogyny. Trans-misogyny. Racial-trans-misogyny. Misandry. Trans-misandry. I could go on — add one identity after another – until we’re all forced to really think about what is left of us. If everything we are is questioned and humiliated, if we gave in to hatred, we could not be of any gender, sexual orientation or racial origin. […]

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Common Sense Justice

02.19.15 Post by Ian Kantonen

  On Thursday, January 29th Minnesotans came from across the state to call on their elected officials and demand justice.  Community members from both sides of the aisle joined forces for one simple cause: restoring the right to vote to felons that have served their time. Currently, forty-seven thousand Minnesotans are barred from the voting booth […]

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