Activist Toolkit

A crash course in effective citizenship.
Last updated: 11/15/2017

Together we can make change happen. It’s a good thing, too. Our generation has some big challenges to tackle. It won’t be easy, but by acting together we can find solutions.

Since 1971, Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) on college campuses around the country have given students a vehicle to protect the environment, serve the campus and the community, uncover consumer ripoffs, and promote good government. For the past 45 years, the PIRGs have been making a real difference in people’s lives and winning concrete changes to build a better world. PIRG students have helped register more than one million students to vote, raised millions of dollars in donations to help the hungry and homeless, and played a key role in winning reforms to clean our air and water and protect our environment.

In addition, the PIRGs have provided students with an educational experience in democratic citizenship. By bringing important issues to the campus debate, giving students the opportunity to voice their opinions, and teaching students the skills to make their opinions heard, the PIRGs encourage life-long civic engagement.

Along with the idealism, energy, and creativity of the students and staff who make up the PIRGs, much of the PIRGs’ success can be attributed to the systematic approach to organizing detailed in this Activist Toolkit. This Activist Toolkit provides the basic tools to run strong campaigns and win victories for students and the public interest.

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