NJPIRG Office: 104 Bayard St. Suite 102, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

Contact: Dan Xie, [email protected]

Current Campaigns:

Save the Bees
Bees pollinate everything from flowers to coffee, but New Jersey beekeepers lost more than 50% of their colonies last year. Bees are dying because of climate change, habitat loss, and pesticides. So we’re working to convince our Mayor to make New Brunswick a bee-friendly city. We’ll run events to educate students like a pollinator party with free coffee and flowers, and we’ll speak at city council meetings to win!

New Voters Project
We believe that the full participation of young people in the political process is essential to a truly representative, vibrant democracy. Together young people have the power to elect the next generation of leaders who will fight for our shared vision of the future, but only if we vote. For the fall 2022 elections, we’re working with our campus communities to make it easier and more accessible for students to vote and we’re working with campus administrators to make voting and civic engagement more institutionalized in residence halls, class registration, and other aspects of student life.

End Hunger and Homelessness
A recent survey found that 37% of Rutgers students face food insecurity. They often have to choose between basic necessities such as paying their rent, food, and going to school. Additionally, Rutgers campuses are all in cities where homelessness is a problem. We must move quickly to provide solutions and services to safeguard the most vulnerable students. In the United states, no one should ever be hungry, particularly because there is enough food for all of us. We can accomplish Zero Hunger by redirecting some of the meals that are often wasted to disadvantaged people. Our goal long term is to completely end hunger and homelessness on campus and to make sure that all students have access to basic necessities such as housing and food.

Chapter Leadership:

Maggie Lu // Chapter Chair

Maggie is a sophomore studying Political Science and Psychology. After getting heavily involved with NJPIRG’s funding referendum during her first semester at Rutgers-New Brunswick, she ran for the chair of her New Brunswick chapter, as well as chair of the statewide NJPIRG board. As state and chapter chair, she works on building the chapter and mission of student activism at Rutgers. She is currently coordinating the Save the Bees campaign, while also managing relations with student government to advance support for the Hunger and Homelessness and Textbook Affordability campaigns.

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