Student Organizing in Oregon: OSPIRG

If you live in Oregon you probably have heard of OSPIRG.  What is OSPIRG, anyway, you wonder.  Are they simply those pesky students with clipboards knocking at your door during dinner?

OSPIRG is the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group.

Seriously, these kids need to be told “No!”  Our family put a sign on our window that reads, ‘NO OSPIRG.’ We haven’t been bothered by them since.  The last time one of them came by our home they were hawking research in unsafe children’s toys – again!  OSPIRG has been recruiting gullible students at Portland State University (PSU) since the 1970’s.

Unsafe Toys Research A Smokescreen for Subversives

OSPIRG’s slogan is “Standing Up To Powerful Interests.”  They need to look in the mirror by now because OSPIRG has become a powerful interest themselves.

For instance, OSPIRG are influence peddlers in voter turnout:

OSPIRG’s New Voter Project

2006 Elections

In fall 2006, the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project worked on 80 college campuses in 22 states, including Oregon, to boost voter turnout. We forged alliances with student government leaders, faculty and administrators and recruited over 1,100 students to lead or volunteer on their campus. Our hard-working coalition partners and student leaders registered 75,000 students to vote. Leading up to Election Day, we made 94,000 personalized Get Out the Vote reminders either over the phone or face-to-face.

OSPIRG’s sister organization is Environment Oregon:

Environment Oregon will use the same result-oriented advocacy that made OSPIRG so successful. The new focus of the two organizations will help Environment Oregon and OSPIRG launch a new era of action and advocacy.

Oh yippee.  Oregon does have a dearth of lunatic climate change organizations and agencies.  NOT.

So, to recap, Oregon students can put on condoms, turn down their thermostats, recycle trash, and ride bicycles through rush hour.  But can they read or do simple arithmetic?  Hmm.  Makes me wonder if PSU still has high school-level classes in Algebra and Writing.


University of Oregon’s ‘Oregon Commentator,’ a conservative/libertarian student paper, on OSPIRG


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