Georgia PIRG Latest Blog Posts

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an emergency for our democracy. If we don’t take decisive action now, we could end up with Wisconsin-like nightmares across the country come November -- with voters forced to make a lose-lose decision between their health and participating in democracy. To avoid that worst-case scenario, our number one priority right now should be expanding access to the most workable solution to this crisis: vote by mail.

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Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

The emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic is a symptom of how we raise food animals across the world. 

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Yesterday, U.S. PIRG joined leading consumer groups and bank trade associations in a joint letter urging Congress at the soonest possible opportunity to clarify that economic impact payments responding to this public health emergency are exempt from otherwise legally binding garnishment orders.

Each week, we’ll be posting a round-up of short stories from across our network from staff experiencing various COVID-related issues, and what they did about them.

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Douglas H. Phelps
Chairman, U.S. PIRG; President and Executive Director, The Public Interest Network

To keep the sickest people alive during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we need ventilators. We don’t have them — and that says something about our priorities.

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Danielle Melgar
Food & Agriculture Advocate

We should preserve the new city soundscape even after this crisis and social distancing end.

Consumers right now face unprecedented vulnerability - and they need an unprecedented level of protection, including from the top cop on the financial beat, the CFPB.

We are just weeks away from the United States’ expected COVID-19 peak, and as scores of state and local officials are making clear, rather than rollbacks, we need broader testing capacity with the federal government leading the effort. 

Sometimes, metaphorically speaking, it’s good to see how the sausage is made. In my case, I had that chance when it comes to administering elections.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Rich Cordray, the first director of the CFPB and author of a new book on his six years at its helm, has issued a powerful memo to its current director, Kathy Kraninger, urging her to stop "relaxing" duties on financial firms and to "lose no further time" in "shield[ing] households and families" from the "economic harms" they face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.