Our work

Maryland PIRG stands up to powerful interests and delivers concrete results.

CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHT: The use of toxic flame retardant chemicals is impacting the health of firefighters and putting the health of our children at risk. Maryland PIRG is working to ban these carcinogens from use in furniture and children's products. Learn more about our Fight Against Flame Retardants campaign. 

What we're working on

 

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COVID-19

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As we confront the COVID-19 crisis, Maryland PIRG is advocating for measures to bolster our nation’s ability to respond to the pandemic, protect consumers in a time of uncertainty, and ramp up the production of critical supplies, including ventilators. Learn more.

 

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Public Health

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Healthy Livingclose

From the misuse of lifesaving antibiotics, to lead-contaminated school drinking water, to preventing a new generation from becoming addicted to nicotine, Maryland PIRG is working to enact policies and change corporate practices so that we can lead healthier, safer lives. Learn more.

 

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New Economy

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New Economyclose

We keep producing and consuming more and more “stuff.” How can we do a better job of improving the quality of our lives? Our New Economy program is finding answers, and advocating for policies to curb E-waste, zero out hunger on college campuses, and make it easier for families to do the vital work of caregiving. Learn more.

 

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Democracy

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Democracies thrive when everyone has a voice and everyone is represented. That’s why Maryland PIRG is committed to reigning in the influence of moneyed interests in our elections by encouraging the active participation of small donors. Learn more.

 

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Toxics

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We need to zero out the toxic chemicals that are putting our health and environment at risk. Maryland PIRG is working to ban toxic weed killers until they can be proven safe, improve our systems for keeping toxic products off of store shelves, and stop the use of the neurotoxic pesticides decimating our vital bee populations. Learn more.

 

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Zero Waste

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Our country has a waste problem. It’s time for new solutions, and a renewed commitment to move toward zero waste. We’re pushing for policies that will get rid of the most harmful single-use plastics, give us the right to repair the things we own, and create robust recycling and composting systems. Learn more.

 

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Consumer Watchdog

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For more than 40 years, our watchdog team has been educating consumers about how to protect themselves and their rights. We work to get dangerous products off store shelves, end exploitative practices, and ensure a level playing field in the marketplace. Learn more.

 

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Consumer Defense

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Wall Street, big banks and their allies in Congress are attempting to undermine the consumer protections we rely on every day. Our advocates are standing up to defend and strengthen the protections that keep Wall Street in check, our retirement savings and college accounts secure, our personal financial data safe and accurate, and more. Learn more.

 

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Transportation

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Our transportation systems simply aren’t built for the needs and challenges of the 21st century. That’s why Maryland PIRG is working with states and cities to make transit cleaner and more efficient, to increase the number of electric cars and buses on the road, and to stop wasteful spending on highway boondoggles that fail to alleviate traffic. Learn more.

 

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Higher Education

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Choosing to attend college in America is one of the most expensive decisions a person may make in their lifetime. We’re working for solutions to make college more affordable and to protect students from predatory companies that try to take advantage of them. Learn more.

 

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Health Care

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People living in the United States have access to some of the best medical care in the world. But our system also has some serious flaws that have led to costs spiraling out of control. Maryland PIRG is advocating for measures to make health care more affordable while improving quality of care. Learn more.

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