MPIRG incorporated on February 17, 1971. Students at the University of Minnesota collected 25,200 signatures that year to start the first MPIRG chapter in Minnesota and start the first PIRG in the nation. College students collected more than 50,000 signatures in all to start chapters at college campuses across the state. The motivating idea was for students to join together in collective action to advocate in the public interest, and to use the activity fees they collected from each school to support a staff of professionals that could train them to become powerful advocates in the public policy arena. MPIRG's unique strategy to empower students has led to an impressive list of accomplishments, including protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota from environmental damage, championing strict ethical standards for lobbyists and raising more than $120,000 for area women’s shelters.
Read our one-page list of accomplishments (PDF download).