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 What UMD Students Are Working On

Environment // This fall, UMD’s Environment Task Force led efforts to educate the UMD and Duluth community on the catastrophic environmental and human rights violations occurring with Alberta Tar Sands oil production. Currently, Minnesota is receiving approximately 80% of its oil from that area, so in order to address this issue, UMD MPIRG students held “Minnesota’s Dirty Oil Secret”. This educational action event featured the documentary  Downstream and Honor the Earth’s Nellis Kennedy-Howard. Over sixty students and Duluth community members were in attendance. In addition, UMD MPIRG students have been leading a postcard campaign to Target CEO Gregg Steinhoffel, telling him to honor Target’s commitment to environmental sustainability and to stop using Alberta Tar Sands oil for their shipping fleet.  Lastly, throughout the semester, students collected over 300 petition signatures asking Senators Klobuchar and Franken to oppose Senator Rockefeller’s “Dirty Air Act”, which would have stripped the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions.

Tar Sands Event

Minnesota’s Dirty Oil Secret Event featuring speaker Nellis Kennedy-Howard of Honor the Earth.

Affordable Higher Education // The Affordable Higher Education Task Force focused on increasing college affordability for students through three campaigns. The first was an educational movie event featuring the documentary College, Inc., a documentary about the concerns of rising tuition costs and for-profit colleges. Then, throughout the semester, the task force collected student entries for the statewide “Debt Yearbook” project that will be presented to state legislators during the 2011 session. Lastly, students drafted and collected a professor pledge to reduce textbook costs for students.

UMD MPIRG Hard at Work

The UMD Chapter hard at work!

Democracy Task Force // As 2010 was an election year, the Democracy Task Force was busy registering over 300 UMD students to vote. This involved extensive voter education and outreach, along with the College Republicans and Democrats, Student Association, and the United Educators Association (UEA). Just before Election Day, this task force organized and ran the State Senate District 7 Meet-and-Greet with candidates Roger Reinert and Rilla Debot-Opelt. Students were able to ask questions and discuss the issues that affect them.

UMD MPIRG registers over 300 students to vote!

UMD MPIRG students helped register over 300 students to vote in Fall 2010. At this tabling event, we received help from the Secretary of State’s office.

Free Democracy Summit // This fall semester, the Local & Sustainable Agriculture Task Force created UMD’s first Sustainability Guide. The guide includes information on the Dirty Dozen (the twelve most contaminated foods), local and organic recipes from students, and coupons to local stores and restaurants that promote local and sustainable farming methods. Task force members tabled throughout the semester, offering the guides to inquiring students while also educating them on the issue.

Lanae and Mariana share sustainability guides with campus community.

Lanae Smith and Mariana Glitsos, the Local and Sustainable Task Force leaders, with their “Dirty Dozen” educational board and UMD’s first Sustainability Guide.

UMD MPIRG’s Spring Week of Action // This spring semester, the UMD chapter organized its first Week of Action, a week dedicated to engaging students on the topics of homelessness, campaign finance reform, green transportation, sustainable agriculture, gender justice, and the arts for action. Some events included a “Bridge to the Community” dinner focusing on homelessness, “Student Voice Hour” with local officials, a “Rally for the Cause” concert dedicated to CHUM (a local non-profit), “Farming Forward” and “Bike to the U Day”.

Week of Action, April 2011, Student Organizing Team

Week of Action, April 2011 - Student Organizing Team


Duluth Campus Organizer
Steve Wick, 218.726.8157,

Campus Contact
Mariana Glitsos,
Luke Wohlwend,
Ian O'Brien,
Mike DuVall,



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