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U of M - Morris
 What U of M – Morris Students
 Are Working On

This last year the Morris chapter has been hard at work!  In the fall of 2008, a considerable amount of time was spent engaging and preparing voters for the election.  This included displaying information about voting rights, helping to register 25% of the campus to vote, and organizing MN Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s visit to UMM.  We also wrote our weekly University Register column MPIRG Speaks! which keeps the campus informed on local, state, national, and global levels. 

U of M – Morris Chapter 2008 - 2009.

Fair Trade // The Social Justice Task Force has been working to get the University of Minnesota to sign on to the Working Group for the Designated Suppliers Program ensuring all apparel purchased by the U of M is not made in sweatshops. We worked closely with the Twin Cities and Duluth U of M campuses to generate hundreds of public comments on the University’s apparel contract with Russell Athletics which has committed worker’s rights abuses in Honduras.   Complete with a set of cardboard scissors we organized a march and rally to the president’s office encouraging the administration to cut the contract. Within a week, President Bruininks cut the U of M’s contract with Russell Athletics. (

University of Minnesota Morris Senior and MPIRG member Matt Abbott, right, delivers signed petitions to Associate to the President Lynn Holleran on Friday in Morrill Hall. The group had signed petitions wanting the University to cut its contract with Russell Athletics after suspicions of unfair treatment of its workers.
Photo: The Minnesota Daily, 2/19/09, Jules Ameel

Environment // The Environment Task Force worked on the National Campus Energy Challenge, a competition between 90 colleges and universities across the country to see who can reduce energy usage the most in the month of February. They also worked with the campus to be more sustainable including creating a composting program and doing events like clothing swaps and bicycle maintenance clinics.  Additionally, several students attended the state capitol to lobby for more fuel efficient cars and safe mining practices in northern Minnesota.

U of M - Morris MPIRGers at Powershift 2009 in Washinton, D.C., which has since been called one of the best organized lobby days by current members of Congress.

Campus Organizer
Erik Hatlestad, 320.905.1543,



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