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News Release | U.S. PIRG

John Lewis, 1940-2020

John Lewis was an American hero.

Most people knew him as a champion of civil rights, whether as a young man marching for freedom on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965 or serving as the “conscience of the Congress” for the past 33 years. Yet John Lewis was also a dependable ally on public interest issues, a tenacious advocate of voting reform and open government, consumer protection and a healthy environment.

News Release | MASSPIRG

Public health, environmental groups applaud Gov. Baker’s decision to rescind emergency order on plastic bags

BOSTON --- According to the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 website, as of July 10, Gov.Charlie Baker rescinded the emergency order he issued in March, which suspended the use of reusable bags in stores and froze the ban on single use plastic bags in the 139 cities and towns that had passed such prohibitions. The rescission, or update to that order, can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency

News Release | MASSPIRG

Proprietary medical device repair harms hospitals, could threaten patients, during COVID-19 pandemic

BOSTON -- The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting incredible stress on the U.S. medical system, including the equipment that is essential to diagnose and treat patients, such as ventilators. As that equipment is pressed into round-the-clock use, biomedical repair technicians face increasing pressure to maintain and repair all that equipment.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

Voting Rights Advocates and 80+ Organizations Celebrate Passage of Elections Bill

Critical legislation that will help keep elections safe, accessible, and participatory this fall in the face of threats posed by COVID-19 has been signed by Governor Baker. 

News Release | MASSPIRG | COVID-19

Health groups Call on US Senate to protect emergency workers in next stimulus

Boston—A coalition of groups including MASSPIRG,  Health Care for All, Massachusetts Public Health Association, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, and several other groups sent letters to Senator Warren and Senator Markey today thanking them for supporting the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish central, transparent coordination of the medical supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis. The groups are also asking Senator Warren and Markey to urge the Senate leadership to include the legislation in the next coronavirus stimulus package. The letter comes after health officials expressed serious concern over continued shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) amid rising cases and a lack of federal support.

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