Activism in New Paltz: Democracy Matters / New Paltz Climate Action Club

Name

Democracy Matters

What They Do

Democracy Matters is a non-partisan, on-campus activist group that works to get large private money out of politics and people back in. Part of their mission is to strengthen democracy through grassroots organizing and support pro-democracy reforms such as the public financing of election campaigns. They also make voter registration a priority for students and work to inform the public about elections and local campaigns. 

How to Get Involved

Democracy Matters hosts programs on campus to boost civic engagement, and they usually choose one or two action campaigns to focus on each semester. Previous campaigns have included gun control and voter registration turnout. They meet in SUB 209 every Thursday at 5 p.m. and are always looking for new members. 

Who to Contact

You can reach Democracy Matters by email at democracymattersnp@gmail.com or on Instagram at @democracymatters_ newpaltz

Name

New Paltz Climate Action Club

What They Do

The New Paltz Climate Action Club is an activist organization that brings passionate students together who share a love for environmental justice. They strive to educate the community about climate change and push for renewable energy practices at New Paltz. Founded in the fall of 2017, they aim to not only educate students about the real issue that is climate change, but also to show students how to live sustainably and become activists in their own communities. 

How to Get Involved

Come to their meetings in SUB 409 every Wednesday at 8 p.m. The club meetings focus on larger events that might be coming up, as well as going over different ways to impact climate change and spread the word to students. 

Who to Contact

Follow them on Instagram at @npclimateactionclub or check them out at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Academic Quad (Or in the lecture center weather permitting).

Shyana Fisher
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Shyana Fisher is a third-year journalism major with a creative writing minor (hopefully). This is her second full semester on The Oracle and she was previously a copy editor for the sports section. Her favorite stories to write and read include profiles and those within the realm of pop-culture and entertainment, as well as national issues.