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Public Interest Research Groups

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Public Interest Research Groups are volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organizations based mostly out of University campuses around the North American continent. They usually provides training, support and opportunities for members and the public to be active citizens in their communities. Their belief is that the way to create positive social change is to provide individuals with the information and tools they need to take responsibility for their lives and to participate effectively in their communities. Issues of environmental, political and social justice are the main targets of concern.