It is time to sign up NOW - Next Open Repair Café US Zoom call Sat Nov 13, 11 am EST

Come on! You can do it!

Join us and hear Nathan Proctor, the Senior Director of the Right to Repair Campaign for U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) and Gay Gordon-Byrne, the Executive Director of the Repair Association (repair.org), at our next Repair Café US Open Zoom call. They will talk to us about recent progress in the Right to Repair movement and where they think things will be heading going forward. The recent progress includes bills progressing in the Massachusetts legislature.

When: Nov 13, 2021 11 am - 12:30 pm EST (8 am - 9:30 am PST)

Please register in advance at Register in advance - Open Zoom call Nov 13

For West Coast members – sorry for the early start. But we found out that the Citizen’s Climate Lobby is having a virtual conference on Nov 13 starting a 1 pm EST. We did not want to conflict with that event.

Other agenda items may be added as the event gets closer. One panel discussion topic is how Repair Café organizers have been dealing with the ever changing COVID pandemic.

Right to Repair forum Nov. 13, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST with Gay Gordon-Byrne (Repair Association) and Nathan Proctor (US Public Interest Research Group). Please share with your Repair Cafe networks especially members interested in policy and tech.

When: Nov 13, 2021 11 am - 12:30 pm EST (8 am - 9:30 am PST)

Please register in advance at Register in advance - Open Zoom call Nov 13

US PIRG is a highly knowledgeable leader on materials policy and consumer rights, and a well established advocate for the “right to repair” as a principle in product design. Here’s a recent update on their impact with Microsoft:

Tech giant Microsoft is finally listening to the thousands of Americans who want the right to repair their stuff.

On Oct. 7, Microsoft announced a commitment to research the benefits of making repair tools and documentation available beyond its authorized repair network, and to then act on those findings by the end of 2022. The mission of Right to Repair is to give consumers and small businesses the necessary access to parts, tools and service information so they can repair their products themselves without having to pay an arm and a leg to the manufacturer. It helps both consumers (by reducing costs) and the environment (by reducing toxic electronic waste).

“Microsoft has come a long way, and it needed to” said PIRG Senior Right to Repair Campaign Director Nathan Proctor. “Over the last three years, PIRG members and supporters sent in nearly 20,000 comments to Microsoft calling on the company to embrace repair and stop punishing refurbishers."

“Every company should be aware that Right to Repair is coming. Now is the time to get ahead of the curve and embrace repair.”

Read more.

Learn more about our campaigns to secure Americans’ right to fix their stuff.

REPAIR.ORG - the Repair Association - is the “bold, irreverent and authentic” voice of the repair industry led by Executive Director Gay Gordon-Byrne, who joins Nathan for this energetic webinar.

Thanks, Ray, for the reminder to register!