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It may be no news to most of you, but Organizing for America is in the process (begun pretty much immediately after the election) of becoming Organizing for Action.

I got word of the meeting on Sunday because of my (failed) attempts to volunteer for the Obama campaign last year.  I learned I cannot make a big song and dance over doing something if I want to actually be able to do it.

The new iteration is planned to provide resources and training for political actions on assorted issues in the lives of people around the country.

Among the current issues raging (big news here, I'm sure) is gun control.  One of the women attending is deep into working on this, and she said that of Oregon's Democratic representatives, DeFazio and Schrader had not come out in support of President Obama's plan.  If any of Rep. DeFazio's or Rep. Schrader's constituents see this and are in favor of the president's plan, please let your representative know this.

Other issues mentioned were health, education, LBGT, immigration, race, jobs, homelessness, infrastructure, ....  The whole idea appears to be for OFA to provide resources and training for people who are already working on these issues or who would if they knew how.

They are busy setting up as a non-profit nationally, so things appear to be still up in the air, but the Portland metropolitan area has a thriving group already in place.

I am willing to act as liaison with OFA for the local PNW Kossacks, if any of you are interested in using their resources.

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  •  They have not bought a table for NN13. (7+ / 0-)

    They haven't finished reorganizing themselves enough to do that yet.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:34:33 AM PST

  •  Tipped & rec'd (0+ / 0-)

    for doing ANYTHING other than watching football!  And I used to play in marching band!  [And I hope the pace picks up soon.]

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 04:31:12 PM PST

  •  A Prescient Comment (0+ / 0-)

    Dark Money it's for sale

    Organizing for Action, the successor to President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and Enroll America, a group led by two former Obama staffers that features several insurance company bigwigs on its board, are planning to unleash the same grass-roots mobilization and sophisticated micro-targeting tactics seen in the 2012 campaign.

    Instead of getting people to vote, they’re trying to get people to buy insurance.

    If the coalition is successful, 30 million uninsured Americans will get health coverage and the now-unpopular law that Obama’s team pushed through Congress and defended at the Supreme Court could go down in history alongside lauded national institutions such as Medicare and Social Security.

    But if large numbers of younger and healthier Americans don’t sign up for coverage this fall alongside the older and sicker ones, the whole thing won’t work.

    Small wonder the tools will not be available for us...
  •  What about House races? (0+ / 0-)

    Are they going to help us take back the House?

    OFA didn't do anything to help with House races in 2012.

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    by JamieG from Md on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 12:36:17 PM PST

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