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It's troubling to see years of progress and hard work on the line, but here's how community organizers get through it: We take action.

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  • Good news

    A note from former Secretary of State of Missouri Jason Kander on the administration's disbanding of their sham "voter fraud" commission:

    The administration just disbanded their sham "voter commission." It didn't happen by accident; it happened because we were vigilant.

  • Nationwide, OFA volunteers turnout for Newtown anniversary vigils

    Five years after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, OFA volunteers organize candlelight vigils across the nation to commemorate the anniversary and pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have become victims of gun violence since then and recommit to honor them with action.

    "When we hear our friends and pundits say, “If nothing changed after Sandy Hook, change will never happen,” we must challenge them. We must challenge that cynical mindset, as cynicism is the enemy of progress. Our movement is growing."

  • My story

    "I'm trying to build a future that can help my parents, my sister, and her children. But this administration doesn't want to let me do that."

    I wish leaders in Congress could understand what it feels like to be set up to fail.

    I'm in college, studying information systems and paying my way through work and a patchwork of special scholarships since I don't qualify for any federal aid.

    I've worked with our student center and started initiatives on campus to support our students—I want to do ...

  • This wasn't about the middle class.

    Senator Sherrod Brown asks the question: "If we want to cut middle-class taxes, why don't we give a tax cut to the middle class?"

    On the Senate floor late Friday night, before this tax scam passed with 51 votes, I asked my colleagues a simple question: "If we want to cut middle-class taxes, why don't we give a tax cut to the middle class?"

    Not one of the 51 senators who voted for the bill answered me.

    Senate leaders have tried for months to sell this as a ...

  • Is my story being erased?

    A young immigrant searches for answers as she faces her mother’s deportation and caring for her disabled brother—before her own status as a DACA recipient expires.

    Despite their efforts to be fully transparent, compliant, and to naturalize through the proper channels, this immigrant family in Ohio is being targeted for deportation—and it’s coming at a high cost.

  • I know what it’s like when people just watch

    A retired teacher continues fighting to keep her former students and their immigrant communities safe.

    “The fear in the neighborhood is palpable. Many parents come to school to drop off their children and don’t know if they’ll ever see them again. That affects kids’ ability to sleep, to get nourished, to come to school ready to learn. In turn, that has an impact on everyone in the class—the other kids, the teacher.”

    Here’s how one former schoolteacher is taking action locally to protect immigrants in her hometown.

  • Our path forward

    Gerrymandering has held us back for far too long—we have a chance to change that.

    Former President Obama calls on all of us to join the fight for a fair democracy. Read on and learn what you can do to defend our most basic democratic rights.

  • The Clean Power Plan

    The landmark Obama-era plan to curb carbon emissions is under threat of repeal.

    This administration is charging ahead with their intentions to repeal the landmark Clean Power Plan. Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy explains why that's unsound for our economy, our health, and our climate.

  • Meet our newest OFA fellows

    OFA fall fellows will spend six weeks learning how to tackle problems in their communities, while building their leadership skills.

    OFA’s newest class of fall fellows bring a wide range of experiences and perspectives to the program—and are committed to using their skills to fight for a more equitable society.

  • Organizing through heartaches

    Last weekend, as OFA coaches around the country welcomed a new class of fellows, one group in Philadelphia worked through pain and heartache to become even closer as an organizing family.

    It’s rare for any grassroots organizing meeting, presentation, or event to go off without a hitch, but sometimes working through those hiccups and heartaches is what brings us even closer together.

  • Walk, talk, vote

    This National Voter Registration Day, Bradley Whitford discusses the importance of civic engagement, and how we'll build a fair democracy.

    "In a good democracy, whether it's in real life or on a TV show, the power of the people is stronger than that of lobbyists and special interests."

  • Community leaders unite for OFA Coaches Huddle

    Organizers and community leaders from around the country joined together in Chicago for a weekend of leadership training, challenging conversations, and fun!

    What does true leadership look like? How can organizers with different strengths and weaknesses identify the most effective strategies for their own leadership? And how can we improve our leadership skills to expand equity in both our own personal relationships and our communities as well?

    These are just some of the tough questions OFA leaders tackled this past weekend.

  • “I’ve been silent for 20 years—but I can’t be anymore.”

    One undocumented immigrant is risking everything to tell her story and stand up to Washington’s discriminatory, anti-immigrant policies.

    “I’m constantly stressed, constantly depressed. It’s a struggle to live life normally knowing that I could be separated from my children at any time, knowing that my family or friends could be taken away, too.

    “We live in a systematically oppressive system. I see that now. I don’t feel like the bad guy now, like I did when I was growing up. It’s time to take responsibility for my actions, but I have to expose the truth, which is that I’m not here to cause crimes. I came because I was extremely poor and ignorant. And so were my parents.”

    Read Laura’s story.

  • To immigrant families and those who support us

    This administration just rescinded DACA, threatening 800,000 young Americans. But it's not over yet.

    We are seeds that cannot help but grow. We are dreamers with warrior souls. We are daughters and sons of farmers, iron workers, and seamstresses who make this country strong. And we will not despair.

  • 800,000 American dreams

    The administration is threatening to end DACA, putting 800,000 young immigrants across the country at risk.

    We got people out of the shadows so they could contribute to our communities, and we used valuable immigration resources elsewhere. In exchange, we made a promise to protect DREAMers. This administration is threatening to break that promise by terminating DACA.

  • Battling misconceptions on immigration

    You don't need to take our word for it—check out these articles and make sure you're informed before Congress comes back in September.

    As Congress heads back to Washington to debate a budget, they're considering spending billions on an expensive and ineffective border wall and unnecessarily expanding deportation enforcement. But this agenda is based on politics, not facts.

    You don't need to take our word for it—check out these articles and make sure you're informed before Congress comes back in September.

  • A note of thanks and a call for vigilance

    Laura, a cancer patient from Las Vegas, writes to thank all who have stood up for Obamacare, which is keeping her alive—and reminds us that the fight isn’t over yet.

    “In the chemo room over the past few weeks, we have been talking about health care reform over and over. As patients fighting cancer, we’re usually pretty good about not sweating the small stuff, but we were all terrified of Obamacare repeal—because whether or not you have private insurance, the various bills being discussed by Congress put you at risk.”