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Campus Organizing Summit - San Francisco: Learning beyond the classroom

Following the most recent OFA Campus Organizing Summit, the latest crew of student organizers is fired up and ready to bring change to their communities.

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  • The Senate's countdown begins

    This week, the Senate returns from its seven-week recess—and they've got 32 days to fill the Supreme Court seat that's been sitting vacant for just shy of six months now.

    As senators return to work after a seven-week recess, OFA supporters across the country are getting ready to increase the pressure on Senate leaders to end their unprecedented obstruction of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

    Judge Merrick Garland is one of the most qualified candidates ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Even Senate Republicans praise him as a consensus pick, and he's received bipartisan support in the past. Blocking his nomination is petty partisan politics at its worst. Join OFA supporters in letting senators know you demand action on the Supreme Court vacancy.

  • The road to equality

    Today, as we celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, we're looking ahead to all that still needs to be accomplished to ensure women in this country are truly treated as equal.

    In the 96 years since women gained the right to vote, this country has come a long way. Today, aswe celebrate this significant milestone on what is now known as Women’s Equality Day, we must not forget all the work that still needs to be done to ensure equal treatment of and protections for all women.

  • OFA summer fellows take the reins

    Fresh off of a six-week fellowship program, a whole new set of graduates put their new organizing skills to the test in community engagement events across the country. Check out some of the inspiring highlights.

    Building a movement for change isn't easy—that's why these new graduates of the OFA Summer Fellowship spent six weeks training to become better organizers. Fellows from different backgrounds—and from regions all around the country—put their new skills to use, organizing local community engagement events around the issues that matter to them. Check out some of the highlights.

  • Take OFA’s What’s Next survey

    Take a few minutes to complete the What’s Next survey, a short questionnaire to OFA supporters what they want to do going forward.

    Thanks to OFA supporters pushing for lasting change on the local and national levels, we’ve been able to make big strides in tackling some of our nation’s most important issues. But this work is far from over, and feedback from our supporters matters in determining what’s ahead.

    Today, we’re launching the What’s Next survey, a short questionnaire that will help us gather information on what supporters want to do going forward, as they share their thoughts on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

  • It’s President Obama’s birthday!

    Share your favorite memory from this movement.

    Today, the President turns 55. Show your appreciation for the movement he’s been such a huge part of—tell us your favorite memory of the Organizer-in-Chief.

  • Celebrate the President’s birthday—and remember the movement's achievements

    President Obama is celebrating his 55th birthday this week. Let’s take a look back on all that this movement has accomplished.

    This Thursday, the President turns 55, and it’s the last birthday he’s celebrating in office. This movement has accomplished so much, from providing health care to millions of Americans to making marriage equality the law of the land. Show the President your appreciation—sign OFA’s birthday card.

  • 125 days—and no hearing

    President Obama did his job and nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Senate leaders still haven't done theirs. In U.S. history, no other nominee (who hasn't been withdrawn) has gone this long without a vote.

    Judge Garland is a well qualified Supreme Court nominee who has received bipartisan support in the past. Senate leaders' refusal to do their jobs and give him a hearing is unacceptable. Speak up if you agree it's past time for them to act.

  • Want to meet President Obama? Here's your chance.

    OFA is launching a new contest giving one lucky OFA supporter the chance to tell President Obama which of this movement's accomplishments mean the most to them.

    This summer, OFA organizers around the country are looking ahead to this movement's future. This is a crucial time to prepare for the fights to come, but also a time to take stock of all we've accomplished together.

    As part of that reflection, we're giving one lucky supporter the opportunity to talk to the Organizer-in-Chief himself about how far we've come.

  • President Obama: "I know we can win this fight"

    President Obama: "I know we can win this fight"

    President Obama has placed the United States at the forefront of global efforts to address climate change—but he can't solve this problem alone. Read his message to OFA supporters.

    With far too many members of Congress still denying the existence of man-made climate change, it's more important than ever to get your friends, family, and neighbors involved in the fight to tackle this global problem.

    In his message, President Obama explains why his administration is introducing new rules to regulate methane pollution and why he's still hopeful for the future.

  • President Obama: We should be proud of what we've achieved

    The President has committed to doing as much as he can to move forward on important issues and protect the progress we've already made—but he can't do it alone. Read his message to OFA supporters.

    It's because of people like you who have stepped up—in ways big and small—that progress over the past few years has been possible. And as we roll into the final months of President Obama's last term in office, it's going to be up to folks like you to help make sure we aren't held back by those trying to stop progress.

  • This week's bold action against climate change

    This week, the United States will join the Paris Agreement, the groundbreaking international effort to fight climate change. Here's what that means—and how you can help prevent deniers from derailing progress.

    2014 and 2015 were the hottest years ever recorded, and 2016 is on pace to break the record yet again. We're seeing the consequences of climate change more clearly every day.

    But this week, the United States will join the Paris Agreement, the groundbreaking international effort—supported by nearly every country in the world—to fight climate change. We've come too far to let deniers in Congress stand in the way of progress like this.

  • Eight isn't enough

    America needs a fully-functioning Supreme Court—speak up for a fair nomination process for Judge Merrick Garland.

    The Supreme Court rules on some of our country's most important legal cases. We can't let the judicial branch be crippled by the same partisan obstruction that's currently plaguing both houses of Congress.

    Learn why the country's most important judicial body needs to be at full strength with nine justices, and should not be allowed to sit with a vacancy for more than a single term.

    Then, add your name to an overwhelming majority of Americans who want a fair nomination process.

  • Michelle Obama: 20 million people covered

    Michelle Obama: 20 million people covered

    We've come a long way in the push for affordable health care—and millions have gained important and necessary coverage. Read the First Lady's message to OFA supporters about why we can't slow down now.

    It's been six years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law and we've come a long way in ensuring that more Americans are getting access to affordable, quality care.

    Take a look at a message that First Lady Michelle Obama wrote to OFA supporters, reflecting on how far we've come and the work that's still ahead.

  • OFA organizers tell senators: Do your job

    Read how volunteers from around the country joined together to call for a fair Supreme Court nomination process.

    President Obama announced his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. But Senate leaders are still refusing to even meet with him, using partisan politics to make excuses about not doing their jobs.

    OFA organizers have been speaking out with a message for their senators: Do your job. Earlier this month, volunteers gathered in 23 states for a day of action focused on the Supreme Court vacancy. Check out these stories from local events across the country as organizers continue to push for a path forward for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

  • Did they really just say that?

    Did they really just say that?

    This is how extreme voices are getting to block a fair Supreme Court nomination process.

    Leaders on the Senate Judiciary Committee have promised not to meet with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, even before knowing who it will be.

    Read OFA Co-Chair Jim Messina's message to supporters.

  • A step beyond ridiculous: The Senate is pledging to handicap the Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court's rulings will impact our country for decades to come—it's too important to be hindered by an empty seat. The Senate must stop its obstructionism and take its job seriously.

    A fair nomination process for the next Supreme Court Justice is so crucial—read why and join the hundreds of thousands signing OFA's petition to the Senate.