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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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  • 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.”

  • Day of Action to #DefendDACA

    Organizers and activists stand up to defend DREAMers.

    From Tucson to Cincinnati, everyday Americans are standing up to fight for the rights of immigrant families. Check out what OFA volunteers were up to during yesterday's nationwide day of action to defend DACA.

  • No place for hate

    It's more important than ever that we speak out against this ugly ideology.

    Neo-Nazis and white supremacists descended on Charlottesville this weekend to push their vile message of bigotry and hate. Their violence left many injured, and one woman dead.

  • Today: Defend DACA

    OFA supporters are standing up to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which provides hope and protection for DREAMers—undocumented immigrant youth who have been in this country since childhood and know it as home.

    Part V: Today is the day. Add your voice to help make an impact.

  • Help protect DACA and immigrant youth

    For nearly 800,000 immigrant youth, DACA means safety. Take action on their behalf on August 15.

    We've been talking about just how personal the issue of immigration is, whether or not you've had direct experience as an immigrant—because what the new administration is jeopardizing isn't just our families, it's the very idea that everyone has the right to dream. Now, in Part IV—translate these conversations into action.

  • My story

    The struggles of immigrants are part of our American story—what part of that resonates with you the most?

    We're getting close to a time when we'll have to make sure our legislators stand up for the immigrant community—but first, it's important to take a moment to each examine what the issue means to us and why. In Part III, Michelle invites people to share their reflections on The Dream Is Now and shares her own personal immigration story.

  • I still have hope

    Though Susan feels anger and fear as Congress threatens to strip away the mental health care her two sons rely on, she still has hope for this country.

    "I can’t really describe the anger I’ve felt following the news about the Obamacare repeal attempts. I’m a writer and an editor and I can’t even find the words to describe the outrage I feel. Repeal is heartless and cruel and unbelievable. Millions of Americans, like my two sons, have serious health issues."

  • What you said about sacrifice

    We asked you to tell us about a time when you witnessed someone sacrifice something out of love. Here are a few of the stories we heard.

    Part II in the series about immigration and DACA continues with personal stories of sacrifice—because we can all relate to the experience of giving something up out of love or appreciation for another, whether or not it was in the context of immigration—and invites you to watch a short but powerful video.

  • What does it mean to sacrifice for love?

    Whether or not we're immigrants ourselves, we all know what it is to sacrifice for love. Here's what people said about their own experience.

    We asked OFA supporters about a time when they witnessed someone make a sacrifice out of love for someone else. Maybe a family member did something at a cost to themselves; maybe a friend made a hard choice for his or her family; or maybe it was a personal sacrifice made for someone they love.

    Read what they had to say.

  • We need more heart than this

    After conquering breast cancer and a severe burn to the arm, Obamacare saved Rebecca’s life.

    “Fifteen years ago, I had Stage III breast cancer. And it was a form of cancer with a marker that did not readily respond to chemotherapy or radiation. Usually people with that marker don’t survive long.”