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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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  • Defending Obamacare: Two months in

    OFA organizers, trainers, and volunteers had a busy February as they work to channel the passion and energy across the country to save Obamacare from repeal and dismantlement.

    February flew by in a flurry of action, training, and new engagement in order to defend Obamacare from repeal and dismantlement by opponents in Congress. Check out the latest wrap-up of what OFA organizers, trainers, and volunteers have been up to as they work to save the law that's helping tens of millions of Americans.

  • Make recess count

    Members of Congress are on recess and back in their home districts this week. If you're planning to meet with them, we've got a guide to help you out.

    If you're planning to attend a community meeting with your elected officials this week while Congress is on recess, do it right—check out OFA's Recess Toolkit to help you make the biggest impact.

  • We're training the next generation of change-makers

    Here's how OFA is helping students turn their passion into action.

    We don't just need to make a difference today. This movement needs to strengthen the pipeline of talent that will lead to change tomorrow.

    We need to keep empowering people to turn their passion and energy into action.

    And that's exactly what we're doing.

  • Build this movement up

    Your support makes change possible. If we care about the progress we've made, we've got to step it up.

    We'll be facing some difficult challenges in the coming months, but I'm more fired up than ever to defend the progress we've fought so hard for.

    Why? Because I'm incredibly proud of all we've accomplished together, and I know we're not done yet. Rolling up our sleeves is not a foreign concept for OFA organizers and supporters. And the momentum is growing.

    Be a part of this.

  • A message to OFA supporters: We're not backing down

    A message to OFA supporters: We're not backing down

    The fight on key issues just got really tough. We need you—now more than ever.

    Last week, OFA Advisory Board member Jeremy Bird sent a message to OFA supporters on the fights ahead. If we've learned anything as organizers, it's that when our hard-earned progress is threatened, we can't get discouraged. We cannot walk away.

  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 77 leaders. 22 states. One mission.

    Volunteer leaders from all over the country came together to learn from organizing experts and plan for the year ahead.

    Every year, OFA's top volunteers from around the country gather in Chicago at the annual Volunteer Leadership Summit to share their experiences from the previous year and apply the things they've learned to their plans for the year ahead.

    Kicking off OFA's 2016 training calendar, 77 passionate volunteer leaders from 22 states joined together to learn from each other and some of the top organizing experts.

    Check out what happened at the summit and find out more about the power of training.