By Jueseppi B.
Obama supporters unite for ‘Organizing for Action’
According to the AP:
“Coming just days before Obama’s second inauguration, the move represents the first time a sitting president has ever transformed his presidential campaign operation into an outside group with the express purpose of promoting his agenda.”
Obama for America, President Barack Obama’s campaign group, is turning itself into a nonprofit organization that will advocate for issues like immigration reform, climate change, gun control, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and middle class jobs, the Associated Press reported.
The new group will be called Organizing for Action, according to MSNBC. It will act independently of the DNC, which is where Democratic presidents traditionally have gone for support on policy issues.
President Barack Obama may have run the last campaign of his career, but his political organization is not going away. In an unprecedented step for the campaign of a sitting president, Obama for America is relaunching itself ahead of the president’s second inauguration as a social welfare nonprofit group called Organizing for Action.
First reported Thursday night by the Los Angeles Times and Politico, the new group will use the Obama campaign’s extensive collection of data and manpower to push the president’s agenda from outside the confines of the Democratic Party structure, while giving grassroots supporters a voice in deciding which issues the nonprofit will focus on.
Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager and the chair of Organizing for Action, explained the relaunch in an e-mail to staffers and donors, “It will be a supporter-driven organization, as we’ve always been, staying true to our core principles: ‘respect, empower, include.'”
“We’ll work on the key battles of our generation, train the next generation of grassroots organizers and leaders, and organize around local issues in our own communities,” Messina continued. “We’ll continue to support the President in creating jobs and growing the economy from the middle out, and in fighting for issues like immigration reform, climate change, balanced deficit reduction, and reducing gun violence.”
First Lady Michelle Obama emphasized the “supporter-driven” nature of the organization.
From The White House Blog:.
ORGANIZING FOR ACTION: YOU IN?
Our work didn’t end on Election Day.
Organizing for Action will support the legislative agenda we voted on, train the next generation of grassroots organizers and leaders, and organize around local issues in our communities.
Watch this video the First Lady recorded about the next step of this grassroots movement, and say you’re in:
The First Lady on the Launch of Organizing for Action
Van Jones on Organizing for Action (OFA)
Published on Jan 19, 2013
Van Jones explains the impact of Organizing for Action in the upcoming years.
Today, the First Family kicked off Inauguration weekend by participating in the National Day of Service, helping out with some school improvement projects at Burrville Elementary in Washington, DC.
President Barack Obama stains shelves during a National Day of Service school improvement project at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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