OFA: We're not going away

Just in case you weren’t exactly sure exactly where Obama stands, given his somewhat conflicting post-election statements – first in his press conference and then in his interview with Bob Schieffer – the e-mail reproduced below will clarify any lingering confusion. 

It was sent by Organizing for Action (OFA) – Obama’s community organizing brigade – to its membership.  OFA was formerly Organizing for America (OFA) – the DNC’s community organization team founded after Obama’s election in 2008 to push Obama’s agenda and later used during the 2012 campaign as the grassroots leg of Obama for America (OFA).  Don’t let the names confuse you – they are the same OFA attack dogs charged with ensuring that Obama’s agenda of fundamentally transforming the country materializes. 

And Obama needs their support in reminding the conservatives running Congress for the next two years that the progressive wing of the DNC isn’t going away, even though its members and their policies were soundly defeated in this election and represent a minority of voters in this country.


From: Barack Obama [mailto:info@barackobama.com] 
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 11:17 AM
Subject: Until the day I leave this office


Two years: That's all the time I have left as your president.

I know what I'm going to be fighting for until I leave this office. 

And the work you do now with OFA -- whatever it is that you choose to fight for -- will define what we can achieve together in that time. 

So let's go. If it's raising the minimum wage for hard-working Americans or fixing our broken immigration system that fires you up, I need you to stand up for it. If it's gun violence prevention, speak out. If it's marriage equality, or women's rights, or getting serious about fighting climate change, your voice is needed like never before.

The elected officials I'll work with in the last two years of my presidency need to be reminded that people like you aren't going away. 

They need to know you won't let the special interests in Washington drown out the voices of Americans who want to drive our country forward. That's what OFA was built to do.

So today, I'm asking directly: Will you commit to finish what you started with OFA?

I want to be clear about this: The difference you make isn't theoretical -- what you choose to do has a concrete impact.

When it comes to health care reform and the effort to help Americans across the country get covered in the months ahead, the role you play will be life-changing for real people. I've seen it.

Because of you, and groups like OFA, the face of American politics is fundamentally different today. You've changed what it means to get involved, and you've redefined how power is built.

Last week's election doesn't change that -- it just makes your job all the more critical.

With or without help from Congress, I'm not done making real change for the American people. And I bet you aren't, either.

Let's hear it:


Thank you,

Barack Obama

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