We can make Illinois a clean energy leader
But to do it, we need to fix our state’s broken laws.
Illinois has a history of leading in clean energy. Our state has one of the nation’s largest wind power industries, it has 186 solar companies, and over 96,000 Illinoisans work in the clean energy industry. But in the past year, broken policies at the state level have caused clean energy investment to crash, dropping 99.6% in 2013.
The White House's initiative to end sexual assault on campus
A new PSA and website released this week are part of the White House effort to end sexual violence on college campuses.
One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 are most likely to be assaulted by someone they know.
A minority of senators stood in the way of giving America a raise
Sign OFA's petition, and help push back.
Congress had a chance to raise the federal minimum wage, but a minority of senators are standing in the way.
What minimum wage means to me
Gina was once a successful school teacher, but now she struggles to make ends meet with a low-wage job.
I am 56 years old, and I make $8.75 per hour. That's an improvement on my previous job, where I made just $7.60, but it's still barely enough to survive. Once I was an elementary school teacher, living comfortably with benefits. Now I can barely afford to eat or pay my bills.
What's the annual salary for a worker making minimum wage?
Hint: It's lower than you might think.See what people have to say about giving America a raise.
Put your name in the permanent record, alongside mine
More than 8 million people signed up for health care through the marketplace, because of what you did.
I was in the room, only a few yards away, when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. It's still one of the proudest moments of my life. That kind of lasting change that would help millions of people is why I got into this line of work in the first place.
What repeal really means
OFA volunteers made sure their representatives know why health care reform matters.
Despite the fact that millions of people are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, some members of Congress have spent the past few years trying to repeal it. We can't let that happen.
OFA volunteers across the country won’t stand by and let their representatives act this way.
For Keegan, #WhatRepealMeans is a return to the days when he could be denied coverage. #OFAction pic.twitter.com/OT6Zi3eaTp
— Stephen Cummings (@sssscummings) April 23, 2014
There's one fewer climate change denier in Congress
Congressman Grimm acknowledges the reality of climate change.
As frustrated as it's been to see more than 130 members of Congress deny the basic science of climate change, we now have a reason to celebrate: Congressman Michael Grimm (NY-11) has now joined the conversation on climate.
Put the pressure on health care repealers
Show Congress #WhatRepealMeans.
Today there are more than 8 million Americans enrolled in private insurance through the marketplace, and millions more covered through Medicaid expansion and other aspects of health care reform.
So we've got one question: Do health care repealers in Congress still want to take that health care away?
Enough of this inaction
Volunteers tell representatives in the House to lead on comprehensive immigration reform.
Congress sacrifices up to $37 million dollars a day, simply by refusing to act on a bill that has already passed with bipartisan support in the Senate. That's unacceptable—and that's why OFA volunteers took action in 34 key districts on Saturday.
Forty-four senators vote against paycheck fairness
Last week the Senate failed to pass a bill that would help close the pay gap between women and men.
Apparently some members of Congress don't think addressing this issue is necessary. In fact, there are some people who don't believe a gender pay gap exists. But as President Obama said last week, "It’s not a myth, it’s math."
OFA volunteers honored as White House Champions of Change
Volunteers from Nevada and Arizona were honored by the White House earlier this month as two grassroots leaders taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence.
Two more clean energy victories in California
In the constant fight against climate change, it feels great to get news like this.
Climate change is a daunting problem, but by organizing and winning fights like this across the country, we can act on climate one community at a time.
Last month, we heard two great updates from our local campaigns in California to fight climate change by speeding up the switch to clean energy—energy that doesn’t create the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.