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Organizing Update: An OFA fellow's experience

Jon Carson shares an inspiring letter from an OFA fellow

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  • Affordable care for the self-employed

    Access to a quality health insurance plan has helped my business grow.

    When the MRI showed the anomaly in my brain, health insurance companies didn’t care that it was benign. They used the irregular MRI as a reason to deny me coverage. For the past few years, I’ve been self-employed, and I've felt like I always had to fend for myself. But now for the first time, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I feel like I'm on a level playing field with my friends who work at large companies. My irregular MRI is no longer an obstacle I have to overcome to get coverage I can afford.

  • Standing up for action on climate change

    OFA supporters spoke up at EPA listening sessions across the country.

    Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. The best science out there is clear that it's already affecting us—but we have the power to fight it.


  • Making the case for action

    OFA volunteers across the country came out in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

    This is how volunteers kicked off OFA August.

  • The House finally held a vote on immigration... (It was pretty heartless)

    No, they didn't answer the national call for a comprehensive solution to our broken system.

    Speaker Boehner and House leadership used the border crisis to pass legislation that threatens DREAMers with deportation—these are hundreds of thousands of young people who grew up as Americans after being brought here as kids through no fault of their own.

  • Coming together to fight for gun violence prevention

    Volunteers across the country called into Washington state to gather support for an initiative that would expand background checks.

    Americans are standing up to powerful special interests and taking the fight to the state level to prevent gun violence. By working together, OFA volunteers were able to make thousands of calls and get pledges from Washingtonians to vote “yes” on Initiative 594, which would expand background checks and close dangerous loopholes in gun sales.

  • So, this just happened

    They actually went through with it.

    Speaker John Boehner and House leaders just voted to sue President Obama—for doing his job. Of all the things the House could actually vote on before they leave for a 5-week break, this is what they decided to do.

  • The path ahead on gun violence prevention

    Inaction in Congress doesn't mean that change can't happen. Here's what's happening in Washington state.

    OFA supporters are taking on the powerful, out-of-touch gun lobby—and we're willing to take this fight state by state to demonstrate that there's a way to win.

  • Why is June’s jobs report such a big deal?

    Hint: This kind of job creation hasn’t been seen in almost 15 years.

    For the last 52 months we’ve seen steady job creation, according to the monthly reports by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And in June we hit some important milestones. It's good news for hard-working Americans, but there’s still more work to do.


  • Climate deniers are at it again

    Let John Boehner know that this obstruction won't stand.

    Before President Obama even announced new carbon pollution standards—a big, big step forward in the fight against climate change—we knew that the opposition was going to put up a serious fight. This week, we got an idea of what that looks like.

  • Changes in the Chesapeake

    The rise in sea level and increase in storm severity are not just a far-away theoretical problem for us. They’re very much here and now.

    I was out rowing in a small skiff when I found myself looking down at the foundation of an old house, about a foot under water. I wonder if my town will be here in a hundred years, or even scarier, after the next hurricane season.