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A minority of senators stood in the way of giving America a raise

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thank you, truly

    Your name belongs on the record alongside the President's.

    "The work you did is how real, lasting change gets made, and I hope it will be remembered for years to come." —Barack Obama

  • 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.

    Being honored by the White House is no small recognition—but if you ask Pam Simon or Teresa Crawford what it feels like to be named a Champion of Change, they'll be the first to say this award is about their community, not them.

  • 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.

  • Mobilizing the nation for immigration reform

    OFA is fighting to stop Congress's inaction on comprehensive immigration reform.

    Supporters of immigration reform are organizing on the phone, on the ground, and on the airwaves, calling on the House to take action.

  • Speaker Boehner: Bring unemployment insurance to a vote

    There's something happening on John Boehner's Facebook page right now.

    Earlier this week the Senate passed a measure that would restore unemployment insurance to more than 2 million job seekers. Now, it's up to Speaker John Boehner to bring the measure to a vote in the house. More than 2,000 supporters have taken to Facebook to raise their voices, so Boehner knows what renewing unemployment benefits means to them and their communities.

  • Volunteers demand a #FairFutureNow on Equal Pay Day

    Unless things change, the gender pay gap will continue to hold back families.

    Today, women are the main breadwinner in a record-high 40% of households with children. When women earn less than their fair share, it hurts our families and it hurts our economy. It's time to stand with women everywhere by fighting for the right to equal pay for equal work.