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  • 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.

  • Meet the next generation of organizers

    Introducing the Organizer Academy.

    Some of the most passionate new organizers are meeting up this month to hone their skills—and they are having a great time doing it. Take a minute and meet the next generation of organizers.

  • Tuesday is Equal Pay Day

    Women must work this far into the new year to match what men earned last year.

    Women who work full-time earn, on average, just 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Unless things change, that reality leaves women and their families a step behind in the pursuit of the American dream.

  • One step closer to relief for job-seekers

    The Senate just passed a bipartisan bill to restore a critical lifeline to millions of Americans.

    December 28, 2013: That's the date that millions of job-seeking Americans had the rug pulled out from under them when Congress failed to renew extended unemployment insurance. But a bipartisan bill that just passed in the Senate could rectify that.

  • With your help, this could make immigration reform a reality

    Minority Leader Pelosi filed a discharge petition to bring comprehensive immigration reform to a vote in the House.

    This doesn't have to be left up to Speaker Boehner anymore. That's why OFA is passing out flyers, making phone calls, and organizing constituents to pass this crucial legislation. We will end Congress's inaction.

  • Turning worry into action

    The destruction wrought by climate change is pretty scary.

    I've studied the scientific evidence presented by those that deny climate change and so far found none of their arguments reasonable.

  • We made history

    You should be so proud of your role in the fight for health care reform.

    Watch this short video we put together to celebrate this moment—then add your name to the permanent record of people who helped make health care reform happen.

  • The work we do matters

    Here is just one of the thousands of ways OFA supporters worked to make health reform successful.

    Learn more about how OFA-Ohio volunteers worked with Get Covered America to get the word out about the new health insurance marketplace.


  • Volunteers tell deniers: Don't be a #ClimateFool

    Stop joking around—it’s real, and it’s affecting our communities.

    Volunteers took matters into their own hands by hand-delivering copies of an important new report on the impacts of climate change to members of Congress are denying science.

  • Americans speak out against Congress's inaction on immigration

    The cost of inaction isn't abstract. It's real and it's personal, and communities are footing the bill.

    The fight for comprehensive immigration reform isn't confined to Washington. Local communities are footing the bill for Congress's inaction, and community members are speaking out. In these letters to the editor, writers talk about the benefits of immigration reform and how Congress's inaction is costing their constituents.

  • Climate change is no joke

    This April, don’t be a #ClimateFool.

    There are still way too many members of Congress getting played for fools when they should be standing up and protecting their constituents. Yesterday, the world’s scientists released a new report summing up the latest science on the impacts of climate change, making it clear that people are feeling these impacts every day.