In 2008, young people helped put President Obama in office. Now, three years later, the stakes are even higher—and we are calling on you to come together once again and make a difference through this campaign.
Many of us took the lead on our campuses to register voters, knock on dorm room doors, and make phone calls to classmates. Others reached out to our co-workers, young professional groups, and even our intramural sports teammates. Our hard work paid off, not only on Election Day but also in the ways in which that President Obama has stood with young Americans since taking office. The President has:
- Signed the Affordable Care Act into law, which allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until they are 26 years old. In just the first year of the law’s implementation, nearly 1 million young adults have gained coverage.
- Made college more affordable and accessible for millions by doubling funding for Pell Grants and eliminating billions of dollars in federal subsidies to banks acting as middlemen.
- Took executive action to give many student borrows the chance to save hundreds of dollars by refinancing their federal loans beginning in January 2012.
- Signed the CARD Act into law, which protects young people from credit card company abuse.
- Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Far Pay Act into law, which helps workers file claims against age and gender wage discrimination.
- Helped repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” LGBT men and women are now able to serve their country without hiding who they are.
- President Obama is ending the war in Iraq, with all troops out by the end of 2011, and is committed to bringing the war in Afghanistan to a responsible end.
Today, students across New Hampshire are coming together with students from across the country and decision makers in the Obama campaign to take the first steps in owning this movement on their campus. You can join them at an event near you.
Can’t make an event tonight? Be sure to check in at @OFA_NH to follow along with our campus events across the state and join the live-streamed Student Summit at barackobama.com/youngamericans. Get involved today—we are greater together.