FDL Book Salon Welcomes Van Jones, Rebuild The Dream

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 1:59 pm

Today we have any number of groups who represent any number of interests. They raise funds, recruit members, send out petitions, operate phone banks; but when it comes to putting progressive candidates in office, they can’t seem to organize themselves for a common purpose. Enter Van Jones’ Rebuild The Dream. Jones has some ideas on how to build a movement with enough power to make things happen.


Call Reports: Did Your Member of Congress Sign the ENDA Executive Order Letter to President Obama?

By: Friday May 4, 2012 11:50 am

We had hundreds of people calling their representatives yesterday to ask if they would sign the letter to President Obama, telling him to issue an executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

LGBT activists lobbying on the Hill report that the DNC is actively discouraging the letter in order to shield the President from the pressure within his own party.

Make It Official: Join FDL

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 10:30 am

I’d like to follow up on what Jane said this morning. I’ve just got four questions for you.

Wisconsin Senate Democrats Walk Out, Threaten Quorum on Public Employee Bill

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 11:45 am

Wisconsin Democrats just made a big move. The State Senate opened for business about an hour ago, and Democrats didn’t attend. Under the Wisconsin state Constitution, each chamber of the legislature needs 3/5 of the members present for votes on budgetary matters. This doesn’t matter much in the State Assembly, where Republicans have a large advantage. But in the State Senate, Republicans hold a 19-14 advantage. And 20 members are needed to conduct business on the budget.

OFA Asks Supporters to Write a “Letter to the Editor” Praising Federal Worker Pay Freeze

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 3:20 pm

We’ve officially gone around the bend. That’s right, the organizing project of the Democratic National Committee wants you to organize in support of freezing public worker salaries.

Kabuki Activism: Obama, Axelrod Engage on Unemployment Extension After Outcome Decided

By: Sunday July 18, 2010 5:00 pm

The White House is frequently very late to the game and getting involved in voter outreach only after the outcome has been decided. But the White House’s email list — managed and operated by Organizing for America — includes millions of people who don’t track this so closely. And because of that, this maneuver is the worst kind of cynicism. It creates the illusion that the White House is fighting for something when the fight has concluded. Those unaware supporters will think that Obama and Axelrod made a difference somehow, but they didn’t. Why isn’t the White House stepping up when it counts, to shape debate, rather than after the fact?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ari Melber, Year One of Organizing for America

By: Saturday April 17, 2010 2:00 pm

Welcome Ari Melber, and Host Daniel Galvin, author of, Presidential Party Building: Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush Year One of Organizing for America: The Permanent Field Campaign in a Digital Age The Obama for America campaign assembled the largest activist and volunteer network in history: 13 million email addresses, 4 million donors, 2 [...]

Notes on the Obama Disconnect

By: Monday January 4, 2010 8:04 am

I see that my colleague bmaz referenced a post I wrote about a year ago back at Digby’s place, about how Obama the candidate was consolidating structures within the progressive movement – field, voter registration, fundraising, messaging, new media, organizing – into his Presidential campaign.

Obama, in OFA Webcast, Urges Unity for “Least” of Health Care Bills

By: Wednesday October 21, 2009 6:19 am

  Obama’s Organizing for America webcast from New York City, which seemed more like a campaign speech than a Presidential address, featured a very strong defense of the progress made in his first term, and a vow that he is “just getting started” on the change for which people voted last November. When challenged from [...]

Door Open on Public Option, Obama Need Only Walk Through It

By: Tuesday October 20, 2009 3:15 pm

  The campaign arm of the DNC, Organizing For America, has delivered over 150,000 phone calls, at last count, in favor of health care reform. The President himself will deliver remarks at a “Time To Deliver” call party tonight.   Less clear is what these callers are actually asking for in the health care reform [...]

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