President Barack Obama speaks to student journalists at a “daily briefing.” College student journalists were participating in the first College Reporter Day, an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to college campuses with administration officials
I wanted to address the ?? about OFA posted on an earlier OFA thread
In 2008 and 2012 OFA was a partisan electoral group whose sole purpose was to elect Barack Obama.
Today we are a 5013C non-partisan group that CANNOT work on electoral politics. We will retain that status after the President retires and hope he will join us in our community organizing efforts. We will no longer switch off the non profit status since we no longer need to get him elected.
Having said that several OFA volunteers are working on election politics with our “hats off”. We are volunteering on local elections, presidential elections and working on ballot initiatives, but our title is “engaged citizen” not OFA volunteer.
I am working on voter registration, and participating in delegate elections this weekend. Several other volunteers in Santa Rosa are registering voters, and calling for Hillary and Bernie.
If you would like to get involved with voter registration I would suggest you contact the local Democratic party or league of Women Voters.
If you would like to work on Hillary’s campaign in CA i have that contact info – send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also – remember that although the official organization of OFA is not active in election politics – many of the OFA paid staff, volunteer staff, and OFA Fellows, will join candidates staff.
Just this week Jennifer Warner – National Field Director for OFA (#2 spot at HQ) stepped down to join the Hillary campaign.
In 2014 Sonoma County had an OFA Fellow who was hired by Tom Udall’s staff and he worked in NM for both Udall and Ben Ray Lujan. Having OFA Fellow on your resume still gets you in the door for on political campaigns.
Although the superb electoral organization and strategy we saw in 2008 and 2012 is no longer a part of OFA it lives on in the staff and volunteers that elected PBO twice.
If you live outside of CA, and can’t find anyone to work with, send me a note, I can see if my contacts can get you a name.