THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN LEGACY CONFERENCE: JANUARY 20, 2013

On the day before President Obama's second inauguration, thousands of Obama staff and volunteers are coming together online and offline to talk about the future of our movement. Check back for the latest updates from the conference, and use the menu to the left to find out more about what’s next and how you can get involved in your community.

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  • Four things you can do right now

    By Mary on

    Thanks to everyone for a great day. Here are four things you can do right now to help keep the conversation going.

    1. Join Organizing for Action and help shape the future of our movement

    2. Get your friends and family involved: ask them to stand with President Obama on the crucial issues of immigration reform and reducing our deficit

    3. Sign up to find out about the first round of Organizing for Action's online trainings and briefings

    4. Head to Dashboard to find other supporters in your neighborhood and get organizing!

    5. This is just the beginning of the next chapter, and you're in charge.

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  • Meet Jon Carson: He's putting you in charge

    By Mary on

    “It’s an honor to be a part of this family and this movement for change. I want to tell you my story and why I believe in you.”

    —Jon Carson, Director of Organizing for Action

    Talking to supporters for the first time since taking on his new role as director of Organizing for Action, Jon Carson talked about what the next phase of OFA will look like:

    “We need to take lessons and ideas from the 2012 campaign to fight for issues.

    “The agenda is simple. We know what we have before us. It’s a simple question what do we want our federal government to do?

    “We know that it is time to reform our immigration system and gun control. There undoubtedly will be local ballots that you will want to be a part of.”

    And, he’s putting you in charge:

    “The most fun thing to think about is what this organization will look like. We’ve seen over the last six years that the strength of this movement is in our team leaders. We’re putting you in charge.

    “Here’s the offer: We have tools to support you, and connections to the administration. We’re going to challenge you to lead and organize it. We’re going call it chapters. Let you open chapters across the country.

    "You’re here to decide what our organization is going to look like. You're here to ask, ‘how do we transition from this election to the next level of issue organizing?’”

    “As we stand here in early 2013, it reminds me of 2007. We know what we have to get done. We believe in each other.”

    Do you have ideas about what Organizing for Action should do next? Share them here.

  • “I see winners!”

    By Jeff on

    Campaign Manager Jim Messina took a look back at what we've achieved since 2007, and what's next:

    “I see winners. You know you guys changed American politics forever.

    “As you may have read in the paper we won with 332 electoral votes. The most important thing we could do now is ask our people what we should do next. We heard from over one million people. Over 10% of survey responders want to run for office. Two-thirds of respondents said they want to stay with the organization and want to work on the president’s agenda.

    “The next step of this organization will concentrate on issues. Issue organizing is a different kind of organizing. With issue organizing, we get to focus on people’s passions.

    “You came to this campaign because you wanted things to get done. Now, there’s no end date. It’s harder. You now know most of your neighbors and most of them still like you. If you’re an NTL this is your baby and it’s going to be up to you to get this done. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

    “We’ve seen a few iterations of OFA. Now it’s time for Organizing for Action.

    “We are going to work every single day to pass comprehensive legislation to move this country forward. When we looked at who should run this, we remembered this guy who ran the campaign in 2008 and went on to work in the White House. Jon Carsonis of the most committed organizers I’ve ever met. He’s going to build this organization and continue to build this movement of change. I’m even more excited about what’s next.”

    Sign up to say you’re in for the next stage of OFA.

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  • Fired up, ready to go

    By Mary on

    Edith Child just led the conference in a cheer of "Fired up, Ready to go." This is her story.