Earlier this year, Congress had a chance to pass common-sense legislation to prevent gun violence—but they failed to act. Since then, OFA supporters have been organizing in communities across the country to send a message to lawmakers: We haven't forgotten, and we will not back down. Take a look:
My son, Daniel, was a smart, quiet kid. He'd just become a straight-A student, and he was overcoming his shyness as a new member of the debate team.
On April 20th, 1999, my beautiful and bright 15-year-old son was killed by two teenagers with guns in the library of Columbine High School—one of 12 innocent kids who lost their lives for no reason at all. It's been 14 years since that horrible day—14 years of fighting so no family has to grieve like ours did.
In December, when I heard about the shooting in Newtown, I sat in my office and broke down. I was watching another community torn apart by guns—more parents grieving, more kids who would never see graduation, or a wedding, or a family of their own.
And in the wake of another tragedy, nine in 10 Americans agreed that it was time to act—expand background checks to close the loopholes that put guns in the hands of dangerous people. But Congress disappointed us, putting politics above the safety of our kids.
That's why this week, we're asking: How many parents will have to go through what I did before we say "enough"?
Tomorrow OFA and allied organizations are standing up for a national day of action to ask members of Congress: What will it take to finally act to prevent gun violence? Find an event near you to stand up and demand action.
I hope you will join us and call on Congress to take some common sense steps towards gun violence prevention.
At left, local supporters check out information on how to reduce their carbon footprint. At right, OFA volunteers greet Congressman Huffman.
Congressman Jared Huffman joined OFA's Marin Chapter to hold a conversation on climate change titled "What Would Climate Leadership Look Like in Washington?" Huffman has been a leader on environmental issues, and OFA supporters in California have been working for months to put clean energy in the spotlight.
The venue was at capacity with 330 attendees.
The fight in Congress for common-sense solutions to climate change is just beginning. Find out what steps you can take in your community to act on climate change.
President Obama turned 52 on August 4th, and thousands of supporters coast to coast added their name to OFA's official birthday card. Now—after compiling all your notes—the card is on its way to the President. Here's a look, right before it left for Washington:
An OFA supporter in Texas speaks to the press outside the offices of denier Rep. Ted Poe.
The goal of Tuesday's climate day of action was simple: make it clear who is preventing action on climate change, and why. With the help of unicorn statuettes, OFA volunteers did just that. Here's a look at some of the new coverage:
- "For whatever reason Congressman Steve King is deciding to ignore the facts, ignore the science," said OFA volunteer DJ Smith to local news in Iowa. [KCAU-TV]
- In northeastern Pennsylvania, OFA supporters visited the offices of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta to deliver his award for denying the science on climate change. [The Times Leader]
- In California, one climate denier award was delivered to U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. "This award is designed to draw attention to the anti-reality and anti-science position that Rohrabacher and others in Congress have taken," said OFA-OC. [OC Weekly]
- OFA volunteers visited several of Sen. Marco Rubio's offices in Florida on Tuesday. [Tampa Tribune]
- Climate denier Rep. Rob Wittman of southern Virginia claims to be a "champion of the Chesapeake," but OFA volunteers showed that his stance on climate change leaves much to be desired. [Daily Press]
- In San Diego, OFA supporters visited U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa. "[F]rom ocean protection to climate change to species protection to wilderness protection—you name the environmental issue, and Darrel Issa is usually on the wrong side of it," a supporter said. [KPBS]
- In Tennessee, U.S. Rep. Scott Desjarlais received his Climate Change Denier Award from a group of OFA volunteers. “He’s a medical doctor,” Chris Polk told The Daily News Journal. “So we know he believes in science." [Daily News Journal]
- A member of U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett's staff met with OFA supporters who delivered the congressman's award to his office in New Jersey. [Patch]
It's not too late to teach climate deniers a science lesson. Call out the deniers in your state.