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  • Report-back: Young Americans for Obama phone bank

    By Alexander Andresian, Digital Operation Vote Intern on

    Yesterday, Young Americans for Obama held its first-ever nation-wide phone bank. Supporters from around the country made calls using the campaign’s online call tool to fellow young people, asking them to join Young Americans for Obama and to get involved with the campaign. By the end of the day, the Young Americans for Obama Dashboard group made over 8,000 calls—and the phone bank was a success.

    Rosa, a student at Colorado College and native Coloradan spoke highly of the online call tool:

    “I hope it catches on with people throughout the campaign. It’s easy to use and you can access it whenever you have some free time. That’s what I did—whenever I had a free second, I’d make a call.”

    Jake, a student at Tulane University in New Orleans, recalled a memorable conversation:

    “I talked to a recent college graduate named James. As I told him I was calling from the campaign, he seemed really fired up to hear from us. Despite having a hectic work schedule, he signed up to volunteer. It was great hearing from someone who cared so much about helping the President.”

    Sam, a student at Washington University in St. Louis, remarked on the call campaign as a whole:

    “I enjoyed these phone calls so much. Around half of the people I actually spoke to were willing to get involved with helping President Obama! Even those individuals who were too busy to volunteer seemed excited. I’m glad that fellow young Americans are dedicated to moving forward.”

    Yesterday’s phone bank will be one of many during this campaign. To stay up to date on other Young Americans for Obama events, join us on Dashboard today.

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  • The choice for young Americans

    By Vinay on

    In 2008, young people voted in historic numbers to choose a new path for America. Four years later, we’ve accomplished a lot together—but there’s more work to be done.

    Here’s a comprehensive look at the choice for young Americans in this important election.

    The economy and jobs:

    Before President Obama took office, the U.S. economy was losing more than 800,000 jobs a month. Today, instead of losing jobs, we’re creating them—5.4 million private sector jobs over 32 consecutive months of growth. We’re not there yet, but we are on the right track.

    Mitt Romney’s plan would derail that progress. It would take us back to the same top-down economic policies of the last decade that crashed our economy and punished the middle class.

    Health care:

    President Obama’s landmark health reform allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they turn 26. That means 3.1 million more young Americans now have health coverage. An estimated 12.1 million young adults will be covered once health reform is fully implemented. When it comes to women's health, President Obama believes a woman’s health care choices are personal decisions, best made with her family and doctor—without interference from politicians.

    Mitt Romney has promised to repeal Obamacare on “Day One,” ending all the benefits of health reform and putting insurance companies back in control. He also believes that Roe v. Wade should be overturned, and he said he’d be “delighted” to sign a bill that banned all abortions.

    College affordability:

    President Obama doubled funding for Pell Grants and successfully fought to keep federal student loan rates from doubling, helping make a college education more affordable for millions of students.

    Mitt Romney would roll back student loan reforms and end the tax breaks that President Obama put in place for families paying for college. His advice to students worrying about how to pay for college is to “shop around” and “borrow money from your parents.”

    Foreign policy:

    President Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq and is committed to bringing the war in Afghanistan to an end.

    Unlike the President, Mitt Romney has no plans to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. He called it “tragic” when the President ended the war in Iraq and our brought troops home.

    Equal pay:

    The very first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight back when they don’t receive equal pay for equal work.

    On the other hand, Mitt Romney won't say whether he would have signed the Fair Pay Act into law, and he hasn't taken a stand on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    The environment:

    Under President Obama’s watch, the Environmental Protection Agency has enacted the first national standards to cut down on mercury emissions and other dangerous air toxins from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

    Mitt Romney, unlike President Obama, sided with polluters over public health and opposed the Mercury and Air Toxics rule. Romney would also strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the power to regulate carbon dioxide.

    Fuel efficiency:

    President Obama implemented historic new fuel efficiency standards that will double vehicles’ fuel economy by 2025. That means we’ll be breathing cleaner air, importing less oil, and saving money at the pump.

    Still, Mitt Romney opposes the President’s fuel economy standards—and Paul Ryan voted against them.

    Equal rights:

    President Obama is the first sitting president to personally support marriage equality, and he repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” so that gay and lesbian service members can now serve our country without hiding who they are.

    Mitt Romney would enshrine discrimination into the Constitution with an amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples, and he opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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    There you have it: From equal rights to the environment, from foreign policy to creating jobs here at home, the choice is clear. The election is only two days away. Share this with your friends to make sure they know the President is fighting for us.

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  • “I got that inspiration from you”

    By Lauren on

    Dear President Obama,

    I write today to thank you for what you have done for our country, and more importantly, what you stand for.

    My name is Josh and I am 23 years old. I fall into the group of Americans who were brought up with just enough to get by, and who have struggled on a regular basis. My mother was a single parent who tried to do the best she could for us (I have a 30-year-old brother, and 13-year-old sister), but we always lived paycheck to paycheck. When I wanted to go to college after high school, I was only able to attend one semester because my grandparents cosigned for a student loan. You see, my mom made too much money on paper, but didn't have any extra for my college education. She also didn't have enough credit to cosign for my student loans, and I was not able to continue college after my first semester.

    Today, I am proud to say that after months of feeling down and out and struggling to find work, I am a small business owner. I’ve always loved pool and billiards, and I was able to put away enough money to buy a pool hall in my hometown of Racine, Wisconsin. I have one other employee. It makes me so proud to think of where I came from and to know that not only am I a small business owner at a young age, but also a job creator, even if it’s only one job!

    While I still struggle, I feel like I have an opportunity for something great, and I got that inspiration from you. Your story is much like mine (or vice-versa, rather), with a single mom who loved me and just wanted me to do better than she did—who just wanted to give me an opportunity.

  • I was the First to Vote for Barack Obama

    By Paul on

    On October 22nd people lined up, camped out, and woke up before dawn all across Wisconsin to be the first to vote for Barack Obama. Although it may have been an early morning, Colton - a young man from Platteville, WI - was the first person in the entire state to cast his ballot to reelect Barack Obama.

    "It's a huge honor to know that I was the first in all of Wisconsin to vote for President Obama. It was already a special day because it was also my 20th birthday! It's something I will never forget!"
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    Now that Colton has voted, he knows the real work begins:

    "Voting early was so quick and easy. As a fellow for the campaign, I'm happy I got my vote in already so that I can spend the rest of my time until Election Day training volunteers and getting people to the polls. After the first day of early voting we filled up our GOTV shifts for the next 4 days at my field office."
    "This election matters to me on a personal level. I grew up in a single parent household and college was always a dream of mine – I received a Pell Grant and it became a reality. Barack Obama has doubled Pell Grants and because of that, student like myself can afford an education. I'd hate to see that same opportunity not be given to every person who wants to go to school but can't afford it."

    You can join Colton in supporting the President by voting early at your local Early Vote Location now though November 2nd. Then, sign up for a GOTV shift any time through Election Day on November 6th.