Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The State of the Union

Organizing for Action
Diane --

Tonight, the President will lay out his priorities for the year ahead -- outlining policies to strengthen the middle class and make sure our recovering economy is working for all Americans.

​But he's not the only one who's been laying out an agenda for the country. The new Congress has been in session for just two weeks, and in that time, Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell have been busy:

    -- Rolling​ back the President's actions to reform our broken immigration system, which would strip deportation protections away from 610,000 DREAMers.
    -- Dismantling a key piece of the Affordable Care Act, potentially leaving half a million Americans uninsured.
    -- Weakening key consumer protections passed into law in Wall Street reform -- which would once again put our economy at risk.
    -- Introducing five bills in three days that attack a woman's right to make her own medical decisions​, restrict access to care, and defund Planned Parenthood.

That's why tonight is so important. It's a chance for the nation to see an alternative to an agenda that wants to tear down the progress we've made.

If you were there in person tonight, you'd have the opportunity to stand and applaud to show support at key moments. While we may not be members of Congress, OFA supporters will be standing up in living rooms across the country -- for ideas that will make Americans' lives better.

​If you think that's something worth fighting for, we could use your help -- take a stand right now to support an agenda that moves our country forward.

In the last few weeks, the President's already announced some proposals that do just that -- big things like free community college for those willing to work hard, strong cuts to dangerous methane emissions that contribute to climate change, and expanded access to paid sick leave for millions of Americans.

That's real progress. But this year isn't going to be easy, that's for sure.

Here's just one example: M​ore than 25 percent of Congress denies the basic science behind climate change. That means one in four members of Congress simply don't believe there's a problem to solve -- and most are actively looking for ways to prevent the President from taking action.

​We're up against a lot when it comes to making meaningful progress -- and that's why it's never been more important to take a stand.

Tonight, we'll get to hear a little more about President Obama's plan. I hope you're ready to fight -- let's go:




Abby Witt
Managing Director
Organizing for Action

P.S. -- The White House has put together an amazing, interactive resource you can use to follow along with the President's speech at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time tonight. Check it out:


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