Organizing for America (OFA) is the organization that grew out of the Obama Campaign for Change (also known as Obama for America or OFA 1.0.) Right now they are currently engaged in holding Strategy Session around the country to give folks an overview of where we’ve been in the last year (including the things they did right and the things they did wrong) and where they are headed in the coming year.
This is a big year, particularly in Michigan because the party that controls Congress after November will have the most to say about the upcoming redistricting that happens following the 2010 census. Democrats received a huge setback ten years ago when the Republicans controlled both houses in Congress as well as the Michigan Supreme court.
In addition to midterm elections we also have the fight for health insurance reform along with climate change/green energy legislation, financial sector, and education reform ahead of us.
I attended one of these strategy briefings a bit over a week ago in Ann Arbor where over 100 people came to listen and learn. You can read more about that HERE and read more about other events that have taken place HERE.
I encourage you to find one near you in the coming weeks. You’ll find a full schedule after the jump.
Here’s the official OFA blurb on these events:
Join Organizing for America for a 2010 Strategy Briefing in your area. The Strategy Briefings are a chance to talk with OFA staff and other volunteers in your area about our legislative and electoral plan for 2010. As an organization, we have come a long way in the past year. We have lessons to learn from the budget pledge drive, health insurance reform, and the Massachusetts Senate Race. Now is the time to bring those lessons together and look forward to 2010. There are countless opportunities to create change in the coming year and we have an important role to play in making that happen. As a team, we will talk about how to be involved in creating change in our country, both legislatively and electorally. We will talk through national strategy and discuss together what that means for our local community.
The website links will take you to the event’s page at MyBarackObama.com (aka “MyBO”) where you can learn more about that specific event and RSVP.
Battle Creek: Saturday, March 27 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ The Ironworkers
Brighton: Saturday, March 6 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM @ The Livingston County Democratic Party Headquarters
Detroit (East): Saturday, March 6 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM @ The Metro-Detroit OFA Office
Detroit (West): Saturday, March 20 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM @ The Former Abner E. Larned Elementary School
Grand Rapids: Saturday, March 13 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM @ The Eberhard Center, Rm 215 AB – Special guest Mark Brewer
Holland: Wednesday, March 3 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ The Ottawa County Democratic Office
Houghton: Wednesday, March 24 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ TBA
Kalamazoo: Saturday, March 6 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM @ Kalamazoo Public Library
Lansing: Saturday, March 6 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ Foster Community Center
Lawrence: Thursday, March 18 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Van Buren Technology Center
Marquette: Monday, March 22 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ Northern Michigan University (Room # TBA)
Plymouth: Wednesday, March 10 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ The Plymouth District Library
Pontiac: Saturday, March 6 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM @ UAW Local 653
Port Huron: Saturday, March 13 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM @ Teamster Labor Temple
Saginaw: Saturday, March 6 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM @ The Saginaw County Democratic Party HQ
Saint Joseph: Wednesday, March 31 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ St. Joseph Public Library
Ypsilanti: Monday, March 8 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ The Ypsilanti District Library
I’m just sayin’…