Archive for Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Group mobilizes for issue advocacy

Democrats organizing listening tours

November 11, 2009


Days after the House narrowly passed a major health care reform bill, about 30 Lawrence-area residents gathered at the Kansas Union Tuesday to discuss further strategies on advancing the legislation.

“We’re trying to get the sense of urgency back out,” said George Dungan, vice president of the Kansas University Young Democrats.

He is hoping the Senate version of the bill and a conference bill will resemble the House version.

Dungan and others attended a listening tour of Organizing for America, or OFA, an extension of President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. It’s aimed at building a grass-roots organization to advocate on certain issues.

John Jevitts, the OFA Kansas state director, has done several listening tours across the state in order to try to build up volunteers.

“People are very excited that we’ve come this far, for example, in the health care campaign,” Jevitts said. “They are also excited that we’re continuing the president’s grass-roots movement for change.”

He said the listening tour events have included between 15 to 30 people. People often break into smaller groups and discuss their own experiences with the health care system or ways they can lobby representatives on issues.

Jevitts said he was planning a future community service project in the state before the end of the year, and OFA was also looking to train more volunteers in the state soon to help build the organization’s profile.

Dungan, a KU senior from Lincoln, Neb., said he was happy with Tuesday’s turnout and that OFA could pay dividends for Democrats in Kansas as they prepare for the 2010 elections.

“It’s huge. It’s unprecedented to take a presidential campaign and make it into a community organizing campaign,” Dungan said.


Zachary Stoltenberg 8 years, 7 months ago

The Obama youth! Hmmmmm, this sounds familiar, didn't something like this happen before?

cato_the_elder 8 years, 7 months ago

For a fleeting moment I thought that the first quote read, "We're trying to get the sense of urgency to back out." Alas, hope is fleeting. Perhaps some day these budding young liberal tax-and-spend trainees will grow up, mature, get a job, enjoy being treated by the physician of their choice, pay taxes of all kinds to government at all levels and then realize the error of their ways and work to oppose and prevent what they once were callow and naive enough to support.

ivalueamerica 8 years, 7 months ago

I would rather see an obama youth than the hitler youth that mobalizes for the GOP so regularly.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 7 months ago

They'd best make sure they have the right set of talking points and props from moveon.

Zachary Stoltenberg 8 years, 7 months ago

ivalueamerica :

"I would rather see an obama youth than the hitler youth that mobalizes for the GOP so regularly."

corrections: "I would rather see an Obama youth than the Hitler youth that mobilizes for the GOP so regularly."

translation: I know you are, but what am I!

The very fact that the subtlety of my comment completely evaded you gives way to judgment of your intelligence and character. I think your statement that you would rather see an indoctrination of impressionable young people to be good little dumbocrats instead of standing up to our government in the wake of the largest seizure of liberty in the history of our country isn't just sad, it's un-American. The Obama administration's calculated and persistent efforts to take control of every aspect of our lives scares the crap out of me and it should worry you to. No matter what side of the isle you come from, remember that our country was founded upon ideals that less government was better, that people should govern themselves. We started a revolution against an overbearing power hungry country that wanted to tax the dickens out of us and control private business. We are setting ourselves up for another revolution. 3 more years of unchecked liberal ideology and this country will indeed be an "Obamanation"

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