We knew 2017 would be a pivotal year. But none of us knew exactly how it would shake out.
We thought Obamacare was slated for a quick repeal, right after Inauguration Day.
But OFA supporters in every corner of the country sprung into action -- attending town halls, calling their representatives, and ultimately saving health care for millions of Americans.
We thought we'd work to grow and expand our local chapters.
We didn't know just how quickly organizing efforts would grow, with new activity bubbling up in places like Jackson, Mississippi; Columbia, South Carolina; Sacramento, California; and more.
We also didn't know how passionately existing OFA chapters would double down -- mentoring new groups, making calls, hosting events, and training new fellows.
We've seen progress happen this year, in the most difficult of circumstances, time after time. Do you have any favorite stories from 2017?
One of my favorite moments from 2017 was in August, when I attended a rally in Chicago to support DACA recipients.
I've been a part of our immigration efforts on and off for several years now, and to see the level of energy and support for our immigrant communities right in front of my face was faith-restoring.
There were so many people; DACA recipients were stepping up and leading the crowd, speaking out even though they knew that it was likely that their protections would soon be stripped and they'd be at risk.
People I didn't know grabbed OFA signs and pumped them into the air, chanting, "El pueblo, unido, no será vencido!" The people, united, will not be defeated.
Every day that the White House and their Rubber Stamps in Congress refuse to stand up for what's right, I think back to that moment and feel our community's power.
I also think of the people I've interviewed over the last year -- people like Michelle, Sara, Laura, Jaclyn, and Suzi, who offer just a brief glimpse of the real-world stakes of Congress' dangerous games. Their bravery in the face of these uncertain circumstances is a guiding light for all I do.
What stories of hope will you remember as you look back on 2017?
Thanks for all that you continue to do,
Digital Organizing Director
Organizing for Action
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