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I grew up loving comic books. Back in the day, I was pretty into Conan the Barbarian and Spiderman.
Anyone who reads comics can tell you, every main character has an origin story — the fateful and usually unexpected sequence of events that made them who they are.
The same goes for grassroots organizers.
For me, it was a “help wanted” ad I saw in a newsletter at the New York Public Library. The job was organizing communities and churches on the South Side of Chicago. It paid $10,000 a year.
I packed up everything and drove across the country in a beat-up Honda to take the job. Those three years changed my life. It’s where I found out how hard this work is — and why it’s worth doing.
Looking back, it was the best education I ever had.
OFA is collecting origin stories, and you should join in, Virgil.
I’ll tell you why this is special for me. Knowing that folks like you are out there fighting alongside me, that we’re building something better together — that’s the same reason I drove across the country to become a community organizer.
I hope you’ll share your story of why you do what you do.
OFA could fly you and a guest out to Washington to meet me backstage.
Go for it:
No purchase, payment, pledge, story, or contribution necessary to enter to win. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 31, 2015. You may enter by sharing a story of what inspired you to join the progressive movement here. Alternatively, visit here to enter without sharing a story. Two winners will each receive the following prize package: round trip tickets for winner and one guest from within the fifty United States or Puerto Rico to the District of Columbia; hotel accommodations for winner and one guest; admission for winner and winner’s guest to the OFA Organizing Summit on April 23, 2015 (approximate combined retail value of all prizes $1,700.00). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Promotion open to all U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Organizing for Action, P.O. Box 618120, Chicago, IL 60661.
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One more time President Obama.
This is happening on your watch to Americans in America.
Problem is, neither you, nor my Texas Representatives will listen.
It’s going to be hard for the Republicans to field a presidential candidate as enthusiastic about the H-1B visa as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Cruz, who is announce his presidential bid this morning, once proposed an immediate increase in the base H-1B cap from 65,000 to 325,000. Cruz offered the H-1B increase as an amendment in 2013 to the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said it was a “myth that the H-1B visa program takes jobs away from Americans,” a sentiment echoed by the majority of Democrats and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who argued during the hearing for an increase in immigration while praising the “I-Squared” high-tech visa bill (properly known as the Immigration Innovation bill).