Our path forward
By Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
When I left office, I asked you to embrace the responsibility of active citizenship — to get involved in our political process, regardless of which way the pendulum of power swings. And over the course of this year, I’ve seen millions of people answer that call.
You signed up with OFA to take action, and your efforts made a difference. All summer long, for example, you called your members of Congress, you showed up at their town halls, and you used your voice on social media to protect people’s health insurance from partisan politics. And it worked.
Together, you’ve stood up for science and stood against hate, you’ve marched for women’s rights and protested a divisive immigration agenda.
You’re doing the hard work of citizenship. You’ve inspired me all over again. You remind me of the energy that fueled our campaigns in 2008 and 2012. And I know that once again, we can turn that grassroots energy into real, lasting change.Soon, our states will be redrawing their Congressional and state legislative district lines. It’s called redistricting, and it will take place in 2021, after the next Census takes place. That may seem far off, but the time to get started on this issue is now.
This is our best chance to eliminate the partisan gerrymandering that has blocked progress on so many of the issues we all care about. Simply put, redistricting has the potential to be a major turning point for our democracy. But we need to be prepared.That’s where the National Democratic Redistricting Committee comes in. Led by Eric Holder, my former Attorney General, they’re the strategic hub for Democratic activity leading up to redistricting. In partnership with groups like OFA, the NDRC is building the infrastructure Democrats need to ensure a fair outcome. But they need your help.
The NDRC is providing a comprehensive strategy for the path forward. They’re challenging unconstitutional maps in court, and doing the necessary state-by-state electoral work to make sure Democrats have a seat at the table for redistricting.
To support them, OFA volunteers and supporters will provide the grassroots organizing capacity and mobilization that we’ll need to win state-level elections and move other initiatives forward ahead of the 2021 redistricting process — making sure that states are in the best position possible to draw fair maps.
Systemic gerrymandering has favored one side over the other in literally hundreds of congressional and state legislative districts around the country.
If we’re ever going to truly achieve our vision of an America that works for everyone, we have to draw our districts so that politicians are encouraged to cater to common sense, not rigid extremes.
Getting that done will require participation. It will require each of us continuing to accept our responsibility to be active, engaged citizens.
This fight matters, and OFA and the NDRC need you to be a part of it. Say that you will be:
Originally published at www.ofa.us.