With the fight over how we're going to fund the government for the rest of the year heating up, I'm excited to be the first to tell you about a new online tool that we're trying out.
It's called Empower, and it helps people like us -- activists, community organizers, committed OFA supporters -- add our voices to the most active conversations happening online.
After locating relevant articles on the campaigns and issues we care about, Empower compiles and ranks them for easy access. You can add your feedback, suggestion, or question to a comments section, and then jump back to articles on that same topic without having to start a new search.
It's easy to use -- and we want you to be among the first OFA supporters to take it for a spin.
We've already set up a log-in and password for you:
Will you try out the new Empower tool?
So, why Empower?
Well, the fight over the Republicans' proposed spending plan for the rest of this year is a great example. I know that many of you, like me, are standing with the President as he works to find a reasonable solution. The President has proposed a budget that reduces the deficit by $1 trillion -- and is committed to finding smart ways to cut wasteful spending.
But we know we can't afford a plan that eliminates nearly a million jobs, guts investments in education and innovation, and ends protections that keep our food safe and air and water clean -- and that's exactly what congressional Republicans are proposing.
Already today, thousands of articles have been published online on the budget fight, and right now, tens of thousands of people are not only reading those articles but closely following the discussions that they generate on comment threads.
Identifying and commenting on the articles gaining the most traction online allows you -- and all of us -- to influence the conversation in a way that ensures our values and concerns are reflected. We can make sure the truth is told about our campaigns by supporting or contradicting statements made by the author and other commenters -- and adding key facts or our own personal stories to the debate.
I hope you'll take a minute or two to check it out:
Thanks for all you do -- hope to see you in the comments,
New Media Director