The community organizers over at Organizing for America (OFA), an advocacy group run by the Democratic National Committee that’s chock full of former Obama campaign staffers, are being urged to bring the good news about Obamacare to all — even to their priests.
At a meeting on Wednesday in Brooklyn, Moira Kelley, regional field director for OFA, told attendees at an organizing session to reach out to PTAs, churches, pastors, priests, pools, community boards, and other groups when they fan out with OFA’s health-care bible of sorts, called “The Principles,” which lists President Obama’s “three bedrock requirements for health-care reform,” namely lower costs, more choice, and affordability.
Isn’t OFA concerned about telling its followers to go chat up religious leaders about the public option?
“Well, it’s really issue advocacy as opposed to politics,” says Kelley. “We’re looking at it in a non-partisan way. We ask that people are courteous with whomever they want to speak with, be it at a PTA meeting to invite people to get on the streets for health-insurance reform, or within their congregation.”
Of course, says Kelley, OFA volunteers shouldn’t try to take over the local lectern on Sunday. “They certainly should check with people running events and if they don’t want that, they don’t want that.”
Priests, beware. OFA’s health-care efforts are only the first of many community organizing projects to come. “Next is energy and then education, all before the new year,” says Kelley.