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Obama's "Field Operation" Gears Up Health Reform Canvass

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, July 10 2009

For a lazy summer weekend, the 404 561 local organizing events being advertised on Organizing for America's health-care action page look like a healthy (ahem) turnout for what some have called "President Obama's field operation."

A little zooming around on Google Earth suggests that some states are well-represented, like California, Florida, and most of the midwest and northeast. Oddly, Oregon has no events listed, and South Carolina, an early hotbed of local Obama organizing, seems to have only three.

Here's the text of the email sent out to Obama supporters calling on them to join in this weekend's health reform canvass, from OFA deputy director Jeremy Bird:

These next few weeks will make the difference on health care reform. The President has said that reform will pass "this year, or not at all," and initial votes are expected before the month is out.

The latest reports show over $1.4 million being spent each day to block reform in the halls of Congress. The most important thing you can do to fight that influence? Show how much support really exists in your community for reform.

That's why we're organizing Health Care Canvasses across New York -- and the country -- on upcoming weekends. Organizing for America supporters like you will go door-to-door, asking their neighbors to sign on in support of the President's agenda and call their representatives in Congress....

Going door-to-door is surprisingly easy -- no prior experience is required -- and we always hear back from canvassers about what a rewarding experience it is.

When we all get together and organize door-by-door, block-by-block, and neighborhood-by-neighborhood, we can build a movement from coast to coast. It's how we won a historic election -- and it's how we'll make real, comprehensive health care reform a reality in 2009.

This debate is heating up, so it's important that we organize now to ensure that President Obama's core principles are included in any comprehensive health care reform legislation.

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