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Friday Was Organizing For Action's First 'Day of Action'

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, February 22 2013

Organizing for Action volunteers were scheduled to swing into gear Friday in 80 congressional districts to promote President Obama's push to enact new legislation to crack down on gun violence.

The Los Angeles Times reported that volunteers had planned 100 events in 80 congressional districts, and that OfA had made a major online ad buy targeting 13 Republican House lawmakers in local newspapers. The Times reports that the ads contain the photo of each one of the lawmakers, as well as their Twitter handles.

The Times notes that the timing of the national day of action is a little awkward since Senate Democrats have yet to work out the details of proposed legislation on background checks, which is the focus of Friday's grassroots lobbying.

OfA has also been sending out e-mails to supporters urging them to share content to keep the conversation going on the subject of gun control. On Twitter, that conversation revolved around the hashtag #WeDemandAVote, and on Facebook, that involved sharing a photo of Obama with the caption: "Tell Congress: We Demand a Vote To Reduce Gun Violence." As of Friday afternoon, that graphic had been shared almost 11,600 times.