Organizing for Action (OFA) has reportedly raised $20.8 million in its first three quarters of existence.
The organization was born out of the president's re-election campaign with the intent of "organizing to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, fix our broken immigration system, fight climate change, prevent gun violence, get the facts out about Obamacare, protect women’s rights, ensure marriage equality and push forward on even more issues," according to the OFA web site.
In an interview released Thursday, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church has gotten itself wrapped up in "small things, in small-minded rules", when it comes to the church's hard-line aversion to homosexuality, contraception and abortion. If the church does not change its ways, the Pope says, "the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards."
"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods," the Pope added. “But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”
With a slogan that reads “I want to marry you in Minneapolis”, the city's mayor, R.T. Rybak, unveiled a Chicagoland ad campaign on
Thursday urging the city's LGBTQ couples to make the six-hour drive
to the City of Lakes to get legally married.
my kind of town, but it's a second city in human rights. Right now, that
gives a tremendous competitive advantage to Minneapolis,” said Rybak,
who announced the campaign from the roof of the Center On Halsted, at 3656 N. Halsted St., a community center catered to LGBTQ Chicagoans in the heart of the Boystown neighborhood.
people who built this neighborhood, who have done so much incredible
work in this community, you deserve equal rights,” he said. “Come to
Minnesota, a place that recognizes that you already should have those
Activists from the African and LGBT communities joined forces to hold
a teach-in Saturday to discuss how efforts to overhaul U.S. immigration
policy negatively affect their communities.
At issue are the diversity visa lottery program and the Uniting American Families Act
(UAFA). Both programs provided a legal pathway for Africans and
foreign-born gay spouses to come to the U.S. But the U.S. Senate bill eliminates the diversity visa program when it passed its version of the immigration bill back in June, and the UAFA was cut from the legislation.
Kim Hunt, executive director of Affinity Community Service (ACS),
said the Senate could have passed “a really good bill” if it did not
throw a lot of people under the bus, including the LGBT community. ACS
is a social justice organization advocating for the Black LGBTQ