Organizing For America, the online campaign that helped sweep President Obama into office, is asking for help again from its supporters.
This time, they want advocates of health reform to host a Health Reform Phone Booth. Here's how it works: Organizing For America provides you with materials and instructions, and you set up a "booth" on a busy street, pass out flyers about the facts behind Obama's health reform plan, and help passersby call their representatives on the spot to press for a fair and effective bill.
You can check out the materials before you sign up, so you know what you're getting into.
Daily Kos has an interesting take on this request. The blogger wrote a response letter to OFA, asking if they and the Democratic National Committee agree that health care is a fundamental human right and that a single-payer system is the ultimate goal. I wouldn't expect a response if I were Daily Kos, but it's certainly knowledge any Health Reform Phone Booth manager should have.
Organizing For America isn't alone in this campaign. Organizations like the American Heart Association are also encouraging civic participation, providing a letter for revision and submission to representatives, via their Hearts For Healthcare site. From their site:
No family should ever have to choose between an empty pantry and an empty medicine cabinet. Yet, this is a reality for many people with heart disease. That's why the American Heart Association partnered with the University of Mississippi to host a panel discussion focused on the healthcare reform debate. Watch the video highlight now.
If you're against Obama's plan, you have plenty of opportunities to voice your opinion online as well. Read this New York Times blog by Uwe Reinhardt and sign the Free Our Health Care NOW! petition, if you're so inclined.