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January 29, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Obama activism diverse, still strong

I attended the house party that Michael Mishak wrote about in his Sunday story in the Las Vegas Sun, “Momentum from Obama campaign dissipates,” and my take on where we are today is not that our momentum has dissipated, but that it has diversified.

Many people with different priorities came together to elect Barack Obama president because we thought his administration would be most likely to address our concerns and aspirations for change — whether in health care, the environment, energy, education, etc. And most of those people are still actively involved with those issues in various ways. People energized into electoral politics by the Obama campaign have taken their newfound skills to other campaigns.

Though the goal of electing Barack Obama in 2008 was accomplished, the work of implementing the programs and policies he and we espoused will continue, and has been taken up by dozens of organizations and thousands of activists. You may not be able to quantify us, as when tens of thousands turned out to cheer during the campaign, but the majority of us are still here and working hard for a better America.

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