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Organizing for America has listening tour stops in Vermont

If it's fall, it must be time to muster support for change -- again -- even though it's not an election year.

Organizing for America (OFA), a Democratic National Committee project, is bringing its ears to Vermont to brainstorm with locals about how to gin up support for President Obama's agenda. The OFA's "listening tour" will visit Montpelier Sunday and make future stops in Rutland, Brattleboro, Lyndonville and Burlington.

All the gatherings are open to the public. You don't have to be a Democrat or an Obama supporter in the last election to drop in. Michael Czin, regional press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, expects the meetings to attract some people who are keen to see health care reform occur.

The Vermont tour by Organizing for America is part of a nationwide campaign.

Czin said participants will be asked to offer ideas about how to build local support for action on Obama's priorities, particularly health care reform, and also suggestions for getting heard in Washington D.C.

"We're here with one goal in mind - to listen,” said Jesse Bragg, OFA State Director for Vermont. “The historic dedication and commitment of our supporters is what brought us victory last November and is what will help us advance President Obama's bold vision for the country over the coming years. They, more than anyone else, know what approaches will work best in their community and we’re eager to hear from them.”

To learn more about Organizing for American, click here.

Here are some of the scheduled events in Vermont:
--Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. at Montpelier Senior Center at 59 Barre St.
--Saturday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. at Rutland Free Library.
--Thursday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. at Brattleboro Senior Center.
--Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. at Cobleigh Public Library in Lyndonville.
--Friday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m. in Room 108, Lafayette Hall, University of Vermont in Burlington.

-- Nancy Remsen


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