President Barack Obama’s campaign organization is launching a new drive to secure a progressive legacy on gun control, climate change and immigrant rights, issues dear to grassroots activists where a major push against the main drift is needed. Eight thousand Obama volunteers will convene over the Inaugural weekend to commit themselves to the work.
The new Obama project was predicted in The Nation on October 2, “Obama’s Legacy Is Our Leverage.”
Consistent with its origins, the Legacy Conference will not be aimed at pressuring Obama so much as changing the political climate in the country to force whatever change is possible from resisting institutions. There will continue to be movements to pressure Obama – for example, on his drone policy – but linkages with the Legacy Conference could amplify existing actions by gun control, environmental and immigrant rights, particularly if Obama calls for such efforts in Monday’s inaugural address and pours organizational resources into the overall effort.