"We won because the American people mobilized for change... It really was people at a grassroots level who carried our campaign financially, who carried it organizationally, and we don't want that to dissipate.'' - President-elect Barack Obama, Ebony Magazine
In the grassroots movement that was the heart of Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency, we saw time and again the passion that ordinary people had to engage (or re-engage) in the political process to work for change. With the election now one month past, it's already apparent that passion hasn't been lost.
Over the last few weeks, hundreds of thousands of supporters have shared their thoughts and experiences with us, on both the campaign itself and the work that still lies ahead. Through our online survey, through email, through the My.BarackObama community blogs and in the comments here on the HQ blog, you've shared your stories, your insights and your hopes for the future.
Already in the past few days, grassroots supporters have organized over 1,500 "Change is Coming" house meetings for the upcoming weekend of December 13th and 14th. These meetings offer supporters a chance to reconnect with one another and talk about the issues that are most important to them, as well as an opportunity to discuss what they can do to support Barack's agenda and how they can continue to make an impact in their own communities.
As President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden prepare to take office, they'll need your support more than ever. Your input, through the online surveys and through these upcoming house meetings, will help guide the future of this grassroots movement.
If you haven't already done so, you can still submit your feedback through our online survey, and there is still time to sign up to host a Change is Coming house meeting in your neighborhood. In order to ensure that hosts receive all of their materials in time, we recommend that you create your event online by midnight tonight (although event materials will also be available to download as well).
As David Plouffe said in a message to supporters last month:
Your hard work built this movement. Now it's up to you to decide how we move forward.