The Our America Initiative is supported by hundreds of thousands of Americans who agree that government has grown far too large, costly and intrusive. One of OAI’s key objectives is to turn those supporters into activists, and that begins at the local and state levels. State and local leaders are being recruited and empowered to take the message of liberty to every corner of the nation, to be advocates in every state capital and to play influential roles in policy-making from City Hall to Washington, DC.
Many of the key battles for individual liberty are being fought at the state level. Our America Initiative will, as appropriate, provide leadership and mobilize grassroots support for key ballot initiatives and legislation that will advance the cause of personal freedom and the protection of fundamental rights.
Through events, speaking engagements and national media appearances, the leaders of the Our America Initiative continually strive to frame key issues in terms of liberty and the proper role of government. A major focus of OAI is to maximize those opportunities and to take informed, articulate arguments to the public arena through the news media, the Internet and social media.
After having served two successful terms as Governor of New Mexico -- and then having returned to private life, Gov. Gary Johnson watched with growing alarm and a deep concern for the nation as the federal government was becoming ever larger, more costly and more intrusive, and as the politicians in Washington fed that growth by driving the nation into unsustainable debt. Governor Johnson faced a choice: Remain on the sidelines and watch, or go to work changing what he sees as the disastrous direction America is taking under the management of the elected officials of both parties. In 2009, he made the decision to act. Joining with other like-minded individuals they founded the Our America Initiative.
As a 501(c)(4), Our America Initiative seeks the promotion of social welfare through grass roots discussion and advocacy. The Our America Initiative is based on a belief that a majority of Americans are classical liberals. Fundamentally, they believe that government and its cost should be limited, and that civil liberties and individual freedom must be protected -- not threatened -- by that government. Our America seeks to act on that belief by giving voice to the ideas of liberty, smaller government, and financial responsibility, and by working to communicate those ideas in the most effective ways possible. As a true grass-roots organization, the Our America Initiative’s work depends on the involvement and support of individuals, businesses and other organizations who share the deep commitment to the restoration of liberty, economic freedom and the rights of individual Americans to live without the unnecessary intrusion of government into their lives. Our America Initiative can advocate for and against specific legislation at the state and federal levels.
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We are making liberty a reality: The Our America Initiative's fight for liberty and smaller government is waged on several fronts, each with the purpose of mobilizing grassroots support and raising awareness of key issues for policies and laws that protect and promote personal freedom and opportunity.
It is critical to make the principles of Liberty a part of the national dialogue about the key issues of the day. Leveraging the credibility of nationally-known spokespersons, OAI aggressively pursues appearances and coverage in both traditional and “new’ media. OAI is building support using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google and others. We work to provide updated and informative issue research on the topics important to the Liberty movement. principles
The Liberty Movement is thriving on America’s college campuses. Young people understand that unsustainable debt, the erosion of civil liberties and the consequences of unnecessary foreign interventions will all land on their shoulders in the years to come. And they are ready to act -- with the right leadership and encouragement. The Our America Initiative sponsors campus events all across the country, featuring Governor Johnson and other nationally-known leaders of the Liberty Movement, where students are recruited and mobilized for effective grass-roots activities.