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MoveOn.org Petitions / Create Your Own Petition
Petitions.moveon.org is a service provided by MoveOn.org. It allows anyone to set up an online petition. Users can then communicate with people who have signed their petition. However, with this open forum MoveOn.org does not endorse the content put on these petitions. They are only providing the ability for others to become more active in their community and make a difference.
MoveOn was created as a way to give every American a voice in politics and not just those with lots of money or a team of lobbyists. They are composed of different pieces, each with a specific focus in order to achieve this goal. Civic Action is a 501(c) nonprofit organization and deals with education and advocacy. The Political Action branch is a federal PAC and actively participates in Congress’s lawmaking and the election of politicians. Both of these areas are funded by small contributions from individuals. They do not accept money from corporations or large donations from CEOs. They wish to remain an organization dedicated to giving voice to the people not businesses.
MoveOn Petitions was created as a way to help people on the individual level make a difference on issues they are passionate about. It gives you the tools to start a petition and run a campaign. While giving you the resources to mount a campaign, making it successful is up to you. However, MoveOn might offer assistance, if your movement meets a couple criteria. If your petition has a fast growing number of people signing it, they might feature it on their homepage. If your petition is in line with the beliefs of MoveOn they will occasionally promote petitions by sending e-mail alerts to members in the local area.
Although you should deliver your petition in person for the most effect, MoveOn Petitions will deliver constituent signatures by email to the President, governors, Congress, and state legislators if auto-delivery is set to “on.” They also deliver signatures to targets you enter manually, if a valid email address is provided. These targets can be CEOs, local officials, or those who your petition is attempting to motivate.
MoveOn Petitions does their communication through e-mails. When people sign a petition you can receive e-mails from the petition creator. These e-mails are sent through an online system and your address is kept private. It will not be shown to the person who created the petition. This adds a much needed level of security for people who believe in a cause, but are wary of giving out their information. MoveOn sponsors will also send updates to the e-mail address provided, but you can unsubscribe from any of these lists whenever you want. Your e-mails will never be sold or shared with outside parties.
If there is a cause you are passionate about, you might want to check outPetitions.moveon.org and see how you can help inspire change. Don’t be afraid to support others.