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Are Those Online Political Petitions Safe?

Adam Levin | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Adam Levin

Unless you live on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson, you've probably seen more than a few political petitions in the wake of the 2016 election. The issues are as various as the people circulating them, which is why I began to wonder: Are they safe?

Keyser's Alleged 'Triple' Checks Missed Forgeries

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.12.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

With Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser still not talking to reporters about multiple forged signatures on his ballot-access petitions, I had...

Naive Americans Continue to Sign Internet Petitions as Obama Laughs and Laughs

Riley Waggaman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

It was clear from its inception that the White House's "We the People" internet petition system was a shameless public relations gimmick perhaps only ...

Thousands Sign Petition Against Kanye's Nonexistent Bowie Tribute Album

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment

Thousands of people wasted time signing a petition in an attempt to stop Kanye West from recording a David Bowie tribute album because the whole thing...

People All Over The U.S. Have Had Enough Of Confederate Tributes

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Monday called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Captiol grounds, Americans all over the coun...

Petitioners Demand Sony Release 'The Interview,' Stand Up To Terrorist Threats

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.19.2014 | Entertainment

Want to see "The Interview"? So do a lot of other would-be moviegoers, dissatisfied with Sony Pictures' decision this week to scrap the controversial ...

A New Party for the Global Era

Indra Adnan | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Indra Adnan

How can those of us who feel like global citizens already -- which is not everyone, granted -- begin to act like global citizens?

Why the Food Industry Is Running Scared of Internet Activism

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

Unfortunately for food companies, the Internet genie is out of the bottle and there's no turning back. So instead of commissioning studies that demonize the Internet, social media and/or "moms with food fears," food companies should take to heart the one simple lesson to be gleaned from the many recent successes in Internet food activism: Consumers want transparency.

$100 by Tuesday and You Could Be a State Senator: Great Pay, Hours and Benefits!

Kevin Walsh | Posted 06.18.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Do you hate those knocks on the door with people holding clipboards? Have you thought of running for office but don't want to be the next Avon lady?

We Didn't Sign at the Office

Barry Glassner | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Barry Glassner

Sitting in our inboxes and on our desks are two piles of petitions we've received as university presidents. One pile consists of petitions we are being asked to sign; the other contains those telling us what we should or should not do.

One Woman's Petition For a Safer America Goes Viral

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Xaque Gruber

Staci Sarkin is now closing in on 500,000 signatures (nearly the population of Wyoming), and is preparing to take the petition to Washington.

White House Petitions: Death Stars And Other Ridiculous Requests

Mother Jones | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

As White House officials were busy pondering new gun violence prevention measures, preparing for the coming debt-ceiling showdown with Republicans, an...

White House Announces Big Change For Petition Program

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

The White House announced Tuesday that petitions submitted through its online platform will now need 100,000 signatures to warrant an administration r...

Three Ways Your Voice Can Be Heard

Rand Strauss | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Rand Strauss

In the end, the only way to change our satisfaction levels is to do something about issues. Only then we will make our voices known, influence politicians, and see real results.

What Changes at Say About us, Online Advocacy, and Our Movements

Isaac Luria | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Isaac Luria

When I first heard the news of's departure from its progressive moorings, I was angry -- but not entirely surprised. The writing has been on the wall for years now that wouldn't remain simply a "progressive" organization.

GOP Senate Hopeful Questioned For Hiring Felon

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Michigan reportedly hired a convicted felon to collect signatures to get him on the ballot. Pete Hoekstr... Founder On The Impact Of Online Activism

Posted 06.08.2012 | Impact

Ben Rattray was set on being an investment banker until his senior year of undergrad at Stanford University when one of his younger brothers came out ...

Elementary School Students Ask Crayola to Recycle Markers

Joe Mirabella | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green
Joe Mirabella

Sun Valley Elementary school students in San Rafael, CA are urging Crayola to create a take back program for their Crayola markers.

175 Chickens in One Minute?!

Craig McCord | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
Craig McCord

Right now, the USDA inspectors inspect 35 chickens a minute for lovely things such as bile, feces and random spare parts that got through processing. That's a chicken every two seconds.

New 'Networked Feminism' Just Like the Old Networked Feminism: Organize or Die

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Sive

We didn't chit and chat then; we don't chit and chat now. And, by the way, we want a mainstream media that accurately characterizes our activity for just what it is: a successful freedom movement of decades-long duration.

End Game: The Petitions to Ban BPA

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

As scientists continue to study the effects of BPA on humans, the FDA is finding that it is the one under the microscope -- the microscope of public scrutiny, that is -- and what we are seeing is troubling.

Ex-Susan G. Komen Board Member to Progressives: Stay "Far Away"

Jeffrey Campagna | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Campagna

Ellis joins a chorus of outrage erupting across the country, including petitions sponsored by MoveOn and Credo Action, urging the organization to "put women's lives before politics" and not to "cave to anti-woman extremists."

Dems Protest Snyder's Emergency Manager Power Grab

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 12.16.2011 | Detroit

Republican lawmakers in Lansing are working quickly to ensure Gov. Rick Snyder and his appointed emergency managers retain their power in local commun...

Jason Linkins

New White House 'We The People' Petition Portal Launched, With Predictable Results | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

A few weeks ago, the White House announced plans for its "We The People" project, which would allow ordinary Americans to use an online portal at the ...

Automating 'We the People': New White House Initiative for Citizen Petitions

Sarah Granger | Posted 11.04.2011 | Technology
Sarah Granger

The new site, to be released in the near future, will allow for petition creation, signage, promotion and review on the White House website.