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We the People

Independents Day: A People's Upwising

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

Faced with a system that is so rigged, so corrupt, so dysfunctional, we may finally discover the inner resources to become the citizens our Founders dreamed of.

President Obama Could Help Save Dying Children, But Apparently He Prefers Budweiser

Tracy Seckler | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Seckler

On March 27, the very day we reached 100,000 signatures, another petition on the White House's We the People website also hit the mark. Sponsored by Budweiser and promoted through a professional ad campaign, "Declare Major League Baseball Opening Day a National Holiday" has already been graced with an official White House reply.

Marianne Williamson: A Congresswoman for our time!

Wendy Silvers | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Wendy Silvers

Marianne Williamson understands this inner drive to know oneself and one's place in this world, our relationship to one another and our charge to serve and transform and speaks it out

Here Are 7 Petitions That Actually Moved The White House To Take Action

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact

In its few short years, the White House’s petition platform has gotten impassioned activists pretty fired up. The "We the People" initiative all...

Most Muslims Don't Care About A Mandatory Eid Holiday

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Seema Imam, a professor of education at National Louis University in Chicago, jokes that she wouldn’t mind if schools closed for the Islamic h...

The Sum of Us All

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We need to remember this, our country was founded by a bunch of rabble-rousing activists who believed that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were worth dying for. Don't you think it is at least worth a few hours a month of your time?

Tea and Sympathy

Atiba Madyun | Posted 12.17.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

Thousands of federal employees returned to work this morning as the 2013 #GovernmentShutdown ended. With the damage left by the tea party, a small f...

Anti-Government Anger Fuels Long-Shot Secession Bid

Reuters | Posted 12.12.2013 | Politics

By Ian Simpson WESTMINSTER, Md., Oct 12 (Reuters) - Scott Strzelczyk is fed up with what he calls political slavery in Maryland and se...

From Emergency to Emerge 'n See: The Upwising Is Gaining Momentum

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

"Either we will have an awakening, or we will have a wake."-- Swami Beyondananda Every year on this date, the "impropaganda" machine reminds American...

Hundreds Of Thousands Sign Petitions Demanding Civil Rights Case Against George Zimmerman

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's administration is facing pressure from hundreds of thousands of people calling for a civil rights suit against George Zimmerm...

Petition Requests Miley Cyrus Hit Become National Anthem

Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment

Fresh off the record-breaking debut of her music video for "We Can't Stop," pop princess Miley Cyrus now has 766 more reasons to rejoice. That's th...

Declaration of Interdependence 2013

Paul Steven Stone | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Paul Steven Stone

WE THE PEOPLE of the free and independent United States hereby declare our interconnectedness and responsibility for one another. Originally formed as...

White House Pushed For Federal Ban On Creationism In The Classroom

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

The seemingly unending battle over the nation's science curriculum reached a new forum this week, when someone submitted a petition to the White House...

What Does It Mean To Be An "American" Corporation?

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Can we align the interests of giant corporations with our national, American interest? If we cannot, they should be stripped of their American corporate privileges and be required to do the same things as other entities that are not wedded to the national interest.

The Meme-ification of Civic Engagement

Rachel Tardiff | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Rachel Tardiff

I'm convinced that the outpouring of political activity on social networks -- especially around hot-button social issues like marriage equality -- is a frustrated attempt to engage by a generation of people unsure of how else to make change.

As Obama Signals Surrender to TransCanada, It's Time to Focus on Keystone XL's Southern Leg

Tom Weis | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Why aren't all Keystone XL opponents loudly demanding that President Obama stop construction of the pipeline's 485-mile southern leg that is destroying the lives of our fellow Americans in Texas and Oklahoma?

Petition Suggests Lawmakers Should Wear Logos Of Financial Backers

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

From the depths of the White House's "We the People" petition website comes this cause created on Tuesday, hoping to force congressional lawmakers to ...

Biden Shares What It's Like To Be Biden

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

Ever wonder what it’s like being the president’s right-hand man? Well, thanks to a new audio series starring Vice President Joe Biden, you can fin...

The Government Whisperer

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

After watching Cesar Millan in action for a month or so, it hit me. What America needs is a "government whisperer." As I look at our toxically dysfunctional system of governance, I see a wild, out-of-control, confused beast who acts as if it is the master.

Them the People: Ted Nugent's Constituency

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

If you're going to abuse the White House petition program, make sure you're an addled rightwing wackjob. I'm serious. I, an addled midwing pinhead, am apparently excluded by the Terms of Service.

Medical Marijuana Grower Sentenced To 5 Years

Posted 02.01.2013 | Crime

A convicted medical marijuana grower will spend five years in prison after a Montana District Court judge sentenced him on federal gun and drug charge...

Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall Redefined 'We the People.'

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

They say speeches don't create change. THEY are wrong. Barack Obama's inaugural address lifted up a nation that has been downcast, instead of looking up at the one sky above us.

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...

The People's Inauguration: A Drunken, Raucous Mess!

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It was the beginning of a subtle shift in power away from the aristocratic elites of the establishment to the people of the frontier states. Finally, the ascendancy of Jackson gave true meaning to the phase "We the People."

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...