We’ve added a new feature that we hope will give you a better way to organize around the issues you care about: Petitions!
Bills come and bills go. Petitions are a way for you to draw people together around issues that matter to you, and to work with new friends from across the country!
When you go to our “Create a Petition” page, you decide what the issue is. Give your petition a catchy name. Give people a short summary of what it’s about—and much more detail if you want.
Then you can associate all the relevant bills in Congress with your petition. When you do, you’ll bring people together to discuss the issues and to collaborate with you.
Every petition has full commenting so people can socialize, share news, and plan strategy.
If you are dedicated to a cause and have the knowledge to back it up, start a petition of your own!
As a petition creator, you can add new bills and change whether petition supporters should support, oppose, or “keep an eye on” the relevant bills in Congress. You can edit the wiki article you create about the petition. You can even delegate your administrative authority to people you know and trust.
There’s one thing our petition feature doesn’t do: It doesn’t send standardized messages to Congress. Our experience is that Congress ignores mass communications—signing onto a petition is easy, and they know it.
So it’s up to you and your fellow petitioners to come up with tailored strategies and personalized communications you can take to Congress.
Show that you’re engaged. Show that you’ll follow up. This is how you’ll have influence in Washington, D.C. You can organize to create that influence on our petitions page.
We hope this feature will improve your experience with our site, and help you work with others to get a little more control over your government in Washington, D.C.