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Create your own Petition

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1. Start Your Petition

Petition title

Your Petition Title

Your title should be very brief, like a newspaper headline, but it should also communicate as specifically as possible what your petition is about.

Examples: “Mayor Jones: Fix Our Public Schools” or “Save Dewey Elementary from Budget Cuts.”

What’s your petition about? Why should people sign it?

More Background on Your Petition

Write a brief 2-3 sentences to give people more background on your petition. Some key points to include: Why should people care about this issue? Why will signing the petition make a difference? If relevant, what’s the deadline for deciding the issue?

Example: “Dewey Elementary School is poised to lose 10 teachers, our only librarian, and all financial support for popular activities like chess club and volleyball team. Mayor Jones has a chance to reverse these cuts in her upcoming budget. We’re calling on her to stand for students and education and stop the terrible funding cuts to Dewey School.”

What issue does your petition relate to? (Optional) Civil rights Clean energy / environment Corporate power / accountability Criminal justice Education Foreign Policy Government Reform Health care Immigration Jobs / economy / taxes Social services / Infrastructure Women's rights Other

Your Issue

This information will help us organize the petitions on so we can make it easier for potential supporters to find your petition.

If your petition relates to multiple issues, just choose the one that you think is most relevant.

2. Who’s the Target of Your Petition?

Choosing a Target

When deciding who should receive your petition, think about who actually has the power to solve the problem or make the decision you want. Please be sure to check the spelling and use the individual’s proper title.

If there are multiple people who may be able to solve the problem, focus on the person who is most likely to be influenced by public opinion. For instance, an elected official is usually a better than an unelected judge.

It’s best if you send your petition to a human being. For instance, it’s better to address your petition to WalMart CEO Lee Scott rather than WalMart the corporation.

The White House or Congress
Your Governor or State Legislature
Someone else (like a local official or corporate CEO)

3. Write the Text of Your Petition

What’s the text of your petition?

Text of your Petition

This is the message that petition-signers are actually signing, to be delivered to the decision-maker. You will get a lot more signers if your message is short and sweet—one or two sentences at the most. The petition statement is NOT the place to make a detailed persuasive argument for your position.

Example: “Stop the proposed cuts in funding for Dewey Elementary School.”

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 "War destroys. And we must cry out for peace.
Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
Peace is the language we must speak."
Pope Francis



                                            ~Pope FRANCIS