The First Amendment enshrined the right of the American people to petition the government. The Internet enshrined the habit of airing grievances. Mash those up, and you get the White Houseâ€™s latest online initiative.
The new system, which will launch soon, is called We the People and will allow anyone 13 years and older to submit petitions online via the official White House website. Itâ€™s already a hit on Twitter.
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Step #1 Create or Sign a Petition
Anyone 13 or older can create or sign a petition on WhiteHouse.gov asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. To get started youâ€™ll need to create an account and verify your email address. Start thinking about the issues that matter to you, what you would like the Obama Administration to do to address the important challenges facing our country, and who youâ€™ll ask to join you.
Step #2 Build Support and Gather Signatures
Creating or signing a petition is just the first step. Itâ€™s up to you to build support for a petition and gather even more signatures. Use email, Facebook, Twitter and word of mouth to tell your friends, family and coworkers about the petitions you care about.
Step #3 The White House Reviews and Responds
If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and an official response will be issued. And weâ€™ll make sure that the petition is sent to the appropriate policy makers in the Administration.The initial threshold to get a response from the Administration is 5,000 signatures.
The History of Petitions: The right to petition our government is guaranteed in the First Amendment to our Constitution. Throughout our nationâ€™s history, petitions have served as a way for Americans to organize around issues that matter to them, and tell their representatives in government where they stand. Petitions have played an important role in many of the changes throughout our history, from ending slavery to guaranteeing women the right to vote. The We the People platform on
WhiteHouse.gov gives Americans a new way to create, share, and sign petitions that communicate your views about your government's actions and policies.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.