The Power Of Online Petitions

The Power Of Online Petitions

Petitions are an age-old tool for activists, but the Internet is transforming their creation and their spread. Kojo explores the surge in online petitions and their power to influence the national discourse.

Anyone with a gripe or a cause can go to a website, create an online petition, and -- if it gets enough electronic signatures -- maybe even get a response from the president. Kojo examines the growing popularity of online petitions with leaders of Change.org, SignOn.org and MDPetitions.com, and explores their ability to influence the national discourse.

Guests

Megan Lubin

Washington Communications Manager, Change.org

Anna Galland

Executive Director, MoveOn.org

Neil Parrott

Member, Maryland House of Delegates (R-District 2B - Washington County); Chairman, MDPetitions.com

Alex Howard

Washington Correspondent, O'Reilly Media

Related Links

President Obama Responds To 'We the People' Petitions On Gun Violence

Change.org's 2012 Accomplishments

Hasbro Petition To Feature Boys In Easy-Bake Oven Ads

After over 45,000 people signed a petition, Hasbro announced their plans for a gender neutral silver and black Easy Bake Oven that will be marketed to both boys and girls.

SignOn.org: People Powered Politics

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