Petitions: The Fast and Easy
Petitions are a quick way to raise awareness on an issue in which other writing campaigns are too difficult to organize. Letter-writing campaigns are more effective, but if you cannot get one organized, a petition drive is better than nothing.
To organize a petition drive, pick a topic or bill that you would like to consider. Educate yourself on the issue and develop a list of the more important points. You have to be very concise. Develop a few soundbites to convey the importance of your topic. If you are drafting a paper petition, hang it in a high-traffic spot or pass it around at a large meeting. If you are preparing an electronic petition than can be e-signed, use free software like that found at ipetitions.com.