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 atipetitions.com.
- Gather signatures to let your political representatives, dean, or other school or community leaders, know that constituents are aware and care about an issue.
- Raise awareness on your issue. People who sign your petition may not have known about the topic that you presented.
- Initiate further action to help promote the issue. You may inspire someone to bring in a speaker to talk about a topic or to organize another activity on that particular issue.