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How we listen to the people of America
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The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
We the People is a platform that empowers the American public to take this action like never before – it’s a way for anybody, anywhere, to speak directly to the government and become an agent for change.
With We the People, you can easily create a petition online, share it, and collect signatures. If you gather 100,000 signature in 30 days, we’ll review your petition, make sure it gets in front of the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.
Petitioning has the potential to enact real change – just check out some of our petition creator’s success stories – but it’s also your fundamental right as an American citizen, and an opportunity to connect with a community of like-minded people who are invested in making a change. Ideally, running a petition on We the People is just the start of something bigger — a long-term, robust form of civic engagement.
In the meantime, we’ll be continuing to make adjustments and improvements to the platform based on your feedback. Talk to us here. We’ll also keep you posted on any changes using the White House blog. please let us know.
Petitions in Action
Over the past five years, millions of Americans have used We the People to make their voices heard on issues they care about. Here’s a look at some of the petitions that jumpstarted conversations between citizens and their government on important national issues and drove real government action:
President Obama Signs into Law a Provision on Freedom in Choosing a Cell Phone Network
In August 2014, President Obama signed a bill that ensured consumers could use their mobile devices on the network of their choice. This marked the first time that a We the People petition led to a legislative change.
After Congress sent him a bill that addressed the problem, the President credited the petition signers, saying, “Last year, in response to a We the People petition from consumers across our country, my Administration called for allowing Americans to use their phones or mobile devices on any network they choose … The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget.”
If a petition isn’t viewable until it reaches 150 signatures, how will people know about it?
When a petition is first created, only the petition creator will have the URL of the petition. It’s up to the petition creator to share the petition (and URL) with others who care about the issue to build support and gather more signatures. Once your petition is published, you can use the share icons on the page to easily send the petition via email and your social networks. Once a petition gathers the minimum number of signatures, it will be findable on the We the People platform.
Is We the People the only way to contact the White House?
No. We the People does not displace any other options for people to contact the White House. If you prefer not to use this tool, there are plenty of other ways you can contact the White House. Learn more at www.whitehouse.gov/contact.