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  •  So, does "dent" mean that a lot of people (15+ / 0-)

    talked about a subject brought up in a petition, or does it mean inspired or caused a change in a course of action?

    I'm curious how much impact - change - online petitions cause in real life.  They arrive by the dozens in my Inbox.

    But what concrete examples do we know of online petitions having an effect on leaders' actions?

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:59:36 PM PDT

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    •  I refer to the same example of filibuster reform (12+ / 0-)

      Again, leaders in the Senate are, as we speak, trying to round up the votes to pass mid-term filibuster reform.

      That effort started with our biggest online petition ever.

      So that's on petition having a real impact on the actions of political leaders right now.

      Some other examples: the Susan G. Komen foundation's reversal on Planned Parenthood. Dozens of sponsors pulling ads from Rush Limbaugh's show. The arrest of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. There are more.

      Petitions can be mediums to make change happen.

      •  I'm happy to know that. If there were some way (3+ / 0-)
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        to know how much petitions contributed to those changes, it would be great to know, but these kinds of things are highly intangible.

        Surely there was an influence. I hope that influence is something that becomes more transparent through better information in the future. At the end though, when it comes down to a single person's change of mind, how would we know with any certainty unless they admit that petitions were the proximate cause.

        I'm just a nuts-and-bolts kind of guy and like to do things which I can see having an impact.  Registering voters, for example, results in direct statistics of more registered voters.

        :-)

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Fri May 17, 2013 at 02:08:41 PM PDT

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