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Youth and Education news
Volume 2 October, 2011

We the People: Your VOICE in our Government
"When I ran for this office, I pledged to make government more open and accountable to its citizens. That’s what the new WE THE PEOPLE on whitehouse.gov is all about – giving Americans a direct line to the White House on the issues and concerns that matter most to them.”  President Barack Obama
 

Throughout U.S. history, Americans have used petitions to unite around issues we care about. Our right to petition the U.S. government is guaranteed by the FIRST Amendment of the  U.S. Constitution.

We the People is a new way for people 13 and older to petition the federal government to take action on a range of issues. At We the People, you can create, share, and sign petitions that express your views about government actions and policies.  If your petition attracts enough support, White House staff will review it, send it to policy experts, and issue an official response.

 

Step #1
Create or Sign a Petition

 Create or sign a petition on WhiteHouse.gov. 
You’ll need to create an account and verify your email address.

Start thinking about:
 Issues that matter to you
  What you'd like the Obama Administration to do to address the important challenges facing our country
-Who you’ll ask to join you.

Step #2
Build Support and Gather Signatures

Build support for a petition

Gather even more signatures:
 Facebook, Twitter and word of mouth are ways to share petitions you care about.

 

 

Step #3
The White House Reviews and Responds

If you gather enough signatures:
The Administration will review it.
 An official response will be issued. 
Your petition will be sent to policy makers in the Administration.

The current requirement is 5,000 signatures.

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