Digital petitions on the right platform can be one of the most powerful tools in a library advocate’s toolbox. In fact, we have seen an explosion in petition platforms across the Internet because a petition is a time-tested way to make change. At its simplest, a petition is a clear request to a decision maker, signed by many supporters. But, EveryLibrary’s petition platform for library causes is a little different.
Think of it this way: What if a government agency received thousands of emails from valued customers asking them to change a bad policy? One would hope that after seeing the emails and hearing from thousands of citizens, the politicians would change their minds. However, as we have seen, politicians have been less responsive to large petitions and some politicians ignore them outright. This is because most petition platforms do not engage their signers to take action. This is what’s known as slacktivism and this is how EveryLibrary petitions are different. We use petitions as the first step in advocacy for libraries and not the last.
- Ensure that library supporters have a voice in their communities
- Collect signatures to deliver to politicians
- Educate both the public and the politicians about library issues
- Identify library supporters and activists in communities
- Activate supporters to attend rallies, events, and take action for libraries
Signing and sharing EveryLibrary petitions ensure that libraries are given not only the signatures they need to fight for libraries, but the supporters and the activists they need as well. Please, sign and share our petitions today.
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If you'd like to get your petition on our platform, just submit a threat to libraries and we will work with you to make it happen and lend you our expertise, our reach, and our financial support to ensure that we make it as successful as possible. We are here to help you fight cuts to libraries.