As part of their infamous “war on women,” Republicans have passed laws in state after state forcing women to submit to an invasive ultrasound procedure before getting an abortion. When a similar bill came up in the very conservative state of Idaho, it seemed sure to pass. Susan Philley was one of hundreds of Idahoans who refused to back down. She started a MoveOn Petition that was signed by over 5,000 people—a stunning number in this small state.
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When extreme religious conservatives in Utah tried to pass a bill banning sex education in public schools, preventing young people from getting critical information about STDs, pregnancy, and contraception, Paul Krueger, a school bus driver and retired firefighter, started a MoveOn Petition.
The Maine North Woods are the largest undeveloped forest east of the Rockies, but Governor Paul LePage led an effort to throw open the North Woods to development. Alexandra Fields of Environment Maine started a MoveOn Petition opposing these efforts.
In state after state, Republicans have passed laws to make voting more difficult for poor people, African-Americans, Latinos, and other groups who tend to vote Democratic. Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, launched a MoveOn Petition as part of a major nationwide campaign calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to halt implementation of these laws in states with a history of racist voter suppression.
Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott tried to fast-track legislation to privatize 29 prisons without public input. But corrections officer Christina Bullins knew firsthand that prison privatization would undermine public safety and waste tax dollars, so she started a MoveOn Petition that garnered over 27,000 petition signatures.
South Dakota Republicans tried to strip firefighters, teachers, police officers, and other public workers of their collective bargaining rights, following the lead of right-wing governors in other states, like Scott Walker. But Mark Anderson of the South Dakota State Federation of Labor started a MoveOn Petition urging state legislators to vote no on the bill.
When three of his fellow San Jose council members and the mayor proposed a bill to strip city workers of their benefits and take away their collective bargaining rights, progressive Council Member Ash Kalra refused to let his city become the next Wisconsin. Ash started a MoveOn Petition to the San Jose mayor and City Council, demanding that San Jose workers retain their rights.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell was the deciding vote on the Delaware River Basin Commission on proposed weak fracking regulations that would have threatened the drinking water of more than 15 million people. Unsure how the governor would vote on this terrible proposal, progressive Delaware state legislator John Kowalko started a MoveOn Petition urging the governor to vote no.
St. Mark’s Bookstore, a legendary progressive bookstore and community institution in Lower Manhattan, was at risk of going out of business when their lease was up and they couldn’t afford their rent, which was set before the downturn. Their allies in the community started a MoveOn Petition that went viral, attracting the attention of local media and the New York Times.
Robert Applebaum, an attorney in New York, started a MoveOn Petition calling for student loan forgiveness and it spread quickly, gathering more than a million signatures. Then, something amazing happened.