After the Fargo Forum, the largest paper in North Dakota, refused to print a marriage announcement from a local same-sex couple, Patricia Holly from Rhame, North Dakota, joined a large online backlash by starting a MoveOn Petition calling the Forum to reverse their policy.
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When he learned that brave firefighters battling wildfires in Colorado weren’t getting health insurance, Chris Bowers from Daily Kos started a MoveOn Petition to Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
It has been 20 years since Massachusetts updated its voter registration system. That’s why Avi Green, Co-Director of MassVote, started a MoveOn Petition calling on the Massachusetts state House to pass Election Reform H. 4022.
When 68-year-old veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. was shot and killed in his apartment by police responding to a call from his medical alert service, his son assumed there would be an investigation. After months of waiting, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. started a MoveOn Petition to ask for one.
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.
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.