The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—the agency championed by Senator Elizabeth Warren to be a voice for consumers in Washington—was endangered when Republicans in Congress refused to reconfirm Richard Cordray, the bureau’s widely respected first director. That’s why James Lardner of Americans for Financial Reform created a MoveOn Petition to the U.S. Senate, asking them to allow an up-or-down vote on Cordray’s nomination.
In the wake of the “not guilty” verdict for George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, one juror announced that she’d signed with Martin Literary Management to write a book detailing the trial. Progressives all over the country were outraged that jury members might profit from Zimmerman’s acquittal. That’s why MoveOn member Barbara Graham created a Petition to Martin Literary Management, asking them to take back the book deal.
The City University of New York offered former CIA Director David Petraeus $150,000 to teach one seminar—50 times the typical salary of CUNY adjunct faculty. New York City Council Member Brad Lander started a MoveOn petition asking CUNY to rescind the offer and put the funds toward supporting low-income students or hiring more teachers
Developers in the San Francisco bay area wanted to build a 12 story basketball arena and entertainment complex over open bay waters, circumventing the environmental regulatory process. So Jamie Whitaker and the San Francisco Waterfront Alliance created a MoveOn Petition to enforce stronger environmental regulations on future developments.
When Governor Tom Corbett announced plans to cut funding for the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the preservation of Pennsylvania’s state parks was at risk. That’s why Adam Garber of the organization PennEnvironment started a MoveOn Petition in support of the Keystone Fund.
After Albuquerque voters overwhelmingly passed a minimum wage increase to $8.50 an hour, residents all over Bernalillo County wanted to do the same. Christian Norton of the organization Working America created a MoveOn Petition to the Bernalillo County Commissioners, asking them to raise the minimum wage all over the county.
Whole Foods suspended two Albuquerque employees for complaining after they were told they weren’t allowed to speak Spanish at work. So Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico created a MoveOn Petition demanding that the company change its discriminatory English-only policy.
Climate change deniers were fighting against the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards, which would include facts about climate change in Kansas and Kentucky public school curriculums. So parents, Sheila Anderson and Dennis Newell created MoveOn Petitions asking the Board of Education in each state to pass the new standards.
Eleven-year-old Marcel Neergaard, who had come out as gay, and was severely bullied in school, created a MoveOn Petition with his family, asking StudentsFirst to withdraw its award to Rep. Ragan.
MoveOn member Cathy Ware was worried about the state of her local community playground at the Beethoven School. Outdated play structures and poor groundskeeping made the playground dangerous for the young children who visited. That’s why she started a MoveOn Petition asking the Boston Parks Department to make the park safer.