here is a serious question: i looked at the whitehouse.gov website to find out about thier requirements for petitions and it got me to wondering- could we do this? it would take a real push to spread the word and gather the signatures in the alloted time.

but, more than that, i wondered, what exactly would we want to say? i tend to be overly wordy. i would want to mention the importance of gardens and protecting people who grow food- but i am having trouble coming up with verbage that stresses where this is coming from (i.e. the background) and why this is even an issue (the legal wranglings that have taken place) without getting into a whole long shpiel. i want to say that we need to protect gardeners under the law, but still allow for the concept that there are cases where there may be reasons to not allow people free reign. or do i?

so this is where you come in.

first, do you think we could really really do this? and would you commit to getting on board?
and second- even more important- can you suggest some wording????? you guys are so good at this sort of thing, and if we launch it, i want it to be golden…

so, can you help????? all constructive feedback is welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Petition the White House with We the People

Katelyn Sabochik
September 22, 2011
10:25 AM EST
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.Update: The signatures threshold for petitions on the We the People platform to receive an official response from the White House has changed since this blog post was published. See the latest signature thresholds.

Today, we launched We the People on WhiteHouse.gov– a new platform that gives all Americans a way to create and sign petitions on a range of issues affecting our nation. And if a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official response.

Throughout our history, Americans have used petitions as a way to join together around issues they care about. We the People brings that uniquely American tradition into the 21st century.

Here’s how it works:

1. Create or Sign a Petition: Anyone 13 or older can create a WhiteHouse.gov account and create or sign a petition on WhiteHouse.gov asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range issues.
2.Build Support and Gather Signatures for your Petition: It’s up to you to build support for a petition. Use email, Facebook, Twitter and word of mouth to tell your friends, family and coworkers about the petitions you care about.
3.The White House Reviews and Responds: If a petition reaches a certain threshold (initially 5,000 signatures within 30 days), it will be reviewed by policy officials in the Administration and an official response will be issued.
We put together a short video to walk you through We the People. Check out the video here.

Got questions? Here are a few blog posts where we’ve been explaining more about how We the People works here and here or check out the FAQ’s for We the People. We’ve also updated our privacy policy with some more information about WhiteHouse.gov accounts.

Still have questions? Send us your questions and feedback via Twitter using the hashtag #WHWeb or submit your feedback via our tech feedback webform.