Is there a rule that says making your voice be heard and changing the world for the better has to be a difficult task? If so, change.org hasn’t heard of it. Change.org has made making a difference as easy as double clicking.
It’s a website that helps anyone -ANYONE – start a petition and then enables THOUSANDS of people to sign that petition with the click of a button. I know this because in early 2011 I ‘googled’ my way to their website and decided to give it a try. I entered my name, email address and mailing address info. I then checked the boxes next to the issues that most interested me. There was everything you could think of, gay rights, environmentalism, humane treatment of animals, and a bunch of obscure things I didn’t bother remembering. I could have clicked any number of them but I chose to limit it to human trafficking so I could have a focused impact. What happened then was just too easy.
Change.org imediately brought up a few petitions that, based off my selections, they thought I might be interested in. I could read a short article about the issue and even read the petition letter itself. If I wanted to add my voice to the petition all I did was click to sign it. My info was added automatically. And periodically I’d get an email from change.org that made me aware of other related petitions I may have wanted to click – I mean “sign.” So I did.
I love the idea of this because, if I’m honest with myself I would have to admit that I am a more-lazy-than-not person. So even though there are many issues that I care about and want to change and I KNOW I should be writing my congressman or the companies I buy from or whoever, I never have. Now all I have to do is click and I can sign petitions that other people wrote up and make a difference. This is great! But does it work?
You have to be thinking what I’ve been thinking: Does anyone read these petitions? Do they ever change anything? Is all this clicking for nothing! Well I just got an email from change.org that included some of the highlights of their projects in 2011. I read though 24 of their over 800 stories of victory and found three that were a result of petitions I signed.
With a click of a button it seems I have helped a mom who was jailed for sending her kids to a safer school gain clemency. I have gotten Target to vow not to sell gold mined by exploited children. And because of the petitions filed with change.org and my index finger’s amazing ability to left-click, Wyndham, the parent company to Travelodge has stepped up to stop sex trafficking in its hotels.
So it works! We can change the world we live in with just a click of the button. We can free the unjustly incarcerated, overturn corporate greed and bring justice to the oppressed without even breaking a sweat. Should it be this easy? I don’t know. But this Everyday Abolitionist is sure grateful it is. Thank you change.org.