Since 2011, over 12 million people have submitted more than 22 million signatures on the White House’s petition platform, We The People. These petitions have led to over 200responses from the White House. Some have led to civic change too, from Congressâ€™s passing legislation to legalize cell phone unlocking to President Obama’s calling for an end to conversion therapy.
It’s a testament to the strength of citizens’ voices, to what happens when we band together to improve our country. The technology and design that powers these petitions enables people to organize — to speak as “we,â€ not just “I.” Itâ€™s this instinct to work together that makes America exceptional. As the President said in Selma, Alabama last spring:
“America is not the project of any one person.”
We the People belongs to all of us, from the petitions right down to the code base.Since 2011,the White House has hosted many hackathons and meetups centered aroundimproving the tool, visualizing civic engagement in action, and readying the API for use by more organizations. And, so far, anybody has been able to use We The Peopleâ€™s public API to host and design their own petitions on top of our platform. Now, heading into the President Obamaâ€™s final year in office, we want to take it one step further.
This year,the Office of Digital Strategy is rekindling a focus toimprovethe petitions platform. Everything is on the table â€” from the logo and layoutto API endpoints andthemethodusedto process signaturesâ€” andwe want to incorporateyour insights! Starting today, we’re welcomingyourcontributionstotheWe The People GitHub pageso you cansuggest changes to how the petitions platform looks and works.
While we can’t promise we will be able to act on all submissions, the White House is committed to the idea of We The People, by the people, and we will reviewyour feedback and do our best to incorporate as many constructive improvements as possible. So check out We The People,take a look at our GitHub page, and help us figure out how to make theproduct better for you. Even if youâ€™re not a designer or developer we still want to hear from you. Simply submit any suggestions you have in the form at the bottom of this page.
Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas and contributions.