We The People
We the People was launched on Whitehouse.gov for petitioning the Obama administration. Online petitions that meet a threshold of signatures are reviewed by officials. Popular petitions have included federal legalization of marijuana, UFO investigations and secession from the United States.
December 10 Connor Johnson started by donating his allowance to the cause. Then he decided to do more.
December 2 The White House site has been flooded with petitions related to violence in the former Soviet state.
November 22 We the People petitioners upset after child on Kimmel’s show suggests killing Chinese people.
November 4 We the People Write API will help groups gather petition signatures.
October 23 Paul Ryan and Elizabeth Warren are among the early adopters of a website that invites citizens to tell lawmakers what they really want.
August 27 And so are the petitioners on We the People, as they try to keep YouTube song covers from becoming felonies.
August 21 Programs claim to let Americans participate more directly in government, with few tangible results, critics say.
August 14 Website listing unanswered We the People petitions is built with streaming data supplied by the White House.
August 13 The appeals followed the shooting of 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school in December.
July 23 Two We the People petitions have waited 22 months for a White House response.
July 8 More than 300 people have signed on to replace "The Star-Spangled Banner" with "Party in the USA."
July 3 Map shows signatures of people who see controversial church as a hate group.
June 25 A post-indictment boost gave a petition to pardon the NSA leaker enough signatures for an official administration reply.
June 12 The appeal asked the U.S. to deport a well-connected Chinese woman accused of trying to poison her college roommate in the 1990s.
June 10 It drew 1,000 signatures an hour Monday afternoon.
May 17 The petition response came the same day the House voted to repeal the 2-year-old healthcare law.
April 30 The administration also sided with petitioners opposing controversial cybersecurity legislation.
March 28 The proposal would deliver tax-deductible donations to victims’ families with no overhead.
March 5 Critics deride the White House's fondness for platforms like Google Plus and web petitions, but they're proving potent tools for surfacing issues the media would otherwise ignore.
February 5 Secession petitions point out strengths and weaknesses of White House website.