What’s a girl to do? The street needs repairing.The guy next door, who never wears a shirt and should, has ruined the neighborhood with that ugly fence.That new village ordinance prohibiting dogs who bark is outrageous.We need a “Stop” sign at that corner! The school board is doing what?!?
Got a problem with things that government, media, boards, sports teams, commissions or institutions do? Want to get their attention, get them to do something or reverse something they’ve already done?
Start a petition!
Collect signatures. Citizens wanting change have been doing it for centuries. Here is an easy guide to starting a petition drive:
If addressing a grievance with government, check to see if there is a form or procedure to follow.
Frame a paragraph that describes what it is you want done: The undersigned (residents, readers, pet lovers, women opposed to men with big bellies who do not wear shirts) urge you to (reconsider, negotiate, take the following action):
Create a form for supporters or like thinkers to sign. An Excel spreadsheet is probably best.
Include a place for:
1. A signature
2. A printed name
4. Phone number