iPetitions continues to have a powerful impact. Here are some of the ways our petitions are making a difference.
The first step in justice for Aaron Juarez
On June 1, 2013 Aaron Juarez died as a result from being punched once in the face, knocked unconscious, causing him to fall backwards, hitting his head on the concrete parking lot. Aaron hit his head, resulting in severe head trauma from which he could not survive.
The man responsible for this is David Alvarez, 31 years old from Corpus Christi, Texas. David Alvarez was arrested on Thursday June 6 and had a bond set at $200,000. Mr. Alvarez's family and his attorney have requested a reduction of that bond. This petition has been started to ensure that doesn't happen.
Over 3,100 signatures were collected to support the denial of the bond reduction request. Alvarez was scheduled for a bond reduction hearing Thursday morning and his attorney Scott Ellison was going to ask 28th State District Judge Nanette Hasette to lower Alvarez’s $200,000 bail. But Ellison canceled the hearing earlier this week and didn’t reschedule it for another day, according to court staff.
Aaron Juarez's killer remains in jail.
UNESCO Site Hadrian's Villa saved from garbage dump
The Italian government had plans to put an emergency garbage dump a mile away from Hadrian's Villa, a large Roman archaeological complex located in Tivoli, Italy. Sponsored by the American Institute for Roman Culture, a petition was launched to save this important UNESCO site. They exceeded their target of 5,000 signatures by over 1600. In the end, the Italian government decided NOT to create a garbage dump near by. Congratulations, American Institute for Roman Culture!
Monponsett Watershed Association petitions Governor BakerAccording to the petition, the Department of Public Health regularly issues public health advisories for Monponsett Pond, warning people not to swim, boat or fish ithere, and even warns pet owners not to let their dogs drink the water. The Monponsett Watershed Association launched a petition in response imploring Governor Baker to improve its water quality.
This is what a spokesperson from the association said:
"The petition went great we had 620 signatures in 48 hours. The petition was hand delivered to the governor of Massachusetts and the process to clean our ponds is now moving forward quickly."
Art at community recycling center savedA local recycling plant was ordered to remove local art that had been decorating its walls. One resident gathered the support of the town to keep the artwork, and this is what he had to say:
"I am happy to report that I am working with my town’s select board to re-establish the artwork at our recycling center. Your website helped me gather about 10% of the town’s voting population and then I presented the petition to our town’s select board members – it went a long way in changing their minds. In addition to the petition, I used your website to enlist our townspeople to attend a specific select board meeting at which the artwork was to be discussed and there was a record turn out for the meeting (in fact, it was standing room only – our tiny town hall was packed). The petition was a turning point in our town’s battle to save the art."
Congratulations Jim and the Town of Candia!
Community splash park in the worksA mom wanted a safe and fun place for her children of all ages to play in her community. She launched a petition within her community to build a splash park in Oak Harbor, Washington. After promoting it on social media, her petition quickly gathered over 800 signatures. She approached the city council with the petition and it was extremely well received.
You can see the city council meeting here (timestamp 10:58 to 19:00). What a great example of the power of presenting a petition to decision makers and getting results.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds to Retire Jersey in Honor of GoalkeeperA petition was launched in support of AFC Rushden & Diamonds to retire the number 1 jersey in honor of goalkeeper Dale Roberts who took his own life in 2010. The petition attracted over 4000 signatures and mentions in local newspapers including the BBC and the Northamptonshire Telegraph. It was confirmed that the team won and were able to ‘retire’ their number 1 goalkeeper shirt for this season.
Users can now integrate Synchrony (GEMB/GE Capital) Accounts with Mint/Quicken (Intuit)The petition to allow GE Capital Bank and Synchrony customers to integrate their accounts into Mint reached over 2900 signatures. After a very long wait, Mint announced that the connection had been reestablished.
The petition creator had this to say:
"This is very exciting and everyone should be delighted with the outcome. I have tested my accounts and they are all now working.
Thank you for all your support. I'm sure that people here and at other locations have helped to get this resolved."