There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t get a bunch of petition requests on Facebook and on email.
Some have been effective. Certainly the story of Trayvon Martin’s shooting received national attention in large part because of the petition campaign organized by Color of Change.
But after a while so many petitions become just noise.
And so some folks can be excused by being fooled into signing a petition that seemed to be supporting a settlement to the teacher contract in Chicago.
Paticularly since it was hosted by Change.org, which bills itself as a clearing house for progressive issues.
Only it wasn’t.
The petition was written up by Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst (you would have to ask Michelle why she skips putting a space between two words) and the greasy Jonah Edelman’s Stand for Children.
The petition was actually an attack on the Chicago Teachers Union, condemning them for taking the strike vote that received 98% approval from the teachers who voted.
Jennifer Johnson, a CTU member, got pissed.
Jennifer Johnson posted another petition on Signon.org demanding that Change.org live up to their progressive claims and remove the union-busting petition from their site.
At first the folks at Change.org refused, saying they didn’t think it was necessary for them to agree with the politics of every petition.
This was pure BS since Change.org has promoted themselves as progressives, which Rhee and Edelman are clearly not.
As we used to say at family dinner table political debates, “What if Hitler wanted to put a petition on Change.org?”
The last time I looked, Johnson’s petition had over 4,000 signatures, mostly from Chicago.
Late yesterday, Change.org reversed their position and removed the anti-union petition.
We’re kickin’ a little Michelle Rhee butt in Chicago, folks.