Buried in the text of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, next to the goliaths freedom of religion, speech and press, is the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
As someone working in the advocacy community, this phrase is one of my favorite parts of our Constitution. Here, we as citizens and groups with similar interests, are granted the ability to organize to support or oppose government action.
This can come in many forms, from writing a letter to elected officials to sending a Tweet or signing an actual petition – and there is much to recommend the petition.
There are several advantages to drafting an actual petition to send to an agency or elected