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Don't sell out - people over profit!

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      Madison, United States

According to the Huffington Post, "Change.org, the online social movement company founded on progressive values, has decided to change its advertising policy to allow for corporate advertising, Republican Party solicitations, astroturf campaigns, anti-abortion or anti-union ads and other controversial sponsorships, according to internal company documents." (Oct. 22, 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/changeorg-corporate-gop-campaigns-internal-documents_n_1987985.html)

According to the article, the change is to take effect on Oct. 24, without any notification of change.org's users.

This is unacceptable. It would be a betrayal of change.org's founding values, and a betrayal of its users.

The HP article continues: "The current Change.org policy limits sponsored campaigns to progressive organizations. 'We accept sponsored campaigns from organizations fighting for the public good and the common values we hold dear -- fairness, equality, and justice," reads the site's soon-to-be replaced policy. "We do not accept sponsored campaigns from organizations that consistently violate these values, support discriminatory policies, or seek private corporate benefit that undermines the common good.'"

As change.org users, we are using this petition to send a simple message to change.org's CEO, Ben Rattray:

DON'T SELL US OUT.

If you do, we walk away.

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    • Betsy Andrews SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I am the silenced majority, and you are sell outs. If you do not change I absolutely will leave, taking whatever money selling point you are whoring me for.

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    • Kelly Rusinack DUNBAR, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is not what you are supposed to be about. Your website has created a great deal of good, so now that you have created good will, you are going to use that to further causes that go against that good will? AND you were not going to say anything about it?

      It's called bait and switch. You will be left with people who don't know you made this change (possibly a majority of good people who think you still uphold your original mission statement), and people who stand for everything you were supposed to want to change. It's like Jesus decided to become an advocate for Satan. How can we trust you now? What a slap in the face of the people who have helped you grow.

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Change.org has had numerous errors of all kinds since it opened shop. In the beginning, these errors appeared to be of a technical nature, and though inconvenienced, the vast majority of members attributed such errors to change.org's growing process.

      However, during the past year, change.org has increasingly limited the ability of its rank and file members to communicate with each other and this past January eliminated the ability of change.org members to share petitions, except through Facebook, Twitter, or one of their favored e-mail programs while giving change.org your password to these sites. Meanwhile, change.org has increasingly "featured" and promoted petitions of their management's choosing in so doing has shown that it's more interested in profits and satisfying such one per center platforms as Facebook than in promoting true grass roots advocacy. It's long past time for this to change, and for change.org to put the power back in the hands of the people, and be more transparent regarding admitting their recent dubious dealings.

      Below are seven petitions regarding the unfortunate changes at change and each advocating for change.org to become more transparent and treat its members with respect. There were more such petitions, but those writers gave up hope, as it takes polite patience and persistence to be “City Hall.”

      Power to the peons aka the 99%!

      Andy

      http://www.change.org/petitions/change-org-needs-to-listen-to-and-empower-their-members

      http://www.change.org/petitions/change-org-to-change-back-to-the-way-it-was-before

      http://www.change.org/petitions/changeorg-what-happened-to-sharing

      http://www.change.org/petitions/change-org-give-us-back-our-friends

      http://www.change.org/petitions/change-org-don-t-sell-out-to-right-wing-causes-and-corporate-interests

      http://www.change.org/petitions/change-org-don-t-sell-out-people-over-profit

      http://www.change.org/petitions/change-org-do-not-change-petition-tallies-without-providing-evidence-of-errors

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    • Mike Halpin MADISON, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because you don't change.org by selling-out.com

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    • Russell Knudson MADISON, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      If this petition can't make a difference on this website then I have greater doubts that any other petition on this website can make as great a difference. In other words, if this website can make a difference then this petition cannot be doubted in its difference making potential.

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