Running Powerful Petitions

Photo: From MoveOn blog: "On Wednesday June 19, 2015, nine Black South Carolinians were gunned down after welcoming a man into their Bible study. Their deaths were a direct result of hatred and racism.

The next day, as South Carolina—and the nation—mourned their deaths, a symbol of hatred and racism against Blacks still flew in front of the South Carolina statehouse. This didn’t sit well with MoveOn member Karen Hunter, and so she decided to do something about it. The next day, she began a petition that would become the second-fastest-growing in history. In total, more than 500,000 Americans signed Karen’s petition demanding that South Carolina #TakeDownTheFlag.

Karen and dozens of South Carolina MoveOn members delivered the petition to Governor Nikki Haley. The next day the Confederate flag was ordered to be removed from in front of the statehouse!

To be sure, this is the result of decades of work by thousands of Americans and many groups, including especially the NAACP."

Your Instructor

Hannah Roditi, SMT Director
Hannah Roditi, SMT Director

Long-time union, community and faith-based organizer passionate about redistributing power. Founded and ran a faith-based – labor coalition in CT for 10 years, winning legislation and city laws to break down racial barriers to good jobs. Has designed and led social media training for groups from D.C. to Oakland as well as on-line trainings with up to 500 organizers, including in Spanish and bilingually for mixed language groups. Works with unions and organizing groups across the country to help them ramp up with social media to build power and win campaigns. The use of new tech tools to strengthen on-the-ground organizing and ramp up pressure on targets is a passion of Hannah’s.

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