The response was awesome and the signatures are still being counted, but in the meantime the drive has been extended to the end of February!
Here is the press release by Amy Balliett:
I can’t even beging to tell you how many emails I have received this week regarding the Open Letter Signature Drive. I apologize to everyone for not updating you in a timely manner, but the truth is, we are STILL counting signatures. This is a GREAT problem to have! It means that we had so many people participating, that the core group we put together to handle 1 million signatures, are overwhelmed! One of our board members got a call on the 16th of the month from the post office. They asked him to come over there immediately because they couldn’t handle the amount of mail we were receiving! His apartment is covered with signature sheets!!
We did the math. Each signature sheet has the ability to contain 20 signatures. To get 1 million signatures, that means a MINIMUM of 50,000 sheets of paper! Stacked on top of each other, 50,000 sheets of paper would be a little over 4feet tall! Talk about an amazing visual impact! Well, we have around 4-5ft of paper right now, and have decided to EXTEND the signature drive to DOUBLE our impact! We are doing this because weather and college break got in the way of about 7 states participating. Ohio had to cancel their event because of a huge snow storm. Manhattan’s turn out was affected by weather. Small college towns were just returning from break. The list goes on. We want to ensure that EVERYONE has a voice in this and EVERYONE’S SIGNATURE COUNTS! Because of this, we pushed our deadline to hand the signatures to Obama to the end of February. We will need all signature sheets mid-Feb to ensure that they all get counted. This ensures that the letter gets to Obama while Congress begins their session and that EVERYONE has the opportunity to participate.
So here’s what we are going to do:
We hope that you’ll join us and print out the Open Letter and Signature Sheets and start collecting more signatures.
Send signatures to our Ohio office BY MONDAY FEB 16TH to ensure all are counted
Here’s a new twist based on feedback from our members: Write your own letter, sign it, and send it our way, we’ll ensure it gets to him.
If you can’t get to a printer, then let me send you a letter and some signature sheets, as well as a self-addressed stamped envelope for you to mail the signatures back. Use the contact us form to request the forms.
Many people want us to turn this into an online signature drive, but we feel that this will negate the purpose. Many online petitions are taken less seriously and considered much less valid. We have a 4.5foot stack of signatures to bring to Obama! We want to make that 10 feet tall! Handing over a DVD with all the signatures just doesn’t make the same visual impact. We want the world to see just how many of us there are that support full equality for LGBTQI citizens! Let’s do this in the most organic way possible.
Further, we want everyone to continue the conversation of equality. This signature drive provides each and every one of you with the opportunity to do this. So who’s with us? Ready to kick it up a notch?
We are excited about the amount of signatures collected and about the amount of signatures there are left to be collected!
Please spread the word that this signature drive is still going and help us make history with this petition. You can visit the Join the Impact website to find out more.
Julie Phineas is a work at home mom of 2 who lives in Southern California. You can find out more about her online by visiting her website at www.juliephineas.com.