If you have been a member or supporter of CSPF for some time, you have no doubt had us ask you to sign a petition, send a letter to the governor, or call your legislator. If you responded by doing those things, thank you! But did you ever wonder what was going on behind the scenes of that petition? Well let’s take a closer look, shall we? As our example, we will dissect our most recent petition, the giant postcard “Closing Parks is Bad for California” petitions.
Journey to the Capitol
A Park Petition’s True Life Memoir
Once upon a time (about three months ago), the Closing Parks is Bad for California petition was born in Sacramento as the brainchild of this team:
The Sacramento team nurtured the petition idea until it was ready and well-equipped with a plan. It was given a name and a new look, so that when it was done it looked like this:
At this point the petition was ready to be introduced to CSPF’s partners. So the Sacramento team started reaching out to SOS partners across the state, introducing them to the petition, and sending them petition posters of their own. All of these great organizations got involved to help gather signatures for this petition:
- Antelope Valley Conservancy
- Benicia State Parks Association
- CA State Mining & Mineral Museum Association
- Central Coast Natural History Association
- Foundation for the Preservation of the Santa Susana Mountains
- Friends of Allensworth
- Ide Adobe Interpretive Association
- Marin Conservation League
- Mono Lake Committee
- Mt. Tamalpais Interpretive Association
- National Parks Conservation Association
- Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association
- San Mateo Coast Natural History Association
- Valley of the Moon Natural History Assn
Once all the partners were ready with posters, it was time to bring the petition out into the great big world to collect signatures. The petition fared well, and thousands of people signed the posters in state parks, at fairs and festivals, after bike rides, with their families, and even on the hoods of their cars.
Today, after a long journey around CA, the petition is being packaged and shipped by partners back to the CSPF Sacramento team, who is busily collecting the many signatures and posters. We will then deliver all of the signatures to the Capitol during our Nov. 1 march and rally.
So what’s the point of the petition? As an advocacy organization, we at CSPF believe the petition is an important way to keep the state parks issue front and center in the minds of our political leaders. Not only do we want them to know how we feel about state parks, we want them to know HOW MANY of us feel that way. A big stack of petitions at the door of Gov. Brown’s office is a physical representation of the Californians who love state parks, believe they should be priority, and who are willing to put their name on it in.
Keep an eye on our Save Our State Parks campaign for the next opportunity to put your name on a park petition.