5 Ways Care2 Members Are Making a Difference

Written by Julie Mastrine

Care2 members are a force to be reckoned with! Whether it’s advocating for oil spill cleanup in the Gulf or rallying for healthcare expansion, Care2 members are relentless in their fight for good. Two weeks ago, we brought you a roundup of Care2 petitions that were featured in media outlets like Jezebel, The Guardian, Reuters and Yahoo! The press party hasn’t stopped — check out which Care2 petitions were featured in the media so far in November.

1. Disney Petition Gains Steam

In our last members in the news roundup, we brought you the incredible story of Delaney, a 15-month-old with Down Syndrome. Her family is petitioning Disney to create a princess with a disability like her. The family’s Care2 petition has taken the media by storm — and it hasn’t let up. As of our last posting, the Care2 petition had been featured in more than 50 media outlets.

Now that the petition has more than 71,000 signatures, the family is gearing up for an in-person delivery at Disney headquarters Nov. 26 (RSVP here!) In the last two weeks, the petition has been featured on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News, as well as outlets around the world, including:

CBS San Francisco

AOL

UpWorthy

The Daily Mail

And more! Stand with Delaney and ask Disney to include children with disabilities in its animated films by adding your name to her Care2 petition today!

2. Care2 Member Speaks Out Against Using BP Oil Spill Funds to Build a Resort

To many, the massive British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf may seem like a distant memory, but the damage is long-lasting. That’s why Alabama resident Tom Hutchings was appalled when he learned of a federal decision that would let Alabama to spend nearly $60 million in funds allocated for environmental restoration on building a beachfront convention center.

Alabama received $100 million after the BP oil spill, and it plans to use $58.5 million of that money to build a new complex at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores — a project that would cost $85 million in all. But Tom wouldn’t stand for this — and he knew a Care2 petition could help.

Hutchings is a volunteer pilot with Southwings, a conservation nonprofit that flies individuals over the Southeast to inform decision-makers and collect scientific data on ecosystems and the environment. In 2010, he witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by the BP disaster. Five days after the spill, Tom took one of the first flights over the spill, helping people to see the enormity of the disaster on the environment.

“(It’s a) long-term situation here,” Tom said in an interview. “I think we’re gonna be seeing the results for years. I’m angry about that, I’m sad about it, and I’m overwhelmed by it.”

Tom’s Care2 petition demanding the money go toward wetlands restoration instead of a convention center gathered more than 26,000 signatures, and the attention of media outlets including:

AL.com

Orange Beach News Blog

EIN News

Conferences & Trade Shows News

You can help restore the wetlands by signing Tom’s Care2 petition here!

3. Tennessee Couple Rally to Expand Medicaid

This past summer, Linda and Larry Drain made headlines when they announced they had been forced to separate after 33 years of marriage. This is because their household income was just above the threshold to qualify for Tennessee’s public health insurance program, TennCare — so, in order for Linda to retain insurance coverage for her life-saving medication, the couple had to separate. Now, they’ve launched a Care2 petition asking Governor Haslam to expand the program, so they can be together and ensure Linda can get the medicine she needs.

On Nov. 10, the couple held a rally at the governor’s office, where they delivered 1,700 pages of Care2 petition signatures. Their rally was covered in:

ThinkProgress

The Tennessean

The Washington Times

The Bellingham Herald

Nashville NBC

And more! Help the Drains out by adding your name to their Care2 petition to expand TennCare today.

4. Veteran Petitions FCC For a Simplified Suicide Prevention Hotline Number

Dan Davis is a businessman and Army veteran who lives in Oregon. Dan suffers from PTSD, and feels lucky to have received help in dealing with the illness. That’s why he started a Care2 petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to simplify the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline with a three-digit phone number, such as “111″ or “811.”

Dan was also inspired to start his Care2 petition after two teenagers close to his family tragically passed away. A friend of Dan’s recently lost her 15 year-old nephew to bullying that led to suicide, and another friend found her daughter just moments too late. Dan was inspired to start his Care2 petition after realizing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255, can be too lengthy to be remembered in a time of crisis.

“I started this Care2 petition for the veterans I work with, and in memory of my friends’ children,” Dan says. “But it’s not just them — every day in this country, 22 veterans and 12 young people commit suicide. Every day we wait, more people needlessly lose their lives.”

His Care2 petition has been featured in The Hill (twice!) and local TV station KDRV. The FCC has even taken notice, and agreed to have a conference call with Dan to talk about his idea.

Help keep the pressure up by voicing your support for Dan’s cause here.

5. “We hear you:” Birchbox Responds to Care2 Members Asking for Cruelty-Free Products

By now you may have heard of Care2 member Jess Barnett’s petition to Birchbox, a company that sends customers personalized samples of beauty products each month. Jess was a loyal subscriber to the company until she discovered many of the companies Birchbox partners with test on animals.

A whopping 126,500 signed Jess’s petition asking the company to go cruelty-free — and Birchbox responded!

In a blog post on its website titled, “Cruelty-Free Products: We Hear You,” the company declared: “We want to be very clear, as a company, that we are against testing products on animals…The brands we sample and sell do not test on animals, unless they are otherwise required by regulatory law.”

Birchbox says it will be “initiating conversations with some of our brands about their future plans to go cruelty-free” and is “exploring ways to give customers the option to sample only cruelty-free products in their monthly box.”

Jess’ petition initially grabbed media attention in Racked and Happi, but since then, it’s been featured in EcorazziRetail Online, and Fashion Times.

“While I’m thrilled that Birchbox is showing willingness to listen to the voice of Care2 members and commit to considering changes, BirchBox could show smart leadership and innovation by saying ‘no’ to animal cruelty and excluding partnership with all companies that pay to test their products on animals,” Jess says.

You can keep the pressure up by signing Jess’ Care2 petition here!

All of these stories are a great testament to the power of online petitions created on Care2. Is there an issue or cause you care about? Create a petition today, and show the world what you would like to be changed.

27 comments

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H2 years ago

It seems like so little but we make up for it in numbers. It is a good feeling to think we can push for change with these petitions.

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Sue L.
Sue L2 years ago

It's wonderful to learn how Care2 members are making a difference!

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Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Congrats to all.

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Winn Adams
Winn A2 years ago

Thanks!

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S2 years ago

signed all petitions

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Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago

Thanks

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Natasha Salgado
Past Member 2 years ago

All signed--only wish we could do more 4 animals tho.

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Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

Awesome, I love this community and I 've made very good friends here :)

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John B.
John B2 years ago

Care2 is definitely a force to be reckoned with!

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Muff-Anne York-Haley
Muff-Anne Y2 years ago

With so many important issues I can't believe anybody would sign a petition to force Disney to have Down's Syndrome Princesses! I guess this mother doesn't have anything better to do than live vicariously through her daughter! Ridiculous!!!

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