RESTON, Va., Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- StandUnited, an online petition platform for supporters of individual liberty, free enterprise and limited government, celebrated grassroots victories and the expansion of their online platform to nearly one million users in 2016.
"We made great strides in providing activists with the tools they need to advance the policies they care about and hold government accountable," said Paul Van Remortel, senior product manager at Intermarkets, StandUnited's parent company. "In 2016 we expanded our platform, enhanced our features and hired staff devoted to promoting and advancing grassroots petitions. We look forward to the continued growth of StandUnited in 2017."
Since launching in January of 2015, StandUnited has hosted more than 2,000 petitions that together have earned nearly 1.4 million signatures. In addition to petitions from top organizations such as Americans for Tax Reform, the Republican National Committee and American Medical Association, StandUnited has seen a surge of grassroots petitions from individuals in nearly all 50 states.
"It's a privilege to work with activists and organizations across the country as they advance important policy positions," said Angela Morabito, senior campaign organizer for StandUnited. "No issue is too small. We've seen victories at all levels of government and on social and business issues as well."
StandUnited took several steps to update and expand its platform in 2016, including hiring a dedicated grassroots campaign team lead by Morabito and adding one-click signing from Facebook. These changes have made it even easier to make a difference in your community.
Successful campaigns included petitions to keep a high school open in West Virginia, to strike down a California ballot proposal that would significantly increase the cost of prescription drugs, and to approve ballot measures in Virginia and Louisiana that provide tax breaks for surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.
Other popular campaigns included petitions to Congress to rename Gravelly Point Park in honor of Nancy Reagan, to include Justice Clarence Thomas in the new Smithsonian Museum of African American Culture and History, and to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the first 100 days of the Trump administration.