Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Social Media and Petitioning...

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If you are not a UK resident, do not waste your effort supporting a UK petition, it will be inadmissible.  Too many deaf sites in the UK on social media are appealing for petition supporters for BSL, and asking non-UK residents to sign up.  Having contacted the UK government petitioning sites they sent ATR these guides.

How petitions work

You create a petition. Only British citizens and UK residents can create or sign a petition.

You get 5 people to support your petition. We’ll tell you how to do this when you’ve created your petition.

We check your petition, then publish it. We only reject petitions that don’t meet the standards for petitions.

The Petitions Committee reviews all petitions we publish. They select petitions of interest to find out more about the issues raised. They have the power to press for action from government or Parliament.

At 10,000 signatures you get a response from the government.

At 100,000 signatures your petition will be considered for a debate in Parliament.

In response to a social media (Facebook) request on UK deaf social media to support a BSL campaign, which led to responses from USA deaf they would sign the petition.

ATR: This won't work. As a UK site are we even allowed to sign a USA petition? In the UK you have to be resident to sign any here so you would not be allowed to sign a UK petition (See rules above), on social media or anywhere else. This is to avoid outside countries affecting your own country decision-making. 

(A burning issue already I gather in the USA with the Russian thing!) There may or may not be a 'world deaf community' but they aren't allowed to mass lobby single countries or issues, regardless how well-meaning or supportive. I'd welcome views on this. Should we allow Brits to influence USA support areas or vice-versa? There are already heavy critics of online USA/ASL areas trying to influence support areas worldwide.

Also, petitioning seems a rather singular sign thing, on the UK petitions list only 6 petitions are there currently, 4 for BSL, none for the HoH or HI.  This is because HoH understands there is no chance of any success/support for a HoH petition, and/or group-lead issue in the UK, they have no organised approaches.   It was also pointed out (But ignored by the deaf), no petition they set up can succeed with the bottom line insisting on every single deaf person in the UK supporting it, (and 40,000 others), it was also untenable because more deaf didn't use sign language than did. 

It receives little or no support from the 10m in the UK with hearing loss, because lobbying is polarised.  Petitions are being used to raise more awareness rather than any suggestion it can affect any real change.  There are minor victories in devolved areas where far less support can get a petition noticed (E.G.Wales which requires less than 50 people to get debated), but not nationally.  It is unclear if such a low support area could really change things.

BSL had 'recognition' from the EU, it was given in 2002/3, but still not carried through via UK legislation in 2018.  The EU can recognise any language, but it is up to individual states if the put them on the statute.  With Brexit looming, the EU will have a lot less influence to push minority rights in the UK.  Many claim they don't have influence now.

Petitioning relies on the armchair warriors approach and won't work because when push comes to real shove they won't get off those armchairs.  They sign petitions and then forget about them until another request to sign one emerges. Online petitioning is worthless in real terms, and even when one regarding transport achieved 2 million a few years ago, it was rejected.

To achieve results you have to march or be seen.