signal boost this please. this is what protestors in california are doing to try to get the law repealed that legally allows trans students to use bathrooms that (best) align with their identity or gender-neutral bathrooms that are installed especially for them.
this is a psychological phenomenon that uses different wording to morph the meaning of the law in question and trick people into signing these petitions. if you live in california, please don’t let anyone you know sign one of these!!!!
Signal boost this please! A lot of you will have followers in California and not realize it because the state is so populous.
Don’t sign ANY petition in California from anyone who collects signatures for this. THEY ARE ALL SCAMS - PSGs will copy your signature onto the anti-trans one from the one you like, so they get 65 cents more from their clients. Remember, this means someone is using lots of money to bully (mostly already traumatized) trans children - if they have to train people to do shady things, they will hire the best trainer.
YOU HAVE THE (theoretical) RIGHT TO CHECK WHICH PETITIONS THEY’RE GATHERING FOR, even if not offered to you - they may have filled up the anti trans sheets early, but hidden them under something on the table, planning to forge signatures onto new sheets later for it. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO LOOK AT EVERY PETITION ON THE TABLE AND READ THE FULL TEXT.
If you live in California, please NEVER sign a petition this way unless you can clearly identify that the gatherers are doing important work consistent with a social goal or a nonprofit organization’s mission. If there’s a good law waiting for petition signatures, the VOLUNTEER organizations you already trust will probably be happy to sign you up.
These hustlers are unregulated and have no obligation to a social goal or even to political organizations with consistent propaganda goals. Called “PSGs” or “Paid Signature Gatherers”, they get paid per signature and have been known to copy signatures from popular liberal petitions onto hateful and/or corporate petitions, since those can pay better and double their income in each transaction either way. Some PSGs are ethical, but most will take whatever pays.