By now you’ve surely seen a theme in much of what’s been shared here: calling your representatives and trying to meet them in person is more effective than signing online petitions. However, this doesn’t mean that petitions are useless! At the Monkey Cage, Daniel Carpenter notes that they have several benefits for both the signers and organizers of the petition. Most notably, petitions help activist groups create lists of potential members — and many people get their start in activism simply by putting their name on a petition. So don’t feel badly about signing the next petition that comes through your inbox.