This is the latest in a series of articles published at the beginning of every calendar quarter. Here, we present the updated status of the 911TAP Petition Project at the end of the 4th Quarter 2017. We highlight areas of the country that are making the most progress towards generating that "groundswell of civic action" we are all striving for. We explain what the leaders are doing to maintain their leads, and what the up-and-coming regions are doing to overtake them. Background information on the 911TAP Petition Project and its service to the 911TAP Strategic Plan are available in the following two articles: Petition Plan Article, Strategic Plan Article.
Current Standings By State
At the end of the 4th Quarter, 2017, a total of 2717 people, worldwide, had signed the 911TAP petition. This is an increase of 477 over the previous quarter. Of these, 2502 listed a U.S. address as their residence and 215 a non-U.S. address. A total of 991 petitions were signed on-line and 1726 were gathered using paper petition forms. The ranking of the top ten states is shown here. The numbers for all 50 states are shown at the end of the article.
During the 4th Quarter, Oregon added 181 petitions to retain its number 1 position. New York and California were next with 88 and 30, respectively. Washington and Colorado were also solid with 17 and 13. Colorado moved back into the top 10 with its efforts in the 4th Quarter.
As described below, the relative out-performance of Oregon, New York, Washington (via Oregon), and Colorado, relative to their populations, is due to successful efforts at collecting signers using paper petitions.
The following map shows the location of the petition signers who signed up at the 911TAP website.
Petition Collecting Methods
Starting in late August and prior to early December, 2016, all petitions collected by 911TAP were obtained using the paper petition form. The petition became available for signing on the 911TAP website during the first week of December, 2016.
To this point, Facebook posts are responsible for most of the petitions signed at the 911TAP website. These include posts to 9/11 Truth groups, posts to the 911TAP page, and sharing in personal time-lines. Some credit is likely due as well to private Facebook messages, emails, and other forms of word-of-mouth communication.
Paper Petition Numbers
Before the start of the 4th Quarter, 15 cities had collected one or more paper petitions. In the 4th Quarter, one additional city joined in: Vestal (NY). All told, 306 paper petitions were collected during the 4th Quarter, representing 64% of all the petitions added during the quarter. The following list shows the breakdown of the 1726 paper petitions among the 16 cities.
|6||San Diego, CA||47||(+0)|
Portland (OR) retained the top spot in the 4th Quarter, increasing its lead over the rest of the field. Manhattan (NY) and Vestal (NY) had big gains for New York state, and Denver (CO) was solid as well.
The 306 paper petitions collected in the 4th Quarter are a 17% increase from the 262 collected in the 3rd Quarter. The increase is due to higher numbers for Portland and Manhattan in the quarter, which more than offset a smaller reduction in the rest of the country. Manhattan retains a backlog of approximately 200 petition signers that will feed their numbers in future quarters.
|2017 Q4||306 petitions||102 per month||(+17%)|
|2017 Q3||262 petitions||87 per month||(-45%)|
|2017 Q2||477 petitions||159 per month||(+56%)|
|2017 Q1||306 petitions||102 per month||( +9%)|
|2016 Q3Q4||375 petitions||94 per month||--|
Website Petition Numbers
In the 4th Quarter a total of 171 petitions were signed at the 911TAP.org website. This is an increase of 26% over the 136 website petitions picked up in the 3rd quarter. The 57 petitions per month obtained in the 4th Quarter remains 76% below the 240 website petitions obtained during the peak month of December.
|2017 Q4||171 petitions||57 per month||(+26%)|
|2017 Q3||136 petitions||45 per month||(+68%)|
|2017 Q2||81 petitions||27 per month||(-78%)|
|2017 Q1||363 petitions||121 per month||(-50%)|
|2016 Q4||240 petitions||240 per month||--|
A total of 477 petitions were collected in the 4th Quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 79 (20%) over the 398 petitions collected in the 3rd Quarter. For the year as whole, 2102 people signed the 911TAP petition for a new, independent 9/11 investigation.
|2017 Q4||477 petitions||159 per month||(+20%)|
|2017 Q3||398 petitions||133 per month||(-29%|
|2017 Q2||558 petitions||27 per month||(-17%)|
|2017 Q1||669 petitions||223 per month||--|
At the start of 2017, 911TAP published a goal of 32,000 petitions for the year, towards a 4-year target of 1 million signers. In 2017, 911TAP achieved just over 6.5% of this goal. Compared to the sign-up rates of other similar petition drives, such as the one run by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, this is a good result for the first full year. However, it is clearly disappointing from the standpoint of the road-map we originally laid out one year ago.
On the other hand, the increase in local action team activity from 3 teams at the start of the year to 16 at the end bodes well for future progress on the petition and other fronts. In 2018, we will renew our efforts to create new action teams and complete projects designed to drive new website traffic. As we continue to grow as an organization and increase the scope of our activity in 2018, and as we apply lessons learned from experience and improve our methods and tools, we look forward to getting the petition numbers onto an accelerating track in 2018.
Complete 4th Quarter Statistics
|New Jersey||34||New Hampshire||6|
|New Mexico||12||North Dakota||1|
|Total — 2717|