This article is the first in a series of articles that will be published at the beginning of every calendar quarter. In these articles we will present the updated status of the 911TAP Petition Project at the end of the previous quarter. We will show you which areas of the country are making the most progress towards generating that "groundswell of civic action" we are all striving for. We will explain how the leaders became the leaders, and what they are doing to maintain their leads. We will highlight the up-and-coming areas and what they are doing to overtake the groups ahead of them. Background information on the 911TAP Petition Project and its service to the 911TAP Strategic Plan is available in the following two articles, respectively: Petition Plan Article, Strategic Plan Article.
Petition Gathering Methods
Starting in late August and prior to early December, all petition gathering was done using the 911TAP paper petition form. The petition became available for signing on the 911TAP website during the first week of December. Several Facebook posts drove substantial traffic to the 911TAP website, where it appears that most of the early on-line signing occurred. These included posts to 9/11 Truth groups, posts to the 911TAP page, and sharing in personal timelines. Some credit is surely due as well to private Facebook messages, emails, and other forms of word-of-mouth communication.
At the end of the 4th Quarter, 2016, a total of 615 people, worldwide, had signed the 911TAP petition. Of these, 546 listed a U.S. address as their residence and 69 a non-U.S. address. A total of 240 petitions were signed on-line and 375 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.
The quick lead for Oregon out of the gate is due to two factors. First, Oregon was the first state to make use of the paper petition form and signed 367 people in Portland and Salem, the vast majority of whom were Oregon residents. A sizable number of Washington and, to a lesser extent, California residents were also signed by Oregon petition gatherers. Oregon also gained from aggressive processing of its contact list. A total of 23 of the 330 Oregon signers were on-line signers, most of whom responded to an email request to sign.
Washington's position in the 2nd spot is due, in part, to the substantial number (14) of Washington residents signing paper petitions in Oregon. The 16 on-line signers are a testament to the work done by activists in the Seattle area and the overall high level of 9/11 Truth awareness in Washington state.
California benefited from 8 paper petitions signed in Oregon, but these were dominated by its 21 on-line signers. The team in San Diego was responsible for many of the on-line signers. The rest were the result of California being California, a huge-population state with a relatively high level of 9/11 awareness.
Arizona took the 4th position due mainly to the efforts of the team in Tucson. A total of 8 of the 16 Arizona signers were obtained using paper petitions in Tucson. This represents the first state outside of Oregon registering petitions using the paper form.
Prospects for the Current Quarter
California: According to AE911Truth (Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth) petition statistics obtained in 2014, California is a top-ten state in petitions signed per resident. Combined with its number-one position in population, it is not surprising that the number of California AE911Truth petition signers dwarfs those of any other state. Will this eventually be the case for the 911TAP petition as well?
The California cities Oakland, Sacramento, and San Francisco are all in the top ten cities for AE911Truth petitions per resident, making northern California one of the hottest regions in the country. The recent appointment of new statewide leadership for California is expected to get this and other regions engaged in the petition effort to the same level as San Diego. California could soon be making moves towards the top spot.
New York: The state of New York has strong teams in New York City and in upstate regions. The New York City team recently had 6000 paper petitions printed, so it is apparent that they don't intend for Oregon to keep the top spot for long.
Oregon: The state of Oregon has strong teams in Portland and Salem and will use the paper petition to ramp up its signing efforts even further. Will this be enough for Oregon to keep its top position, and for how long?
Other states across the U.S. that are currently engaged in the 911TAP Petition Project are Arizona (Tucson), Colorado (Denver), Florida (Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Tampa), Georgia (Atlanta), Massachusetts (Boston), Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia), Texas (Austin), and Washington (Seattle). As these efforts are advanced and joined by others across the country, the 911TAP goal of 32,000 for 2017 could soon be in our rear-view mirror.
The 911TAP Petition Project is off to a successful start, with early results in line with expectations set by the prior experience of 911TAP (AE911Truth legacy) action teams at petition-based outreach. Volunteer recruitment from these petitions is initiating petition gathering in new areas of the country. This type of positive feedback should only increase in magnitude going forward.
The 1st Quarter of 2017 will see the unveiling of the first 911TAP brochure to make a direct ask of its readers to sign the 911TAP petition at the 911TAP.org website. This, and other brochure designs to follow, will be striving to reach a goal of at least 10% of brochure readers ending up as petition signers. The percentages will be tracked as petition counts from specific geographic locations will be matched to brochure handout numbers in those areas.
We are looking for people to help distribute 911TAP brochures and collect petitions using the paper petition form. A fixed number of 75-brochure packages are available each week at no cost to qualified individuals who request them. Additional packages are shipped out at our cost ($12). Please also consider a financial donation to the 911TAP Petition Project so that we can provide additional no-cost brochure packages to speed the rate of action team formation into new geographic areas. Of course, we ask all readers who haven't signed the 911TAP petition to sign on-line at 911TAP.org/petition, and invite your friends to join you. Send all requests and inquiries to pdx911tap [AT] yahoo [DOT] com.
Given the long, 3-month duration before the next quarterly report is written in April, it would not be unexpected to see cities and states surge ahead in petition gathering that are not mentioned in this report. We look forward to writing about you.
Complete 4th Quarter Statistics
|North Carolina||3||North Dakota||0|
|New Jersey||3||New Hampshire||0|
|South Carolina||3||South Dakota||0|