This is the third in a series of articles that will be published at the beginning of every calendar quarter. In these articles we 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.
Current Standings By State
At the end of the 2nd Quarter, 2017, a total of 1842 people, worldwide, had signed the 911TAP petition. This is an increase of 558 over the previous quarter. Of these, 1693 listed a U.S. address as their residence and 149 a non-U.S. address. A total of 684 petitions were signed on-line and 1158 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.
Oregon retains its number 1 position with an additional 192 petitions, the most added by any state. The state making the biggest move in the 2nd quarter is New York, formerly in the 6th position (tied), now at number 2. Florida also moved up one position to number 6, formerly tied at 6 with New York. Aside from a 2-position drop by Massachusetts, the relative ranking within the rest of the top 10 is unchanged from the 1st Quarter report.
As described below, the relative out-performance of Oregon, New York, and Florida is due to their successful efforts at collecting signers using paper petitions.
Petition Collecting Methods
Starting in late August and prior to early December, 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.
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 timelines. 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 2nd quarter, 9 cities had collected one or more paper petitions. In the 2nd quarter, Stuart, Florida became the 10th city to do so. All told, 477 paper petitions were collected during the 2nd quarter, representing 85% of all the petitions added during the quarter. The following list shows the breakdown of the 1158 paper petitions among the 10 cities.
Portland, Oregon retained the top spot in the 2nd quarter, increasing its lead over the rest of the field. The biggest mover, by far, was Manhattan, New York adding 190 petitions to move from the 4th spot into the 2nd position. San Diego, California had a strong quarter with 28 signers and moved up one position. Tucson, Arizona kept up its steady progress to hold ground behind Salem, Oregon, while Stuart, Florida debuted at the 6th position, tied with Milton, Massachusetts.
The 477 paper petitions collected in the 2nd quarter is a 56% increase over the 306 collected in the 1st quarter. Most of this gain is due to the work of Manhattan, with increases also from San Diego and Stuart. It will be interesting to see where the increases in petition collecting activity will come from in the 3rd quarter.
|2017||Q2||477||petitions per month:||159||+56%|
|2017||Q1||306||petitions per month:||102||+9%|
|2016||Q3Q4||375||petitions per month:||94||--|
Website Petition Numbers
In the 2nd quarter a total of 81 petitions were signed at the 911TAP.org website. This is a decline of 78% from the 363 website petitions picked up in the 1st quarter. The 27 petitions per month obtained in the 2nd quarter is a cumulative decline of 89% from the 240 website petitions obtained in December alone.
|2017||Q2||81||petitions per month:||27||-78%|
|2017||Q1||363||petitions per month:||121||-50%|
|2016||Q4||240||petitions per month:||240||--|
The 558 petitions collected in the 2nd quarter are lower than the 669 petitions collected in the 1st quarter by 111. This is due to the 282 fewer petitions obtained at the 911TAP.org website in the 2nd quarter that outpaced the increase of 171 paper petitions.
The months of December and January were peak months for sign-ups at the 911TAP.org website. The first two months of the petition being live featured a lot of work on Facebook that recruited many of the people who were most ready to sign the petition. While it is probably the case that the level of effort recruiting these people was higher in those months, effort continued to be applied throughout the 2nd quarter, but to less effect.
In the 3rd quarter this problem is being addressed in two ways by the combined efforts of the Organizational Development Committee and the TAP Media Committee. For one, the 911TAP.org website is undergoing a refurbishment that should result in a more compelling explanation of the importance of signing the 911TAP petition, among other things. The objective is to have a first revised version in place by the 9/11 anniversary.
The second initiative is seeking to increase the amount of traffic delivered to the 911TAP.org website. On the social media side we are developing a new video featuring compelling elements of the 911TAP story, that will direct people to the website. For the street, we are producing new banners, signs, and simple hand-outs designed to motivate people to seek out the improved explanatory information at the website. These will be accompanied by the continued recruitment of more people to do outreach on Facebook and on the street.
We are looking for people to help us speed up the work in these areas. If you want to help and have skills in website development, graphic design, videography, writing, editing, and/or research, we would love to hear from you. Contact us as well if you want to help with direct recruitment of new petition signers. Send us an email at action@911TAP.org and we will get you going.
On the paper petition side, we are pleased with the 59% increase in sign-up rate. We are further encouraged by new groups that are taking on petition-based outreach, which we expect will lead to further gains in the 3rd quarter.
We are looking for more 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 ($13). 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. Additionally, please consider becoming a member of the 911 TAP Team if you are not a member yet. Send all requests and inquiries to action@911TAP.org.
Given the long, 3-month duration before the next quarterly report is written in October , 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 2nd Quarter Statistics
|New Mexico||9||Rhode Island||2|
|North Carolina||9||North Dakota||1|