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911TAP Petition Project Quarterly Progress Report (2018 Q1)

Written by 9/11 TAP Staff

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 1st Quarter 2018. 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 1st Quarter, 2018, a total of 2977 people, worldwide, had signed the 911TAP petition. This is an increase of 260 over the previous quarter. Of these, 2747 listed a U.S. address as their residence and 230 a non-U.S. address. A total of 1039 petitions were signed on-line and 1938 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.

1 Oregon 1123 (+92)
2 New York 361 (+34)
3 California 238 (+17)
4 Arizona 129 (+16)
5 Washington 128 (+15)
6 Florida 80 (+5)
7 Massachusetts 71 (+18)
8 Texas 53 (+9)
9 Colorado 46 (+3)
10 Pennsylvania 41 (+0)

During the 1st Quarter, Oregon added 92 petitions to retain its number 1 position. New York was next with 34. Massachusetts, California, Arizona, and Washington were also solid with 18, 17, 16, and 15, respectively. Arizona moved into uncontested 4th place in the 1st Quarter.

As described below, the relative out-performance of the states mentioned above, relative to their populations, is due to successful efforts at collecting signers using paper petitions.

The following map shows the location of the U.S. based petition signers who signed up at the 911TAP website.

petition signers map sm 14431Distribution of Petition signers across the North Western Hemisphere

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 1st Quarter, 16 cities had collected one or more paper petitions. In the 1st Quarter, five additional cities joined in: Provincetown (MA), Parma (OH), Seffner (FL), Santa Rosa (CA), and Winsted (CT). All told, 212 paper petitions were collected during the 1st Quarter, representing 82% of all the petitions added during the quarter. The following list shows the breakdown of the 1938 paper petitions among the 21 cities.

1 Portland, OR 1048 (+101)
2 Manhattan, NY 428 (+52)
3 Salem, OR 137 (+0)
4 Tucson, AZ 94 (+26)
5 Grayslake, IL 53 (+0)
6 San Diego, CA 47 (+0)
7 Vestal, NY 21 (+0)
8 Galt, CA 15 (+0
9 Encinitas, CA 14 (+5)
10 Denver, CO 11 (+0)
11 Milton, MA 11 (+0)
12 Stuart, FL 11 (+0)
13 Boston, MA 10 (+7)
14 Phoenix, AZ 9 (+0)
15 Provincetown, MA 8 (+8)
16 Parma, OH 6 (+6)
17 Pomona, CA 5 (+0)
18 Minneapolis, MN 3 (+0)
19 Seffner, FL 3 (+3)
20 Santa Rosa, CA 2 (+2)
21 Winsted, CT 2 (+2)
  Total Paper 1938 (+212)

Portland (OR) retained the top spot in the 1st Quarter, increasing its lead over the rest of the field. Manhattan (NY) and Tucson (AZ) had big gains as well. Provincetown (MA) and Boston (MA) combined to lift the petition total for Massachusetts, with that state now closing in on Florida for 6th place. In California, the cities of Encinitas and Santa Rosa augmented the population-fed website number to maintain a solid pace. Washington continues to benefit from the Portland paper signers collected just south of the border.

The 212 paper petitions collected in the 1st Quarter are a 31% decrease from the 306 collected in the 4th Quarter., and, coincidentally, from a year earlier as well. The year-over-year decrease is largely due to a 130-petition decline in Portland, which experienced especially wet weather, even by Portland standards, in the quarter. This decline was partially offset by increased numbers in other cities, where the participation of 10 cities in the quarter is encouraging for future prospects. In addition, Manhattan retains a backlog of approximately 150 petition signers that will feed their numbers in future quarters.

2018 Q1 212 petitions 71 per month (-31%)
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 1st Quarter a total of 48 petitions were signed at the 911TAP.org website. This is a decrease of 72% over the 171 website petitions picked up in the 4th quarter. The 16 petitions per month obtained in the 1st Quarter is 93% below the 240 website petitions obtained during the peak month of December 2016.

2018 Q1 48 petitions 16 per (-72%)
2017 Q4 171 petitions 57 per (+26%)
2017 Q3 136 petitions 45 per (+68%)
2017 Q2 81 petitions 27 per (-78%)
2017 Q1 363 petitions 121 per (-50%)
2016 Q4 240 petitions 240 per --

Discussion

A total of 260 petitions were collected in the 1st Quarter of 2018.  This is a decrease of 217 (45%) from the 477 petitions collected in the 4th Quarter.   At this pace, 1040 people would sign the 911TAP petition for a new, independent 9/11 investigation in 2018.  This is roughly half of the 2102 people who signed the petition in 2017.

2018 Q1 260 petitions 87 per month (-45%)
2017 Q4 477 petitions 159 per month (+20%)
2017 Q3 398 petitions 133 per month (-29%)
2017 Q2 558 petitions 186 per month (-17%)
2017 Q1 669 petitions 223 per month --

These 1st Quarter results reinforce, yet again, the significant amount of work that needs to be undertaken to build a sustainable ramp in petition sign-up activity that would support 911TAP achieving its Top-Level Goal, as defined in its Strategic Plan. The increase in local action team activity from 16 to 21 in the quarter is a bright spot, however, with the 10 teams turning in paper petitions during the quarter especially encouraging for future prospects.

In 2018, we will continue on-going 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 1st Quarter Statistics

Oregon 1123 Indiana 9
New York 361 Iowa 9
California 238 Kentucky 9
Arizona 129 South Carolina 9
Washington 128 Tennessee 9
Florida 80 Alabama 8
Massachusetts 71 Idaho 8
Texas 53 Maine 8
Colorado 46 Oklahoma 8
Pennsylvania 41 Nebraska 7
New Jersey 39 Utah 7
Illinois 38 New Hampshire 6
Ohio 31 Vermont 6
Michigan 29 Arkansas 5
Minnesota 24 Montana 5
Georgia 23 Wyoming 5
Maryland 22 Alaska 4
Virginia 22 Kansas 4
Connecticut 18 Mississippi 4
North Carolina 17 Delaware 3
Wisconsin 17 Louisiana 3
Nevada 16 Rhode Island 2
New Mexico 12 North Dakota 1
Missouri 11 South Dakota 0
Hawaii 10 West Virginia 0
DC 9 Non-US 23 0
Total 2977      


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