This is the latest in a series of articles published following the end of every calendar quarter. Here, we present the updated status of the 911TAP Petition Project at the end of the 2nd 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 2nd Quarter, 2018, a total of 3282 people, worldwide, had signed the 911TAP petition. This is an increase of 305 over the previous quarter. Of these, 3042 listed a U.S. address as their residence and 240 a non-U.S. address. A total of 1102 petitions were signed on-line and 2180 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 2nd Quarter, Oregon added 133 petitions to retain its number 1 position. New York, Massachusetts, and California did well with 37, 31, and 30, respectively. Washington was respectable with 11, mainly from paper petitions collected in Portland, Oregon.
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 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 2nd Quarter, 21 cities had collected one or more paper petitions. In the 2nd Quarter, Beaverton (OR) became the 22nd city to join the action. All told, 242 paper petitions were collected during the 2nd Quarter, representing 79% of all the petitions added during the quarter. The following list shows the breakdown of the 2180 paper petitions among the 22 cities.
Portland (OR) retained the top spot in the 2nd Quarter, increasing its lead over the rest of the field. Manhattan (NY), Provincetown (MA), Boston (MA), Beaverton (OR), and Santa Rosa (CA) had big gains as well.
The 242 paper petitions collected in the 1st Quarter are a 14% increase over the 212 collected in the 1st Quarter. and 8% below the 262 collected a year ago. As seen in these numbers, there hasn't been significant movement in the signup rate over the past year.
|2018 Q2||242||petitions||81 per month||(+14%)|
|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 2nd Quarter a total of 63 petitions were signed at the 911TAP.org website. This is an increase of 31% over the 48 in the previous quarter and 22% below the 81 of one year ago. The 21 petitions per month obtained in the 1st Quarter are 91% below the 240 website petitions obtained during the peak month of December 2016.
|2018 Q2||63 petitions||21 per month||(+31%)|
|2018 Q1||48 petitions||16 per month||(-72%)|
|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 305 petitions were collected in the 2nd Quarter of 2018. This is an increase of 45 (17%) from the 260 petitions collected in the 1st Quarter. At this pace, 1175 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 Q2||305||petitions||102 per month||(+17%)|
|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 2nd 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. By the end of this year a new petition plan will be put in place to upgrade the overall strategy for collecting petitions and to update the project goals. The initial four-year petition targets, with 32,000 in year one and 160,000 in year two, are out of reach at this point.
The 911TAP petition count is a proxy for the overall progress of 911TAP in multiple areas, including local action team development, alliance building, and truth-friendly media partnerships. As more teams get to work in the field, petition numbers go up. As website traffic increases because of noteworthy projects and favorable mentions in Truth-friendly media, petition numbers go up. The performance of the petition project will improve as we see improvements in areas such as these.
The early part of the 3rd quarter has already seen us take some necessary steps in these directions. To start, outreach materials for use in tabling activities and display booths have been developed and are being made available across the country. This will support activists who prefer to work together as teams rather than at individual outreach activities. The following picture shows a recently-designed banner, sign, and information display.
A second noteworthy activity is the first 911TAP nation-wide campaign. The 911TAP Vigils for Justice project is recruiting teams across the country (roughly 20 so far) and continues to attract broad interest. This project has the potential to significantly expand the 911TAP local action network, with a corresponding impact on petition collecting activity as well. It further has the potential to increase traffic to the 911TAP website. This project is described in the recent 911TAP article linked here:
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 the second half of 2018.
Complete 2nd Quarter Statistics
|New Mexico||13||North Dakota||1|