On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now
filed a petition containing 52,000 signatures calling for a referendum on the
creation of a New York City independent commission to investigate the events of
September 11, 2001.
9/11 Family Members Maureen Hunt and Manny Badillo, and First Responders Charlie
Giles of the Feal Good Foundation and Bill Gleason of the World Trade Center
Rescuers Foundation arrived at the City Clerk’s office to deliver the
petition and speak on behalf of all the proud and concerned citizens who deserve
an unbiased, nonpolitical investigation of the tragedy that has affected us
Thank you for getting us this far! City Council now has until August 24 to
approve the placement of the referendum on the November 3 ballot. As hundreds
more 9/11 family members, first responders and survivors join NYC CAN’s
campaign for a new investigation, lobbying their council members to support
the petition, our chances grow.
In the unlikely event City Council does not approve the placement of the referendum
on the ballot, NYC CAN is prepared to deliver an additional 30,000 signatures
on August 24, which should be enough to eclipse the 15,000 valid signatures needed by law to override City Council and guarantee it gets on the ballot.
Now more than ever is the moment to stand with the families, first responders
and survivors of September 11 and stand up for what we have worked so long for.
This is how you can help:
DONATE. We need money to pay our amazing petitioners. We need money to pay
a legal team. We need money to launch a full-scale PR campaign once the referendum
is on the ballot.
TELL FAMILY MEMBERS, FIRST RESPONDERS and SURVIVORS. We have a Statement of
Support on NYCCAN.ORG that every family member, first responder, and survivor
is welcome to sign. We have already accumulated over 60 signatories in the last
week. If you know someone who was directly affected and wants accountability,
send them to NYCCAN.ORG. The more New York-based family members, first responders
and survivors who sign on, the more City Council will hear from the constituents
it simply can’t ignore.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Nothing works like word of mouth.
There is no better place than New York City and no better time than NOW to
make a real investigation happen. Stand with us now.
Donna Marsh O’Connor