Updated 11/30: GO VOTE NOW — Change.org — Initiatives to (Hopefully) Guide Obama

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Thank you for your understanding. As mentioned above, we welcome you to directly petition the Obama administration about your proposal at http://change.gov/page/s/ofthepeople. And we hope you continue your work to advance change.


– The Ideas for Change in America Team

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Donna Marsh O’Connor’s idea that a scientist be appointed to head the National Institute of Standards and Technology (imagine that!) is still listed here.

Editor’s Note: Donna Marsh O’Connor submitted this idea at change.org on November 9 (language below), which was then promoted at both 911truth.org and 911blogger. But at this point, the newly posted initiative has 297 votes, and is in this category’s first place. Those of you who acted quickly to support Donna’s initiative should nonetheless now vote for the new one, which has gained much more attention. And another initiative for the same thing was posted today… let’s try to focus on ONE of these now, and thus honestly reflect the demand for a new investigation.

This week’s international edition of Newsweek (Dec 1, 2008) includes an interesting article entitled “President 2.0,” discussing potentials of the internet use in an Obama presidency. In particular, it mentions a site called (www.change.org), which is collecting and allowing people to vote on ideas for the Obama administration. Those ideas that receive the most votes will be presented to the President on Inauguration Day. According to that site:

How are the top ideas determined?

The “Top 10 Ideas for America” will be determined through two rounds of voting. In the first round, ideas will compete against other ideas in the same issue category. The first round will end on December 31, 2008, and the top 3 rated ideas from each category will make it into the second round. The second round of voting will begin on Monday, January 5, and each qualifying idea will compete against the qualifying ideas from all other categories. Second round voting will end on Thursday, January 15.

An idea has been posted again, in the ‘Criminal Justice‘ category, suggesting that a new investigation into 9/11 must be conducted.

Please click the link here and VOTE for this idea. Then forward the link to everyone you know and ask that they vote for it, too:

www.change.org/ideas 9/11 investigation link. (Text follows)

Conduct a new, independent investigation into the attacks of September 11, 2001

Given the hundreds of inconsistencies and contradictions that abound in the formal explanations provided to the world by the Bush Administration, it behooves the Obama administration to conduct a true, unbiased, independent investigation into what transpired on 9/11/01, which has since served as a pretext to start wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and roll back civil liberties via the Patriot Act.

Submitted by: Debora Blake (concerned, informed citizen) Nov 28 @ 08:09AM PST

(Note: As of this posting, 11/29/08 at 4:00pm CST, this initiative has 279 votes.)

We still need an investigation into 9/11; ask Keane/Hamilton.

The emergency may be over for some, but many first responders know the half life of this toxic day. We will never again have the luxury of the illusion that we, each and every citizen, can count on freedom without scrutiny. We can’t count on social justice emerging from our government without individual protection of our civil rights. And if crimes are committed by the most powerful among us, it is up to the individual citizen to hold accountable those who perpetrated crimes in order that they never happen again. There are lingering questions about this day. We should just investigate.

– Donna Marsh O’Connor (9/11 Mom, writer and teacher) Nov 09 @ 10:23AM PST