A CALL TO ACTION –
July 31, 2009
9/11 Family Members, and Survivor
File for Re-validation of Citizens’ Signatures with New York State Supreme
Court, following rejection of NYC CAN petition by the City Clerk and Board
New York City– On Wednesday, several 9/11 victim family members and a
survivor took the first step in challenging the City Clerk’s rejection of
the NYC CAN petition for a new investigation in New York City. The group
filed a Verified Petition/Order to Show Cause with the Supreme Court of the
State of New York requesting a review of Board of Election documentation and
a ‘special referee’ appointed to re-validate the over 52,000 signatures
filed by NYC CAN on June 24th.
The NYC CAN petition was rejected by the City Clerk on Friday, July 24th, a
week ago, certifying less than the minimum of 30,000 qualified signatures of
electors. This benchmark, according to the Clerk’s office was not met. A
‘qualified elector’ is a registered New York City voter who was eligible to
vote in the last election. According to the letter sent by the Clerk to the
City Council, the NY Board of Elections validated 26,003 signatures and
invalidated 24,664, leaving 1,333 that were not certified.
At a hearing scheduled for Monday, August 3rd, before a Supreme Court
Justice, the plaintiffs, representing tens of thousands of concerned New
Yorkers who support a new 9/11 investigation, will formally raise their
request for an independent review of the Board of Elections findings. If
granted by the presiding Justice, a re-validation of the petition signatures
by an independent special referee will follow.
In addition to the requirement to reach the threshold of 30,000 qualified
electors, the petition itself must comply with New York Municipal Home Rule
Law and relevant Election Laws. The City Clerk maintains the Petition fell
short in several areas but it should be emphasized that this is the legal
opinion of the Corporation Counsel, the City of New York’s top lawyer, and
will be challenged in court by lawyers for the five plaintiffs.
Legal advisors to the plaintiffs believe that the legal objections raised by
the Corporation Counsel are specious and should be set aside, however
considering the political implications and official opposition to the
proposed Commission, obtaining approval for placing the referendum question
on the ballet itself will be fraught with difficulty and challenge each step
of the way.
The fact is historically in New York City, ballot initiatives have not been
successful. The last two were denied by the City Clerk. In both cases the
petitioners filed a suit and ultimately lost and thus NYC CAN anticipated
the response of the Clerk. And though the odds are stacked against us, we
are committed to take the next steps available to us.
Regardless of the outcome, the court case will serve to amplify the demand
for a new 9/11 investigation and with lessons learned, should serve to
strengthen the ability of the people to petition their government for
meaningful referendums in the future.
Please donate to this historic court case now:
Go to –
CAN is non-partisan organization comprised of 9/11 Families, First
Responders, Survivors and proud, concerned citizens committed to bringing
about an independent, impartial investigation into the events of September
11. For more info:
July 27, 2009
9/11 FAMILIES, FIRST RESPONDERS AND SURVIVORS TO
TAKE NEW YORK CITY TO COURT OVER NYC CAN PETITION
SEVENTY THOUSAND New Yorkers signed the NYC
CAN petition, raising their voices in support of NYC CAN’s demand for
accountability. They have chosen to place the decision to create a new 9/11
investigation – a REAL 9/11 investigation
– exactly where it belongs: before the voters of New York City this
November. The voices of SEVENTY THOUSAND
Americans who believe in democracy and believe that government exists to
serve the people – and not the other way around – have been GAGGED by ONE
so-called “PUBLIC SERVANT” – The New York City Clerk – who denied the
petition and the voice of the people.
Welcome to America. Democracy denied.
Did you REALLY expect those in halls of power to honor the WILL OF THE
PEOPLE? Did you expect this demand for accountability to go uncontested by
those who have forgotten the very meaning of the word? Perhaps this
obstruction of democracy would go unchallenged in THEIR America. Not in
9/11 family members, first responders and survivors expected nothing less
than business as usual and ARE NOT HAVING IT.
They are preparing to take the City of New York to court to challenge the
wrongful denial of our right to decide on the creation of a new 9/11
Friends, your determination and generosity have brought us to this crucial
moment. TRUTH IS AT THE CROSSROADS, DEMOCRACY UNDER FIRE AND THE DEFINING
MOMENT IN THE QUEST FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IS UPON US. This is
YOUR movement and nothing may bring you
closer to attaining truth than NYC CAN. Stand in the light and demand
ANSWERS, not in the shadows of those who
would deny you such answers.
THE BIG NEWS: the most experienced election lawyer in New York City stands
ready to represent the 9/11 families, first responders and survivors in
court in an HISTORIC FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY AND
TRUTH. BUT WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MAKE IT
HAPPEN. This is your chance – your ONE chance – to stand with the 9/11
families, first responders and survivors, and demand accountability.
THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE WORKED FOR, AND WHAT WE CAN
ACHIEVE IF WE STAND TOGETHER NOW.
Donate over $25 and we’ll mail you a free NYC CAN button. Donate over $50
and you will receive a free NYC CAN button and a well-made NYC CAN t-shirt.
ACT RIGHT NOW. Go to – http://nyccan.org/donate.php
– and donate whatever you can to bring the quest for answers to the biggest
stage it has ever had: THE NEW YORK CITY BALLOT.
of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Theodore
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