CAN News Bulletin - FORWARD WIDELY
September 8, 2009
NYC CAN Submits 28,000 More
Signatures To Get Referendum for
9/11 Investigation on the
Friday, September 4, the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC
CAN) submitted 28,000 petition signatures as a supplement to the 52,000
signatures submitted on June 24 calling for a citywide referendum on the
creation of a local, independent commission to investigate 9/11.
Over the last 25
years, every ballot initiative in New York City has been blocked on grounds
of legal technicality, with the exception of the 1993 initiative to
establish term limits for NYC elected officials, whose supporters also had
to go to court to prove the initiative legal. With 80,000 New Yorkers having
signed this petition, the City’s ongoing attempt to stop this referendum
from going on the ballot is yet another blatant affront to the democratic
ideals upon which this great nation was founded.
On July 24, the NYC
City Clerk reported to the City Council that only 26,003 signatures from the
submission of 52,000 signatures were valid. In response, NYC CAN filed suit
and on Thursday, August 27 submitted a Bill of Particulars cataloguing 7,166
additional signatures that NYC CAN contends should be deemed valid.
referee will begin a line-by-line review of the disputed signatures on
Wednesday, September 9, and is scheduled to complete the review by Friday,
September 18. If the referee and court accept at least 3,996 of the disputed
signatures as valid – meeting the requisite number of 30,000 signatures –
and if 15,000 of the 28,000 signatures from the September 4 submission are
deemed valid, the only remaining hurdle to getting the referendum on the
ballot will be the ongoing court case over the legality of the petition.
The timetable for
addressing the petition’s legality will be set in a meeting on Thursday
September 10. The schedule should allow time for an appeal from either side
in order to guarantee a final determination by the end of the month.
Once the schedule for
the court case is set, NYC CAN will announce one or more rallies and events
in the second half of September to demonstrate the tremendous public support
that exists for a new, impartial investigation. NYC CAN calls upon all those
who can be in lower Manhattan to join in solidarity with the 9/11 families,
first responders, survivors and 80,000 New Yorkers to say loud and clear: no
longer will we tolerate a government that ignores the will of its people.
For the 3,000 who died on that day, the hundreds who have died since, and
those still suffering today, 9/11 must be properly investigated.
The Bill of
Particulars was assembled with the help of 50+ volunteers who gave more than
1,000 hours over a two-week period. On behalf of the petition’s 80,000
signatories, NYC CAN offers its deepest thanks to these volunteers who
worked long and hard to prevent the voters New York City from being silenced
by their government.
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