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NYC CAN Verdict: 80,000 Silenced by State Supreme Court
This could have easily been our #1 if our actual top news story of 2009 wasn’t so explosive (pun intended). Despite the fact that the NYC CAN story is so important that it could be produced as a movie, the mainstream media – again – decided to completely ignore it. Shame.
NYC CAN, or New York City Coalition for Accountability Now is a collective of 9/11 victims’ families, of first responders, 9/11 survivors, 9/11 truth activists and volunteers. They have walked the streets of New York City during the spring and summer of 2009 to get petition signatures of New York City voters supporting a referendum on a new 9/11 investigation . They needed 30,000 signatures to make it to the November ballot. They got an impressive 80,000 signatures.
We expected that this democratic exercise would have lead to a referendum this past fall. Well, not in New York City.
The city did everything they could to block them. They rejected NYC CAN’s petition.
The tireless NYC CAN collective, supported by an army of volunteers didn’t stop there. They went to the State Supreme Court to try reverse the city council’s decision and validate the important petition. But Justice Edward Lehner of the State Supreme Court rubberstamped Referee Louis Crespo’s recommendation that the decision to establish a local commission to investigate the events of September 11th not be put before the voters.
It is quite ironical to point out that a 1993 voter initiative established a limit of two consecutive terms for the city mayor, and that in a 1996 referendum, the only successful referendum in NYC, voters rejected a Council-led effort to change the limit to three terms. The very ironical part is this year, while nearly one hundred thousand citizens were denied their right to call for a referendum by a well established bureaucracy, the city council voted to extend this term limit, which nullified the previous referendum.
Billionaire Micheal Bloomberg spent a record $102M to win a third term while denying his citizens right to democracy.
This was a dark day for democracy, the patriotic call for answers by hundreds of 9/11 families, first responders and survivors had been stifled, and the will of the people of New York City once again denied.
Watch a video on home page with actor, 9/11 activist and NYC CAN supporter Daniel Sunjata of the NYC CAN march in New York City in September, 2009