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Recap of extraordinary 12th anniversary events + Controversy in Canada

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Rethink911.org logoSEPTEMBER 19, 2013

News from the Week of the 12th Anniversary:
ReThink911 Caps Thrilling NYC Tour
with Historic Times Square Rally

ReThink911's Canadian Controversy Continues

Dear ReThink911 Supporters,

Last week was an unprecedented moment in our collective efforts to educate the public about 9/11 and generate outcry for a new investigation. On the streets of New York City and other cities around the world, we witnessed an outpouring of actions showing a renewed energy and hope that we will turn the tide. Meanwhile, ReThink911 made its first major breakthrough into the mainstream news with Time US's coverage and with the controversy that has erupted across Canada in response to ReThink911's Ottawa bus ads.

ReThink911 Takes New York City by Storm

ReThink911 took to the streets early on the morning of September 11, joining 30 other 9/11 groups in observing a vigil and distributing brochures at Ground Zero. We then marched up the street to the New York City Council to deliver our ReThink911 VIP Packs to all 51 council members. After that we went via the subway to Democracy Now, then marched to the New York Times, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, CBC and ABC to deliver more VIP Packs. We ended the day in Times Square under ReThink911's towering 54-foot billboard with a historic rally featuring renowned speakers Dr. William Pepper, Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Richard Gage, AIA and several other inspiring voices.

We invite you to watch all the speeches as well as a recap of the NYC tour, and read Jerry Mazza's article about the events.

We've been hearing about many amazing local actions that took place around the 12th anniversary. Send us your stories, photos and videos, and we will post them on ReThink911.org. Please contact our Action Group Leader Pam Senzee at ReThink911@AE911Truth.org

Local Controversy Has Canada ReThinking 9/11

Controversy exploded last week in Canada over the ReThink911 ads currently running on 300 buses in the Ottawa transit system. On September 11, the Chair of the Ottawa Transit Commission called the ReThink911 ads "insensitive" and said she would request a review of Ottawa's advertising policy. Our official response to her comments was picked up the following day by several news outlets, and the Mayor even weighed in to say our ads were "disrespectful" yet "protected by free speech". Read the articles below for a recap of how the controversy unfolded. On Friday, the Ottawa Citizen published an editorial arguing for our right to place the ReThink911 ads on Ottawa buses.

In response to the controversy, we invited you to help us raise $6,000 for an urgent national poll to gauge Canadians' opinions on Building 7 and our right to raise awareness of Building 7 on Ottawa buses. Thanks to your quick and generous support, we succeeded in less than 48 hours. The new poll, set to be released early next week, will be the most powerful statement yet in the ongoing dialogue.

Meanwhile, the Transit Commission meeting scheduled for September 18 was canceled due to a tragic accident in Ottawa involving a bus and train. We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the accident.

We will let you know when the Transit Commission's meeting is rescheduled and keep you abreast as we shift the focus to the Canadian parliament, where a petition requesting a parliamentary review of the omissions and inconsistencies in the 9/11 Commission Report has been brought by over 1,400 Canadian citizens.

The Controversy in Canada's Capital as It Happened:

Ottawa Citizen: Ads Questioning Truth of 9/11 Appear on OC Transpo Buses

Huffington Post Canada: 9/11 Conspiracy Ad on Ottawa Buses and Toronto Billboard Sparks OutrageOttawa 1310 News: Controversial 9/11 Ads Spark Call for Review of OC Transpo Ad Policies

ReThink911: Statement Regarding Ads on Ottawa OC Transpo Buses

Sun News: Free Speech Protects 'Disrespectful' 9/11 Conspiracy Ads: Ottawa Mayor

CBC News: Group Behind 9/11 Bus Ad Responds to Criticism

Ottawa Citizen: 9/11 Truth Campaign Responds to Criticism of Bus Ads

Ottawa Citizen: OC Transpo Should Err on the Side of Free Speech

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