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Surviving 9/11

Janette MacKinlay

On January 26, 2010, Janette MacKinlay, a survivor of 9/11, underwent surgery, a biopsy, following the discovery of a brain tumor last week. I saw her in the hospital following the surgery, and she was her warm, gracious, lucid self, even sharing with me the latest examples of note cards she has had printed, featuring her beautiful ikebana art images. Last September, we had worked together on the 9/11 Film Festival, held at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California to draw attention to many 9/11 issues, including the plight of the those suffering from their exposure to the toxic dust, over 800 have died so far, that we know about. Janette believes that her tumor was probably caused by 9/11 and that she, along with many, many, others will be counted as victims of 9/11, as more and more “cancers and tumors” are found.

Fortunate- A Personal Diary of 9/11

Spiraling Between Worlds - Reclaiming's 30th Annual Spiral Dance

Death of the Empire and Dollar, Birth of Life Honoring Community Currency Altar at the Spiral Dance

In classic irony, the pagans and the anarchists are the best organizers--you can count on being fed and everyone getting their basic needs met when you work with them. The last time I went to DC was with an “affinity group” comprised mainly of pagan activists to protest the IMF and the World Bank. After September 11th those protests were canceled, but many of us went anyway in September, 2001, to protest the impending war and to lobby against the PATRIOT Act.

The Great Deceptions- Money and 9/11 Truth- Report from the 2009 Monetary Reform Conference

Before 9/11, my main issue was global economics, particularly the monetary system, and moving us from a debt based war economy towards an honest, transparent, life serving economy. Money seemed to be a major blind spot in the culture. I promoted local currencies, simply to get people to think about money, how it was created, and how it works in our society and the world. I tried three times to start a "community currency" and failed. By some strange miracle, however, Blaine Machan and I teamed up to publish the Deception Dollars which were so popular that they funded the early 9/11 Truth Movement and became a genuine "community currency," at least they helped build and fund the first films, websites, events. People have a hard time resisting money.

September 11th, 2009 – Remembering, Questioning, Challenging - Continuity of Government

Grand Lake Theater - 2009 9/11 Film Festival

September 11th, 2009 –
Remembering, Questioning, Challenging
Continuity of Government
(Report on the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance's 5th Annual Film Festival and events)

Remembering -- and forgetting -- 9/11

San Francisco Bay Guardian Politics Blog
by Steven T. Jones

Do we really know the full truth about what happened on 9/11, the devastating attacks that occurred eight years ago today? Based on my research and assessment of the inquiries that followed that horrific event, I don’t think anyone can claim to know the full truth. But that hasn’t stopped conservatives and know-it-all pundits from demonizing and belittling skeptics of the official 9/11 theory in an aggressive fashion in recent weeks.

The most disturbing example was the truly scary right-wing propagandist Glenn Beck’s successful crusade against Van Jones, forcing his resignation from the Obama Administration mostly for having signed a letter calling for an investigation of whether the Bush Administration ignored warnings about the attacks and then used them to further their foreign policy goals.

An Inside Job- Members of the 9/11 "Truth" movement are typically disparaged as crackpots. In fact, they're actually wonks.

This article just came out in the East Bay Express

By Rachel Swann

September 16, 2009

At first glance, the scene outside last week's 9/11 Film festival resembled that of any other big, protest-oriented event. Truther organizations such as the Northern California 911 Truth Alliance and Project Censored crammed the lobby of Oakland's Grand Lake Theater, setting up tables with books; DVDs; "Wake Up and Smell the Fascism" bumper stickers; rubber stamps with the slogan "9/11 was an inside job;" pictures of Hendrix, John Lennon, and Mahatma Gandhi; and "Deception dollars." Middle-aged white guys with long hair and tie-dyed shirts milled around the room, greeting each other like old friends. It looked and felt like a typical crowd of rabble-rousers — at least until you listened in on their conversations.

Up close with moviegoers, filmmaker at 9/11 film festival

Dylan Avery speaking at the World Premiere of Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup at the Film Festival

Photo and stories by Lauren Callahan/Oakland North

The fifth annual 9/11 film festival, sponsored by the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, began last night at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater. Oakland North spoke with three people about why they attended the festival, as well as with filmmaker Dylan Avery, who premiered his film Loose Change: An American Coup last night.

The audio slideshows are posted at-

9/11 film festival brings “truthers” to Grand Lake

9/11 film festival brings “truthers” to Grand Lake

By Lauren Callahan/Oakland North

The article begins:

Eight years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a group of people who call themselves “truthers”—those who insist that the American government’s version of that day’s events is a lie—will gather at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater Wednesday and Thursday for a film festival.

For the last five years, the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, an organization that seeks to further people’s understanding about the September 11, 2001 attacks, has sponsored the festival, which brings together filmmakers, speakers and other activists who share the belief that the government has impeded the truth about 9/11 from being shared.

Art, Truth, Masks, Deception, and Power

I have always loved art, theater, dance, literature, and poetry. Inspired by stories and ideas in my youth, I voyaged around the world on a sailboat to discover for myself the difference between childhood dreams and reality.

I tried to learn how to paint, but eventually gave up when I realized that nothing I could do on canvas could compete with the sheer beauty of a tree, so I turned to writing instead. In general, modern art left me cold; it struck me as lacking spirit and meaning, and seemed rather commercial. While in China in 1983 I fell in love with the works of the Chinese artist Huang Ge Sheng. I brought his paintings, and eventually the artist himself, to the United States where I organized art exhibitions in California and Hawaii. The exhibitions developed my skills in public relations, learning how to get the attention of magazine editors, television news stations, radio stations, and newspapers.

Call for Entries- 5th Annual 9/11 Film Festival

A Benefit for the Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance and the NYC Coalition for Accountability

David Ray Griffin has already agreed to be our keynote speaker, but we have not yet decided on the best available films.
Please send DVDs of your feature length 9/11 documentaries, 9/11 narrative films, short 9/11 Truth music videos, cameo 9/11 Truth Activist profiles, or suggestions for speakers/celebrities willing to join and support us publicly to-

The Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance
P.O Box 60511
Palo Alto, CA 94306
or via email- by July 18, 2009.

Or join the Film Festival Organizing Committee- we will be meeting Sunday afternoon, July 12th in San Francisco and with the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance on Thursday evening, July 16th in Berkeley

Open Government Dialogue - Speak, Vote, for 9/11 Truth

There is an Open Government Dialogue Website (at , and a limited window of opportunity to put forward and vote on ideas to-

strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness by making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative...

Less than 5000 people have logged in and participated in the submission and voting on 500 or so idea submissions. The one most relevant to the 9/11 Truth Community begins like this:

Have a "REAL" investigation into 911 not some whitewash commission!

2. Support the "First" responders in NY City!

3. Give American's a "REAL" Bailout!

4. Dissolve the following ACTS $ stop *.* spying on Americans:
*The Military Commission Act 2006
*The John Warner Act 2007
*The Protect America Act of 2007

5. Prosecute anyone who had anything to do with the Bush torture program to include civilian psychologist!

6. Address the (TI) "Targeted Individual" issue here in the U.S.

(at )

Report & Reflections on 9/11 Truth at the SF Anti War Rally 3/21/09

Jermy Begin, author of Fighting for G.O.D. (Gold, Oil, and Drugs), with the bullhorn

Vic Sadot reporting on No Lies Radio in the foreground

A number of 9/11 Truth activists converged from San Jose, Los Gatos, the East Bay, the Peninsula, San Francisco to make a sizable contingent with multiple banners and many, many signs at rally at Justin Herman Plaza and in the march. After much police harassment at the Civic Center for attempting to attach our large banners to trees, we broke down and bought a decent awning, so that we could legally put up our banners, and fend off the rain. The weather report was not promising, nor the looming clouds when I left Palo Alto at 8 am heading north. It is hard, if not impossible to pass out flyers, and not ruin our sound system, books, and educational materials when it is raining, and the turnout at rallies and marches is certainly smaller when the weather is bad.