Monday, August 17, 2009

Over Three Dozen Locations to Honor Barry Jennings through Bannering Three continents, five countries, 19 US states involved

Over Three Dozen Locations to Honor Barry Jennings through Bannering
Three continents, five countries, 19 US states involved

It's very simple to participate. You only need one or two people. Take a banner reading and stand outside your local paper on 8/19,20,21,24, or 25(weekdays) so that those going to or from work can see it. Take a picture so we can tell where you are. If you are alone, ask a passerby to take the picture. Send it to me and I'll post it. We'll do bannering for a week (any one day per location) at the schools (particularly schools of journalism) in the week prior Barry's April 25th birthday. That is, unless the American perpetrators of 9/11 have already been convicted.

Why Change in Schedule
Originally the bannering was planned for only Wednesday, August 19. Because we will be bannering a full week(weekdays only) in the spring, and the bannering will only be twice a year, we’ve expanded the dates to a full week (Wednesday through Tuesday, excepting the weekend.)

Summary of Case
Nearly one year ago, on August 19, 2008, 53 year old Barry Jennings died, two days before the release of the NIST Final Report on the collapse of WTC7. Jennings had been serving as Deputy Director of Emergency Services Department for New York City, including on September 11th, 2001, when he saw and heard explosions BEFORE the Twin Towers fell, while attempting to evacuate the WTC7 Command Center with NY Corporation Counsel Michael Hess. Jennings publicly shared his experiences with reporters on the day of 9/11/01, as well as in a lengthy 2007 video interview with Dylan Avery, a small clip of which was then released; subsequently his job was threatened and he asked that the taped interview not be included in Loose Change Final Cut.. However, after an interview with Jennings was broadcast by the BBC in their program The Third Tower ostensibly refuting what he had previously stated to Avery, Avery felt compelled to release the full original video interview to show the distortions made by the BBC. The cause of Jennings' death has not been made public, and a private investigator hired by Avery to discover the cause and circumstances surrounding his death refused to proceed with his investigation. (More detail on all of this is available at In spite of the significance of Jennings' position with NYC on 9/11 and his controversial eyewitness testimony regarding the collapse of WTC7, the media has not investigated or reported on his death, nor reported on his statements.

Purpose of Action
Widespread public action of this nature can bring this unreported story to their attention of courageous investigative journalists and lessen the dangers for those who do attempt to investigate this case. The bannering assumes that working journalists know how little their power is compared to those who run the paper or station. We are appealing to the best part of those who work in media. We appeal to the human curiosity of the everyday reporters. The fact that American mainstream media has not covered how hero Barry Jennings died is more suspicious than what he said when he was alive. It suggests that what he said was very damaging. If we lead real journalists to realize on their own the level of suppression they work in, we lessen the loyalty of workers in very powerful institutions.

New Form of Nonviolence
Because this is an open and positive appeal to the consciences of these working reporters, this profoundly subversive action is a new form of nonviolence. Such a form could never have existed before the development of the internet. Please note that standing on a public sidewalk is legal. If anyone wants to do this as a civil disobedience some other month, please get in touch. Previous examples have been called whistleblower bannering. Since reporters aren’t whistleblowers, we’ll designate this as well as any whistleblower bannering as INTEGRITY BANNERING. Thus the focus is not criticizing the editors who lack integrity. The focus is to remind reporters they DO have integrity.
To participate in this action, please contact
To witness past examples of bannering to reach workers at powerful institutions, watch these links.

DOJ in 2008:
NIST in 2007: right click on the link
and click "save as" then save it in your my docs, and double click it to play