10 22 2014
  2:42 am  
     •     

NEW YORK (NNPA) - Grassroots organization ACORN plans to formally disband April 1, blaming failing revenues and bankruptcy. ACORN, which stands for Association of Community Organizations Reform Now, has 30 chapters across the nation, with 15 having already disbanded over the last six months. Several chapters have changed their names, including New York, which renamed itself New York Communities for Change.
This year, ACORN International changed its name to Community Organizations International.
Last September, ACORN's reputation was tarnished when a YouTube video surfaced on the Internet showing ACORN employees giving illegal advice to a pimp and prostitute who were actually conservative activists under cover. The damage became worse when an embezzlement scandal surfaced.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, ACORN became the subject of accusations from Republicans for voter registration fraud. ACORN was a heavy supporter of President Barack Obama, whom they endorsed. Reports indicate that the U.S. Census has also ended its partnership with the organization.
In late 2009, Congress cut off federal funding for ACORN, but a federal judge ruled the probation invalid, issuing a preliminary injunction blocking the government from enforcing the ban that is scheduled to expire in a week.
In a statement, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis said that the organization has been in operation for 40 years and that the board association had to make a tough decision about ACORN's future.
"ACORN has faced a series of well-orchestrated, relentless, well-funded right-wing attacks that are unprecedented since the McCarthy era," Lewis said. "Our effective work empowering African-American and low-income voters made us a target. The videos were a manufactured, sensational story that led to a rush to judgment and an unconstitutional act by Congress."
Lewis added that ACORN's vindication on the facts does not pay the bills and that the organization's community members would continue to fight for justice.

Commenting Guidelines

  • Keep it clean: Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language
  • No personal attacks: We reserve the right to remove offensive comments
  • Be truthful: Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything
  • Be nice: No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person
  • Help us: If you see an abusive post, let us know at info@theskanner.com
  • Keep to topic: We will remove irrelevant posts and spam
  • Share with us: We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts; the history behind an article

Recently Published by The Skanner News

  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random
load morehold SHIFT key to load allload all