Who is ACORN?

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  1. KenH

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    Who is ACORN?

    ACORN is the nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people with over 400,000 member families organized into more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the country. Since 1970, ACORN has been building community organizations that are committed to social and economic justice, and won victories on thousands of issues of concern to our members, through direct action, negotiation, legislative advocacy and voter participation. ACORN helps those who have historically been locked out become powerful players in our democratic system.

    Community organizing: Each of the 1,200 local ACORN neighborhood chapters in 110 cities and 40 states brings neighbors together to work for stronger, safer and more just communities.

    Issue campaigns: Each ACORN office carries out multiple issue campaigns. ACORN members across the country work to raise the minimum wage or enact living wage policies; eliminate predatory financial practices by mortgage lenders, payday lenders, and tax preparation companies; win the development of affordable housing and community benefits agreements; improve the quality of and funding for urban public schools; rebuild New Orleans; and pass a federal and state ACORN Working Families Agenda, including paid sick leave for all full time workers.

    A recent study shows that our issue campaign victories have delivered approximately $15 billion in direct monetary benefits to our membership and constituency over the past 10 years.

    Service delivery: ACORN and its allied organizations provide extensive services to our members and constituency. These include free tax preparation focusing on the Earned Income Tax Credit; screening for eligibility for federal and state benefit programs; and, through the ACORN Housing Corporation, first time homeowner mortgage counseling and foreclosure prevention assistance, and low income housing development.

    Ballot initiatives: ACORN-backed ballot-initiative campaigns in 2006 helped raise the minimum wage in Ohio, Arizona, Missouri and Colorado, working with community-faith-labor coalitions on successful campaigns in each state.

    Voter participation: Since 2004, ACORN has helped more than 1.7 million low- and moderate-income and minority citizens apply to register to vote.

    ACORN is a non-profit, non-partisan social justice organization with national headquarters in New York, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

    - www.acorn.org/index.php?id=12342
     
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    You and others can describe ACORN as non-partisan all you want but this (link below) is the REAL NUTS...ooops, I meant ACORNs. And we all know that this is just the tip of the iceberg....

    Yea, they help people register to vote alright.....the same people over and over and over and over!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tkM7evLrEU
     
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    It is not ACORN's fault that few Republicans will stand up for the poor and downtrodden.
     
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    Oh please.

    60 years into the war on poverty, and there's more poor than ever.
     
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    It's about 42 years, 28 of which have been during Republican administrations.
     
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    No Ken, it started with FDR's "New Deal".

    Nice try.
     
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    Didn't your op state that ACORN is NON-PARTISAN?
    They are liars and thieves and I don't appreciate my money going to support this!
     
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    No, Brother Curtis, the phrase "War on Poverty" was introduced into our national discourse by President Lyndon Johnson.
     
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    As I said, it is not ACORN's fault that few Republicans stand up for the poor and downtrodden.
     
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    OK, the [hrase...

    What was FDR's war on ?

    And then, out of those 28 years, only six of them were with a friendly congress.

    You can blame who you want for starting the war, but it seems poverty is kicking their butt......



    Boldly declaring "an unconditional war on poverty," President Johnson rolled out a laundry list of programs that he claimed would end poverty in America. Meanwhile, the government's own statistical police and bureaucracy were saying that poverty was already in decline from the highs of the (Hoover-FDR prolonged) Great Depression, as the New Deal and war-time price controls and rationing expired and industrial production and competition were permitted by Washington, D.C.
    Undaunted by this fact, Johnson declared: "The Act does not merely expand old programs or improve what is already being done. It charts a new course. It strikes at the causes, not just the consequences of poverty. It can be a milestone in our one-hundred eighty year search for a better life for our people."
    If that wasn't enough, Johnson promised that a series of benefits would be produced by his statism, which would flow down to the masses from upon high. Not limiting his ambition to merely handing out money, he claimed that the Act would provide five "basic opportunities:"
    • It will give almost half a million underprivileged young Americans the opportunity to develop skills, continue education, and find useful work.
    • It will give every American community the opportunity to develop a comprehensive plan to fight its own poverty—and help them to carry out their plans.
    • It will give dedicated Americans the opportunity to enlist as volunteers in the war against poverty.
    • It will give many workers and farmers the opportunity to break through particular barriers which bar their escape from poverty.
    • It will give the entire nation the opportunity for a concerted attack on poverty through the establishment, under my direction, of the Office of Economic Opportunity, a national headquarters for the war against poverty.
    As is readily apparent, Johnson's program was designed to subsidize several groups for dependence upon the federal regime, the Democratic Party, and of course, upon Johnson himself. Subsidies and entitlements were to be given to the up-and-coming generations of Americans, to subsidize local governments making them agents of the federal government and strengthening their hold over citizens, to farmers and rural communities, to low-income workers, and to reduce the labor-force with the consequent reduction in competition for wages by subsidizing volunteerist boondoogles. All of this under the personal direction of Johnson for his own personal glory.......





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    You respond to questions the same way the Democrat party does with non-answers.
     
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    My answer was quite fine. You just can't handle the truth.
     
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    Your answer was quite fine in your eyes only, but it did not answer the question. Maybe that is why you accept Obama's answers because you don't understand the questions.
     
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    Ken, is ACORN non-partisan, as they claim?
     
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    Yes, it is. It advocates for the poor and downtrodden regardless of their politics.
     
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    Other than paying a couple of bucks for multiple voter registrations how do they help the poor?

    How exactly are the poor and downtrodden being helped by ACORN now that they can't pay the mortgages that ACORN helped to force down everyone's throats?
     
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    Didn't Acorn endorse Obama?
     
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    If Acorn is such a fine organization, why do they pay people to vote multiple times?

    Why are they engaged in felonious voter fraud?

    Ken...asking ACORN to describe themselves does nothing to prove they are upstanding. Heck, the KKK probably describes itself in glowing terms...doesn't mean any of it's true.
     
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    Who is ACORN?

    A bunch of communist crooks. Once when they were 'protesting' the cost of utilities, they brought in people to pay their bills with wheelbarrows of pennies. That's how you 'help the poor,' ain't it?
     

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