Sunday, September 13, 2009
From ACORN - On Their Web Page
Statement from Bertha Lewis, Chief Organizer, ACORN Regarding Recent News Reports September 12, 2009 The relentless attacks on ACORN's members, its staff and the policies and positions we promote are unprecedented. An international entertainment conglomerate, disguising itself as a "news" agency (Fox), has expended millions, if not tens of millions of dollars, in their attempt to destroy the largest community organization of Black, Latino, poor and working families in the country. It is not coincidence that the most recent attacks have been launched just when health care reform is gaining traction. It is clear they've had these tapes for months. We are their Willy Horton for 2009. We are the boogeyman for the right-wing and its echo chambers. If ACORN did not exist, the right-wing would have needed to create us in order to achieve their agenda, their missions, their ideal, retrograde America. This recent scam, which was attempted in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia to name a few places, had failed for months before the results we've all recently seen. I am appalled and angry; I cannot and I will not defend the actions of the workers depicted in the video, who have since been terminated. But it is clear that the videos are doctored, edited, and in no way the result of the fabricated story being portrayed by conservative activist "filmmaker" O'Keefe and his partner in crime. And, in fact, a crime it was - our lawyers believe a felony - and we will be taking legal action against Fox and their co-conspirators. We will not be intimidated by this international conglomerate, which has made as its mission the destruction of our organization. ACORN members are committed to the empowerment of their communities - Black, Latino, poor, and working families – at the deepest level. We are an organization committed to halting the foreclosure crisis and keeping people in their homes. We are an organization committed to ensuring quality, affordable health care for every American. We are an organization that will not be stopped in our commitment to our members and our communities... First, do you really think that a 20-year old and a 25-year old have the necessary funds to fly all over the country to try to infiltrate ACORN offices? Second, why have 4 people been fired if no-one was doing anything wrong and the tapes were doctored as Ms. Lewis suggests? Third, ACORN is under investigation in 14 states, at this moment. There is a leaning towards a full Justice Investigation at the national level. Fourth, ACORN has admitted to supplying 400,000 fraudulent voter registrations - of which many celebrities and even Mickey Mouse were listed. Fifth, ACORN will not open their books for review. Sixth, ACORN is associated with the Rathke Brothers - one of whom embezzled a large sum of money, but whom ACORN did not prosecute. Why? So, what would you believe? The organization outlined above, or two young adults, obvious patriots, who wanted to expose corruption - and did? You decide... Wake Up America!