Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 9:29 AM
Subject: acorn "confi dential" to an e-list
From: Nathan Henderson-James <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: February 22, 2010 11:34:27 PM EST
Cc: Townhouse <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [townhouse] Re: ACORN
> What I'm about to say is, unless I explictly say so, totally and completely confi dential.
> First, reports of our demise today mostly aren't accurate, though this CBS blog report does a decent job:
> Here's the full statement that we released to those who asked. This is quotable.
> ACORN statement
> Today in New York a group of grassroots leaders and organizers who have worked with ACORN for many
years announced today that they are establishing a new, state-based organization. There was a similar announce-
ment last month in California.
> ACORN Communications Director Kevin Whelan issued the following statement:
> “ACORN’s national leadership respects the decision of this dedicated group of community leaders who have
done so much to help make their neighborhoods, cities, state, and the country a better and fairer place. We know
they will continue to do great work and we wish them well.
> Bertha Lewis continues to serve as the CEO and Chief Organizer of ACORN (Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now) that speaks for low income families nationwide. (Ms. Lewis does not have a
position with the new community organization that was announced in New York today.)
> It’s no secret that ACORN has had to fi ght hard to survive a series of vicious right wing attacks over the past
year and half and that this has made it harder for ACORN to raise funds and organize and serve its members.
We understand the desire of local grassroots leaders in some states to move ahead focusing solely on the fi ght to
improve their communities.“
> Bertha will be releasing