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Subject: The future of ACORN
ACORN is not dead!
ACORN is alive because you are alive and still fighting for
justice. Over the past 40 years, ACORN members have been
through a lot in the fight to empower working families and
families of color -- and it has been the commitment of
people like you, regular folks doing extraordinary things,
that has made it possible.
Since ACORN's inception all the way back in 1970, regular folks have
been fighting and winning extraordinary things that make a
difference in their everyday lives -- from promoting home ownership,
combating predatory lending, reforming public schools, protecting
and promoting voter participation, raising the minimum wage,
helping to rebuild New Orleans, and just last month to helping bring
about fundamental change in our nation's health care policy. The
work of ACORN members and supporters, the heart and soul of
ACORN, has literally changed our country.
As you know, one of our greatest accomplishments was helping over
one million citizens in poor and minority communities apply to
become registered voters in 2008. Our work was non-partisan,
seeking simply to make democracy work by giving these citizens a chance to vote for the candidate of
their choice and letting all politicians know that low- and moderate-income communities VOTE and
expect our issues to be addressed.
So it is hardly surprising that the corporate-funded defenders of low-wages, predatory lending, sub-
standard housing, dirty air and energy, and a pay-to-play health care "system" -- the entire status quo -
- decided they had to limit ACORN's impact in 2008. And after the election, they decided they just
couldn't afford to have ACORN around anymore.
ACORN started out small and feisty and over the years grew into one of the largest community
organizations in America. Our accomplishments are the results of the vision and extraordinary work
from talented, dedicated leaders, staff and 500,000 me