ACORN’s Guerrilla Campaign for OWS… Or Just More Faux News Lies?

Over a year after the conservatives managed to shut down much of the operational infrastructure of ACORN through the smears and lies of James O’Keefe, Andrew Brietbart, and Tea Baggers in Congress

The group has (supposedly) reappeared – working with Occupy Wall Street.

At the time of ACORN’s disbanding, the group’s director warned that the group wouldn’t be disappearing, but breaking up into smaller regional units. The Rehugs may indeed regret forcing the group underground, and to go Guerrilla.

ACORN has the ground game, and organizational moxy to assist the Occupy Wall Street Movement to turn in to an even more extensive major force. The right wing’s greatest nightmare.

Now – the article below is a Faux News article, and considering that Faux News are the same people who broadcast edited and fake videos of the ACORN Pimp, and broadcast highly edited and prejudicial video attacking Shirly Sherrod – you have to take much of what they say with a grain of salt. Ergo – Faux News doesn’t have the journalistic integrity not to be lying either about the money, how the organization works, or what the organization does. That is, after all, what they do…Lie. And the one proven entity, based on track record,  not to tell the truth relative to ACORN, OWS, or any community organization is Faux.

So…Is there a connection between former ACORN people and OWS? Probably. It isn’t out of the universe of possibility that folks who supported what ACORN was doing at the community service level to also be attracted to OWS. Is one of the community groups that spun out of ACORN providing support to OWS? It certainly is in the realm of the possible – and perfectly legitimate. But to prove that anything illegitimate is going on takes a bit more than just wild eyed prevarication by an organization, such as Faux News, whose reputation has already been deeply sullied by their own lies – about the same folks.

EXCLUSIVE: ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in ‘Occupy’ Movement

The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell FoxNews.com.

The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted Congress to cut off federal funds.

NYCC’s connection to ACORN isn’t a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organization’s controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests.

Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities – paying some of them $100 a day – to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said.

At least some of those hired are being used as door-to-door canvassers to collect money that’s used to support the protests.

Faux News’ Crusade to Make Black People Villains – Ed Shultz

Ed Shultz hits it on the head this morning…

Faux News and ACORN – Legally Actionable?

Seems to me that next up on the DOJ’s criminal docket should be Faux News’ violation of ACORN employees Civil Rights – and possibly a RICO Investigation into criminal activity aimed at illegally destroying the organization. Several employees lost their jobs due to defamatory reporting. Further, it is normally incumbent on a News Organization to determine if the information it is broadcasting was collected legally – AND if laws were broken in the collection or manipulation of that information.

ACORN Pimp Sued

Looks like the ACORN Pimp may be paying out more than just the ass in his abbreviated prison stay…

This article is short on the legal ramifications, but while the ACORN Pimp, James O’Keefe and his accomplices have escaped further criminal prosecution – they are liable for defamation, and the loss of jobs by ACORN employees. The accomplices in this case not only include the “Ho'” who worked with O’Keefe, but possibly Brietbart (and others) who apparently financed their “operation” – as well as Faux News who promoted the tapes even when substantial evidence emerged that they were fake.

Now – if some aspiring young lawyers really want to have some fun – what I would suggest is taking a look at the local Public Utilities Commissions and FCC to check on what remediation is possible against Public Service broadcasters knowingly broadcasting false and defamatory material

Former ACORN employee sues O’Keefe and Giles

A former ACORN employee in San Diego who lost his job after being filmed giving advice to “ACORN pimp” James O’Keefe is suing the amateur videographer and his partner, Hannah Giles, San Diego CityBeat’s Dave Maas reported Friday.

Juan Carlos Vera was one of a number of ACORN employees who in the summer of 2009 was secretly filmed giving advice to O’Keefe and Giles, who were posing as a pimp and prostitute with plans to bring underage prostitutes to the US from Latin America.

In a lawsuit (PDF) filed in a California court this week, Vera argues O’Keefe and Giles broke the law when they taped their conversation inside the ACORN office. California is one of about a dozen states where conversations can only be recorded if all parties to it agree. Vera is seeking $75,000, plus unspecified “special damages.”

San Diego CityBeat reports that California Attorney General Jerry Brown cleared Vera of wrongdoing in a report earlier this year. Brown found that, though Vera appeared sympathetic to the “pimp and prostitute” during the taped meeting, he immediately notified the police of the conversation. Brown’s investigation also found that the O’Keefe videos were “significantly edited.”

The shocking prospect of ACORN employees aiding in human trafficking prompted Congress to de-fund the group last year, a move that was later ruled unconstitutional. And a report from the Government Accountability Office, released earlier this year, found no evidence of wrongdoingon the part of ACORN, which received some $40 million in federal funding from 2005 to 2009.

ACORN – Shouldn’t There Be a Class Action Lawsuit? RICO?

Looks to me that ACORN was destroyed intentionally, damaging the rights of millions of poor people in the United States. I think there minimally should be a criminal investigation into this, and a class-action lawsuit on behalf of communities formerly served by ACORN, former ACORN employees, and the former corporate entity.

The Right Wing Mafia and Hit Squad Should Be Held Accountable

Report Finds ACORN Did Not Support Voter Fraud; O’Keefe Is the Real Criminal

A new government report debunks claims made by right-wing politicians and media that the now defunct community advocacy group ACORN violated elections law and supported voter fraud.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Monday also confirms that two former ACORN employees in Maryland did not break the law when they offered advice to conservative activist James O’Keefe and columnist Hannah Giles, who secretly videotaped a meeting with the employees while posing as a couple interested in starting a brothel.

O’Keefe and fellow activists pled guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge for illegally entering Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office and tampering with her phone.

ACORN fired the employees that advised O’Keefe and Giles and then filed a lawsuit against the pranksters, alleging they broke a Maryland law stating that both parties must agree to sound recordings.

The media firestorm created by O’Keefe’s video was the tipping point in a right-wing war against ACORN that can be traced back to the Bush administration. Congress quickly acted to strip the organization of funding, and both public and private donors dropped their sponsorship.

ACORN had been the largest poor people’s rights and community organizing group in the nation, but, starved for funds, the national organization folded in March.

ACORN voter registration drives in poor and minority neighborhoods were apparently a threat to the Bush administration as early as 2004, according to a Truthout investigative report. Emails that surfaced in August 2009 revealed the role that Karl Rove and other administration officials played in the firings of nine US attorneys, two of whom had refused to bring criminal charges against individuals affiliated with ACORN.

The media was quick to report on an alleged history of voter fraud and election violations attributed to ACORN and its affiliates during the 2008 election season, but the GAO report found that, in every case identified, complaints filed against ACORN with the Federal Elections Commission were dismissed.

The report also showed that four of six FBI investigations into alleged voter fraud committed by ACORN employees were closed due to lack of evidence. The two other investigations were also closed and referred to local and state jurisdictions.

The report detailed five cases in which ACORN employees pled guilty to misdemeanor counts of voter registration fraud, but stated that these cases did not allege any wrongdoing on behalf of ACORN or any affiliated organizations. In fact, ACORN offered materials to local election officials that helped initiate the prosecution of the guilty individuals, and each case stated that ACORN had properly trained the individuals to legally register voters.

The GAO report also states that agencies providing funding to ACORN generally did not report “any problem with grants,” although reviews are ongoing.

Tea Bagger Feud Over Use of N-Word

During the run-up to the Health Care vote, Congressman John Lewis and several other black lawmakers were verbally assaulted by Tea Bagger protesters as they walked from one of the Office Buildings to the Capital Building. 4 Congressmen, including a white Congressman reported hearing chants of the N-word hurled at the lawmakers by Tea Baggers.

Andrew Breitbart

Within a day or so of the incident being reported in the MSM, a video posted by Andrew Breitbart. Brietbart was central in “breaking” the James O’Keefe white-boy pimp ACORN sting, and providing the videos to Faux News. Brietbart, and others within the Tea Party movement are claiming that the incident reported by the Congressmen never happened, based on a video purportedly shot during the time the Congressmen claim they were assaulted. They are claiming that the Congressmen are lying in order to portray the Tea Baggers in a racist light.

Now it turns out that the video presented by Brietbart and other Tea Baggers of evidence that the assault never happened, was shot at a totally different time than the period in which the Congressmen claim they were assaulted.

Now – this could have been a mistake, but when you consider the same sources are the origin of the now thoroughly discredited ACORN tapes which resulted in the destruction of ACORN…

Then the DOJ needs to start looking at this as a criminal enterprise, and needs to look at possibly charging Mr. Breitbart and his accomplices with several crimes, including potentially violations under the Civil Rights Act, Wire Fraud, and Mail Fraud.

Wrong Video of Health Protest Spurs N-Word Feud

Three Democratic congressmen — all black — say they heard racial slurs as they walked through thousands of angry protesters outside the U.S. Capitol. A white lawmaker says he heard the epithets too. Conservative activists say the lawmakers are lying.

What does the video show? Not much. Indeed, new interviews show that a much-viewed YouTube recording cited as evidence by conservatives was actually shot well after the time in question.

It was March 20, near the end of the bitter health care debate, when Reps. John Lewis, Andre Carson and Emanuel Cleaver say that some demonstrators, many of them tea party activists, yelled the “N-word” as the congressmen walked from House office buildings to the Capitol. Continue reading

Homeless… Acorn Disbands

The Tall Oak that was ACORN is disbanding, and closing – leaving in it’s wake dozens of local community organizations to take up the fight -

The community organizing group ACORN announced Monday it is closing its operations amid falling revenues.

The announcement came a day after the board of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now met and approved the steps required “to responsibly manage the process of bringing its operations to a close over the coming months,” an ACORN statement read.

The group’s remaining state affiliates and field offices will close by April 1, and a plan will be developed to pay its debts, the statement said.

“ACORN’s members have a great deal to be proud of — from promoting homeownership to helping rebuild New Orleans, from raising wages to winning safer streets, from training community leaders to promoting voter participation — ACORN members have worked hard to create stronger communities, a more inclusive democracy and a more just nation,” it said.

The 40-year-old liberal group was crippled by scandal six months ago when a pair of conservative activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute secretly videotaped two ACORN employees appearing to give them advice about setting up a prostitution ring and evading the IRS.

The video led to the employees being fired.

Afterward, Congress halted Housing and Urban Development grants to ACORN. Continue reading

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