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[It] really got us to thinking abouthow to reorganize ourselves, howto run our chapters because weknew that these kind of attackswould never stop. So we had toregroup, reorganize, rebrand. Butfolks across the country in 25states, former ACORN chaptersand former ACORN members arestill organizing on a local level, herein New York City ... Our chaptersregrouped. People renamed them-selves, reorganized themselves,so that they could have very goodstructures, and the
ght continues.I think in a way the Right made amistake when they attacked us vi-ciously. Because now what they didwas [they] actually helped us focus[on] how to make ourselves bulletproof as we move forward.The chapters followed orders. And now these“new” groups are everywhere, gearing upto help reelect President Obama, a formerACORN employee.
Different Names, Same Faces: ACORN’sFront Groups
Take a look at the new names that ACORNstate-level chapters are using. Incorporatedas new nonpro
ts, they celebrate diversityand the cause of social justice for all. Insome states, there is more than one ACORNfront group.Here are the 21 ACORN front groups weknow about. An asterisk (*) indicates anewly discovered front group not previouslyidenti
Living United for Change inArizona
Arkansas Community Orga-nizations
Alliance of Californians forCommunity Empowerment
(ACCE)Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Is-land:
New England United for Justice
Delawareans for Social andEconomic Justice
*District of Columbia and Maryland:
Communities UnitedTraining and Education Fund
A Community Voice
Minnesota NeighborhoodsOrganizing for Change
Missourians Organizing forReform & Empowerment
Organizers in the Land of Enchantment
New York Communities forChange
Action North Carolina
Pennsylvania Neighbor-hoods for Social Justice
Pennsylvania Communities Organizingfor Change
. PCOC does businessunder the name
Texas Organizing Project
TexasOrganizing Project Education Fund
Organization United forReform
These groups are typically staffed by formerACORN of
cials, and in many cases oper-ate out of their former ACORN of
Alliance of Californians for CommunityEmpowerment is run by executive directorAmy Schur, a 20+ year ACORN employee.To keep things legal ACCE paid $9,000 topurchase ACORN California computers andof
ce equipment. It also bought the rights toACORN’s donor databases.
In Florida, Organize Now is run byTamecka Pierce, former president of FloridaACORN.
Living United for Change in Arizonais run by former ACORN of
Action North Carolina is run by AlexanderP. “Pat” McCoy, former head organizer forNorth Carolina ACORN.
The executive director of New York Com-munities for Change is Jon Kest, a longtimeACORN of
cial and brother of formerACORN national director Steve Kest.
Matthew Henderson, former New MexicoACORN head organizer, now runs OLÉ,Organizers in the Land of Enchantment.
Darlene Battle, former state director of Delaware ACORN, heads Delawareans forSocial and Economic Justice. The new grouphas close ties to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell,a Democrat sworn into of
ce in 2009.
Show Us the Money!
Many of the new front groups intend to seekfunding from the federal government, if theyhaven’t received funds already. Half haveobtained “DUNS” numbers from Dun andBradstreet, which enables them to apply forfederal grants. Since 2003 the federal govern-ment’s Of
ce of Management and Budget(OMB) has required federal grant applicants
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