ACORN Stays the Course
The Bush administration’s hit job didn’t work. Despite all the Republican efforts to stop the liberal grass-roots organization ACORN, its workers continue to trudge the streets of urban America, signing up voters in places where the Bush people never venture.
The Republicans were never interested in ACORN’s goal of expanding the vote among the economically disadvantaged. Instead, the GOP wants to prevent the poor, especially African-Americans and Latinos, from registering or voting. That’s the Republican way. They know how unlikely it would be for these people to vote Republican.
That is why Republican officials demanded voter fraud prosecutions from U.S. attorneys in states where ACORN registered enough voters to worry the Republicans. Two of the U.S. attorneys found no grounds for prosecution and became part of the eight fired by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
I wondered what impact all this would have on ACORN.
Did Gonzales slow you down? I asked. “No,” said Alvivon “Bon Bon” Hurd, an ACORN volunteer. “It just makes us stronger.”
Hurd is an African-American woman who lives in the Pico Gardens housing project in Boyle Heights, a working-class, largely Latino section of Los Angeles east of the corporate high-rises and the new lofts of downtown.
I talked to her and Peter Kuhns, a staff organizer who was recruited by ACORN when he was a student at Pomona College.
Wouldn't it be neat to see the poor and disadvantaged turning out in DROVES to vote the Republicans out of office in 2008...from governorships to the White House? It could be done...but then I think of the Democrats and how they've behaved since they were
voted into a Congressional majority and then I wonder if it would really make a difference.....