ACORN, calling the actions of some of its employees "indefensible," has suspended advising new clients as part of its service programs and is setting up an independent review to see what happened.
ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said in a written statement that she was "ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN's service programs until completion of an independent review."
The actions were taken, she said, "as a result of indefensible action of a handful of our employees."
Videos of ACORN workers giving tax advice to people posing as prostitutes and other revelations have led to growing criticism of the organization in recent days.
Lewis continued: "We have all been deeply disturbed by what weve seen in some of these videos. I must say, on behalf of ACORN's Board and our Advisory Council, that we will go to whatever lengths necessary to reestablish the public trust. For nearly forty years, ACORN has given voice to communities, and gotten results. Right now, our nearly 500,000 member are working their hearts out for quality, affordable healthcare for every American and to help stop the foreclosure crisis. We must get this process right, so the good work can go forward." [...]
Certainly, this is progress in a sense but this sounds like yet another public relations scheme by the criminal organization known as ACORN.
I've been studying ACORN for more than a year now and have written tens of thousands of words on the organization. Clearly, ACORN management is well aware of what goes on in its offices. Management will probably use this so-called investigation as a smokescreen and throw lower-level employees to the wolves.
That's what ACORN does.
It's what ACORN has always done.
Do not be suckered by ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis's statement, which is merely a concession to the political exigencies of the moment. (Lewis isn't really in control of ACORN anyway. She's a figurehead.)
ACORN will try to stall and ride this out. It cannot be trusted to investigate itself. All of its major offices should be raided by law enforcement immediately.
These people are not mere activists.
They are gangsters and deserve to be treated as such.
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