PumaSF pointed me to the ACORN 8 website. From their “Who We Are” Page:
“The ACORN 8 is an organization of ACORN leaders; current and former board members who are struggling to reform the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now following the discovery of a multi-million dollar embezzlement.
We’re a group of ACORN members — leaders at the state and national level — who asked hard questions about an embezzlement and cover-up that occurred eight years ago within the organization. The founder’s brother embezzled about $1 million from ACORN. He was allowed to remain employed at ACORN. The embezzlement was carried as a loan. The cover-up was sold to the President and senior staff as something that needed to be handled internally, so that Republicans couldn’t use the information against ACORN.
Our group, now known as the ACORN 8, asked to see the books. This request, well within the rights of board members, was refused. We attempted to resolve the problem. Marcel Reid and Karen Inman, having been elected by the National Board and given the right to enlist help to straighten out ACORN, hired a firm to investigate the financial operation of CCI, the accounting firm controlled by ACORN.
At that point the staff understood that we weren’t going to be a rubber stamp for their activities. We filed a temporary restraining order to stop destruction of financial records, and to get an an accounting from the founder and accounting firm.
Staff organized members to get us to stop the investigation and to withdraw the lawsuit. They convinced the board to withdraw the temporary restraining order. However, they were not successful at silencing the ACORN 8. The original eight, plus leaders from across the country, obtained a writ of mandamus, a court order to the organization compelling it to properly discharge its duties. But with its large budget and considerable resources, ACORN was able to delay and postpone. ACORN 8 does not have the large resources of ACORN, but we do have voices that will not be silenced.”
Yes, the interview is with Glenn Beck, a far right commentator, but the women from ACORN hardly look like right wing Republican plants. Heck, if you’re friends with a woman named Pocahontas Outlaw how could you be a Republican??
ACORN 8 and groups like it are natural allies to Puma PAC. They are underdogs, underfunded, and trying to take on major power players. We should give them all the help we can.
Speaking of natural allies, Danceswithpumas has a great link to reports of more members of the liberal left waking up to the Fraudulence of President O’logo.
And, THIS, via Persephone, has some Democratic groups calling outright for obama’s resignation. Turning worms anyone?
Oh, and I have to ask, yet again, how is it that in the year 2009, with a Democrat in the White House and super majorities in both houses of Congress, a Supreme Court nominee who supports affirmative action and (we hope) our right to privacy in matters of reproduction, is forced to evade, wiggle, and back track to please a TINY minority of white dude Senators???
I have mixed feelings about affirmative action. As do most Americans. If you asked me my opinion of promoting racial diversity in colleges and fire departments 20 years ago, I’d probably have been all for it. Times were different in 1989 or 1979. I do think racial quotas have outlived their necessity and we should be moving toward race-blindness in all areas of public life.
But for lord sakes, reproductive choice, racial diversity, and civil rights are CORE Democratic principles. What the hell is obama doing distancing himself from Sotomayor’s remarks and refusing to divulge if he asked about her opinion of forced pregnancy?
With Democrats like these, indeed.