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After Trials and Tribulations, ACORN Shuts it Doors

The Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) will no longer be offering its services nationally, after a meeting of the board over the weekend. The fate of the local branches remains unclear. Although the majority will cease operation on April 1, as the non-profit continues to look for ways to settle its debts, some may rebrand themselves and maintain operations. In an e-mail sent to reporters, ACORN said: “[We] 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 to communities, a more inclusive democracy, and a more just nation.” ACORN began a turn for the worst when, in September, videos emerged online of ACORN workers allegedly giving some fraudulent advice to filmmaker James O’Keefe and his associate, Hannah Giles. In November, the group sued to get restricted federal funding flowing again. Write to Jacob Gaffney. The author holds no relevant investments.

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