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					Statement from Bertha Lewis, Chief Organizer, ACORN Regarding Recent News Reports

September 12, 2009

The relentless attacks on ACORN's members, its staff and the policies and positions we promote are
unprecedented. An international entertainment conglomerate, disguising itself as a "news" agency (Fox),
has expended millions, if not tens of millions of dollars, in their attempt to destroy the largest community
organization of Black, Latino, poor and working class people in the country. It is not coincidence that the
most recent attacks have been launched just when health care reform is gaining traction. It is clear they've
had these tapes for months.

We are their Willy Horton for 2009. We are the boogeyman for the right-wing and its echo chambers. If
ACORN did not exist, the right-wing would have needed to create us in order to achieve their agenda, their
missions, their ideal, retrograde America. This recent scam, which was attempted in San Diego, Los
Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia to name a few places, had failed for months before the results
we've all recently seen. I am appalled and angry; I cannot and I will not defend the actions of the workers
depicted in the video, who have since been terminated. But it is clear that the videos are doctored, edited,
and in no way the result of the fabricated story being portrayed by conservative activist "filmmaker" O'Keefe
and his partner in crime. And, in fact, a crime it was - our lawyers believe a felony - and we will be taking
legal action against Fox and their co-conspirators.

We will not be intimidated by this international conglomerate, which has made as its mission the destruction
of our organization. ACORN members are committed to the empowerment of their communities - Black,
Latino, poor, and working class – at the deepest level. We are an organization committed to halting the
foreclosure crisis and keeping people in their homes. We are an organization committed to ensuring quality,
affordable health care for every American. We are an organization that will not be stopped in our
commitment to our members and our communities which has included:


        Helping hundreds of thousands of African-American and Latino voters register to vote and get to
         the polls in recent years;
        Preparing, since 2004, approximately 150,000 free tax returns totaling $190 million in refunds and
         increased earned income tax credit participation;
        Providing effective foreclosure prevention advocacy saving thousands of American families from
         losing their homes to foreclosure.

				
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