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National ACORN Takes Over LA Chapter

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 photo, an Acorn sign hangs in New Orleans on a blighted house in the Lower Ninth Ward since it was flooded during Hurricane Katrina.

National ACORN votes to take over local group

By Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune
October 19, 2009

Ratcheting up the hostilities between ACORN’s national leadership and the Louisiana chapter of the community action network, the parent organization voted this weekend to take over the local division and install a national employee to succeed the longtime local boss who was fired last week.

Yet local ACORN leaders, including the recently deposed Beth Butler, say they are nearing completion of a long-planned separation from the national organization, setting up shop in new offices but under the same name

According to a memo obtained by The Times-Picayune, ACORN National President Maude Hurd has appointed Stephen Bradberry, former Louisiana head organizer and now a national ACORN employee, as the chief administrator of the local operation. Bradberry has worked in the New Orleans office for about 10 years. An ad-hoc committee of five national board members, none from Louisiana, will have oversight of the new structure, which is described under ACORN bylaws as a "provisional administratorship."

ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, who fired Butler on Oct. 12, said in a written statement Monday: "I promised that under my leadership, I would move aggressively to have accountability at all levels. In that vein, ACORNs board has provided the tools to ensure that Louisiana ACORN is fully able to meet that standard. The arduous work of rebuilding the Gulf Coast is too important to meet any lesser standard." …

Butler and local ACORN power broker Vanessa Gueringer said Monday that the takeover is rooted in the struggling national organizations desire to commandeer the resources of its most successful chapter

An ACORN spokesman confirmed that Bradberry, who already worked out of the New Orleans office, convened a staff meeting Monday.

The offices of the new ACORN organization, meanwhile, are nearing an opening date, Butler said. She did not say whether she would work under her previous title of executive director, but Butler confirmed that she will play a lead role

Gueringer said local ACORN figures are willing to go to court to gain control of the Louisiana ACORN resources, including membership dues, property and recovery grants that are now in control of the national organization.

Gueringer said she has not talked with local staff members but believes they will be welcomed in the new organization. "I assume, like everybody, that those people need a job," she said. "Those folks have a tough decision to make about what organization they will be a part of."

Butler said she is pursuing her options under labor laws.

This is the like the ‘Great Schism’ between Pope Urban VI and Pope Clement VII.

Only different.

But it is just as we (and the Times-Picayune) foretold. The Louisiana chapter of ACORN just stole scammed amassed too much filthy lucre for the national group to ignore. And now the national honchos want it.

‘Honor among thieves’ is vastly overrated.

Anyway, it’s clear that ‘Honor among thieves’ is vastly overrated.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “National ACORN Takes Over LA Chapter”

  1. proreason says:

    I’m optimistic.

    Maybe they will scam each other and save the rest of us a few sheckles.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Ratcheting up the hostilities between ACORN’s national leadership and the Louisiana chapter of the community action network, ..”

    With any amount of luck, maybe they’ll create a big, big batch of whistleblowers and we can finally close this batch up and throw away the key!

  3. Confucius says:

    Like they say, “One corner, one pimp.”

  4. Chuckk says:

    The whole system of government grants and subsidies is rotten to the core. 90% of the benefits go to the “helpers,” and 10% go to those who are supposed to be helped.

    It’s fun to watch the pigs pushing each other away from the trough now. But ultimately it is sad, and very harmful to the country.

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