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ACORN’s rotten tree has fallen…but don’t get too excited yet

According to Politico’s Ben Smith, ACORN is folding…closing up shop…giving up the ghost…

An ACORN honcho sent an e-mail to Smith:

The ACORN Association Board met on Sunday March 21 and approved a set of steps to responsibly manage the process of bringing its operations to a close over the coming months. These include:

* Closing ACORN’s remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1st; and

* Developing a plan to resolve all outstanding debts, obligations and other issues.

ACORN’s members have a great deal to be proud of–from promoting to 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.

However, before cracking the celebratory bottle of chablis, Smith’s comment may give some pause:

ACORN was always a very decentralized group, with a great deal of its activity and power concentrated in local chapters from New York to Arkansas — the strongest of which will survive.

This brings to mind a Greek hydra as ACORN‘s demise may only spawn many more mini-ACORNs.
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