day after I arrived in Boston
for a meeting, the ACORN offices had been burglarized trashed and
computers were stolen. Chris Leonard, with the Boston Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), was clearly being
cautious when he dubbed the break-in “suspicious” but not politically
I wrote about what presidential candidate John McCain called “…one of the greatest frauds in voter history in
this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.” There were
several online negative responses to my article that railed against
ACORN. One responder rebuffed that the group had made its bed and
would now have to lie in it.
went on to amplify his unfounded allegations by accusing ACORN’s
work around home loans as a factor in the home foreclosure crises.
ACORN President Maude Hurd released
a national statement in response to the growing chorus behind McCain’s
there have been criticisms in the social justice movement over the
years around ACORN’s philosophy and tactics. Let’s not miss the
forest for the trees: ACORN is being used as subterfuge for additional
voter suppression and for blame of GOP losses on November 4. We
must keep our eyes on the prize by making sure everybody who wants
to vote does and that their vote is counted.
GOP and the rest of the rightwing want to act like we are left-wing
conspiracy nuts as we warn of a third possible stolen election.
How the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen has been documented
in great detail.
on election thievery and thuggery include:
the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008,
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman;
and Dirty : The Plot to Steal the Presidency,
by Jake Tapper;
Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President,
by J.H. Hatfield;
Theft 2000: Media Spectacle and a Stolen Election,
by Douglas Kellner;
Hail to the Thief: How the Media "Stole" the U.S. Presidential
by Danny Schechter;
Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices,
and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give or Take a Few) Landed George W.
Bush in the White House,
by David Kaplan;
Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution
and Chose Our President,
by Vincent Bugloss;
Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election,
by Jeffrey Tobin
that show the real deal are:
- The 2000 Presidential Election - 2004 Campaign Edition,
On Democracy: The Untold Story Of 175,000 Missing Votes In The
2000 Presidential Election [Bush Vs. Gore] [A Danny Schechter
The New Math of American Elections,
name a few.
are countless investigative articles by the likes of Greg Palast,
Bobby Kennedy, Jr., and others. There has even been college courses
designed to dissect the phenomenon like NYU’s “How to Steal an Election”.
who would dare argue with a Republican and one
of the world's leading experts in cyber crime. That would be Steve
Spoonamore who says the Diebold voting machines can never
vote suppression efforts of the South during the Civil Rights era
has evolved into a high-tech and sophisticated suppression with
sweeping ramifications more devastating than Mickey Mouse appearing
on a voter registration list gathered by ACORN workers. The suppression
has disproportionately targeted Democratic voters who are poor,
black and brown. The tactics includes arbitrary cleansing of voter
lists, lack of sufficient machines in high voter turnout areas,
the overuse of provisional ballots (who knows how many of those
get counted!) and a host of other deceitful methods.
there is a huge network of voter protection efforts across the country
in acknowledgment of the fact that 2000 and 2004 were truly stolen.
am involved in one such effort, the No
More Stolen Elections! Over 17,000 have taken the pledge to
“take action if the election is stolen again… to support efforts
to protect the right to vote… and to join nationwide pro-democracy
protests…” The NMSE! website gives and receives updates on voting
problems and is working to be proactive. If you are poised to do
some protest actions should the election be stolen, please let us
progressive movement has had eight years to study how an election
can be stolen. We should be organized by now to prevent a third
stolen election. Si se puede - yes we can - stop the attacks on
one of the most participatory acts in this so-called democracy.
member, Jamala Rogers, is the leader of the Organization for Black Struggle in St. Louis and the Black Radical Congress
National Organizer. Click here
to contact Ms. Rogers.