Burien-Based ACORN Office Broken Into, Harassed
According to The Seattle Times, the Burien-based ACORN office has been receiving vulgar and harassing phone calls from people upset with its role in registering 1.3 million poor and minority Americans to vote.
It’s also been broken into, but police say that wasn’t politically motivated.
ACORN, which is an acronym for the “Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now,” apparently has notified the FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division of the incidents.
If you’ve been following the presidential election, you’ve probably heard Republican candidate John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin criticize ACORN for voter registration fraud and attempt to tie Democratic nominee Barack Obama to it.
We here at the B-Town Blog have been trying to remain politically neutral so far, but at this point we must take a stand and encourage our Readers to get all the facts before believing what a desperate politician says two weeks before election day; yes, politics can be dirty, but harassing a local office that had nothing to do with any of these claims is unacceptable for a community like Burien.
We have put a call into the local ACORN offices, and will update this developing story when we hear back from them.
UPDATE: According to Marketwatch:
Velvet Revolution, an organization dedicated to fair elections, is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for break-ins at the ACORN offices in Dorchester, MA and Burien, WA.The timing of the break-ins coincide with the Republican attacks on the organization. The Washington break-in occurred on Tuesday and the Boston break-in occurred in the evening after Senator McCain made accusations against ACORN in the final Presidential debate, where he said the group was “destroying the fabric of democracy”.
In recent days the organization has been the target of threatening calls and e-mails, including at least one death threat.
“Voter suppression is their goal but we will not allow the actions of political hacks and zealots to intimidate us or keep us from exercising our most fundamental right – the right to vote” – Mimi Ramos, Head Organizer, Massachusetts ACORN.