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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-ACORN Operatives Behind the Scene of 'Occupy' Protests ^

Posted on 10/26/2011 8:55:07 AM PDT by kcvl

The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell

The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted Congress to cut off federal funds.

NYCC’s connection to ACORN isn’t a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organization’s controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests.

Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities – paying some of them $100 a day - to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said.

At least some of those hired are being used as door-to-door canvassers to collect money that’s used to support the protests.

Sources said cash donations collected by NYCC on behalf of some unions and various causes are being pooled and spent on Occupy Wall Street. The money is used to buy supplies, pay staff and cover travel expenses for the ex-ACORN members brought to New York for the protests.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 5thcolumn; enemywithin; traitors

1 posted on 10/26/2011 8:55:09 AM PDT by kcvl
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before you know it, we’ll find out there are ardent communists behind Acorn.....Oh wait.....

2 posted on 10/26/2011 9:06:00 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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3 posted on 10/26/2011 9:16:04 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kcvl

This occupy thing has Obama all over it.

4 posted on 10/26/2011 9:25:08 AM PDT by chainsaw (Sarah Palin would be my first choice. .)
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Just Crazy! These people are just anarchists for the sake of being anarchists.

5 posted on 10/26/2011 10:00:30 AM PDT by johngrace (1 John 4!- declared at every Sunday Mass.)
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Wh’ dat moanah cummin frome?

6 posted on 10/26/2011 10:04:10 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: chainsaw

New York Communities for Change (NYCC)

Peggy Gibbs

Peggy Gibbs is a leader in her building in the Bronx, where she and her neighbors have be fighting to get repairs and hold the landlord accountable.

“NYCC is an organization that does what it needs to do to get things done. Getting involved keeps me active since I retired, and I like to be helpful wherever I can, wherever I’m needed.”

Latest from TwitterGreat coverage of #OccupyBuffalo and NYCC’s work to get cities and towns to stop doing business with JP Morgan Chase
about 21 hours ago

Just 2 make sure the 1% is hearing us loud & clear we’re hand delivering the #OccupyTheBoardroom Msgs:
8:51 PM yesterday

RT @oliviarising: Great piece about Gov. 1% & the Millionaires tax by @seasonothebitch that quotes me & @jwnychange
3:01 PM Oct 19th


Why We’re Joining #OccupyWallStreet
30 Sep 2011 - 3:26pm

Submitted by Jon Kest on 30 September 2011 - 3:26pm
It has been amazing watching #OccupyWallStreet grow over the past two weeks. As someone who has been involved in the social justice movement in New York for more than 30 years, it’s a rare occasion that I get to watch a movement like this develop from the outside.

Over the past several years, while the big banks have destroyed our economy and working people have fought to make do with less and less, the richest one percent of Americans continue to take of more of the pie.

Budget Cuts Hurt
21 Sep 2011 - 12:37pm

NYCC Parent Leaders are rallying with members from Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ) and other parent organizations this morning to share their stories about how budget cuts hurt.

7 posted on 10/26/2011 10:21:39 AM PDT by kcvl
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NY Communities For Change


Notice the logo WF = Working Families Party

This post was written by Matthew Cain, one of several WFP staffers who went down to the labor and community march in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street after work today.

"I just got back from the march. The energy was palpable before we even arrived at Foley Square."

8 posted on 10/26/2011 10:31:02 AM PDT by kcvl
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9 posted on 10/26/2011 10:32:32 AM PDT by kcvl
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notice the very nice commercially printed signs.

this is astroturfing at its finest.

If you are wondering where the MSM is, they are the ones holding the signs.

10 posted on 10/26/2011 10:36:43 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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It is interesting they are protesting Goldman Sachs. Goldman and the Democrat Party have been in cahoots for years with people revolving in and out of Sachs and Democrat administrations. Yet, they have always been successful in tying Wall Street to the Republican Party through the media. Even the mayor, Bloomberg, is ex-Goldman Sachs.

11 posted on 10/26/2011 8:24:52 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot
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