ACORN, the community organizing group that collapsed earlier this year under the weight of a furious conservative assault, aims to reconstitute itself under a new name after the midterm elections, according to a new book on the group.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, as it is formally known, could not survive the embarrassing videos produced in 2009 by guerrilla journalist James O'Keefe that appeared to show ACORN workers advising a would-be pimp, and it effectively dissolved into its local chapters.
But strong local ACORN chapters swiftly regrouped under new names, such as the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and New York Communities for Change. Those groups "will retain ACORN's commitment to building national power and are beginning discussions" about re-launching a national organization some time after November, John Atlas writes in his sympathetic new history of ACORN, "Seeds of Change."
Don't be fooled. ACORN isn't dead, yet.