Press Statement
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2008
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-217-5882

State Legislators Hold Press Conference in Support of ACORN

October 24, 2008 (HOUSTON) - State Senator Rodney Ellis and State Representative Garnet Coleman came together to stand by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) at a press conference in support for the grassroots organization.

ACORN has been under recent scrutiny in a few states for alleged improper completion of voter registration cards. Any workers who were found to engage in improper activity were immediately terminated. The allegations have prompted controversy during this election year, as well as threats of violence against the organization. Earlier this week Congressmembers, including John Conyers, Jr., Chair of the House Judiciary, released a letter today demanding immediate action to end violence and intimidation against election workers.

ACORN has been responsible for registering 1.3 million new voters nationwide just this year. Since 2004, ACORN has helped more than 1.7 million low and moderate-income citizens to apply to register to vote. ACORN has been active in raising minimum wage across the country, foreclosure prevention, fair housing, and disaster relief efforts. Established in 1970, ACORN is the nation's largest grassroots community organization, with more than 400,000 low and moderate-income families organized into more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 42 states.

"ACORN has long history of doing good for our communities and standing up for democracy in our country and our state. These few allegations against ACORN follow numerous other tactics used by certain parties attempting deter efforts to get Americans to exercise their right to vote, and in no way detract from that legacy," said Senator Ellis.