ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now. It has hundreds of affiliates across the United States. ACORN was inspired by Saul Alinsky; more about him below when looking at his Industrial Areas Foundation. Here is ACORN’s mission statement, revealing its militant stance: “But we have nothing to show for the work of our hand, the tax of our labor. Our patience has been abused; our experience misused. Our silence has been seen as support. Our struggle has been ignored. Enough is enough. We will wait no longer for the crumbs at America’s door. We will not be meek, but mighty. We will not starve on past promises, but feast on future dreams.”[xxiv]
Barack Obama has very strong connections with ACORN; this is fairly well known. The Obama election campaign gave money to an ACORN affiliate; and Obama led a voter drive for another ACORN affiliate, represented ACORN in court, and lectured at ACORN in the techniques of Alinskian organising. ACORN endorsed Obama for president.[xxv] What is NOT well known (because the news media are afraid of being branded anti-Catholic if they publicise it) is that these strong ties to ACORN were established, originally, through the US Roman Catholic institution! Rome, in fact, has provided millions of dollars in funds to ACORN over the years.[xxvi] And this, of course, is money raised from ordinary Roman Catholics sitting in the pews! It is true that in November 2008, under intense pressure from conservative Roman Catholics, the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference cut off funding to ACORN, citing allegations of corruption. But this does not mean much considering that other radical community activist groups with similar goals, such as Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation, continue to receive funding from the bishops’ conference.[xxvii] The truth is, since 1969 the CCHD has given over $280 million to fund over 7800 radical leftist activist organisations.[xxviii]
Now let’s look more closely at the Industrial Areas Foundation of Saul Alinsky.
Saul “The Red” Alinsky, a Chicago Socialist and an admitted disciple of Karl Marx, was dubbed “the father of community organising” in America. This is a man who dedicated his 1971 manual on grassroots activism, Rules for Radicals, to Lucifer, whom he referred to as “the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom”![xxix] This is a man who believed the poor had to rise up, even violently, and take what belonged to them. He stated, “I tell people, ‘The hell with charity. The only thing you’ll get is what you’re strong enough to get.’” And so he developed his ideas of radical “community organising” in order to mobilise people living in poor neighbourhoods to demand what they wanted from the authorities. But, “To Alinsky, ‘organizing’ was a euphemistic term for ‘revolution.’”[xxx]
Yet this is the man who greatly inspired the young Barack Obama and also the young Hillary Clinton, now Obama’s Secretary of State. Hillary actually wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley on Alinsky.[xxxi]
He envisioned an “organization of organizations”, made up of all sectors of society: youth committees, small businesses, labour unions, and – most influential of all – the Roman Catholic “Church”![xxxii] .
Alinsky founded the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), a network with dozens of affiliates in the USA and in other countries. He referred to the IAF’s training institute as a “school for professional radicals.” And since 1972 (when Alinsky died) its head has been Edward T. Chambers, an ex-Roman Catholic seminarian. And the IAF has received huge amounts of money from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In fact, the CCHD was specifically created to fund Alinsky’s IAF, according to Romish writer Paul Likoudis![xxxiii]