WASHINGTON -- March 3 -- News Advisory:
More than 800 ACORN Members from all over the country will visit Washington, DC for ACORN's 2005 Legislative Conference on Monday, March 7. Monday's Day of Action will include a march and rally at the Capitol and at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in opposition to the privatization of social security; the release of a new report demonstrating racial discrimination by Wells Fargo, and rallies at the offices of tax preparation firms.
-- 10 a.m. -- Wells Fargo Report Release, Federal Reserve, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
-- Noon -- Rally against Social Security Privatization, Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol Street, Guest: Linda Chavez Thompson, AFL-CIO Vice President
-- 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. -- March to the West Lawn of the Capitol and Rally against the Bush Program, Guests: Senator Mark Pryor and NEA President Reg Weaver
ACORN has been a voice for low and moderate-income people in the United States for thirty-five years. For the past thirteen years members have come to the seat of government to hold their elected officials accountable to their concerns.
"We are ready to tell everyone up to the highest levels of government that Low and Moderate Income people will NOT be ignored," said ACORN National President Maude Hurd. "We will not let President Bush cast our concerns about his budget and new policy proposals aside. We will not stand idly by as racial disparities persist in mortgage lending. And we certainly will do all that we can to stop the abusive practices of commercial tax preparation chains."
Advanced copies of the Wells Fargo study are available. For more details contact Allison Conyers at 202-547-2500 or 757-870- 8749.
ACORN is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 175,000 member families organized into 800 neighborhood chapters in 80 cities across the country. Since 1970 ACORN has taken action and won victories on issues of concern to our members. ACORN's priorities include: better housing for first time homebuyers and tenants, living wages for low-wage workers, more investment in ACORN's communities from banks and governments, and better public schools. ACORN achieves these goals by building community organizations that have the power to win changes -- through direct action, negotiation, legislation, and voter participation. ACORN is an acronym, and each letter should be capitalized. ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN's website is at http://www.acorn.org.
To receive updates on ACORN's work every two weeks go to http://acorn.org/getinvolved