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Tara Conley, Communications Associate, Brave New Films
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Brave New Films and ACORN Release Video Calling Out Dirty McCain Campaign Tactics, Highlighting Voter Suppression

Screening at House Parties in Seventeen Cities Nationwide


Brave New Films has released a new video detailing the real story
behind the manufactured controversy surrounding ACORN's voter
registration program. BNF is working with ACORN to deflect the
outrageous charges against the national voter registration organization
that have been circulated widely in the media and to expose the parties
behind the attacks as collaborators in a long history of right wing
voter intimidation and suppression.

The new video features an ACORN official stating that the hysterical
allegations by the McCain campaign and the Republican National
Committee are nothing but "absurd" and "ridiculous" attacks, just
another politically calculated attempt to intimidate low-income voters
and people of color from casting ballots this November. The video
features a television clip of The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan arguing
that the attacks comprise an "ACORN strategy" of de-legitimizing
election results before they come in. These anti-democratic activities
by right wing interests, the ACORN official argues, are the most
"un-American thing you can do." The new video highlights
underrepresented communities benefiting from ACORN's work.

Beginning this week, the video will be screened in 17 cities nationwide
at ACORN-sponsored house parties, including: Washington, DC, Boston,
Springfield, MA, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati,
Philadelphia, Hartford, Houston, Dallas, Bridgeport, Detroit, Flint,
the Twin Cities, and Charlotte.

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities. Since 1970, ACORN has grown to more than 350,000 member families, organized in 850 neighborhood chapters in over 100 cities across the U.S. and in cities in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Canada.