By Frank James

The board of ACORN, the community organizing group, has approved what is essentially a mercy killing of the embattled operation.

In a statement, the group said:

The ACORN Association Board met on Sunday March 21 and approved a set of steps to responsibly manage the process of bringing its operations to a close over the coming months. These include:
Closing ACORN's remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1st; and Developing a plan to resolve all outstanding debts, obligations and other issues. ACORN's members have a great deal to be proud of--from promoting to homeownership to helping rebuild New Orleans, from raising wages to winning safer streets, from training community leaders to promoting voter participation--ACORN members have worked hard to create stronger to communities, a more inclusive democracy, and a more just nation.

NPR's Pam Fessler provided the context for ACORN's demise in a spot she did for the network's newscast:

ACORN has been under siege ever since the release last year of embarrassing undercover videos. They showed ACORN workers advising a couple pretending to be a pimp and a prostitute on how to conceal their activities.
Congress quickly cut off millions of dollars in funding for the group, which used the money to advise low-income individuals on housing and other issues. A federal judge has since ruled that move unconstitutional.
But many of ACORN's state chapters have already shut down or reorganized as new groups. And in a statement, ACORN says it will close remaining state chapters by April 1 and make plans to phase out all its operations.
CEO Bertha Lewis has blamed unwarranted right-wing attacks for the group's demise, although ACORN officials have admitted the group was poorly managed over the years.

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3:21 - March 22, 2010