by Matthew Vadum
As the remnants of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now regroup in order to bring chaos to the 2012 election cycle, ACORNís renamed New York chapter is teeming with activity.
The successor organization, called New York Communities for Change (NYCC), operates out of the same office on Nevins Street in Brooklyn that is home to ACORN and its partisan arm, the socialist Working Families Party of New York.
Longtime ACORN leader Jon Kest is executive director of NYCC. Kest is the brother of Steve Kest, former executive director of ACORN, who has joined fellow radical community organizer Van Jones as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank that functions as a public relations firm for the Obama administration.
The "new" ACORN group has already held a glittering fund-raiser featuring "Sex in the City" actress Cynthia Nixon and U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano (D.-N.Y.), both longtime ACORN supporters.
NYCC, which reportedly shares board members with New York ACORN, is already waging war against Walmart, which is hoping to open a store in Brooklyn. ACORN has always had a special, visceral contempt for Walmart because it is not unionized and hasnít given money to the in-your-face protest group to make it go away. NYCC describes Walmart as "frightening" and accuses it of "wage violations, gender discrimination, and paying staff poverty-level wages," all of which are smears that the labor movement routinely employs against the company.
NYCC has joined with its sister union SEIU and rapacious trial lawyers to demand that PCBs, which are used to make caulking and adhesives, be removed immediately from New York City schools. It is unclear whether the PCBs actually pose a threat to anyone, but whether people are in danger has never been a concern of ACORN, which extracted $1 billion from Sherwin-Williams in 2006 over the lead content of its paint.