Wednesday, the Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now (ACORN) decided to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The organisation thinks Obama will deal with the foreclosure crisis affecting many low-income house owners, and expects he will enact fair immigration reform.
Another reason to support Obama is the fact that he has worked with ACORN when he was an organiser for Project Vote, an initiative to boost voter turnout. ““I come out of a grassroots organizing background,” Obama told ACORN members. “That's what I did for three and half years before I went to law school”.
ACORN, an organisation with over 350,000 members, often works with unions in living wage and voter mobilisation campaigns.
Yesterday, Obama also got the support of Change to Win, the federation of unions that split from the AFL-CIO in 2005. Affiliates SEIU and UFCW had already announced their endorsement of Obama.
Photo: Obama with ACORN members in Texas