"I was a couple of minutes late and walked into a speech by long time New Orleans community leader Beulah Laboistrie’s remarks about her decades of leadership in ACORN and now A Community Voice, which has arisen from the ashes of the organization in Louisiana, so I was looking sidelong at the wide grins of 50 local leaders and friends of the organization. The spirit was powerful in the room as they announced an award named after long time leaders Gerri Bell, dead now several decades but a legend in that room and represented by her daughter and son, Beulah Laboistrie, who mentioned she would be 90 this year, and Lanny Roy from Lake Charles, who has been a rock in southwest Louisiana.
"Greetings were read from ACORN Canada and ACORN International. Mildred Edmond, President of Local 100 of the United Labor Unions, was there and in the thick of the celebration. I wore my new 'Tenants Vote' t-shirt from Toronto ACORN with its big maple leaf in the middle of their design of the ACORN button, which elicited comments and appreciation from many of the leaders in the room.
"This was a gathering of a community foraged in the steel of struggle from decades of neighborhood and citywide campaigns, fights for the living wage, heroic struggles to lead the post-Katrina recovery, and now the heartbreak of having to build a new organization again. Watching the smiles as leaders hugged Vanessa Gueringer and Gwen Adams as they marched up to get their certificates and listening to their remarks sometimes brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t help thinking about the indomitable spirit and will of the members, which trumps money every time.
"Here is a place where the name, the experience, the 'brand' of ACORN is still golden in the streets and community centers of New Orleans just as it is in so many other cities in the country. It’s not a 'word' but a shared experience that lights the flame guiding the work going forward. Beth Butler spoke about her father having told her when she went to work for the organization in Little Rock to make sure she worked with 'strong leaders' and many were in this room. Mark Moreau, head of New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, brought the crowd to peals of laughter after receiving an award, saying he had been with them for more than twenty years and would be with them forever 'no matter what the name.
"'In fact the truth of the old chant is indisputable: the people united shall never be defeated!
"Happy anniversary to a peoples’ struggle that will continue unbroken!"
It's been five years since the Democratic Socialists of America 2005 Conference.
"Progressives" have much "progress" to celebrate and the expectation of much more to come, with Obama in the White House refusing to enforce the borders in the hope of gaining amnesty and citizenship for "undocumented workers" and Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor helping "undocumented workers."
"Via FoxNation, behold the most tone-deaf public-service announcement — yet — from the Obama administration. The US government occasionally conducts raids on employers who hire illegal immigrants as workers, even during Barack Obama’s term of office. Now suddenly Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has established a hotline number, not for people to tip the government to employers breaking the law, but to act as an agent for illegals to make sure they get paid 'fairly'...(http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/21/obama-wh-to-illegals-well-help-you-get-paid-fairly/).
That's what should have been expected with an Obama administration.
"An 'insurgent' Hilda Solis was a keynote speaker at the 2005 Democratic Socialists of America national conference 'Twenty-First Century Socialism' in Los Angeles, with DSA leaders Peter Dreier and Harold Meyerson.
"'Saturday evening delegates recognized the contributions of DSA vice chair and Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson, Occidental College sociologist and longtime DSAer Peter Dreier and insurgent California Congress member Hilda Solis (D) who in turn provided in-depth perspectives of the political scene.'
"Other speakers included ACORN chief organizer Wade Rathke...."
And, utterly unsurprisingly, SEIU celebrated the Solis nomination as Obama's Secretary of Labor as "great news for America's workers" (www.seiu.org/2008/12/congratulations-labor-secratary-designate-hilda-solis.php).
NOW most Americans realize what Obama's idea of fundamental transform is...and it's not enforcing the rule of law.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.