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Please take action by contacting your representative today to tell them that Congress can’t be the judge, jury and prosecutor. Everyone has the right to due process. Join CCR in challenging this effort by the right to yet again disregard the Constitution and destroy the forces working for positive change.
On November 12, 2009, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit against the United States government in an effort to derail an insidious legislative move to target, attack and crush progressive organizations.
ACORN v. U.S.A. challenges the legality of the actions of Congress in passing a resolution barring government funding of ACORN and all of its affiliated and allied organizations. The resolution, known as a Continuing Appropriations Resolution, constitutes a bill of attainder — effectively permitting Congress to act as judge, jury and prosecutor without a trial or judicial hearing. Despite existing regulations and mechanisms to address legal concerns involving federal grantees, this resolution was passed solely for the purpose of singling out ACORN and its affiliates for de-funding.
The right wing has used the media and its influence to target progressive organizations and individuals in order to silence voices on the left which, like CCR, work tirelessly for open democracy, social change and a just society. Now, Congress has entered this politically motivated campaign by illegally using its power to punish those it doesn’t like. By singling out ACORN without so much as a single hearing, Congress has initiated an unconstitutional attack on poor people, on working people and on democracy itself.
Please take action by contacting your representative today to tell them that Congress can’t be the judge, jury and prosecutor. Everyone has the right to due process.