Before Bertha Lewis ever kissed Mayor Bloomberg or charmed the world with her YouTube hits and appearances on Lou Dobbs; she was a political force to be reckoned with in New York. Bertha’s reach extended beyond ACORN’s traditional constituency of low income and minorities as a small leftist third party began to emerge in New York during the late 90’s.
Wikipedia describes the Working Families Party (WFP) as:
“a minor political party in the United States founded in New York in 1998. The party also has chapters in Connecticut, South Carolina, and Oregon, and is working towards establishing itself in Massachusetts and California.
New York’s Working Families Party was first organized in 1998 bya coalition of labor unions, ACORN and other community organizations, members of the now-inactive national New Party, and a variety of public interest groups. The party blends a culture of political organizing with unionism, 1960s idealism, and tactical pragmatism…
As of 2006, the executive director of the WFP is Dan Cantor. The party’s Co-Chairs are Sam Williams, UAW Region 9 CAP director; Bertha Lewis, ACORN‘s executive director; and Bob Master of the Communications Workers of America. The WFP also has a powerful alliance with Dennis Rivera and Local 1199/SEIU (Service Employees International Union). The intensely activist union is known to contribute more than $100,000 a year of the party’s $1.4 million annual budget.”
The entry lists the ACORN Brooklyn office as its headquarters and with Bertha Lewis acting as its co-chair, ACORN’s interests seemed to move from being member driven to more financial and political goals .Like most organizations with ACORN roots, the WFP had intricate personnel and financial ties to ACORN National. According to a 2006 report:
“Field operations have been assumed by Clare Crawford for 07, who will be missed in the ACORN Field Operations, but understood the priority and the challenge on this frontier. The integration of the WPF into the COUNCIL and the overall ACORN family of organizations made such a transfer possible, and one recognizes many nam es from ACORN in any stroll through the WFP Empire.”
According to Wikipedia, the WFP takes advantage of:
“New York’s electoral fusion laws that allow cross-endorsement of a single candidate by multiple parties. This allows sympathetic voters to support a minor party without feeling like they are “wasting” their vote. Usually, the WFP endorses the Democratic Party candidate, but it has occasionally endorsed Republican Party candidates in Westchester, Nassau, and Erie counties, often as a strategy for spurring bi-partisan action on its policy priorities. The party’s sometime-position at the balance of electoral power and the threat of Republican endorsement has allowed it to influence the politics of local Democratic candidates and the state Democratic party. The support of the WFP can even be important in Democratic primaries.”
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OBAMA ON THE WFP LINE and OTHER RESULTS
November 20th, 2008
Results for the Working Families Party from this year’s elections are still coming in, but it’s already clear that our amazing growth only continued in 2008, thanks to all our hard work together.
That’s all for now. There’ll be more good news to come. Check the website for complete returns in a couple of weeks.
Bertha Lewis, Bob Master, Sam Williams
WFP Executive Director
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ACORN, Working Families Party…….WHAT ELSE is she into?
WHO is supporting her role in these parties?