Dewey Armstrong was an early ACORN organizer in Arkansas and later in Sioux Falls South Dakota-at the invitation of then U.S. Senator James Abourezk.
According to ACORN founder Wade Rathke;
- Dewey had been the first head organizer in our expansion from Little Rock, opening up our office in Sioux Falls. He had handled our delegation in New York in 1980 at the apex of the 20-80 campaign, and been our first political director. He had lived across the street from me or around the corner only blocks away in the Bywater in the early 80’s. His daughter was born on the exact same day as our son, one-year to the day later.
- Opening my email finally in the Albuquerque airport late yesterday, I found a message he shared with a picture from a million years ago of him being arrested in 1982 at our convention in Philadelphia at the same time we were trying to force the mid-term convention of the Democratic Party to take seriously our demands for more inclusion of lower income citizens and their voice.