It took 40 years to build ACORN, the national community organization which at its peak had more than half a million members. But it took just a few months to bring it down. Now, local organizers are trying to rebuild from the ground up, while not forgetting the lessons they learned.* *On this edition, the assassination of ACORN. And a look at how the groups’ absence is affecting elections, poverty, and the continuing housing crisis?
Special thanks to Demos, and to Race, Poverty & the Environment.
*Steve Kest, *former ACORN executive director*; John Atlas, *author of *‘Seeds of Change’, *the *Story of ACORN*, *America’s Most Controversial
Anti-Poverty Community Organizing Group;** **Annie McKinzie & Bill Chorneau*,
former ACORN Oakland members; *Bertha Lewis*, former ACORN CEO and chief
organizer; *Morris Hilter,* *Denise Hilton, Travis*, ACORN Tampa members; *John
McCain*, US Senator; *Ina Gutierrez*, Interfaith Worker Justice deputy director of operations; *Tasha Alberty, *Oakland homeowner facing foreclosure*; Martha Daniels, *Oakland ACORN organizer;* Vivian Richardson, *San Francisco homeowner facing foreclosure*; Grace Martinez, *San Francisco ACCE community organizer;* Nealie Yarbrough, Ian Haddow*, San Francisco ACCE members.
For More Information:
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
Texas Organizing Project
Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment
New England United for Justice
Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial
Antipoverty Community Organizing Group by John Atlas
The People Shall Rule: ACORN, Community Organizing, and the Struggle for
Race, Poverty and the Environment
Wade Rathke: Chief Organizer Blog
Interfaith Worker Justice
The fall of ACORN: A timeline – The Week
Can Obama Win Without ACORN? – Molly Ball – The Atlantic
Who Needs ACORN?
Anti-ACORN Messages Threaten Staff and Obama (AUDIO)
Transcript of Interview with Bertha Lewis