Making Contact

Making Contact – COINTELPRO 101 (Part 1) ENCORE EDITION

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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

John Atlas

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
Economic Justice


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