Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing Coronavirus Economy News Rent Freeze Safety Net

With bills due April 1, more than 400,000 demand Congress freeze all rent, mortgage, and utility payments

“Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing First Peoples News Justice News Pipelines

‘Huge Victory’ for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as Federal Court rules DAPL permits violated law

“This is what the tribe has been fighting for many months. Their fearless organizing continues to change the game.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday March 25, 2020 A federal judge handed down a major victory…

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Posted in Benefit/fundraiser Community organizing Safety Net

Flagstaff Family Food Center updates request for help

The national and local response to COVID-19 is rapidly changing and the Flagstaff Family Food Center is being responsive to these changes. Here is our most recent update: To comply with CDC guidelines of avoiding gathering…

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We must continue to highlight and criticize, with passion, facts and concrete examples, the bad actors, practices and policies that have brought us to the brink of a global crisis. (Photo: CinCool/flickr/cc)
Posted in Citizen Power Columns Community organizing Environment

Six rules for organizing a grassroots regeneration revolution

We must think, act and organize locally, while simultaneously cultivating a global vision and global solidarity. by Ronnie Cummins Over the past five decades, as a food, natural health and environmental campaigner, anti-war organizer, human rights…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Health Care Non-Profits Public Health Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Taxes

Nonprofit hospitals are “Confused” about charity and profits

New Orleans       Over the last several years, ACORN International and the Labor Neighbor Research & Training Center have been collecting and analyzing the IRS 990 forms filed by tax exempt, nonprofit hospitals in Arkansas, Louisiana,…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Military Rathke: Chief Organizer Report War

There’s no Duck-and-Cover with automated warfare

Kansas City      I can still remember my third grade teacher walking us through the duck-and-cover exercise and announcing as we prepared to march to the corner single file that she would be standing on the…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Columns Community organizing Credit economic justice Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Billionaire and Right-Wing’s racist lies about Redlining

New Orleans    With the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency leading the way to gut the Community Reinvestment Act along with some other federal regulators, the last thing we should be doing is having to…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Minority Voters Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Field testing voter purges and “drops”

Columbus        As the Voter Purge Project moves forward, we are now analyzing the voter files on more than a dozen states on our way to double that number in coming weeks, many of them include the…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter suppression

Ohio battles to protect the vote

Columbus        Twenty-five people made their way into the Vanderelli Room in Columbus.  The art, performance, and all-around community space in the Franklinton neighborhood of the city near downtown had been offered to TrustVote and the Columbus…

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Get out the vote
Posted in Columns Community organizing Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Don’t mourn, hit the doors!

New Orleans       What a week!  It was pretty much a full-on-Trump-arade!  Rarely have we read or heard so many pundits wringing their hands and tearing their hair since they were forced to walk-back the headlines…

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Posted in Columns Communications Community organizing Economy Internet Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Utilities

Cooperatives need to get broadband to the countryside

New Orleans       How can I say this plainly?  Electric cooperatives have become increasingly less cooperative, and, frankly, not even all that electric.  What was a huge breakthrough in taking electricity the last mile into rural…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community organizing Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump is right – the Democrats are a hot mess

Greenville       It’s like the line about a broken clock is still right two times a day. President Trump is right that the Democrats look like the gang that can’t shoot straight and might not be competent enough…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community organizing Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

What’s the matter with Iowa?

New Orleans I’m not one of the political junkies that stays up late on the night of the Iowa caucus to see the results. Forty years ago, ACORN organized at the Iowa caucuses. I’ve followed them…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Sorting out social and other media

New Orleans      On the last day of the ACORN family’s North American Year End / Year Begin meeting several of the workshops and group discussions centered on how to do a better job with social…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing economic justice Housing displacement Labor Off the wire OtherWords People Politics Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Social Justice

Learning from King’s last campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful. Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Tenants and communities organizing in Ireland

Dublin A change in plans pushed Tunisia off of my plane ticket and found me jumping instead from Manchester, England, to Dublin, Ireland, to meet with the officers of ACORN’s newest affiliate, CATU-Ireland or Communities and…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing economic justice Environment Environmental Justice News Social Justice world Youth

‘We Have so much more to do,’ youth climate activists declare as global elite close out Davos forum

“It is time to get out of our comfort zones.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Youth climate activists marched through the streets of Davos, Switzerland Friday as the World Economic Forum wrapped up in a Fridays…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Neighborhoods News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Transportation

Taking on the buses in England

Sheffield     ACORN in the United Kingdom is known largely as the ACORN Tenants’ Union, and no matter where we have organized, the affordable housing crisis has come to the forefront even though there is a long…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing Courts/justice Environment Environmental Justice News Off the wire Politics Youth

‘Our planet is seriously burning and the adults keep letting us down’: Ninth Circuit throws out youth climate case

“Seeking to quash this suit, the government bluntly insists that it has the absolute and unreviewable power to destroy the Nation,” wrote Judge Josephine Staton in a scathing dissent opinion. “My colleagues throw up their hands,…

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Posted in Community organizing Energy Environment Health News Off the wire

The refinery disaster

Toxic refinery leaks imperiled Philadelphia residents. By Corbin Hiar / E&E News and Lisa Riordan Seville / NBC News This story is part of Toxic Zones, a series about communities near refineries co-produced with E&E News…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing National News Off the wire Politics Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The cynicism of emergency aid for Puerto Rico

Newark    There seem to be no limits to the vengeful pettiness of President Trump and his administration.  Nowhere is that clearer than looking at the deliberate obstacles placed in the way of Puerto Rico’s recovery –…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The big, fat, long tail of neighborhood segregation

Manchester     The “long tail” is a tech-marketing concept that pundits and futurists promote with some enthusiasm.  The heart of it is that some businesses, especially enabled by the internet and the Amazon world view, could make…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice Economy Income Equality Labor Off the wire Politics Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Wages Working Class

Fight for $15 is fight for 14 euros in Europe

Amsterdam      In the second meeting of what we are now calling the “The Organizing Forum” or TOF, which I choose to pronounce as TOUGH, more than forty organizers from the Netherlands, France, Brussels, the United Kingdom,…

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The land around Red Knoll near Kanab, UT that could have been razed for a frac sand mine. Photo by Tara Lohan
Posted in Colorado Plateau Community organizing Energy Environment Environmental Justice Mining Off the wire Politics The Revelator The West

How one Utah community fought the fracking industry — and won

Kanab, a small Utah town that’s home to the famous Best Friends Animal Society, took an unconventional path to face down a frac sand mine that threatened the region’s aquifer. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator A…

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