Posted in Columns Community organizing Wade Rathke

Organizing in the Year of the Plague

by Wade Rathke January 28, 2021 New Orleans    The Year End / Year Begin meeting is a tradition and vital piece of planning, reflection, and celebration with our ACORN family of organizations. This one was…

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Posted in Columns economic justice Wade Rathke

Hipsters of the world unite

by Wade Rathke Thursday, November 19, 2020 New Orleans    Hipsters are absolutely not taking over the world, but it’s hard not to find them almost all over the world. MoveHub, an international shipping company got…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Police Killings Policing Wade Rathke

Police plus shots equal feet on the street

by Wade Rathke October 23, 2020 Little Rock   About twenty Georgia State University School of Social Work students watched the film, The Organizer, in Atlanta recently. I zoomed in for a questions-and-answers session after it…

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Demanding investigation, Amnesty International and UN official condemn killing of #EndSARS protesters by Nigerian forces

“There need to be immediate, independent, transparent, and thorough investigations, not just into last night’s killings, but also into all the previous violations committed by security forces.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Both…

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Posted in Columns International Justice Wade Rathke

Support protests in Nigeria!

by Wade Rathke Tuesday, October 20 New Orleans     It’s a small world.  Marva Burnett, the president of ACORN Canada and ACORN International, visited several cities in Nigeria last year with her church group.  She met…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Community organizing Wade Rathke

Community Radio on the frontlines

by Wade Rathke October 11, 2020 Pearl River   The Grassroots Radio Coalition is a loose confederation of various progressive community radio stations around the country. We got involved with them when, to our surprise, they had…

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The Indian government’s attack on nonprofits

by Wade Rathke October 8, 2020 New Orleans   In recent weeks the conservative, communalist Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken steps yet again to attack nonprofits, especially those with any extensive ties…

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Posted in Columns Voter registration Voter suppression Wade Rathke

What the New York Times gets right and wrong about ACORN

by Wade Rathke October 7, 2020 New Orleans   P.T. Barnum, the famous 19th century impresario and huckster from Bridgeport, Connecticut is often quoted as saying, “Any kind of publicity is good publicity as long as…

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Posted in Citizen Power Columns Community organizing The People Speak Wade Rathke

Old and New Social Movements

by Wade Rathke Sunday, September 13 Pearl River   Every month in the 50th anniversary year of ACORN, I’ve been talking on the radio to veteran organizers and others with unique perspectives on the organization, its history,…

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Appraisal hell

by Wade Rathke August 31, 2020 New Orleans    Finally, one of the deep, dark secrets of home ownership and home buying is coming to light – the mysterious, highly subjective, largely unregulated world of real…

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The dangers of no one looking at info and data

by Wade Rathke August 29, 2020 Pearl River   A million years ago a random snip of an article or book or something, I honestly don’t remember, made what seemed to me a profound observation. The…

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Posted in Banks Columns Credit Debt Wade Rathke

Microfinance is now a mega-mess

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   A little less than a decade ago, in mid-2011, ACORN International stirred up a bit of a hornets’ nest by opposing the international development consensus in a series of reports we…

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ACORN members take over walkway amidst recent no evictions campaign.
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Government Safety Net Wade Rathke

Mutual aid and governmental responsibility

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Mutual aid or solidarity work has long been a feature of political activity in times of crisis and often at all times. ACORN affiliates around the world have been involved…

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Posted in Columns Culture Wade Rathke

Making reality from fiction: underground soccer leagues

Pearl River   Remember way back in another lifetime, pre-pandemic, before the coronavirus global killer wave? It seems years ago, but it was only last summer that ACORN’s French affiliate, Alliance Citoyenne, gained huge attention throughout…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Wade Rathke

Putting the fist on the wood again

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The sports pages are full of discussion about whether or not baseball players will be putting the wood on the ball soon in huge, empty parks, or whether basketball players…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Technology Wade Rathke

Riding the Zoom to link global voices for governance

by Wade Ratke New Orleans   I witnessed something of a miracle yesterday as thirty leaders and staff from more than fifteen ACORN affiliates were successfully able to hold a board meeting for two hours on Zoom….

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Wade Rathke

Why ACORN and the cartels and not the state?

New Orleans   I had to do a doubletake. What in the world? There were pictures of armed men with masks giving out food and protective gear in Mexican barrios. Another picture, eerily like the ones…

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Google rolls the sidewalk up in Toronto

  by Wade Rathke New Orleans  The old saying was always that “pride cometh before the fall.” In the case of Alphabet-Google’s Sidewalk visions of grandeur, it turns out pride — and arrogance –came from the…

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