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James O’Keefe, Spy Boy

by Wade Rathke October 29, 2020 New Orleans    Back when we used to have Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which looking forward to 2021, seems an iffy proposition, one of the treats for early risers…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Police Killings Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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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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Database voter suppression strategy

by Wade Rathke New Orleans We all know it’s bad, and then we find out that it’s even worse than we imagined. Sharing the Voter Purge Project’s recently released report on consistent errors in the voter…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter registration Voter suppression

Stopping Purges as Voter Registration Deadlines Hit

by Wade Rathke October 5, 2020 New Orleans   We’re on the countdown to the election now. October 5th marks the last voter registration day for the majority of states. The flipping of pages on the…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Marathon protests

by Wade Rathke September 30, 2020 New Orleans   There’s something strange and different happening in the world of protests. The average bystander is unlikely to have noticed this, but as a practitioner in this trade,…

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Posted in Columns Elections Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Voting on the Working Family Party Ballot Line

by Wade Rathke September 15, 2020 New Orleans New Yorkers are lucky. Not only do they get to vote with relatively little hassle, but they get to send important messages to politicians about where they stand…

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Community land trusts could help heal segregated cities and reduce homelessness

Efforts to build wealth for Black Americans could focus on property ownership.  Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images by  Mark Roseland, Arizona State University and Christopher Boone, Arizona State University American cities represent part of the…

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Posted in Citizen Power Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report The People Speak

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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Laura shows Lake Charles no love

by Wade Rathke Thursday, August 27, 2020 Pearl River   I’m fifteen feet above dirt looking out the window at the water that has risen up from the bayou a few miles from the Pearl River…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Testing works, but it takes organizing and resources

by Wade Rathke August 22 Pearl River   If there’s any consensus about dealing with Covid-19, it involves the critical role of testing right now, and a vaccine down the line. Testing allows all of us and…

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

Convention lite without any bite

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I actually know a lot about the national political conventions, both Republican and Democratic. ACORN was well represented every four years from the 1978 Memphis midterm under President Carter to…

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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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Posted in Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Disappearing Organizing Art: Tagging

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   Those were the days! As part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebration of ACORN this year, different veterans have joined me on Wade’s World to share their memories and reminisce…

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Change is Messy

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   One takeaway from the memorials to civil rights leader and organizer, Congressman John Lewis, has been the repeated invocation of the violence that was the handmaiden of the struggle. Martin…

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Posted in Columns On the road Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Driving through the Pandemic with Antifa

by Wade Rathke Decatur, Texas   In the predawn, the three-week long veteran night clerk at the Motel 6 along Highway 287 in Decatur, Texas north of Dallas confirmed, “it’s rough out here.” Looking for a…

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City amenities and the prices paid for them

Pagosa Springs   In Durango, Colorado, we felt like we had struck gold, having hauled out bikes across Texas and New Mexico. We stumbled, almost literally, onto a bike trail that had seemingly been recently completed…

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New Communities and community land trusts

by Wade Rathke Greenville   Reading in Harper’s about New Communities farming land trust in Georgia celebrating the 50th anniversary since its founding, my memory is playing tricks on me. I keep thinking that I met…

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Manic media nightmares

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Let me be honest. We can hardly keep our primary Facebook account and website up to date. We gave up on Twitter long ago and have sworn it off until…

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ACORN is 50

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Celebrating a 50th anniversary feels strange on a Zoom call, but that doesn’t make it feel any less of an accomplishment. As the clock passed midnight in India, the farthest extent…

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