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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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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Posted in Columns Housing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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Posted in Columns economic justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Organizing obstacles come with online and at-home work

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Speaking as an organizer, be careful what you wish for, if you’re hoping the pandemic means more online work and work from home, because it is easy to see even…

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ACORN members take over walkway amidst recent no evictions campaign.
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Government Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

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 Community organizing Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Foretelling labor’s future in the cloudy crystal ball

Pearl River   Roughly 39 million Americans have applied for unemployment, not even counting gig and self-employed workers, workers who have abandoned job search, or couldn’t access the benefits, which means real unemployment is over 50…

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A passion for equality

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   The other day I read a belated obituary on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Nick Kotz. He had passed away at 87 on his cattle farm in Virginia of a freak accident…

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Posted in Columns Culture Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Technology

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 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Masks and food for the people

by Wade Rathke May 14 Pearl River ACORN and its affiliates are direct action, mass-based organizations. Some now ask, how do we explain the fact that we also, especially now, deliver what many would only expect…

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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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We must go deeper in organizing and uniting people around a visionary and far-reaching agenda that calls for us to reorganize society around the needs and demands of the poor. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Editorial/opinon Opinion Safety Net

Poor People’s Campaign: We refuse to allow politicians and big corporations to balance state budgets by denying rights

Leaders are using the lie of scarcity to place the burden of the crisis on the poor while billionaires are becoming even richer and large corporations are getting bailouts. by Rev Dr Liz Theoharis Friday, May…

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Posted in Columns Debt Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Why can’t we fix payday lending?

Pearl River   We’ve been fighting payday lending for over fifteen years in Canada with some success as well a truckload of frustration. The issue has been in our sights for several decades in the United…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Workers

Thinking of workers in the time of pandemic on the eve of May Day 2020

by Wade Rathke New Orleans     Today, I’m sharing a guest piece that I contributed to the Working-Class Perspectives series on the even of May Day and during a difficult time for workers around the world….

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

President Trump, protest organizer and civil disobedience advocate

New Orleans  Here during our collective field test for the “end times,” we are all learning new and different ways to relate, individually and collectively.  In the absence of mass protest actions, ACORN and other groups…

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Posted in Citizen Wealth Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Ripple effects on remittances

New Orleans    One thing leads to another. Easy to say, but hard to endure, especially when it comes to the economic damage that keeps spreading from the pandemic shutdowns. This is the real trickledown economics,…

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Posted in Columns Community Community organizing Elders Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

Real life, real tragedies in the pandemic

Pearl River   Trump is in trouble, and it’s getting worse. Reportedly, top Republicans and their political strategists are trying to tell him that his daily press meanderings are hurting him, and that he needs to step…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Defanging community organizing, what’s in a job title?

Pearl River   There’s something happening to community organizing, and it’s not a good thing. The job is being expropriated and defanged of its critical content and its bottom-up push for peoples’ power by corporate and…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report world

The value of collective experience

New Orleans A couple of random comments have gotten me thinking a bit about the post-coronavirus world. One thing that stuck with me was a young man’s take on hoarding in New York City that was…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report world

Food crisis growing in Honduras cities

A Sunday call with ACORN Honduras organizers brought the harrowing issue of food insecurity home to me with a vengeance. New Orleans    Central America doesn’t get the press on the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s as…

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