Posted in News Race for the White House 2020

Democrat establishment and centrist pundits go on offensive in “misguided” verbal attack on Sanders Campaign

By Mac England, Feb 23, 2020 Flagstaff. UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative estimated Sunday morning, with around 60% of precincts officially reporting, that Sanders won over 70% of the Latino vote in the Nevada caucus….

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Posted in Editorial/opinon First Nations Letters

Letter from Winona LaDuke

“Let us put our minds together to see what kind of future we can make for our children….”                   Sitting Bull By Winona LaDuke That’s really this time….

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“That’s called electability”: diverse coalition propels Bernie Sanders to big win in Nevada

“That’s not just a savvy coalition for winning the Nevada caucuses, it’s how Bernie Sanders becomes president. Face it, establishment Democrats—it’s his party now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer This is a developing story… Check back…

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Posted in Analysis Community Development Health The Conversation Urban Planning

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

Editors note: With thoughtful planning Flagstaff could turn our continued growth into a health boon for the community. The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers….

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Posted in Columns Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Weingarten Rights, the MLBPA, and the Houston Astros

New Orleans         We don’t have a major league baseball team in New Orleans.  Our closest team is a bit more than five hours away in Houston.  In the vast majority of the last several decades,…

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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 Analysis Off the wire Race for the White House 2020

More from Jeff Biggers: Forget Iowa’s stupid app: Democrats can’t ignore the dismal turnout if they hope to win

My caucus in Iowa City had 60 fewer people than four years ago. Tepid turnout will re-elect Trump for sure JEFF BIGGERS FEBRUARY 5, 2020 We arrived at 6:25 p.m. on Monday night at our caucus…

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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 Analysis Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Off the wire Poverty Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Social Justice

3 ways HUD is using regulatory attacks to dismantle fair housing protections

More than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the ultimate goal of the law—to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination and end residential segregation—is still far from reach. By Areeba Haider…

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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 Analysis Business Common Dreams economic justice Economy Labor Labor News Off the wire Wages

New report offers blueprint for a ‘Clean Slate’ for workers to fight economic inequality and strengthen labor unions

“Democracy at work should be a right, not a fight.” To effectively combat economic inequality and even the playing field between corporations and the people they employ, a new report argues, the U.S. must entirely overhaul…

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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 Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Responding to peoples’ demand to organize

Manchester     This is a classic organizing problem, but also in some ways an equally ubiquitous problem in all of life’s endeavors.  In short, with fixed resources, including people, money, time, and distance, how does an organization…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Running a national desk

Leeds      As a 20-year old organizer directing the staff of the Massachusetts Welfare Rights Organizer from Boston my few forays into Washington, D.C. to the national office on 14th Street NW were wide-eyed adventures to…

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

Cranes soaring to escape London, building student housing not affordable housing

Editors note: It appears that the same corporate motivations building expensive student housing and condos for vacationers in Flagstaff is infecting the world. ACORN is building a campaign in Ireland to combat unbridled development. New Orleans  One thing that intrigued…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Internet Radio is Booming in Dublin

Little Rock      In Dublin, Ireland, ACORN’s affiliate, CATU-Ireland, shares offices in a progressive, community co-working space with a bunch of different organizations and artists in a building near the Mountjoy neighborhood called Jigsaw.  The name captures…

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

On the doors in Dublin

Dublin      What a treat!  Intermixed with making the organizing plan for the year with some of the CATU officers, I got to be backup with a couple of the committee on the doors in the…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Labor Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The future of the Labour Party’s community organizing program

Bristol      In the aftermath of the devastating loss experienced by the Labour Party in the United Kingdom recently, everything is up for grabs as politicians, parliamentarians, activists, and others sort through the rubble to rebuild. …

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Wages

A top-ish down twist on a bottom-up campaign

New Orleans       At the Year End – Year Begin meeting of our principal North American organizers with ACORN and Local 100 United Labor Unions at NO-MAC at the Rathke Residence in New Orleans, we continued…

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