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Posted on 10/24/2008 5:09:06 AM PDT by Calpernia
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Notice Bill Clinton in the center of this photo in presentation of this "People's Platform"
Cross reference this People’s Platform to:
Healthy People 2010
Since I posted about Healthy People 2010, they now have their own website. A GOVERNMENT website:
Notice the section for Healthy People 2010 Community Implementation Program. Looks the same as this platform.
Ping for pertinent ACORN info for bookmarking.
From dissfunktional over at Texas Darlin:
what was that that Obama used to do again before the lawyer thing Community Organizer?
chieforganizer.org = ACORN (No. Really.)
When on that site ^ and we clcik on Bio at the top, this takes us to a whole new site. Oh what a web we weave!
That site is - waderathke.com
Low and behold all of those sites above are listed on Wade Rathkes site. Wade Rathke is the founder and Chief Organizer of ACORN International and SEIU Local 100.
Golly - Wade is like
Mr. Union! Yet
he wants to close the very companies that provide jobs - a whole LOT of jobs, and products at affordable prices (Walmart). Its like hes trying to take over the country or something. A communist.
Tides.org = Acorn as well; however something seems amiss. Site isnt loading. Went to cache and I see they took the extra step of making images clear.
Founded by Drummond Pike in 1976, Tides is a nonprofit that promotes social justice, broadly shared economic opportunity, robust democracy and sustainable
These are radio stations that belong to ACORN. I noticed they each gave to Obama to support his campaign, and even more dough to oppose McCain:
Another Union that is Acorn - seiu880.org
Project Vote (projectvote.org) where have we heard that before? = ACORN
Through ACORN Housing, homebuyers can gain access to mortgage programs with lower interest rates, lower down payments, flexible underwriting guidelines and lower origination fees. With AHC, you can refinance for better terms through the innovative agreements weve formed with lenders.
With AHC you get:
-Lower down payments and closing costs.
-No Private Mortage Insurance.
-Banks generally require 3 months of mortgage payments in the bank at settlement.
With our program, they dont, which allows you to buy a home sooner.
-Most banks wont count public assistance or voluntarily child support in determining if youll qualify for a mortgage.
With our program, all steady income counts.
(sound familiar? hint - subprime lending )
1970 Wade Rathke begins organizing in Arkansas to unite welfare recipients and working people for shared needs and rights; forms ACORN (Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now)
1971 ACORN leaders organize Save the City campaign in Little Rock, establishing ACORN as a force in Arkansas politics. ACORN establishes six regional offices in the state around issues of concern to rural and small town Arkansans, begins to tackle statewide issues
1972 ACORNs Save the City Rally in Little Rock marks first entrance into electoral politics
1974 In Pulaski County, 250 ACORN members run for office, 195 win seats
1975 ACORN expands to Texas and South Dakota; first associate Executive Board and first president (Steve McDonald) elected to handle issues of larger scope
1978 First national convention, of 1,000 members in Memphis, marks beginning of multi-state campaigns
1978-1980 Participation in 1980 presidential campaign leads entry into national politics
1980 ACORN is in 20 states, having added at least 3 states each year since
1982 ACORN reaches 30,000 member families
1980s Reagan years very trying for low-income communities and organizing. ACORN launches squatting campaign to get low- and moderate-income people into vacant houses and fix them up, with neighborhood approval. Fifteen thousand ACORN members and allies establish Reagan Ranches in over 35 cities, building tent cities to symbolize the homelessness Reagans policies created. ACORN develops and strengthens ACORN Political Action Committees (APACs) and legislative office.
1985 ACORN grows to 27 states, including significant chapters in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago
1990 ACORN has more than 70,000 members in 28 states
1994 ACORN participation has helped Project Vote register 147,000 voters in Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
2000 ACORN is 125,000 members strong. ACORN registers 100,000 new voters nationwide.
2004 Now 720 full-time staff working for ACORN and sister organizations, up from 490 just a year before. ACORN organized in 80 cities (up from 60 at the end of 2003) in 31 states. ACORN also expands internationally, with ACORN Canada opening its first offices in Toronto and Vancouver and ACORN Peru opening an office in Lima.
2005 ACORN now includes chapters in over 100 U.S. cities in 37 states and in Canada, Peru and Mexico
2006 More than 350,000 member families organized in over 110 cities in 40 states; added Argentina
2007 ACORN organizes in India
“Ban the manufacture, importation, sale and possession of assault and semi-automatic weapons.”
So, revolvers and single-shot pistols are okay, I presume? Oh, those probably come under “assault” weapons.
These bastards are truly the face of evil.
You all may want to come over here and bookmark this too.
Some animals being "equal-er", and all that.
Like Squantos sez: Doom on 'em. Bloody, merciless Doom.
Various snipets from the archives:
July 9, 2001
NATIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND PROPOSED - On June 27, Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) introduced the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2001. The bill proposes using a portion of profit surpluses generated from the Federal Housing Administration Mortgage Insurance Program to create a trust fund to provide for the construction of affordable rental units and homes for low- and middle-income Americans. The bill is co-sponsored by Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and John McHugh (R., N.Y.). It is supported by ACORN, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the National Coalition for the Homeless, and the Macauley Institute.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Subsidized Tour
Oct. 18, 2001
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
757 Raymond Ave Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: (651) 642-0003 Fax: (651) 642-0060
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Sasha Baltins
Thursday, October 18, 2001 (651) 642-0003 (612) 296-6195
Who: Busloads of shocked and angry taxpayers and affordable housing advocates
What: Lifestyles of the Rich and Subsidized Tour: Homes they never wanted the poor to see
Where: The parking lot across from ACME Comedy Club (708 N 1st Street)
When: Saturday, October 20th, 1 p.m.
Why: The city neglects affordable housing while subsidizing luxury developments
In recent years members of ACORN and other affordable housing advocates have watched with growing concern as Minneapolis rental prices have skyrocketed and housing prices have put homeownership beyond the reach of many low and moderate income families. This affordable housing crisis has reached such enormous proportions that over half of the people in homeless shelters have jobs and many more are being forced to move out of the city by rising housing costs.
In this context it came as a complete shock when ACORN discovered that our city government was not just ignoring this crisis, the city was making the problem worse! As it turns out 358 million dollars of city taxes are being funnelled into the pockets of luxury developers. These developers are in turn building totally unaffordable housing along the Mississippi river. This housing includes upscale loft condominiums, riverfront mansions and luxury apartment buildings. These units carry up to a one million dollar price tag and an average tax subsidy of $69,000.
ACORN members, taxpayers and those bearing the brunt of rising housing costs are understandably outraged that the city government has used our tax dollars to build housing that we could never afford to live in or own. We feel strongly that tax money should be spent on building housing for low and moderate income people who are the majority of the population and also the ones who need it. Taxes should not be spent on housing for the rich who are a tiny minority of the population that already have a tremendous advantage when it comes to finding good housing.
It is for these reasons that ACORN members and our allies are committed to exposing this injustice and then stopping it. Our first step will be to see for ourselves just where our housing money is going. On Saturday October 20th at 1 p.m. busloads of people from North and South Minneapolis will converge at the parking lot across the street from the ACME comedy club. From there we will begin our visit of the luxury developments entitled, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Subsidized Tour: Homes they never wanted the poor to see.”
*** Good Visuals ***
I fear that the freedoms our forefathers fought for and our fathers and many of us fought to defend are hanging by a fragile thread. We will be relegated to the status of a third world nation by these so called “elites.”
“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” Thomas Jefferson.
Household International Drops Practice of Selling Single-Premium Credit Insurance!
ACORN’s Campaign Against Household Goes On, July 2001
ACORN has won an important victory in our campaign against Household Finance’s predatory lending practices, and we intend to continue the fight until Household has taken additional crucial steps. After almost a year of ACORN efforts focused on this lender, Household Finance announced on July 11 that it will discontinue the sale of single-premium credit insurance with real-estate-secured loans. As Household was the most visible and largest remaining hold out in continuing to sell this insurance, the announcement likely spells the death knell of this product, which has cost borrowers untold millions in stolen equity, and is thus a major step forward.
Household Finance is among the largest subprime lenders in the country, and among the most abusive. Aggressive and deceptive sales of single-premium credit insurance have been one repeated feature of its loans, and a repeated target of our attack; ending such sales is a crucial piece of the proposal for reform, which we have presented to Household both in writing and in discussions. Unfortunately, Household’s sale of single-premium insurance has also been a part of a much broader pattern of abuses, which includes:
- Misrepresenting loan terms, conditions, and payments, to convince borrowers to refinance, when these refinancings leave the borrowers worse off in every way than they were before.
- Charging outrageous rates and fees, even to borrowers with excellent credit.
- Trapping borrowers in high-cost Household loans by making ‘packages’ of two loans, with the second often at interest rates well over 20percent, which together, along with included points, fees, and credit insurance, total more than the value of the home. However good their credit, borrowers are then effectively prevented from refinancing into loans at better terms.
- Including large prepayment penalties, mandatory arbitration clauses, and other abusive terms.
As hundreds of borrowers with abusive Household loans have become part of our organization and joined with other community members and leaders, ACORN’s campaign to push Household to change its lending practices has been far reaching, and this move on credit insurance clearly comes as a result. At the same time, Household would not have made this shift right now had it not been for Citigroup’s recent announcement on ending credit insurance sales, itself the result of major pressure on that giant lender by organizations around the country, including the Coalition for Responsible Lending in North Carolina, the Greenlining Institute, the California Reinvestment Coalition, Inner City Press, and others too numerous to name.
ACORN’s campaign to push Household to change its practices has included a shareholder strategy, which included demonstrating at the company’s shareholder meeting in Tampa Florida. Along with our presence outside the meeting, we supported a shareholder resolution on predatory lending sponsored by Responsible Wealth and United for a Fair Economy, and were able to have an ACORN leader speak to this inside the meeting, thanks to Domini Social Investments’ willingness to let us use their proxy. The resolution, which asked that executive compensation be tied to efforts to combat predatory lending, garnered more than 4 percent of the vote; this is considered a very high level of support for such a resolution the first time out, and guarantees that it will be on the proxy statement again next year.
We have also been working with city councils and other elected bodies to support divestment from Household until and unless the company changes its practices. These efforts were kicked off by the passage of a resolution to this effect in St. Louis, which has now been joined by Los Angeles, and Chelsea (MA), with many more such resolutions underway. In a similar vein, ACORN moved New York City Comptroller Hevesi, as controlling trustee of the City’s giant pension and retirement funds to add his voice to the demands that Household cease predatory practices. At the same time, we have worked with local labor bodies, and with the AFL-CIO to use Labor’s power, both as pension fund managers, and through its business relationship with Household through the Union Privilege credit card program, to put additional pressure on the company. Working with ACORN, local labor bodies from Louisiana to Philadelphia have passed resolutions and written letters urging Household to change.
Still closer to the ground, ACORN’s campaign has included repeated direct actions targeting Household’s offices in more than 25 cities around the country, and at central locations like Household’s government affairs office in Washington, DC; neighborhood outreach to warn people about Household loans; and a media strategy that has resulted in extensive print, radio, and TV coverage of Household as an abusive lender, in cities from Minneapolis, to Boston, to Phoenix, to Sacramento and more. ACORN has also submitted complaints to state bank regulators and attorneys general in more than 10 States. And we have stepped up the pressure by targeting Household business partners like Best Buy - by warning that company’s shoppers that their names and credit information are made available to Household, which then solicits them for its high cost loans.
Our struggle to push Household to change its abusive lending has been a part of our broader fight against predatory lending, both contributing to and taking strength from our work to win legislative and regulatory changes. Household has been among the most active opponents of the antipredatory lending legislation we fought for and won in Philadelphia, and are poised to win in Oakland, and of the legislation we, along with allies including the AARP, are promoting in California and New York. These fights, too, have helped keep up the pressure for change on this company.
Again, we are extremely pleased that our members’ work means that going forward borrowers will no longer face this abuse from Household. At the same time, Household’s abusive practices will continue to rob homeowners of countless millions until the company makes additional changes, and we are extremely troubled by the suggestion made by some advocates that this change in policy alone makes Household a responsible lender.
For more information, contact Lisa Donner at email@example.com or (718) 246-7900.
“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”
- President Ronald Reagan
October 27, 1984
Archive snipets, Economic stimulous package?? This was ACORN? The school system in Little Rock where this Janet Miles works just hosted a group of Rwandan students. Bill Clinton holds an honorary Rwandan citizenship:
Dec. 4, 2001:
ACORN DEMANDS REFORM OF WELFARE REFORM - On Nov. 26, Little Rock ACORN Member Janet Miles spoke at a national U.S. Health and Human Services listening session in Philadelphia. Miles is a recent welfare recipient, and she described to Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Wade Horn the problems she has seen with the recent “reform” of welfare. ACORN is working with the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support to insist that significant improvements be made when Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is reauthorized next year. Miles told HHS that welfare recipients who are trying to find stable employment and are complying with all TANF requirements should be assisted with transportation and childcare and must not have their benefits cut off. Already, nationwide, 120,000 families have had their benefits cut or ended because of time limits. ACORN is asking people to urge their Congress members to eliminate time limits on TANF! To listen to New York ACORN Executive Director Bertha Lewis discuss welfare time limits on WNYC Radio, link to
http://web.archive.org/web/20011216204820/http://www.acorn.org/acorn10/otheracornwork/clips.htm. For more information, contact Chris Saffert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-547-2500.
Dec. 4, 2001:
SACRAMENTO PUSHES ANTI-SPRAWL LEGISLATION - Sacramento ACORN and allies on Nov. 28 announced the formation of a new coalition called Sacramento Valley Residents for Regional Solutions, a group that has collected more than 75 letters of endorsement in only six weeks for a cutting edge state bill that would limit urban sprawl in the Sacramento region. The coalition unites neighborhood groups, environmentalists, housing organizations, small businesses, and labor to push for a regional solution to sprawl. AB 680, sponsored by Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg, would redistribute new sales tax in the six county Sacramento region in a manner that promotes smart growth, increases equity in the region, and fosters cooperation. The two-year bill must pass out of the Assembly by the end of January. For more information, contact Brian Kettenring at email@example.com or 916-247-8231.
Nov. 20, 2001:
ACORN CONTINUES TO PUSH FOR ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE - ACORN is urging Congress to pass an economic stimulus package directed at low- and moderate-income Americans, and (in contrast to some of the corporate welfare proposals under consideration) at actually stimulating the economy. ACORN members in several cities staged events to gain attention for this issue on Nov. 13. For more information, link to
http://web.archive.org/web/20011216204820/http://www.acorn.org/acorn10/otheracornwork/releases.htm or contact Chris Saffert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-547-2500.
March 19, 2001:
ACORN MARCHES ON US CAPITOL — Jackson and Wellstone spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of ACORN members. Wellstone said that within the next two weeks he would introduce legislation backed by ACORN to create a federal living wage.
Following these speeches, hundreds of ACORN members carrying banners and chanting marched five blocks to the steps of the US Capitol for a rally against the Bush tax cuts.
Sen. Jon Corzine (D., N.J.) spoke in support of ACORN’s positions, and members made clear what the cuts would mean through use of some outdoor theater: an elephant presented an enormous gift to a fat cat on the Capitol steps. Fox News and CNN sent cameras. NPR’s Morning Edition covered the event; listen to the story at
The event was also covered by the American Banker newspaper, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
ACORN’s positions on the tax cut proposals:
For more information, contact Chris Saffert, ACORN legislative director, at email@example.com or (202) 547-2500.
March 19, 2001:
ACORN LOBBIES CONGRESS — Also as part of the annual conference, Representative Mike Ross (D., Ark.) and Representative Danny Davis (D., Ill.) spoke to members of ACORN, and Representative Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) was presented with an ACORN Hero-of-the-People Award. In addition, ACORN members from 27 cities and 18 states visited their Congressional delegations. Many Members of Congress, including the first Republicans, agreed to sign on as cosponsors of the Federal Living Wage Responsibility Act. ACORN members lobbied in support of a federal living wage, for an increased minimum wage, for strong legislation against predatory lending, against the Bush tax cuts, in support of making the child tax credits refundable, in support of building more affordable housing, and in support of providing low-income Americans with assistance paying utility bills.
Living Wage and Minimum Wage: ACORN supports the Federal
Living Wage Responsibility Act, and also increasing the minimum wage to $6.65 without providing unneeded tax breaks for the rich or permission for states to opt out.
Predatory Lending: ACORN supports bills by Rep. John LaFalce (D., NY) and Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D., Md.) that would strengthen consumer protections.
Tax Cuts: ACORN opposes Bush’s proposed cuts as too large and too slanted toward the wealthy. ACORN supports making the child tax credit refundable.
Affordable Housing: ACORN supports legislation similar to S. 2997 introduced last year by Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) to devote additional federal resources to building affordable housing.
Utilities: ACORN supports providing more funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to prevent widespread shut-offs. S.J. Res. 26, introduced by Sen. Kerry, recommends that the Senate approve $1 billion in immediate funding for LIHEAP. The House Appropriations Committee should pass a supplemental appropriations bill.
To learn more about these issues, and to contact your Congress Members, visit www.Acorn.org, or contact Chris Saffert, ACORN legislative director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 547-2500.
Corzine acting as a spokesman on behalf of ACORN here:
Corzine acting as a spokesman on behalf of ACORN here:
April 1, 2001:
DEMOCRATS2000 HONORS ACORN — Democrats2000, a group working to elect economically progressive Democrats in 2001 and 2002, on March 28 presented ACORN with its “Voices from the Field” award for ACORN’s exemplary grassroots voter mobilization work during the 2000 elections. Accepting the award were Jean Wallace, Miami ACORN leader on behalf of Florida ACORN; Shada Buyobe-Hammond, board chair of Minnesota ACORN on behalf of Minnesota ACORN; and Albuquerque ACORN leader Yolanda Lugo on behalf of New Mexico ACORN. The award was presented by Representative. Jesse Jackson, Jr., a Democrats2000 board member. (See Democrats2000 at
Chris Saffert, ACORN legislative director at email@example.com or (202) 547-2500
April 1, 2001:
ACORN ARRIVES IN SAN YSIDRO — San Diego ACORN has opened a chapter in San Ysidro at the Mexican border. Twenty-two new members demonstrated to win a solution for frequent flooding in a neighborhood street. And the target of the demonstration has now become an ally in ACORN’s street-safety campaign. For more information, contact Clare Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 235-9593.
Oct. 22, 2001:
ACORN PROPOSES ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE - ACORN is promoting an economic stimulus package that would be directed largely at low- and moderate-income Americans.
These are the people worst hurt by a recession, and the people most likely to immediately spend any money made available to them. On Oct. 15, ACORN held events in cities across the country urging Congress and the President to include in an economic-stimulus package the following items:
· expanded unemployment insurance,
· a foreclosure/eviction prevention plan,
· construction of affordable housing,
· energy assistance and a moratorium on shutoffs,
· an expansion of Medicaid to cover unemployed workers,
· an increase in the minimum wage,
· and tax rebates and child tax credits for those who did not receive them.
In several cities, senators and representatives participated in Monday’s events. For more information, link to
Chris Saffert at email@example.com or 202-547-2500.
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