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New York’s “Poor Door” Could Lead to Mumbai’s Slum Sister Developments

Dallas   So-called voluntary inclusionary zoning in New York City allowing private developers to add more density and receive tax breaks in exchange for constructing a certain number of affordable housing units has led to controversy, as the city tries to make the program mandatory for new developments and as developers exploit loopholes that allow segregation [...]

The Toronto Star Supports ACORN’s Digital Access Opportunity Campaign

New Orleans               In a Canada-wide day of action, ACORN used the occasion of children heading back to school to hit the major, monopoly internet companies, demanding low cost access to internet.   The Toronto Star editorially supported the campaign, and their arguments were excellent, which I’ll share.

Breaking down the digital divide for lower-income families: Editorial
Major broadband [...]

The Missing Link in UK Community Work: Leadership Development and Doorknocking

New Orleans     Colleagues from the University of Glasgow were visiting New Orleans from Scotland, so we couldn’t miss the opportunity to have them over for a Fair Grinds Dialogue on community development, community organizing, and, what the heck, the coming vote on independence in Scotland.  Dave Beck, is a lecturer in community development at the [...]

The Unwinding and the New America

Missoula     Unwinding is kind of a funny word. You know what it is, something unraveling, rope or wire coming off the spool. It takes a while for it to sink in as a concept or in George Packer’s sense as a statement of the modern condition of the politically and economically fractured America in his [...]

Best of the Blog

Please enjoy this repeat from Wade Rathke: Chief Organizer Blog from August 8th, 2012 while Wade is off the grid today.  We just love those kids from Dharavi Rocks!

Dharavi Rocks

Our most popular project of ACORN Foundation (India) is Dharavi Rocks.   Dharavi Rocks works with children who work as ragpickers (waste collectors) and live in the [...]

Coffee Rust Worse Problem for Border and Coffee Drinkers than Reported

New Orleans        Sometimes you know it’s bad, but you still haven’t wrapped your mind around the full ripple effects of how bad it might be. Focusing on the immigration crisis for children and families at the Mexico-United States border, I have concentrated on the problems we knew were coming from communities organized by ACORN International, [...]