Chicago Like clockwork the ACORN Canada staff continues the tradition of mid-December YE/YB or Year End / Year Begin meetings. Getting snowbound in Montreal one year and caught again another year in Niagara Falls, convinced them that perhaps meeting in the USA made sense, given that plane fares was actually cheaper. Several years ago we [...]
Oshawa I was actually excited about the senior ACORN Canada organizer’s meeting in Oshawa, Ontario, an hour supposedly but much more in steady traffic from Toronto. This town of more than 100,000 now was the site of the famous auto strike by the UAW with General Motors that was so critical almost 75 years ago [...]
Toronto The initial response from Rogers, one of the big three telecommunications giants in Canada controlling internet and cable, was not all we needed or wanted, but it showed progress and a path forward for future discussions. ACORN’s similar letters to Bell Canada and Telus were met with opposing corporate strategies. Telus dug its head [...]
Quito Every country is different, every city is different, and every community is different. We start from there, and then we adapt what we have seen work in so many places and modify it to fit the circumstances and objectives of our organizing program. No matter how many times I have done [...]
I spent hours yesterday in a pickup riding the steep roads and byways of Quito Norte with our team and local barrio leaders in the area, four up front and three in the back. We traveled more than a dozen kilometers up, down and around the mountain [...]
Vancouver What a treat spending time with the ACORN Canada staff in the Vancouver area in our New Westminster office! The organizers in the morning and the leaders in the evening wanted to brainstorm about current campaigns they were conducting to great effect. Roll up the sleeves and let’s get to work!