ACORN News June 24, 2003

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[ed:  this is one of the regular ACORN updates.]

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ACORN News
June 24, 2003

1. Paterson Passes Local Hiring Ordinance
2. Houston Wins Repair of Health Clinic
3. Portland Wins Storm-Water Credits
4. IRS Takes Public Comment on EITC Pre-certification Proposal
5. San Francisco Begins Push for Minimum Wage
6. Pennsylvania Launches Campaign for Anti-Predatory Lending 
Law
7. Contra-Costa Battles Wal-Mart
8. San Jose Stops School Closure
9. ACORN Fights for Section 8
10. Los Angeles Rallies for Child Care Funding
11. St. Louis Opposes Schools Privatization
12. San Antonio Fights Utility Rate Hike
13. Florida Demands Governor Release Funds
14. Oakland Finds Common Ground on Schools
15. San Diego Holds Renters Rights Forum
16. Arlington Wins Justice for Tenants
17. New York Campaigns for Affordable Housing
18. Illinois Passes State Legislation
19. NY City Pushes for Smaller Class-Size Ballot Initiative
20. Prince George's Passes Resolution Against Federal 
Preemption
21. Los Angeles Wins Study of Paint Factory
22. SEIU Local 880 Wins Right to Contract
23. ACORN Associates Turns Out Vote for School Bond in 
Cincinnati
24. ACORN Holds National Neighborhood Clean Up Day
25. ACORN President Speaks Against Predatory Lending
26. ACORN Helps Take Back America
27. ACORN Opens in Fresno
TAKE ACTION: Restore Child Tax Credit!

1. PATERSON PASSES LOCAL HIRING ORDINANCE -- 
Paterson, N.J., City Council has passed an ordinance promoted by 
ACORN and labor allies including the Passaic County Building 
Trades and the North Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters.  The 
ordinance requires that any company doing $1 million or more of 
construction work for the city hire from local pre-apprentice training 
programs.  It requires that at least 20 percent of the work hours on 
those projects be done by apprentices, and half of these come from 
a locally based training program.  The labor force must also be 20 
percent women or minority group members.  The ordinance 
establishes a local board, the Paterson Community Apprenticeship 
Initiative, which will designate local training institutions, monitor 
contractors compliance, and be composed of a range of appointees 
representing labor, community, and public entities like the Board of 
Education.  Other cities, including Jersey City, Newark, and New 
York, are now considering similar laws.  For more information, 
contact Julie Roberts at njacorn at acorn.org or 973-684-8880.  

2. HOUSTON WINS REPAIR OF HEALTH CLINIC - Houston 
ACORN members have won a commitment from the Mayor to 
spend $1.4 million to repair and reopen the Riverside Health Clinic 
in the Third Ward.  On June 17, Houston ACORN members 
angered by the clinic's long closure, took their demands to the City 
Council.  The clinic had been closed since March of 2002 for 
repairs after Hurricane Allison, but the repairs had not yet begun.  
The City this month allocated $1.4 million to repair a fountain 
downtown that had been hit by a car.  ACORN members in bright 
red shirts dominated the City Council meeting with their testimony 
decrying this injustice.  The Mayor's office quickly announced the 
funding of $1.4 million for the clinic.  For more information, link to 
http://www.acorn.org/campaigns/pc.php?p=2420 or contact Ginny 
Goldman at txacornhofd at acorn.org or 713-868-7015.  

3. PORTLAND WINS STORM-WATER CREDITS - On June 4, 
Portland City Council approved a plan to grant one-year retroactive 
credit to city storm-water customers who qualify for a discount 
program that's set to take effect in 2006.  ACORN members have 
campaigned to make this credit retroactive. Many residents of 
Portland do not use storm-water service and object to having to 
pay for it.  ACORN is demanding that the city pay $33.4 million in 
retroactive credit for the 5 1/2 years between when the program 
was established and when the program is expected to start.  For 
more information, link to 
http://www.acorn.org/campaigns/pc.php?p=2401 or contact Corinne 
Michelle Ball at oracorn at acorn.org or (503) 788-4362.  

4. IRS TAKES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EITC PRE-
CERTIFICATION PROPOSAL AND MAKES SOME CHANGES 
EVEN BEFORE PUBLICATION -- The IRS has finally put its 
proposal to impose new requirements on tax filers applying for the 
Earned Income Tax Credit out for public comments.  In response to 
criticism, they have also somewhat modified the proposal even 
prior to publication.  The new proposal no longer requires t tax filers 
to produce marriage and birth certificates, although other 
significant problems remain.  In recent weeks ACORN has helped 
gather signatures on a letter to Treasury Secretary Snowe 
circulated by Congresswoman De Lauro, and has placed opinion 
pieces criticizing the proposal in more than 20 publications around 
the country. For more information, contact Greg Jefferson at 
gjefferson at acorn.org or 202-547-2500.  

5. SAN FRANCISCO BEGINS PUSH FOR MINIMUM WAGE - 
With just two weeks to qualify, San Francisco ACORN is 
coordinating a field campaign of nearly 20 workers who have 
begun collecting signatures (10,000 needed) to place a citywide 
minimum wage initiative on the ballot this November.  The labor-
community coalition, being coordinated by ACORN, will call for an 
$8.50 minimum wage for every worker within the city.  For more 
information, contact John Eller at caacornsfro at acorn.org or 415-
725-9869.  

6. PENNSYLVANIA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR ANTI-
PREDATORY LENDING LAW - On June 19, Pennsylvania 
ACORN held a 100-person "Stop the Sharks" rally in Philadelphia 
to kick off a campaign for state legislation against predatory 
lending.  ACORN members chanted and waved banners and flags. 
ACORN member Karen Beltman testified powerfully about the 
predatory loan she had received.  Pennsylvania Secretary of 
Banking A. William Schenck spoke in support of ACORN's work 
and the need to stop predatory lending. ACORN campaigned 
successfully for a tough city ordinance against predatory lending in 
Philadelphia, which was passed unanimously by the City Council in 
April 2001.  But the state preempted that ordinance in June 2001 
with a law that created no new protections at the state level.  For 
more information, link to 
http://www.acorn.org/campaigns/pc.php?p=2422 or contact Ali 
Kronley at paacorn at acorn.org or 215-765-0042.  

PHOTO: Pennsylvania ACORN held a "Stop the Sharks" rally.  
Pennsylvania Secretary of Banking A. William Schenck spoke in 
support of ACORN's work. 
http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=582  

PHOTO: Pennsylvania ACORN held a "Stop the Sharks" rally.  
Pennsylvania Secretary of Banking A. William Schenck spoke in 
support of ACORN's work. 
http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=581  

7. CONTRA COSTA BATTLES WAL-MART - A coalition of labor, 
religious, and community groups, including ACORN, has 
successfully campaigned for passage of an anti-big-box ordinance 
in Contra Costa County.  The new ordinance limits the size and 
type of commercial developments, controlling unplanned growth.  
Wal-Mart has brought in paid signature gatherers from out of state 
to try to get a referendum on the ballot to overturn the ordinance. 
ACORN and the UFCW are campaigning against Wal-Mart's 
efforts.  This work includes calling attention to the signature 
gatherers' misrepresentations, such as misleading people to think 
they are actually signing to recall the Governor. ACORN and the 
UFCW have also begun gathering signatures on postcards from 
people saying they want to withdraw their name from Wal-Mart's 
petition. For more information contact Doug Bloch at 
caacornsc at acorn.org or 510-436-5690.  

8. SAN JOSE STOPS SCHOOL CLOSURE - San Jose ACORN 
has helped prevent the closure of Miller Elementary School.  The 
Alum Rock Unified School District proposed closing the school in 
response to a $8 million budget shortfall. Parents at the school 
organized with ACORN members from the surrounding community 
and packed the School Board Room with to demand that the school 
be kept open.  The Board agreed unanimously and also agreed that 
parents at the school and ACORN members will make up part of a 
committee to review the future of the school.  In other San Jose 
news, on June 7, the South Bay Labor Council honored San Jose 
ACORN with its annual organizational award at a dinner attended 
by over 1,000 and featuring AFL-CIO Vice President Linda-Chavez 
Thompson as key note speaker.  For more information, contact 
Derecka Mehrens at caacornsjro at acorn.org or 408-293-1520.  

9. ACORN FIGHTS FOR SECTION 8 - ACORN is opposing moves 
in Congress to block grant, and ultimately reduce, Section 8 
housing vouchers.  An ACORN leader will be testifying at a field 
hearing that Congresswoman Maxine Waters has planned for July 
1st in Los Angeles.  Meanwhile in New Jersey, ACORN and the 
Fair Alliance coalition are campaigning statewide for state Section 
8 vouchers.  A bill sponsored by State Senator Shirley Turner (S. 
454) would devote $50 million to these vouchers.  ACORN has 
held large rallies and protests in Jersey City (where Congressman 
Bob Menendez signed on in support and ACORN put pressure on 
the local housing authority), Paterson (where ACORN protested at 
the Republican Party headquarters as well as at the local housing 
authority), and Newark (where the housing authority agreed to a 
June 26 meeting and Mayor Sharpe James signed on. For more 
information, contact Kate Atkins at njacorn at acorn.org or 973-645-
1377.  

10. LOS ANGELES RALLIES FOR CHILD CARE FUNDING - Cuts 
in child care funding proposed by California Governor Gray Davis 
earlier this year were dropped following massive protests by 
ACORN California Childcare Providers for Action (ACCPA).  On 
June 16, hundreds of Los Angeles ACORN members and allies 
rallied to urge California state legislators to include new revenue in 
the budget for child care, education, and health care.  Rally 
participants - including over 6O ACCPA members -- created and 
signed giant "Living Postcards" with pictures of them and their 
families, which they sent to Sacramento as a reminder of the real 
people who are hurt by budget cuts and delays.  Many local elected 
officials came out in support of this cause. ACORN member 
Raeann Wilkerson spoke on the importance of child care subsidies 
and child care providers for working mothers and their children and 
got the crowd shouting "Don't Balance the Budget on the Backs of 
Children!"  In other work, ACCPA members are on an LA County 
committee that is developing a plan for universal preschool to be 
funded with $100 million in tobacco tax money.  And ACCPA 
members are on a City of LA committee that will be exploring the 
possibility for a child care trust fund using tobacco and alcohol tax 
dollars.  For more information, contact John Jackson 
caacornccro at acorn.org or 213-747-4211.  

PHOTO: Los Angeles ACORN members and allies rallied to urge 
California state legislators to include new revenue in the budget for 
child care, education, and health care. 
http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=574  

11. ST. LOUIS OPPOSES SCHOOLS PRIVATIZATION - Two 
hundred St. Louis ACORN members took over a recent school 
board meeting, grabbing the microphone and demanding that the 
comment period be continued until their views were heard. ACORN 
is working to oppose moves to privatize St. Louis public schools.  
The school system has given a private company a $5 million 
contract as a consultant.  ACORN expects this company to 
recommend downsizing and outsourcing, so ACORN members are 
opposing these ideas before they are recommended.  For more 
information, contact Ken McKoy at moacorn at acorn.org or 314-
531-7023.  

12. SAN ANTONIO FIGHTS UTILITY RATE HIKE -- San Antonio, 
Texas, ACORN members and allies joined forces in May to protest 
a proposed 30 percent utility rate hike and a proposal to build a 
new coal-burning power plant. Members of Neighborhoods First 
Alliance, ACORN, San Antonio Coalition for Environmental and 
Economic Justice, Esperanza Environmental and Economic Justice 
Center, Independent Allies, Sierra Club, Public Citizen, SEED, 
Texas Home Daycare Workers Association, Texas Association of 
African American Voters, Harvard Place East lawn Organization, 
Citizens for Clean Air, Solar Prosperity Corridor, Clean Money San 
Antonio, San Antonio Craftsmen Association, ACLU, Bnai Brith, 
and others packed into a City Public Service (CPS) board meeting 
and demanded time to speak.  For more information, contact 
Michelle McLellan at txacornsaro at acorn.org or 210-226-2584.  

PHOTO: Rudy Garcia, an ACORN leader from the Edgewood area, 
stressed the devastating impact that the rate increase would have 
on his family. "I will have to choose between paying for my 
medicine, using water, or using electricity, because I can't pay for 
all three," he said. http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=577  

PHOTO: San Antonio ACORN members and allies protested a 
proposed 30 percent utility rate hike and a proposal to build a new 
coal-burning power plant. 
http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=580  

13. FLORIDA DEMANDS GOVERNOR RELEASE FUNDS - On 
June 19, St. Petersburg ACORN held a rally at a clinic that is being 
shut down by proposed state budget cuts.  ACORN is demanding 
that Governor Jeb Bush release $941 million in federal aid to 
prevent such cut backs.  As part of the recent tax cut package, 
Congress approved $20 billion in state fiscal relief to ease budget 
crises around the country.  Governor Bush has refused to release 
these dollars and is instead placing them in a "rainy day fund" at a 
time when many state programs are being cut or eliminated.  One 
of the programs being eliminated is the Diabetes Education 
program in St. Petersburg.  For more information, contact Josh 
Myles at flacornpc at acorn.org or 727-327-6869.  

14. OAKLAND FINDS COMMON GROUND ON SCHOOLS - On 
June 2, California's Governor signed a $100 million loan to 
Oakland Unified School District -- the largest bailout in the history 
of the state.  ACORN and allies had successfully lobbied to get 
language in the bailout bill that mandates monthly meetings 
between the community and the new state administrator. On June 
7, over 150 people attended the "Common Ground" forum on 
Oakland schools representing over 20 schools, 25 organizations, 
and 7 elected officials.  Every organization and elected official 
signed on to support an Educational Bill of Rights, which has also 
been endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  The forum was 
hosted by Oakland ACORN, which also recently held its 17th 
Anniversary Celebration.  For more information, link to 
http://www.acorn.org/acorn10/betterschools/reports.htm or contact 
Doug Bloch at caacornsc at acorn.org or 510-436-5690.  

15. SAN DIEGO HOLDS RENTERS RIGHTS FORUM - On May 
29, San Diego ACORN held a renters' rights forum with 140 
members and state legislators.  ACORN chapters around the state 
of California are continuing to build momentum for renters' rights 
measures.  For more information, link to http://acorn.org/carenters 
or contact Clare Crawford at caacornsdro at acorn.org or 619-235-
9593.  

16. ARLINGTON WINS JUSTICE FOR TENANTS - Arlington, 
Texas, ACORN has begun a series of efforts to win rights for 
tenants.  On June 23, ACORN members protested at Cottonwood 
Park Apartments and obtained for two tenants their security 
deposits, which were being withheld for no cause, removed unfair 
fees from their accounts, and repaired their credit.  ACORN will 
continue challenging individual landlords as it builds a campaign 
for legislative protection of tenants' rights.  For more information, 
contact Jessica Anacker at txacornarro at acorn.org or 817-649-
8256.  

17. NEW YORK CAMPAIGNS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING - 
Bronx and Brooklyn ACORN members are continuing their 
campaign for affordable housing, building up to introduction of 
three bills in the City Council that will reshape how the city handles 
vacant land and redefine affordable housing policies to be based 
on average neighborhood incomes rather than the average income 
for the metropolitan area.  ACORN is pushing developers to begin 
building affordable homes and join with ACORN in communicating 
the fact that this can be done successfully.  ACORN members 
have used large protests to target New Millennium Homes, 
including a 100-member protest on June 20, and persuaded the 
company to sit down and discuss plans for making new 
developments affordable.  For more information, contact Bertha 
Lewis at nyacornbrk at acorn.org or 718-246-7900.  

18. ILLINOIS PASSES STATE LEGISLATION - In addition to 
forcing the state legislature to raise the minimum wage, Illinois 
ACORN, working in coalition with many allies, helped pass a 
number of other bills this past session, including: --HB 0600: In 
State Tuition -- Otherwise known as the Student Adjustment Bill, 
this law outlines new criteria for individuals who will be charged in-
state tuition at Illinois' public schools. Individuals who are not 
citizens of the United States or do not have Illinois resident status 
are considered in-state if they attended and graduated from high 
school in Illinois. --SB 1330: Utility Termination - This law makes it 
illegal for utility companies to shut off costumers' services between 
December 1 and April 1 if they were eligible for LIHEAP. --SB 
0788: Ex-Offender Rehabilitation - This law provides for the 
automatic sealing of arrest and conviction records for persons 
without conviction for 3 or 4 years who had previously been 
convicted or for persons convicted of or placed on supervision for a 
misdemeanor. --SB 0125: This law creates a certificate of 
rehabilitation, which will allow ex-offenders to get access to 
schools, scholarships, jobs, and licenses. --HB 3316:  This law 
provides that the Department of Human Services will establish a 
pilot program to place hard-to-employ persons, including ex-
offenders, in jobs. For more information, contact Madeline Talbott 
at ilacorn at acorn.org or 312-939-7488.  

19. NY CITY PUSHES FOR SMALLER CLASS-SIZE BALLOT 
INITIATIVE - NY ACORN has joined with labor and community 
allies to call for a ballot initiative that would require the Education 
Department to decrease class size throughout the school system.  
Under the initiative, voters would decide whether to amend the City 
Charter to require limited class size.  The coalition is working to 
collect at least 45,000 voters' signatures to put the question on the 
ballot.  For more information, contact Bertha Lewis at 
nyacornbrk at acorn.org or 718-246-7900.  

20. PRINCE GEORGE'S PASSES RESOLUTION AGAINST 
FEDERAL PREEMPTION - On June 5, Prince George's County, 
Md., at the urging of ACORN, passed a resolution opposing federal 
preemption of state and local protections against predatory lending, 
something that has been proposed in a bill sponsored by Rep. Bob 
Ney (R., Ohio).  Prince George's joins Providence, Washington, 
D.C., Pittsburgh, Boston, Albuquerque, Philadelphia, New York, 
Bridgeport, Santa Fe, and the Rhode Island Senate.  A similar 
resolution has been introduced in Los Angeles.  For more 
information, contact Jessica Lehman at mdacornpgro at acorn.org 
or 301-699-8000.  

21. LOS ANGELES WINS STUDY OF PAINT FACTORY - On 
June 21, a South Los Angeles neighborhood ACORN chapter 
launched a campaign against the re-opening of a paint factory near 
the neighborhood school.  Following a large action, representatives 
from the Department of Air Quality Management agreed to test the 
toxics in the area and report back at the upcoming meeting.  For 
more information, contact Peter Kuhns at caacornlaro at acorn.org 
or 213-747-4211.  

22. SEIU LOCAL 880 WINS RIGHT TO CONTRACT -- In 1983 
Chicago ACORN began organizing low-income home health care 
workers into the union now known as the Service Employees 
International Union Local 880.  ACORN and 880 work together on 
numerous campaigns.  Local 880 now has 20,000 members in a 
unit made up of personal assistants to the elderly and disabled who 
are paid with state vouchers.  On May 31 these workers won the 
right to negotiate a contract with the state when the Illinois House 
passed HB 2221 by a vote of 115 to 0.  On the same day, they won 
a $1 per hour increase from $7 to $8 per hour when the Illinois 
Senate passed HB 1179 by a vote of 53 to 6.  Both votes came 
with Local 880 members packing the chambers. The Governor has 
90 days to sign the bills or veto them and 880 has organized a 
postcard and phone bank campaign to urge him to sign.  For more 
information, contact Keith Kelleher at seiu880 at acorn.org or 312-
939-7490.  

PHOTO: During a day of lobbying legislators in Springfield on April 
3, Chicago ACORN member Mahaley Sommerville tells it like it is. 
http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=570  

PHOTO: Local 880 members rallied in Springfield on April 3. 
http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=571  

23. ACORN ASSOCIATES TURNS OUT VOTE FOR SCHOOL 
BOND IN CINCINNATI - ACORN Associates handled the field 
campaign in 147 majority African American precincts in Cincinnati 
for a school bond that passed on May 6 with 52 percent of the vote.  
As a result, $25 million will go to renovating and building public 
schools.  The majority of the canvassers on the campaign were 
high school students.  They knocked on 25,000 doors and will see 
new schools in Cincinnati within the next 2 years.  For more 
information, contact Jessica Angus at polnat at acorn.org or 202-
547-2500.  

PHOTO: Mayor Charlie Luken of Cincinnati with ACORN 
Associates canvassers in May 2003 after ACORN Associates 
helped pass a school bond referendum. 
http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=569  

24. ACORN HOLDS NATIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN UP 
DAY - On June 14, ACORN chapters around the country 
participated in ACORN's third annual National Neighborhood Clean 
Up Day, in which members worked with local businesses and 
governments to clean up their neighborhoods.  In Prince George's 
County, Md., there is flooding every time it rains, and residents 
cars were submerged in 3 feet of water.  As part of Clean Up Day, 
ACORN demanded that the Public Works Department fix drains.  
After a local TV station pushed the issue, Public Works agreed to 
address the problem and meet with ACORN.  Also participating in 
Clean Up Day were Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, D.C., 
Wilmington, Newark, Paterson, Norwalk, Providence, Bay Point, 
Phoenix, Dallas, Minneapolis / St. Paul, Cleveland, and Kansas 
City.  For more information, contact Helene O'Brien at 
fielddirect at acorn.org or 602-254-8356.  

PHOTO: On June 14, ACORN held its third annual National 
Neighborhood Clean Up Day.  Deloris Mena, ACORN member and 
block leader from the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, 
gathered some of the litter that was picked up by dozens of 
volunteers. http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=567  

PHOTO: On June 14, ACORN held its third annual National 
Neighborhood Clean Up Day.  Antonio Green, Terrell White, and 
Cinita Franklin helped out with the clean up in the North Lawndale 
neighborhood of Chicago. 
http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=568  

PHOTO: Flooded cars in Prince George's County, Md. [LINK]  

25. ACORN PRESIDENT SPEAKS AGAINST PREDATORY 
LENDING -- On June 20, ACORN National President Maude Hurd 
spoke at the U.S. Capitol about ACORN's campaign against 
predatory lending.  The event, which included representatives of a 
number of organizations, was put together by Congresswoman Jan 
Schakowsky (Dem., Ill.) and George Washington University 
Professor Gregory D. Squires, who has just published a book titled 
"Organizing Access to Capital," to which Hurd contributed a 
chapter.  For more information, contact Greg Jefferson at 
gjefferson at acorn.org or 202-547-2500.  

PHOTO: ACORN National President Maude Hurd. 
http://www.acorn.org/photos/gallery.php?p=583  

26. ACORN HELPS TAKE BACK AMERICA - A delegation of 15 
ACORN members recently took part in the Take Back American 
Conference of the Campaign for America's Future in Washington, 
D.C.  ACORN National President Maude Hurd delivered a key 
speech.  Paterson, N.J., ACORN member Garfield Warren, in town 
for the conference, spoke at the Capitol in an event with 
Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi on addressing 
unemployment.  ACORN leaders in attendance came from New 
York City, Philadelphia, Norwalk, Boston, Paterson, Minneapolis, St 
Petersburg, and San Diego.  For more information, contact Rachel 
Burrows at rburrows at acorn.org or 202-547-2500.  

27. ACORN OPENS IN FRESNO - ACORN has opened a chapter 
in Fresno, Calif., at 2839 Mariposa Ave, phone 559-441-7131.  For 
more information, contact Amy Schur at caacorn at acorn.org or 
213-747-4211.  

TAKE ACTION: RESTORE CHILD TAX CREDIT - The House and 
the Senate have passed competing child tax credit proposals, 
House and Senate conferees are expected to meet soon to work 
out a compromise for a final vote.  The proposal passed by the 
House does not fix the problem, and Americans aren't fooled by it.  
Only 4 percent of the money in the House bill will go to the 12 
million children left out of the first tax cut.  A stalemate in 
conference would effectively kill the effort to provide the child tax 
credit for low-income working families.  Please urge House and 
Senate conferees on the child tax credit to draft a report that will 
help children in low-income working families.  And urge the 
President to ask Congress to pass a child tax credit that provides 
relief to the working families who need it the most.  Click to write 
your Congress Members and the President: 
http://www.acorn.org/acorn10/takeaction.htm  

ORGANIZER TRAINING PLANNED -- ACORN is currently 
accepting applications for three-day academies in Chicago, Tampa, 
and Orlando.  Training will include seminars on community 
organizing, fundraising, and leadership development, breakout 
groups focusing on campaign planning and implementation, 
readings from Alinsky, Chavez, and others, guest instructors from 
local labor, community, and activist organizations, and participation 
in community organizing campaigns and actions.  Lodging is 
provided. Spaces are limited. Applicants should be seeking full-
time jobs as activist, community, labor, or political organizers.  For 
more information and to apply, link to 
http://acorn.org/getinvolved/organizer.html.  

DONATE TO ACORN -- Membership dues and chapter-based 
fundraising programs pay for 75 percent of ACORN's budget. But 
ACORN also needs financial support from non-member allies, 
people who do not live in neighborhoods with ACORN chapters but 
who support the work ACORN is doing. For more information, link 
to http://acorn.org/donate or contact Steve Kest at 
natexdirect at acorn.org or (718) 246-7900.  

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moderate-income families, with over 150,000 member families 
organized into 700 neighborhood chapters in 51 cities across the 
country. Since 1970 ACORN has taken action and won victories on 
issues of concern to our members. Our priorities include: better 
housing for first time homebuyers and tenants, living wages for 
low-wage workers, more investment in our communities from banks 
and governments, and better public schools. We achieve these 
goals by building community organizations that have the power to 
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