[COMM-ORG] Historical videorecording of ACORN 1980 convention

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Tue Mar 23 15:58:39 CDT 2010

[ed: now that everything about ACORN is historical, here is a piece of 
the archive.]

From: Rabbi Moshe ben Asher & Magidah Khulda bat Sarah 
<kharakim at sbcglobal.net>

Gather the People (http://www.gatherthepeople.org) is making available 
“A-C-O-R-N THE PEOPLE’S VOICE WILL RISE AGAIN!” an historical 59-minute 
amateur video recording of the third national ACORN convention held in 
New York City in August of 1980. The videorecording is available at 
http://www.gatherthepeople.org/Pages/GTPacorn.htm) as a DVD or VHS 

The 1980 ACORN convention brought together 2,000 members of the 
organization from all over the United States. It was focused on 
challenging the Democratic National Convention, also meeting in New York 
City at that time, to form a commission on representation of low- and 
moderate-income citizens within the Democratic Party.

The video includes a report relating the history of ACORN’s challenge to 
the Democratic Party on the issue of low- and moderate-income 
representation, a one-mile march and demonstration in mid-town 
Manhattan, and Tim Sampson informally teaching an ACORN organizing song 
to a small group of ACORN members.

One of the highlights of the video is an impassioned speech by 
then-Philadelphia Councilman John Street, who describes ACORN as “one of 
the only organizations in the country making a spirited effort to 
organize people on a grassroots, block by block level.” Street says he’s 
“all fired up” about what’s going on in the country, mentioning in 
particular that in Philadelphia “we have the worst health care in all of 
the country.”

Gather the People is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization providing tools 
for congregational and community development and organizing at 

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