[COMM-ORG] John Atlas press announcement

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  From: John Atlas <jatlas4 at comcast.net>



For Immediate Release
John Atlas
(973) 746-6239


Washington DC- This Wednesday November 10
The History & Future of Community Organizing
John Atlas, president of the National Housing Institute and author of  
Seeds of
Change: The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial  Anti-Poverty 
  Group , and Steve Kest, Senior Fellow at CAP and  former executive 
director of
ACORN, will discuss the history and the  future of community organizing. 
This is
  a special joint program sponsored by Center for  American Progress 
and  the  Progressive
Book Club.
PROGRESSIVISM ON TAP is a lecture and  discussion series from the 
Progressive Studies
Program at the Center for  American Progress, focused on the history and 
traditions  of progressivism and liberalism. CAP was founded by John 
Podesta, former
  chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
Clip on Amazon.com to purchase the book. 
Date and Location
November 10, 2010
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Busboys and Poets
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

"A must read...The reader gains an understanding not only of ACORN's 
success in
the fight for social justice, but also why its efforts to empower 
ordinary people
  are viewed with alarm and have come under attack by conservative and 
forces." --William Julius Wilson, author, Harvard University

"There is more value on a single page of Seeds of Change than in a 
year's worth
of Rush Limbaugh screeds combined with a lifetime of Sarah Palin sneers 
at community
organizers."-Todd Gitlin, professor, author of best selling "The Sixties"

"Atlas deploys his journalistic skills beautifully in this powerful 
portrait of
people working to realize a vision of social prosperity."   ----Sudhir 
author of Gang Leader for a Day

"John Atlas combines scholarship, political insight, and powerful 
narrative writing
in this essential book." --Robert Kuttner, journalist, economist, and  
author of
  Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a 

"Atlas has now written the definitive work on ACORN." --Samuel G. 
Freedman, Columbia
Journalism School, author of Letters to a Young Journalist

"...an exceptionally important book--a vivid, honest, and gripping look 
at the front
lines, warts and controversies and all." --Harry C. Boyte, author, 
founder and co-director,
Center for Democracy and Citizenship

"How could one of America's leading community organizations -- one that 
had become
a force across the country mobilizing low-wage minority workers ... be 
pushed to
  its doom...? Is community organizing a strong force in America's inner 
cities or
a negligible presence in America's body politic? Or is it both? These 
are questions
that engage John Atlas in Seeds of Change, his excellent history of 
ACORN's rise
  and fall..." Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect

"Atlas writes that ACORN 'reflects the American tradition of helping the 
poor help
themselves."--Ben Smith, Politico

"Seeds of Change is full of fascinating people, colorful anecdotes, and 
drama, but it is really a story about the hard but hopeful work of 
bringing about
progressive change."-Peter Dreier, Talking Points Memo

Atlas documents ACORN's rise from obscurity to a mass organization ... 
by employing
the insider view gained during his 40-year career as an anti-poverty 
and lawyer. ---Counter Punch

" Atlas ... has written an impressively detailed, thoughtful, and honest 
  of ACORN, from its founding to its recent reorganization forced by 
right-wing attacks."

--Matt Witt, World Wide Work bulletin, the American Labor Education Center

" The first several chapters of the book do a better job than any other 
book I've
read of explaining the unique institution of ACORN, its birth 40 years 
ago this
week, its mission, and its successes." -- David Swanson, FirerdogLake

"Atlas masterfully tells the story of the rise and current state of one 
of the most
effective, most widely challenged, and now beleaguered advocacy 
organizations for
the poor." Gregory Squires, Huffington Post

Atlas blogs at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-atlas/
John Atlas
jatlas4 at comcast.net
National Housing Institute/Shelterforce Magazine
74 Clinton Ave.
Montclair,NJ 07042
973 746-6239

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