[COMM-ORG] New Speaker: The Story of ACORN - Next Thursday 10/14
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From: John Atlas <jatlas4 at comcast.net
November is quickly approaching and, with important races all around
the country, we're often reminded of ACORN's controversial role in the
08 election. Their efforts to increase voter registration have been at
the center of many national debates in recent years, but ACORN's work on
a wide array of issues, including living wages, poverty reduction,
affordable housing, and immigration reform, goes back decades before.
Join Demos for an in-depth forum with John Atlas, author of Seeds of
Change, a comprehensive account of ACORN's 40-years of work on advocacy
and public engagement. Atlas will be joined by Steve Kest, former
director of ACORN, andJanice Fine, Professor of Labor Studies and
Employment Relations at Rutgers, in a fascinating discussion on the
successes and internal struggles of one of the nation's most well-known
community organizing groups.
John Atlas is the author of Seeds of Change, and a former public
interest lawyer. He is currently a journalist and President of the New
Jersey-based National Housing Institute, which publishes Shelterforce
Magazine. 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 reactionary 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 Venkatesh, author of Gang Leader for a Day
"John Atlas combines scholarship, political insight, and powerful
narrative writing in this essential book." --Robert Kuttner, author
and founder of The American Prospect
"Atlas has now written the definitive work on ACORN." --Samuel G.
Freedman, Columbia Journalism School, author of Letters to a Young
"...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
Atlas writes that ACORN 91reflects the American tradition of
helping the poor help themselves." Ben Smith, Politico
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
Steve Kest was formerly the Executive Director of ACORN, and is now a
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He has spent more
than 35 years as a community organizer, including a long tenure with
ACORN before becoming its Executive Director in 1990.
Janice Fine is an Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Employment
Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers
University. She is also the Faculty Coordinator of the Program on
Immigration and Democracy at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and the
author of Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the
Author of the new book SEEDS OF CHANGE.The Story of Acorn, America's
Most Controversial Anti-Poverty Community Group.
(Available at Amazon.com
/0826517064 and Vanderbilt University Press
If you are interested in adopting this book for a college course or
reviewing it for a journal, magazine, or newspaper, please contact me or
Sue Havlish at sue.havlish at vanderbilt.edu or calling 615-343-2446 to
receive a review copy.
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 reactionary forces." --William Julius Wilson,
author, Harvard University
Atlas blogs at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-atlas/
National Housing Institute/Shelterforce Magazine
74 Clinton Ave.
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