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    • Wisconsin Worker Whistleblowers Expose Vision Rent-to-Own Scams

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      Wisconsin Worker Whistleblowers Expose Vision Rent-to-Own Scams

      Pittsburgh   Vision Property Management, headquartered in South Carolina, seemed like a bad penny that kept turning up in every neighborhood we door knocked in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The ACORN teams spent a lot of time before and after these visits … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • Cities Trying to Fight Back Against Home Exploitation Scams

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      Cities Trying to Fight Back Against Home Exploitation Scams

      New Orleans     Perhaps against their will, some Ohio communities have become ground zero in trying to throw roadblocks in the path of companies exploiting the desperate need of lower income and working families for affordable housing and, just maybe, the … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • Thinking about Teeth

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      Thinking about Teeth

      New Orleans   Maybe it’s personal. Several weeks ago, I had a root canal. It’s shocking how much those bad boys cost, and talking to a friend in the northeast, he had to pop for another $500, so I guess it’s … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • All Praise the Field Campaign, Few Practice It!

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      All Praise the Field Campaign, Few Practice It!

      New Orleans   In recent years genuflecting in the direction of the “ground war” in politics has become almost routine. Sadly, much like other religions and church attendance, a whole lot more people praise field operations as critical to winning … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • Breitbart’s Bannon, More Proof that What Goes Around, Comes Around?

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      Breitbart’s Bannon, More Proof that What Goes Around, Comes Around?

      Little Rock   I don’t want to speak too soon, because I don’t want to put my dirty mouth on it, but as depressing as it has been to read the Stephen Bannon fan mail in the media since the election, … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • Executions, Drug Companies, and High Drama in Arkansas

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      Executions, Drug Companies, and High Drama in Arkansas

      Little Rock       So, if you ask , what’s happening these days in Arkansas, you think you’re being a wit, because what in the world could be happening in Arkansas, now, really?  These days though there is high drama in Arkansas, … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • Social Media is Giving Boycotts New Life

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      Social Media is Giving Boycotts New Life

      New Orleans   Frequently, I’ve quibbled about the role of social media tools in building organizations. I’ve argued such tools are powerful communication tools, rather than organizing tools. They can spread the word to people, lots of people, but they are … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • Corporate Takeover of Government Means Trouble for All of Us

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      Corporate Takeover of Government Means Trouble for All of Us

      New Orleans    The one thing that President Trump has proven thus far is that there is nothing about running a family business that qualifies anyone to believe that they have learned how to manage the government. Any thoughtful person would … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • Trump’s Taxes Trip Up His Tax Reform

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      Trump’s Taxes Trip Up His Tax Reform

      New Orleans    A reported number of 100,000 hit the streets in various cities, not to celebrate Easter, but to continue to demand on the eve of the US tax deadline that President Trump release his tax returns. The President was … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • The Lights Came On in Georgia for Congressional Race

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      The Lights Came On in Georgia for Congressional Race

      New Orleans     Jon Ossoff, a 30-year old documentary filmmaker in Georgia and a former Congressional aide, took a run at winning an election in a suburban Atlanta district so conservative that it had not sent a Democrat to Congress since … Continue reading →

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      April 19, 2017

    • Trump is a Twitter Troll

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      Trump is a Twitter Troll

      New Orleans   I’ll admit it. No matter what I had thought was possible with Donald Trump, when my companera told me he had been tweeting before dawn about a sex tape of some kind, I was incredulous. I answered her … Continue reading →

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      October 4, 2016

    • Getting the Lead Out of Schools

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      Getting the Lead Out of Schools

      New Orleans       Increasingly, we are going to ask which school district is going to be the last one to stand up for its children and workers and test for lead.  There really is no rational reason in the face of … Continue reading →

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      October 4, 2016

    • Tax Records Show that Trump is a Promoter, not a Businessman

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      Tax Records Show that Trump is a Promoter, not a Businessman

      New Orleans    The poor New York Times. They have the scoop of the election campaign when a little birdie drops in the mail a copy of much of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns, and because of the speed of the … Continue reading →

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      October 4, 2016

    • Stadiums are Public Playgrounds, so Protests Should be Common

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      Stadiums are Public Playgrounds, so Protests Should be Common

      New Orleans   Colin Kaepernick may never start another football came in his career. He pushed out a 49ers quarterback who has gone on to success as a starter in Kansas City, but after getting the 49ers to the Super Bowl … Continue reading →

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      October 4, 2016

    • Bollore-Socfin Steals Liberian Land with Empty Promises and Government Help

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      Bollore-Socfin Steals Liberian Land with Empty Promises and Government Help

      Douala, Cameroon   The Organizers’ Forum and ACORN International delegations spent an afternoon meeting in the cabaret of our hotel yesterday. We had finally come to the part of our agenda where we were hearing about the campaigns a number of … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • Visiting the Villages in between the Socfin-Bollore Plantations

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      Visiting the Villages in between the Socfin-Bollore Plantations

      Douala    Visiting the members of our affiliates in the villages along the plantations where they lived in Koungue and Mbambou was always going to be a highlight of this Organizers’ Forum and ACORN International dialogue in Cameroon, but I had … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • Rough Road for Unions in Cameroon

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      Rough Road for Unions in Cameroon

      Douala   About 30 years ago in the 1990s there was a “liberalization” in Cameroon. Citizens were given freedom of expression, the total autocracy was diluted, and they gained freedom of association, including the ability to form unions. There is a … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • The Tentacles of Bollore-Socfin Stretch Far and Wide

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      The Tentacles of Bollore-Socfin Stretch Far and Wide

      Douala   We listened carefully to two more reports from our delegation at the Organizers’ Forum about the land grabbing of Bollore-Socfin, the Paris and Brussels-based conglomerate. One was from two organizers from the Ivory Coast and the other was from … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • The Election Gauntlet of Cameroon

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      The Election Gauntlet of Cameroon

      Douala    Make no mistake. Any notion that Cameroon is a democracy is the same as believing that an obstacle course is the same as a straight road. Yes, there are parties. Yes, there are elections. But, there is no even … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • Making Big Plans for Expanding Organizing in Africa

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      Making Big Plans for Expanding Organizing in Africa

      Douala   After six straight days of meetings, almost nonstop, for the Organizers’ Forum in Cameroon, we spent the last two days in critically serious conversations with all of the ACORN-allied organizers and organizations in attendance including ACORN Kenya on Skype … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • Out of Cameroon, the Rest of the Story

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      Out of Cameroon, the Rest of the Story

      Washington   As one of our veteran participants wrote me when he got home, “I didn’t think any Organizers’ Forum could beat Egypt, but Cameroon did!” In Cairo we could feel a revolution slipping away, less than a year after it … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • Trump May Be Rebuilding the Women’s Movement

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      Trump May Be Rebuilding the Women’s Movement

      New Orleans    In spite of himself Donald Trump may launch a sea change in the way that American women are dealt with in both private and public by serving as a poster boy for how much American men say they … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • Is Wells Fargo Forcing Regulators and Politicians to Finally Take on the Banks?

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      Is Wells Fargo Forcing Regulators and Politicians to Finally Take on the Banks?

      New Orleans   Ok, I’ve always been clear that Wells Fargo for more than a decade has led my list as the most evil and customer-exploiting of the nation’s big banks, and I am loving the fact that they have been … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • Foundation Confusion: Is it Charity or Branding?

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      Foundation Confusion: Is it Charity or Branding?

      New Orleans   Poor Donald Trump. He just can’t catch a break it seems, and somehow the defense that “that’s business,” doesn’t seem to be working for enough people. One of the latest examples revolves around the Trump family foundation. An … Continue reading →

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      September 30, 2016

    • Republican Latino Backfire Continues to Reverberate

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      Republican Latino Backfire Continues to Reverberate

      Amersfoort, Netherlands    Donald Trump is quickly proving that he is the best Presidential nominee the Democrats may have ever had. His recent brief visit to Mexico City embarrassed the Mexican government, became a huge public and political relations disaster for … Continue reading →

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      September 9, 2016

    • Two Campaigns: One Tight Ship and One Full of Leaks

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      Two Campaigns: One Tight Ship and One Full of Leaks

      Vlodrop, Netherlands   Trump and his family have to be walking around his namesake tower in New York City just hopping mad. Everywhere they turn they have to wonder at sieve of a drowning campaign who is leaking to the press. … Continue reading →

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      September 9, 2016

    • Fear of Immigrants and Others is a Global Political Monkeywrench

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      Fear of Immigrants and Others is a Global Political Monkeywrench

      Hamburg   Meeting with people in the Netherlands and Germany, conversation quickly comes to the Clinton-Trump race. People want to be reassured that Trump really can’t win. They don’t want to hear that the vote will be close, even though Clinton … Continue reading →

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      September 9, 2016

    • Activist Cooperatives are Building in Hamburg

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      Activist Cooperatives are Building in Hamburg

      Hamburg   It had rained all night and most of the morning in this large, northern port city in Germany where I was scheduled to talk to activists and organizers later in the evening. More depressingly, I had spent the morning … Continue reading →

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      September 9, 2016

    • Is Labor Day for Workers or Politicians?

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      Is Labor Day for Workers or Politicians?

      Berlin   Every four years Labor Day marks the official beginning of the “real” campaign for President in the United States. Of course these campaigns are endless and began years and years before for most candidates, like a Hillary Clinton. Even … Continue reading →

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      September 9, 2016

    • The Interesting Transition from Ideological Argument to Personal Contact

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      The Interesting Transition from Ideological Argument to Personal Contact

      Berlin   Visiting with political and labor organizers and activists of all stripes in Germany was fascinating and for me, an education. It was impressive to see the deep, lifelong commitments that so many have made individually to progressive work that … Continue reading →

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      September 9, 2016

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