John Atlas

John Atlas
Birthday
July 13
Bio
John Atlas is president and founder of the National Housing Institute which publishes Shelterforce magazine.His book about democracy, poverty and progressive politics, Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Anti-Poverty Community Group will be out in June. (Available atAmazon.com http://www.amazon.com/John-Atlas/e/B002QNVLA2 and Vanderbilt University Press http://www.vanderbiltuniversitypress.com/books/387/seeds-of-change) “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, Columbia University "...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 "Atlas deploys his journalistic skills beautifully in this powerful portrait of people working to realize a vision of social prosperity. Add this to the already growing collection volume of writings on housing, politics and urban affairs that has now become the Atlas oeuvre.” ----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 “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, Harvard University "Atlas has now written the definitive work on ACORN.” --Samuel G. Freedman, author of Letters to a Young Journalist For over 35 years, John has been a public-interest lawyer, activist, radio talk-show host, and organizer. Holding a law degree from Boston University and a master of law from George Washington Law Center, he is an alumnus of Columbia University and recipient of the Charles Revson Fellowship.

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After the sequester cut teaching jobs, Head Start spots, senior food programs, and access to nutrition assistance for over half a million women and their families, the GOP revealed its new short-term budget bill for 2013. Buried on page 221 is a curious clause banning federal funding to ACORN, an antRead full post »

What would have happened if, when Occupy Wall Streeters had taken over Zuccotti Square and the OWS leaders went beyond direct action and pressured Obama to support their cause with specific demands?

And if Barak Obama, acting in the tradition of courageous presidents like FDR, repeatedly amplified the… Read full post »

After the horrific Tucson shooting, John McCain and even Roger Ailes, the Fox News president, joined President Obama's call for a more civil discourse. Ailes told his anchors and reporters to "tone it down."  McCain agreed with the President's call "...to aspire to a more generous appreciation o… Read full post »

James O’Keefe, the conservative activist known for manipulating the mainstream media by making undercover videos that helped destroy the progressive community group ACORN, plotted to humiliate CNN and its investigative journalist Abby Boudreau.

He planned to record a meeting using hidden cameRead full post »

A week after Katrina hit New Orleans, Federal Government officials and private relief organizations were still discussing how to send aid to the area. ACORN, which had been organizing low-income and working class residents in the city since the 1978, had already moved into action.

 

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SEEDS OF CHANGE goes beyond the headlines of the 2008 Presidential campaign and today’s controversies to describe the truth behind ACORN’s massive voter registration drives and how it confronted its internal divisions and a prostitution scandal. Because of its success fighting poverty, IRead full post »

On Monday, June 14, a preliminary probe by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)of ACORN has found no evidence the association or related organizations mishandled the $40 million in federal money they received in recent years.

A review of grants by nine federal agencies found no problem… Read full post »

What's the difference between James O'Keefe, who made national headlines with his ACORN undercover video, and ACORN? O'Keefe is a criminal and ACORN is not. Yesterday O'Keefe pleaded guilty to charges of entering federal property under false pretenses when he attempted to embarrass Senator Mary Landr… Read full post »

This week, the FBI arrested 25-year old James O'Keefe and three other men, charging them with plotting to tamper with phones in the New Orleans office of Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana. The four men appeared in federal court Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Louis Moore wea… Read full post »

A federal judge blocked U.S. officials from enforcing a funding ban on ACORN, one of America’s most effective anti-poverty groups. Congress cut off funding for ACORN -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- in September after a right wing Web sites and TV news outlets, moRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 11:33AM

Progressives should support Acorn

By now most Americans have heard of the group, ACORN. It is so unique the mainstream press, especially the Washington Post, CNN, and other television networks are ill prepared to explain what it really is. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is a nation-wide anti-poverty group t… Read full post »

  Now we know that Karl Rove spearheaded the firing of David Iglesias, the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico who refused to follow the Bush White House's orders to intimidate low-income voters by making false charges of "voter fraud.”Read full post »

If you have not been watching The Daily show stop what you are doing and go on the Internet and watch last week's clips of Jon Stewart’s show. He engaged in a weeklong battle with CNBC and Jim Cramer. What Stewart did was amazing.

 It started with a CNBC’s Rick SantelRead full post »

What was the best event at the Inaugural celebration? Of course just watching Obama take the oath of office. But the next best moment was watching Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen lead the nation in singing “This Land is Your Land” at Sunday's "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln MemorialRead full post »



    As Obama prepared his massive economic recovery plan, he read Jonathan Alter's The Defining Moment, (Simon and Shuster, 2006) about FDR's rise to the presidency and his first 100 days. Although Alter's engrossing and readablebook was not intended to give advRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 10, 2008 6:04PM

Who’s Afraid of ACORN, and Why

Today, the McCain-Palin campaign released the Web ad attacking Barack Obama for his ties to ACORN. It’s important to understand the deep roots of the right’s fear and loathing of ACORN and the lengths they’ve gone to t stifle the group’s efforts to broaden Americans’ ele… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 27, 2008 3:13PM

The Bush bailout: a chance for progressive banking reform?

When the Bush administration  proposed its corporate give-away to rescue  financial institutions that had engaged in risky, irresponsible lending, encouraged by the Republican's see-no-evil deregulation policies, I was sure I had been here before. Yes! It's the 1980s Savings & Loan bail… Read full post »