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Statement Regarding ACORN USA

Earlier today ACORN USA announced that they would cease operating as of April 1st, 2010. We wanted to take this opportunity to assure our members, allies, and supporters that their announcement will have no impact on ACORN Canada's operations

ACORN Canada will continue to operate as normal; serving our membership, advancing our campaigns and providing services just as we have for the last 5 years.

Recent months and years have seen a coordinated political strategy aimed at defunding ACORN USA’s nearly 40 year history of organizing poor and working families for a social and economic justice. We remain proud of our shared tradition and are saddened by the news.

Some of the highlights of ACORN USA's recent history include:

  • Ballot initiatives that raised the minimum wage in 4 states in 2004
  • Passage of 11 living wage ordinances, and minimum wage increases in Illinois, Massachusetts,
    Florida, New York, and the City of San Francisco.
  • Legislation limiting predatory lending in Massachusetts, New Mexico, California, New York and
    New Jersey, and improvements in federal regulations.
  • Agreements negotiated with some of the nation’s largest subprime lenders, including Household
    Finance, Wells Fargo Financial, and CitiFinancial, to change abusive practices and provide direct
    financial assistance to borrowers trapped in harmful loans.
  • Fee reductions on high-cost tax Refund Anticipation Loans sold by H&R Block, the biggest
    commercial tax preparation company in the country.

To put the attacks against ACORN USA in context we recommend the following resources:

ACORN’s real crime: empowering the poor

http://www.alternet.org/story/145371/acorn%27s_real_crime:_empowering_the_poor?page=entire

ACORN’s back in the news and the news gets it wrong

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/acorn-is-back-in-the-news_b_438478.html

Video: Rachel Maddow: The truth about the lies about ACORN

http://www.videosift.com/video/Maddow-The-Truth-About-the-Lies-About-Acorn

ACORN Wins: A 10 year monetary impact report

http://www.acorn.org/fileadmin/Reports/ACORN_Wins_Report.pdf

 

Environmental Change Program

ACORN Canada’s Environmental Change programs aim to increase the ability of community and neighbourhood groups to identify and undertake actions in their community, which will result in a reduction in greenhouse gas and smog causing emissions.

Community organizers engage these groups and helping them undertake range of actions to meet project objectives

The program works by engaging residents through door-to-door outreach; get commitments for participation; distribute information about the project; ivsit community organizations who expressed interest; hold planning meetings;  leadership development to find new projects leads. Get draft agenda together with project leads and assign new leaders to run meeting; announce decided initiative and go over what is needed to implement project; Get feed back; Develop implementation plan for project.

 

 

 

 

2009 year in review

2009 saw ACORN Canada achieve important milestones in organizational growth as well as progress on key campaigns.   ACORN Canada continued to be a leading voice for working families across the country while solidifying its position the largest national community organizing network.

Nationally, ACORN Canada passed the 30,000 mark in membership this year – meaning 30,000 + low and moderate income families across the country have now joined the organization and committed to building a national organization to defend and advance their interests. 

Raising Wages – ACORN Canada is now the driving force behind 2 campaigns attempting to establish the first Living Wage Bylaw.  In New Westminster BC as well as in Ottawa members are organizing vibrant campaigns to raise wages for working families.  

Quality Housing – In Toronto, ACORN’s multi year campaign to win landlord licensing has yielded major victories in the past year.  The City, for the first time since amalgamating, is now deploying a proactive inspection program that is leading to increased apartment repairs across the city.

Member Profile: Roy Anderson

Roy Anderson was a long time resident of Vanier who became involved with ACORN at the second meeting that was ever head after the founding of Ottawa ACORN.

Many members know Roy for his hard work on a number of campaigns, but most notably his leadership on the campaign to regulate payday lending.  After being taken advantage of an unscrupulous payday lender, Roy became a powerful advocate for reform of the industry.

He helped organize rallies, was a spokesperson to the press and worked to develop ACORN’s policies on the campaign.  During the midst of the campaign to see the province regulate payday lending Roy was fond of saying that “Before ACORN, no one was talking about payday lending. Now, we're winning change”.  

When Ottawa launched a tax site to help low income families with their income tax filling Roy was among the first to sign up to help.  He wanted the community to know that his organization wasn’t only out there opposing predatory financial practices; it was part of the solution.  With working families facing setback after setback because of the recession, Roy urged his neighbours to take advantage of the services, billing the tax site as a “mini-economic stimulus package for Vanier”.

On Oct. 22, 2009 Roy Anderson passed away.  He will be missed and remembered.

Member Profile: Tom Page

Like so many ACORN members, Tom Page first got involved as a member when a community organizer knocked on the door of his apartment in the Vancouver suburb of New Westminster.

The message of ACORN as an organization out there standing up for working families immediately resonated with Tom who has struggled for years living on BC’s Provincial Disability Program that has been frozen for years despite the skyrocketing cost of living.

Tom came to his first ACORN meeting shortly afterwards in the Whaley Chapter where members talked and planned action around tenants issues and other community concerns.  Since those first encounters with an ACORN organizer Tom has become one of BC ACORN’s leading members and has worked on the campaigns for tenants’ rights, a national affordable housing strategy and fair remittance rates for working families.  “I enjoy working with active and positive people who are committed to improving our communities and our world.  Most of the challenges that face us would be overwhelming if we tried to engage them alone, but with teamwork we can make a difference” he said.

As an active leader in BC ACORN Tom is now taking leadership in starting to get a Living Wage Campaign up and running in New Westminster.  By working with allies, helping build support for the campaign, and meeting with elected officials Tom has become a model of leadership in his community.  Something he attributes to that first knock on his door from an ACORN organizer – signing up as a member “Then and there”.

ACORN Canada 2.0


Welcome to the new ACORNCanada.org.

We’ve redevelop our website and online organizing infrastructure to help us better engage and connect with supporters like you.

We’re doing this because we want to build an online movement that can rival what’s happening online in other parts of the world. ACORNCanada.org is an attempt to bring ordinary Canadian’s back into the political process - a way for busy but concerned Canadians to take action in a system dominated by big money and big business.

So let’s get started.

Take action on a campaign, register for an RSS feed, sign up for ‘action alerts’ or connect on facebook. There are going to be more exciting changes coming soon, so check back often.

That said, this site is still a work in progress, and bear with us as we work out the kinks.  If you find a dead link, something you think we should change or just want to offer feed back, drop us an email acorncanada (at) acorncanada.org.

ACORN Canada Celebrates Opening of 4th Office

ACORN Canada is pleased to announce the launch of our 4th office in Hamilton Ontario.

With manufacturing towns like Hamilton being hit the hardest by the economic meltdown, the need to organize the impacted communities  to work together to overcome shared issues is more important now then ever.

Today, we’re asking you to spend a couple minutes and use our online organizing tools and encourage any friends or family you know in Hamilton to sign-on as supporter of Hamilton ACORN.

You can get a hold of the new office by calling 905-818-0478.

ACORN Responds to Premier McGuinty's Anti-Poverty Initiatives

We offer this response to the announcement made today by Premier Dalton McGuinty;

While we are encouraged by the announcement of new resources for social housing, dental care and student nutrition, it falls far short of the comprehensive poverty reduction strategy the Premier has promised, and that Ontarians deserve.

What was layed out by Premier McGuinty today are incremental pieces of a larger puzzle of how to reduce poverty in Ontario.  As a membership owned organization, with a large constituency of low and moderate income families, including many members living in social housing, our members call on the provincial government to systemically address the growing rates of poverty in our province by implementing the following platform;

·         Regulation of the payday lending industry

·         Full rent controls to bring private rental housing costs back under control.
·         Upload Social Housing costs.
·         Universal childcare based on Quebec’s $7/day program.
·         Licensing of temp agencies to guarantee the protection of workers basic labour rights.
·         Peg the minimum wage to inflation
·         Raise social assistance and ODSP rates by 40% and peg to inflation.

Ottawa ACORN Big City Wide Meeting

Ottawa ACORN will be planning for upcoming campaigns as well as reviewing a great year of victories in the fight for stronger neighbourhoods and greater social and economic justice.

Where: Vanier Legion 294 Cyr (off Montreal Rd, right after Shopper's Drug Mart)

When: November 1st at 1pm

Bring your neighbors, friends and family. There's Power in Numbers! There will be childcare, refreshments, raffles, copies of the Housing Award given to Ottawa ACORN by Action Housing a few weeks back and ACORN 2009 Calendars for sale (call/email to office to reserve one in advance).

From Poverty to Prosperity: ACORN Canada Launches People's Platform

ACORN Canada is pleased to announce the launch of our Federal People's Platform. In its pages ACORN has laid out a platform that has been developed through 4 years of grassroots community organizing.

The issues identified we’re set as priorities by ACORN’s low and moderate income membership, and represent what they believe it will take to move From Poverty to Prosperity.

Highlights include the return of the Federal Minimum Wage, a National Living Wage Ordinance, a plan to make banking work for working families, a National Housing Strategy and a new Childcare program.

ACORN Canada Members are gearing up to take these issues to Candidates running in the current Federal Election.

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