John Atlas

John Atlas is a longtime public-interest lawyer, activist, writer, and radio talk-show host. He is founder and president of the New Jersey-based National Housing Institute, a think tank that publishes Shelterforce magazine. He is author of: Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial Anti-Poverty Community Group.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:38pm
The Real Chris Christie Scandal: His Policies
During last fall's New Jersey gubernatorial contest, which Gov.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 2:43pm
ACORN Vindicated of Wrongdoing by the Congressional Watchdog Office
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.
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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 12:57pm
Fake ACORN Pimp Pleads Guilty; the New Yorker Adds its Voice to the Anti-ACORN Story
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 Landrieu because of her support for the health care legislation. O'Keefe, along with three co-defendants, said their goal was to show that the Senator's office phones were working, yet people opposed to health care reform could not get through to register their opinions.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 9:14am
Why ACORN Fell: The Times, Lies, and Videotape
The New York Times hit ACORN with a one-two punch last weekend, making sure that the community organizing group -- flattened by attacks from the right and withdrawal of funding from liberal foundations -- stays knocked out.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 10:18am
Don't Let a Few Bad Seeds Ruin ACORN's Image
By now most Americans have heard of ACORN. But they may not know what it really is. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is a nationwide, anti-poverty group that has, through community organizing, pressured powerful banks to provide home ownership opportunities for working people. It has fought to raise workers' wages, get traffic lights at dangerous intersections, increase police protection in low-income neighborhoods and help families avoid foreclosures.
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Friday, August 21, 2009 - 8:22am
Rove vs. ACORN
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." What the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and other major papers missed in their stories last week was that Rove was specifically targeting ACORN, the community organizing group that has waged some of the most effective voter registration drives in recent memory.
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Friday, October 24, 2008 - 9:46am
The GOP's Blame-ACORN Game
An increasingly desperate Republican attack machine has recently identified the community organizing group ACORN as Public Enemy Number One. Among ACORN's alleged crimes, perhaps the most serious is that it caused, nearly single-handedly, the world's financial crisis. That's the fantasy. In the reality-based world, it was ACORN that sounded the alarm about the exploitative lending practices that led to the current mortgage meltdown and financial crisis.
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Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 11:02am
GOP Mocks Public Service
For the first time in American history, a major political party devoted a substantial portion of its national convention to attacking grassroots organizing. Speaking Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, former New York Governor George Pataki sneered, "[Barack Obama] was a community organizer. What in God's name is a community organizer? I don't even know if that's a job."
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Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 2:22pm
The Wire: Bush-Era Fable About America's Urban Poor
The Wire , the television drama about Baltimore that just ended its fifth and final season, was a huge hit with critics who applauded its gritty depiction of urban life. The show won praise from reviewers across the political spectrum. From the N.Y.
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