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July 15, 1990 | MARIA NEWMAN
For Oliva de Leon, a housewife and mother living in an area where drug dealers peddle their wares from bicycles and gang wars puncture the silence of weekend nights, the last straw came when gang graffiti began appearing inside the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Though she speaks little English and had only a scant formal education in her native Mexico, the defacing of her church was enough to catapult the 44-year-old mother of two boys into the role of a public crusader.
September 15, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
NEW DELHI - Khushi Kumari had long kept her sexuality a secret, living alone like many of this sprawling city's gay, lesbian and transgender residents. Today, Kumari, who was born male but lives as a woman, is out of the closet and has moved home with her family. "I said, 'Why hide it?'" Kumari explained one evening at Mitr Trust, an LGBT drop-in center in a bustling, working-class neighborhood of New Delhi. "It just made me depressed. I got mad hiding things all the time. " Kumari, wearing a brilliant yellow and green sari, gold-chain earrings and bright red fingernail polish, is a frequent visitor to Mitr, which she credits with giving her the confidence to live openly and seek medical care for her HIV infection.
September 29, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Bank of America Corp. is suspending its work with the housing affiliate of community organizing group ACORN. The decision comes as three Republicans in Congress ask Bank of America and 13 other financial institutions to give Congress a complete accounting of their dealings with the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now or its affiliates. In a statement, Bank of America said it would not enter into any further agreements with ACORN Housing Corp. until the bank is satisfied all issues have been resolved.
June 17, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti on Monday named a former community organizer as the first hire of his administration, picking his longtime City Council aide Ana Guerrero as chief of staff. Guerrero, 42, has been working for Garcetti since 2001, serving first as his organizing director and the last five years as chief of staff of his council office. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, she is the daughter of migrant farmworkers and has been a single mother who for nearly a year received public assistance, including food stamps.
Two nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping teen-age runaways are accusing each other of uncharitable behavior in a bizarre feud that includes allegations of threats, beatings and dirty tricks. The feud pits Van Nuys-based Children of the Night and its renowned executive director, Lois Lee, the subject of a "60 Minutes" profile and a television movie, against a one-man teen rescue organization in West Hills called Thursday's Child.
November 15, 2009
Re "The war on ACORN," Opinion, Oct. 22 This Op-Ed article is disconnected from reality in its intellectually dishonest arguments in favor of the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. Nowhere does Peter Dreier refer to the fact that he was an unpaid consultant to ACORN. Also, Dreier's claim that the investigations into and accusations against ACORN of voter fraud are all part of a right-wing conspiracy is as cliched as it is disingenuous. Should voters be forced to subsidize an organization that may be breaking the law?
September 24, 2009 | Kate Linthicum
ACORN staffers were suspicious of the young couple that swaggered into the community organizing group's downtown Los Angeles office last summer seeking tax help, one claiming to be a USC student, the other a prostitute on the run from an abusive pimp in Miami. When the woman refused an offer to be taken to a battered women's shelter, the staffers dismissed the incident as a "joke" and asked the pair to leave. Nobody alerted other Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now offices of the strange behavior because staffers couldn't fathom that the incident might be a part of something larger, said Nathan Henderson-James, ACORN's online organizer.
About 40 Sepulveda-area homeowners and representatives of businesses, schools and community organizations met Tuesday night to discuss ways to clean up the community and combat crime. The group, which gathered for an organizational meeting of the Sepulveda Community Coordinating Council, also talked about the need to create alternatives for youths who might otherwise become involved in crime.
January 24, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
The nation's only Tet parade, staged in the heart of Little Saigon, will go on after all. After being told that the city of Westminster could not help pay for the annual Lunar Day parade in the nation's largest Vietnamese community, organizers hurriedly raised $60,000 in just two weeks. "We knew we could not lose this opportunity to promote the beauty of our culture," said Ha Son Tran, vice president of the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California. "Everyone put in a lot of energy, and there's a lot of pride.
November 6, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CHICAGO - While Mitt Romney spends election day as a candidate, stumping for votes in swing states, President Obama is reverting to an older role from his past - community organizer.  He started the day on Tuesday with an email that amounts to a field memo, in which he reminds supporters how a turnout operation works on the big day. “Once you vote today, keep going,” Obama writes. “Get on the phone, get online - all day long, there will be something you can do to help.” Photos: America goes to the polls He includes links to help people find their polling place and also to work a volunteer shift with Obama for America, all under a subject line that reads: “Go vote - and forward this.” Obama also plans to do several satellite television interviews to encourage supporters.
October 29, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
- Clayton Kershaw was presented Sunday with the Roberto Clemente Award, the top humanitarian honor bestowed by Major League Baseball. Kershaw, 24, the Dodgers' ace and the defending National League Cy Young Award winner, has worked with community organizations in Los Angeles and in his hometown of Dallas. However, he and his wife, Ellen , have focused on building an orphanage in Zambia. Kershaw is the youngest winner of an award that has been presented since 1971, with recipients including Willie Mays , Cal Ripken Jr. , Dave Winfield and 11 other Hall of Fame members.
April 11, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Their Occupy-like grievances were familiar as activists staged a day of protests throughout California to oppose income inequality and other issues. Their choice of locations was not. Rather than parks or other public venues, these protesters demonstrated outside the well-tended homes of executives from some of California's largest corporations. The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, an offshoot of the embattled national group ACORN, organized the protests outside the homes of the well-known, such as Hewlett-Packard chief Meg Whitman in Northern California.
November 2, 2010 | Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
ACORN, a national organization whose mission included registering and turning out low-income and minority voters, announced on this election day that it was filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Founded in 1970, the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now had in recent years become a target of conservatives who accused the group of engaging in widespread voter fraud. It was forced to scale back its efforts after a scandal erupted, centered around undercover video footage that purported to show ACORN staff helping young activists posing as a pimp and prostitute engage in illegal activity.
September 26, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
When Les Jones drives the streets of the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles where he runs a Boys & Girls Club, he doesn't see the kind of small businesses he believes are needed to serve as role models for young people. "Unfortunately, in this community it's either chains, or liquor stores, or check cashing or fast food," Jones said. "Kids can't get an idea that when they grow up, they could create their own positive thing. " He hopes a youth entrepreneurship program to be offered at the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club next year will start changing that.
March 24, 2010
Liberals still don't buy the Bush administration's explanation for the Abu Ghraib scandal -- that the humiliation and torture of prisoners at the Iraq facility was the work of a handful of misguided U.S. troops, not the result of a culture and policies put in place by those higher up the chain of command. Yet many seem willing to accept a strikingly similar defense by leaders of the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now following an attack by the right. After a lame attempt at damage control, ACORN announced Monday that it was disbanding.
September 21, 1992 | LOUIS R. NEGRETE, Louis R. Negrete is a professor of Chicano Studies at Cal State Los Angeles
Candidates for public office now ask us to trust our future to them, saying they can cure the civic failures that culminated in last spring's civil unrest. But we have learned from years of experience to expect grandstanding, especially in an election year, with too few results. Instead, we need ordinary citizens and taxpayers to assume leadership to make the city whole again. If we don't succeed, government will go back to unacceptable denials of the deep-seated social causes of civil disorder.
April 22, 2010 | Frances Fox Piven and Lorraine C. Minnite
This is a eulogy for ACORN as we knew it. Our premier anti-poverty organization has been forced into a massive reorganization, and its future is unclear. If we care about democracy, we should study the story of what happened to ACORN, or the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now. It is true that in its rush to recruit people and build its organization, ACORN was sometimes sloppy and should have supervised its people more closely. But those faults could have been corrected and ACORN's singular contributions to our polity sustained.
April 2, 2010 | By Maura Dolan
California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said in a report Thursday that the community organizing group ACORN engaged in "highly inappropriate behavior" in the state but violated no criminal law. Brown's office launched an investigation of ACORN's California operations at the request of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September, after the release of videos that appeared to show ACORN employees advising people about how to engage in prostitution and other illegal...
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