Progressive Nuts & Bolts
The grainy and heavily edited videos were Acorn’s last imprint on the national consciousness.
One of the country’s best known community organizing groups, it crumbled rapidly four years ago, after right-wing activists, posing as a pimp and prostitute, secretly filmed Acorn workers providing them tax advice.
Cable news networks exploded with outrage, and conservatives rhumbaed on Acorn’s grave.
Yoko Ono turned 80 this year, which means that parties begin and end earlier for her. The launch of her new book of poetry, Acorn, on the rooftop of the Refinery Hotel, started at 5:30 p.m., and it wasn’t exactly a rager. The bar was airy and felt more like a painter’s studio.
Acorn is Read More
What a mess. 7th Monarch is the title of a confusing new play by Jim Henry, a writer from Chicago who got lucky, at the Acorn on West 42nd Street’s Theatre Row, a show that manages to seduce the audience into thinking something of import is going to happen at any minute. When two hours pass and it becomes obvious that nothing has happened yet, and nothing ever will, you wonder who to turn to in order to complain about it, but by that time the box office is closed and even the ushers are scratching their heads.
This is what I know.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams has a message for the federal government.
Last week, the Brooklyn Democrat introduced a resolution in the Council that calls on Congress to restore federal funding to ACORN, the beleaguered housing advocacy group that shuttered most of its organization after the House passed a resolution blocking federal funds last year. Read More
Bertha Lewis, the CEO of the housing advocacy group ACORN—a powerful political force before it was mostly dissolved and reconstituted amid scandal—has some harsh words about Daniel Goldstein, the last holdout in the footprint of the Atlantic Yards project who on Wednesday agreed to vacate his apartment for $3 million.
In an email sent Wednesday night Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson's budget czar just sent this memo to state agency heads directing them to "immediately place a hold" on all state contracts to ACORN, which has been under fire from the political right in recent days.
This issue erupted earlier this week when the Post reported that two people posing as a Read More
Seems like the Bloomberg administration has yet to win over unions and housing advocacy group ACORN on its Coney Island plan.
I was forwarded a letter on Friday night addressed to members of the City Council from a number of important unions and ACORN that urges the members to withhold support of the plan—a multibillion-dollar Read More
The debate over the Bloomberg administration’s plans to remake Coney Island is dashing toward a close, as the City Council is just days away from an expected vote (a subcommittee is tentatively scheduled to vote Monday, though these things often change at the last minute). And, with potentially just days left, city officials are still Read More
The last time we checked in with Griff Jenkins, Fox News’ talented field humorist, he was gamely wading into waves of angry anarchists outside the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
Today, Mr. Jenkins resurfaced on media blogs across the internet. The occasion? Last night, Mr. Jenkins was attempting Read More
Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg joined a conference call hosted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and ACORN, which urged a number of state legislatures to require laws forcing lenders and borrowers into re-negotiations before a home is foreclosed on.
Bloomberg actually said he was hopeful a law like that could get passed in New York, Read More