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.
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
–compiled by Azi Paybarah and Jimmy Vielkind Read More
Chuck Schumer’s DC communications director, Eric Schultz, is going to work for John Edwards.
Bertha Lewis wants Mayor Bloomberg to demonstrate that he’s really listening to parents about school reform by attending an event at St. Vartan’s Cathedral tonight.
Andrew Cuomo said that public authorities cannot pay health Read More
The same day ACORN’s Bertha Lewis comes out with a defense of Atlantic Yards, the Mayor announces a final plan for the $130 million Housing Trust Fund supported by the Battery Park City Authority. Lewis reiterates that Atlantic Yards will serve moderate- and middle-income folks –60 percent of its affordable rental units will Read More
Atlantic Yards ur-opponent Daniel Goldstein got quoted in Ben Smith’s Daily News column today, but it might be the type of publicity he would rather not have. The African-Americans who support arena-and-housing complex, Smith quotes Goldstein as writing in an e-mail, were tools of “wealthy white masters.”
There has been a racial Read More
Forest City Ratner has scaled down its Atlantic Yards project by about 475,000 square feet, or 5.2 percent. The developer says in a press release that the height of the arena-and-housing complex has been “reduced by a combined 231 feet, or roughly 23 floors.” Never fear–Miss Brooklyn will still top out at 620 feet. Who Read More
Endorsing Freddy Ferrer today, ACORN chief Bertha Lewis was asked about the warm kiss she gave Mayor Bloomberg not long ago.
“Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss,” she said, striking a wifely pose beside Freddy after a chaste kiss on his cheek. “But some people you marry.” Read More