Why we need ACORN
The group, once a top anti-poverty organization, fought to empower those whose interests and needs get short shrift.
By 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.