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					                   What They Were                                       Date Changed                         What They Are Now                                            Mission                        Additional Information
                  National Organizations
                                                                                                                                                        To organize and represent unorganized
Formally known as SEIU Local 100.              October 2009 (became                                                                                     service sector workers in the middle south
Founded by Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN. [27] independent again) [35]                               United Labor Unions Local 100                      states of U.S. [1]
                                                                                                                                                        A federation of “community based” non-
                                                                                                                                                        profits organizations working in
                                                                                                                                                        the US, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the
                                                                                                     Community Organizations                            Dominican Republic, Canada, Kenya,
Formally known as Acorn International. [2]                          June 2009 [17]                   International                                      Honduras and India. [2]
                                                                                                                                                        A racial justice think tank that popularizes
Founded by Gary Delgado, one the initial organizers                                                                                                     the need for racial justice for media and
of ACORN. [28]                                                                                       Applied Research Center                            activism. [3]

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bertha Lewis, former Chief ACORN
                                                                                                                                                                                                   organizer, is the WFP’s Co-Chair.
Steve Kest, former New York Executive Director of                                                                                                       New York’s progressive political party     Besides the New York chapter of
ACORN, was highly involved in the formation of                                                                                                          that focuses on community organizations, WFP, there are other branches in
WFP.                                                                                                                                                    neighborhood activists, and labor unions. Connecticut, South Carolina,
Founded in New York in 1998. [30]                                                                    Working Families Party                             [4]                                        Delaware, Vermont and Oregon. [30]
Formerly known as Acorn Housing Corporation                                                                                                             To see that every American, in low- and
Founded in 1986 to help build and preserve the                                                                                                          moderate-income families, can find a safe,
housing assets of low- and moderate-income families                                                  Affordable Housing                                 high-quality home they can afford to own
through home ownership. [12]                        March 2010 [29]                                  Centers of America                                 and keep. [5]
                    State Organizations
                                                                                                                                                        A grassroots organization in Chicago that Lead Organizer is Madeline Talbott,
                                                                                                                                                        fightsforeclosures and actively engages who is the former director of Chicago
Former Chicago chapter of ACORN. [6]                                Late 2007 [6]                    Action Now                                         with campaign issues. [7]                 ACORN. [29]

                                                                                                                                                        A coalition of working families in low and
                                                                                                                                                        moderate income communities involved
                                                                                                                                                        with direct action, legislative advocacy,
Former New York chapter of ACORN. [14]                              Early 2010                       New York Communities for Change                    and community organizing. [9]
                                                                                                                                                        A coalition that fights for issues such as
                                                                                                                                                        health care, good jobs, clean green
                                                                                                                                                        neighborhoods, affordable housing, home
                                                                                                                                                        ownership, equal and quality education,
                                                                                                     Pennsylvania Communities                           community say in public policy, and fair
Former Pennsylvania chapter of ACORN. [10]                          March 2010                       Organizing for Change (PCOC)                       lending practices. [11]
                                                                                                     Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for
Former Pennsylvania chapter of ACORN. [23]                          Early 2010                       Social Justice, Inc
                                                                                                                                                        Empowering low to moderate income
                                                                                                                                                        families, advocating for health care
                                                                                                                                                        reform, affordable housing, affordable
                                                                                                                                                        after school care, education and stand
                                                                                                     Arkansas Community Organizations                   against predatory lending and
Former Arkansas chapter of ACORN. [19]                              February 2010 [31]               (ACO)                                              environmental pollution. [19]
                                                                                                                                                        A state-based nonprofit that focuses on
                                                                                                                                                        issues such as public education, home          Amy Schur, former Executive
                                                                                                     The Alliance of Californians for                   foreclosures and the state budget crisis.      Director of California ACORN, is the
Former California chapter of ACORN. [15]                            January 12, 2010 [33]            Community Empowerment (ACCE)                       [16]                                           Executive Director of ACCE. [15]
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Maude Hurd, former national
                                                                                                                                                                                                       president of ACORN, is the current
                                                                                                                                                                                                       president for New England United for
Former Massachusetts chapter of ACORN. [14]                         February 2010 [32]               New England United for Justice                                                                    Justice. [20]
                                                                                                                                                        Texas-based, non-profit organization
                                                                                                                                                        promoting social and economic equality
                                                                                                                                                        for low to moderate income Texans
                                                                                                                                                        through community and electoral
Former Texas chapter of ACORN. [21]                                 March 2010 [34]                  Texas Organizing Project                           organizing. [22]
                                                                                                                                        Non-profit committed to building power
                                                                                                                                        in low-income and moderate-income
                                                                                                                                        neighborhoods through community
                                                                                                     Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing organizing, civic engagement, political
Former Minnesota chapter of ACORN. [23]                             Early 2010                       for Change                         mobilization, and education. [24]

                                                                                                                                                         Low to moderate income people that
                                                                                                                                                        came together and made a commitment to
                                                                                                                                                        work for better schools, neighborhoods,
                                                                                                     Organization United for Reform                     housing, utility reform and other issues
Former Washington state chapter of ACORN. [23]                      Early 2010 [25]                  (OUR)                                              important to OUR families. [25]
                                                                                                                                                        A grassroots community organization for
                                                                                                                                                        low- and moderate-income that focuses
                                                                                                     Missourians Organizing for Reform                  on issues such as discrimination,
                                                                                                     and Empowerment (MORE)                             affordable housing, quality education, and
Former Missouri chapter of ACORN. [23]                              Late 2009 [26]                                                                      better public services. [26]
                                                                                                                                                        Empowerment of low to moderate
                                                                                                                                                        income families to fight for social and
Former Lousiana chapter of ACORN. [23]                              October 17th, 2009 [8]           A Community Voice                                  economic justice. [18]



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