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Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

ACORN was the acronym for a progressive social reform entity known as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Wade Rathke and Gary Delgado created ACORN in 1970. It was the largest community-based social reform nongovernmental organization in the United States. The membership rose from 175,000 member families in 850 neighborhoods from 75 cities in the United States, Argentina, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Peru to 500,000 members from 1,200 local chapters in 100 American cities and overseas locations in 2009.


ACORN was described as being concerned with voter registration, affordable housing, and neighborhood safety. An ACORN publication referred to effective campaigns for better housing, public safety, and job conditions.

Jobs were a major concern of ACORN. ACORN campaigns sought to create partnerships with major corporations ...

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