ACORN was the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities. From 1970 to its end in 2010, ACORN had grown to more than 175,000 member families, organized in 850 neighborhood chapters in 75 cities across the U.S. and in cities in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Peru.
ACORN's accomplishments included successful campaigns for better housing, schools, neighborhood safety, health care, job conditions, and more. ACORN members would participate in local meetings and actively work on campaigns, elect leadership from the neighborhood level up, and pay the organization's core expenses through membership dues and grassroots fundraisers.
ACORN continued to expand, and won major victories in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Also in the 1990's, ACORN began pursuing new directions on the political front. Through the initiative process, ACORN put strong campaign finance reform measures on the ballot and won overwhelming voter support. ACORN members also spearheaded the creation of locally-based independent parties, which put dozens of progressive candidates in office.
ACORN's long-standing concern with education reform led to the creation of alternative public schools in several cities. The ACORN schools emphasized small classes, parent involvement, and community oriented curricula.
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