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Arts & Culture

FilmForum: ACORN and the Firestorm

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

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When the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) was mentioned during the 2008 Presidential debates, it should have been a boon to the group who had spent decades fighting for impoverished communities. As with all social justice groups, growth in the public view makes you a target of the elite, and ACORN began to come under Republican ire for the crime of getting black people registered to vote. ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM provides a behind-the-scenes look at how one of the country’s leading community organizations fell from grace at the hands of two conservative amateur journalists. Included are interviews with Wade Rathke who founded ACORN in 1970; Bertha Lewis, the dedicated ACORN employee who rose to CEO during the time of turmoil; and Iowa Republican Representative Steve King. In a time when the power balance is ever widening, ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM is a eulogy to the last vestiges of power for the people.

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