EXECUTIVE SUMMARYOrganizational Background
ACORN is one of the nation’s largest and most successful networks of community organizations, withover 230,000 low and moderate - income members organized into 1200+ neighborhood chapters in104 cities across the country. Since 1970 ACORN has been building solidly rooted and powerfulcommunity organizations that are committed to social and economic justice, and have taken actionand won victories on thousands of issues of concern to our members, through direct action,negotiation, legislative advocacy, and voter participation. Fundamentally, ACORN’s goal is to ensurethat low and moderate income families have the power to act effectively on their own behalf in thestruggle to build a more progressive America. ACORN helps those who have historically been lockedout become powerful actors in our democratic system
Maryland ACORN opened its first office in1999 in Baltimore. It has since grown to a statewide organization with 5500 members in 18 chapterslocated in 3 regions: Baltimore city, Baltimore County, and Prince George’s County. At theneighborhood level ACORN members have fought for, and won, stronger code enforcement, better policing, trash clean-ups, and community control over vacant lots. Through legislation, civicparticipation, and negotiation, ACORN’s low-income members create long-lasting, concrete changesin their communities, cities, and state.
Maryland ACORN’s 2006 Political Plan will:
Register 100,000 people to voteTarget and mobilize 105,000 drop off voters
Political HistoryNotable Accomplishments
With over 5500 member families in 18 chapters and 3 cities, Maryland ACORN has had a number of successes:Maryland ACORN has worked to build relationships with other organizations that represent low andmoderate-income people in the city, as well as numerous faith and community based organizations.
One of Maryland ACORN’s significant achievements has been our leadership role inCLUB (Community and Labor United for Baltimore), along with AFSCME, SEIU theBaltimore Teacher’s Union, the City Union of Baltimore, the Coalition Against GlobalExploitation, BRIDGE.
In the fall of 2002, Maryland ACORN achieved one of the largest victories in Baltimoreorganizing history by changing the structure of the Baltimore City Council by creatingsmaller, single-member districts in a city that has been ruled by slate politics for nearly100 years.In order to create the new 14 single member districts of the Baltimore City Council:
Maryland ACORN organized a petition drive in cooperation with AFSMCE, TheBaltimore Teachers Union, the City Union of Baltimore, and the League of Women togather 20,000 signatures.
The result of this collective action led to a strong neighborhood base within thosedistricts
Baltimore ACORN has made financial justice one of our signature issues.