The Organizer – ACORN Film Screening and Q&A

Sat 3 March 2018 18:30 – 22:00

ACORN Bristol are proud to be screening this brand new film about the founder of ACORN and the rollercoaster history of the organisation.

THE ORGANIZER is a portrait of Wade Rathke, the controversial founder of ACORN, as well as an exploration of the much maligned and misunderstood occupation – community organizing. Before it’s infamous demise following several highly publicized scandals, ACORN had been the largest community organization in the US. Rathke, a former anti-war and welfare rights organizer founded the organization in Little Rock in 1970 and over the next decades shepherded its growth into a national political powerhouse for the poor. His entrepreneurial vision helped build ACORN but internal conflict and external pressures would lead to its tragic downfall. Undeterred, Rathke is now building new organizations around the world and trying to rebuild at home. With a wealth of archives and interviews, THE ORGANIZER is a film about people who have dedicated their lives to the often hidden, usually messy and always controversial job of building power for the powerless.

Wade will be joining us on the night to discuss the film, ACORN, community organising and more.

2017 – 104 minutes

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