John Atlas

John Atlas
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John Atlas is president of the National Housing Institute.

Karl Rove v. ACORN

Now we know that Karl Rove spearheaded the firing of David Iglesias, the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico who refused to follow the Bush...

Franken, the Fourth of July, and Worker’s Rights

Finally: Al Franken has been seated in the US Senate. After a grueling recount process, former Sen. Norm Coleman finally conceded defeat and congratulated...

Note from the Board

I would like to take this opportunity today to tell you about some important changes at the National Housing Institute–changes that, like so much...

Make Your Voice Heard

What should you do if you’re politically progressive or even if you label yourself a liberal, or a Democrat but are unhappy about the...

Foreclosure Crisis: How Much Blame Falls On The Media?

If you still have not watched The Daily Show, stop what you are doing and go on the Internet and watch last week’s clips...

This Land Is Your Land

What was the best event at the inaugural celebration? Watching Barack Obama take the oath of office, of course, but the next best moment...

Obama’s Challenge: Encourage Social Movements and Other Lessons From FDR and the Great Depression

As Obama prepared his economic recovery plan, he read Jonathan Alter’s The Defining Moment, (Simon and Shuster, 2006) about FDR’s rise to the presidency...

The Biggest Winners

Obama’s election. For those under 30, it was a landslide.Despite the news that Obama is considering the neoliberal Larry Summers for Treasury Secretary and...

Uncage the Voters!

Here at Rooflines, we’ve been tracking recent reports from key swing states uncovering a coordinated GOP election strategy for suppressing votes of foreclosure victims....

Who’s Afraid of ACORN, and Why

Yesterday I posted here on Rooflines to explain the back-story behind the latest round of accusations about ACORN and voter fraud.Today, the McCain-Palin campaign...

ACORN Under Fire, But Is It Justified?

With less than one month left until Election Day, the Republican Party voter repression machine is at it again and once again, its target...

Who’s Pulling for Struggling Americans?

Everyone should be outraged that the proposed economic bailout package passed by the Senate on Wednesday night and being debated in the House...

Financial Implosion: 2nd Chance for Progressive Banking Reform?

When present and former public officials ranging from Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to Lawrence H. Summers, the former Treasury secretary under President Clinton, started...

Community Organizers Help Turn the Tide

Peter Dreier’s most recent Rooflines post cited a story titled “Community Organizing Changed Fishery,” in which John Corrigan, the fishing writer for the Concord...

Community Organizing: More than 15 Minutes of Fame

For months, I’ve been leading kind of a single-minded existence, writing a book about the little known and little understood field of community organizing...

GOP Credo: Less Government, No Community Organizing?

Ronald Reagan famously said the government is the problem, not the solution, and touted the importance of our civil society.Now we hear the...

New Jersey Regional Coalition Wins Affordable-Housing Victory

Tomorrow afternoon, Gov. Jon Corzine will sign one of the most important changes to New Jersey’s affordable-housing laws since the Fair Housing Act was...

Stemming the Red Tide

Greedy bankers, brokers, and investors abused their political power and forced millions of Americans to lose their homes. Now what can we do to solve the crisis?

Mock the Vote

Since the Justice Department axed nine U.S. attorneys, all eyes have been on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, but the scandal began with a GOP strategy to stifle grass-roots registration of poor minority voters.

The Politics of Poverty

Can John Edwards make fighting poverty a winning platform?