Screening: “The Organizer”

Screening: “The Organizer”

Session Type(s): Screening

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 2 12:00 PM (Central)

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 2 2:15 PM (Central)

Room: 223

Join Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN, New Orleans native and resident, and subject of the documentary The Organizer for a screening and Q&A.


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. The film
is a portrait of Wade Rathke, the controversial founder of ACORN, as well as an exploration of that much maligned and misunderstood occupation—community organizing. Before its infamous demise following several highly publicized scandals, ACORN had been the largest community organization in the U.S. 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. Shot across four continents and with a wealth of archives and interviews with ACORN organizers and community leaders, along with renowned political figures like Noam Chomsky and Marshall Ganz, THE ORGANIZER shows us how, under the right leadership, a few driven and passionate individuals can create powerful and sustaining organizations that can transform lives and communities and inspire broad political movements.