John Atlas

John Atlas is president and one of the founders of NHI. Atlas is the author of Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group (Vanderbilt University Press, 2010), a story about one group’s efforts to reduce inequality. Atlas lives in Montclair, NJ, and is working on an upcoming theatrical documentary funded by the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, and PBS.

ARTICLES IN SHELTERFORCE since jan 08

  • When The Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses Fought Back

    Financial Justice: The People’s Campaign to Stop Lender Abuse, by Larry Kirsch and Robert N. Mayer, Praeger, May 2013. 236 pp. $48.00 (Hardcover). Available on Amazon.

  • A Gift of Hope: Peter Dreier’s Social Justice Hall of Fame
  • Sowing Seeds of Change: Q&A with John Atlas

    Editors of

    sat down recently with John Atlas, NHI board president and author of Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group, to discuss the organization itself, as well as organizing on a national level, tensions between organizing and development, and lessons learned from the downfall of the once-powerful antipoverty organization.

  • How Did the Media Fail ACORN and Organizing?

    Organizing has been under attack for years, but this time around, the media has been directly complicit in severely damaging one of most influential advocates for low- and moderate-income families in the country. How did the media miss the real story behind the assault on ACORN?

  • Occupied Owner: Our Lot, by Alyssa Katz

    For decades, the United States government, pushed by its business partners in the financial and real estate world, “marched the nation into a delusion.” The fantasy is that we can create wealth for millions of homeowners by enriching investors, brokerage and mortgage companies and Wall Street bankers “to the fullest extent possible with few boundaries.”

  • Note from the Board
  • 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.

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