Wednesday, January 12, 2005

ACORN still sucks.

New York Acorn Housing Company is the new landlord of an East Harlem tenement were just four years ago they were helping residents to fight off an eviction attempt. Now many of the victories Acorn helped the tenants of Pleasant East win, they are taking away, like security guards, and half the maintenance staff. In place of security guards Acorn wants to give the NYPD unrestricted access to patrol the building. What may come to haunt Acorn is that unlike other buildings Acorn has taken over the residents of Pleasant East are organized and trained housing activists, trained by Acorn. "Humiliation is bad, but betrayal is worse," said Carmen Pichardo, a tenant leader and former volunteer with the group, "They are worse than any landlord, because they used to struggle with us."