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ACORN defends members across the country every day - through solidarity we win justice. Now we're trying to build a revolutionary app.

by Rohan Natashka Kon in Lawrence Hill, England, United Kingdom

Have you ever been made to feel powerless? Unfair evictions, sexual harassment, bailiffs at the door - it’s hard to fight back when you’re alone.

But as members of ACORN, we aren’t alone.

ACORN is a community based, direct action union. We’ve won big campaigns against international banks and local authorities, but the real fight takes place in our neighbourhoods. Door by door and street by street we mobilise to take emergency action to protect members.

As we grow we need tools fit for purpose, so we're asking you to help us build our ACORN Red Alert emergency support app.

This app could help save people from violent and traumatic situations. This is how it would work:

If a member is experiencing an emergency - like being harassed in the street or threatened by their landlord - they can open the ACORN Red Alert app and hit the emergency button.The app alerts other members to the emergency situation and broadcasts the location of where help is needed.Members responding to the emergency can also broadcast their location to show that the union is on it's way.

 

The app is going to be made by ACORN members alongside Code-operative, a tech co-op in Newcastle.

But we can’t afford it without your help.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP BUILD ACORN’S RED ALERT APP?

You can help make this app a reality - firstly check out our brilliant rewards on this page and pledge your support. Everyone who donates £10 or more will receive a limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge - exclusive to Red Alert Crowdfunder backers. For every extra £10 you donate, you’ll gain one raffle ticket into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag. Don’t worry if you miss out on the top prize - there will be runner up prizes too. We'll be adding more goodies to the hamper as the campaign unfolds so keep an eye out for those. 

We also need you to help us spread the word. The more people we reach the more chance we have of securing enough money to build our app. Share the campaign with your friends, at work, on social media and beyond. 

This app could really help change people’s lives - giving power to the powerless. If we want a louder voice and a fairer share, then we need to work together to get what we deserve.

WHAT WE NEED THE MONEY FOR

We need to raise the initial £10k to plan, develop, test and launch the first version of the app. Any money over and above that point will go towards the ongoing costs of maintaining and improving it and adding new features. We're not just asking for donations - this is about showing real solidarity with people in need.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

ACORN enamel pin badge

From the Black Panthers to striking miners, people have always proudly worn badges as a symbol of their place in their struggle. Show your love for our union with a stylish ACORN enamel pin badge - exclusive to Red Alert Crowdfunder backers. No raffle tickets included.

£20 or more

Luxury ACORN Hamper - 2 raffle tickets

As well as receiving one limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge, you will gain two raffle tickets into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag: One year subscription to Tribune Magazine, Strike - Just Do It mug, Slingshot radical diary, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things book, Power In the Union portable charger, And much more! Two runners up will receive ACORN football socks, ACORN baseball cap and t-shirt.

£30 or more

Luxury ACORN Hamper - 3 raffle tickets

As well as receiving one limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge, you will gain three raffle tickets into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag: One year subscription to Tribune Magazine, Strike - Just Do It mug, Slingshot radical diary, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things book, Power In the Union portable charger, And much more! Two runners up will receive ACORN football socks, ACORN baseball cap and t-shirt.

£40 or more

Luxury ACORN Hamper - 4 raffle tickets

As well as receiving one limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge, you will gain four raffle tickets into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag: One year subscription to Tribune Magazine, Strike - Just Do It mug, Slingshot radical diary, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things book, Power In the Union portable charger, And much more! Two runners up will receive ACORN football socks, ACORN baseball cap and t-shirt.

£50 or more

Luxury ACORN Hamper - 5 raffle tickets

As well as receiving one limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge, you will gain five raffle tickets into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag: One year subscription to Tribune Magazine, Strike - Just Do It mug, Slingshot radical diary, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things book, Power In the Union portable charger, And much more! Two runners up will receive ACORN football socks, ACORN baseball cap and t-shirt.

£60 or more

Luxury ACORN Hamper - 6 raffle tickets

As well as receiving one limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge, you will gain six raffle tickets into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag: One year subscription to Tribune Magazine, Strike - Just Do It mug, Slingshot radical diary, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things book, Power In the Union portable charger, And much more! Two runners up will receive ACORN football socks, ACORN baseball cap and t-shirt.

£70 or more

Luxury ACORN Hamper - 7 raffle tickets

As well as receiving one limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge, you will gain seven raffle tickets into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag: One year subscription to Tribune Magazine, Strike - Just Do It mug, Slingshot radical diary, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things book, Power In the Union portable charger, And much more! Two runners up will receive ACORN football socks, ACORN baseball cap and t-shirt.

£80 or more

Luxury ACORN Hamper - 8 raffle tickets

As well as receiving one limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge, you will gain eight raffle tickets into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag: One year subscription to Tribune Magazine, Strike - Just Do It mug, Slingshot radical diary, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things book, Power In the Union portable charger, And much more! Two runners up will receive ACORN football socks, ACORN baseball cap and t-shirt.

£90 or more

Luxury ACORN Hamper - 9 raffle tickets

As well as receiving one limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge, you will gain nine raffle tickets into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag: One year subscription to Tribune Magazine, Strike - Just Do It mug, Slingshot radical diary, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things book, Power In the Union portable charger, And much more! Two runners up will receive ACORN football socks, ACORN baseball cap and t-shirt.

£100 or more

Luxury ACORN Hamper - 10 raffle tickets

As well as receiving one limited edition ACORN enamel pin badge, you will gain ten raffle tickets into the prize draw for our Luxury ACORN Hamper packed full of swag: One year subscription to Tribune Magazine, Strike - Just Do It mug, Slingshot radical diary, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things book, Power In the Union portable charger, And much more! Two runners up will receive ACORN football socks, ACORN baseball cap and t-shirt.


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