Where in the World is Wade Rathke?

Published Wed, Oct 28 2009 3:35 PM

I'm not sure if it rises to the level of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego or even Where in the World is Matt Lauer but I've been curious where in the world is Wade Rathke? Since I saw him at his book signing I haven't seen or heard much out of ACORN's Founding Father. Has he been laying low in New Orleans? Travelling the country selling his book?

If you guessed trekking around Thailand and India you'd be correct.

He's been hanging around with "director of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center for Thailand," attending meetings of the Organizers Forum, he's meeting with "the Mother Theresa of southeast Asia" and even living it up at the ACORN Diwali Party in Mumbai! I wish my travel schedule were so action packed.

Here's one of Rathke's updates from the road:

Delhi Upgraded to business class from Bangkok to Delhi, which was a rare and wonderful treat, but finding that my bag had gone missing on the exchange took a bit of the thrill off it.  There seems to be a lot of a bit of this and a bit of that going on these days.

Waiting for the plane earlier in Chiang Mai while seated at the Dairy Queen, a hot dog in my hand and my feet stretched over to my carry-on, a random middle aged fella in shorts, a t-shirt, and a big smile comes up out of nowhere and says, "Hey, sorry to interrupt, but are you the guy who owns ACORN?"  I answer, "ACORN's a non-profit, no one owns it, but I founded the organization and worked there for 38 years."  He then rejoins that he had seen me on TV and thought he recognized me.  I quip that it had been a good time to "be in Thailand" and across the world from all of that since "half of my emails are threatening and the other half want to work with me to organize in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Zambia, Belize, South Africa, and elsewhere."  He says, "Well, good luck and hang in until you win!"  I shook his head and then wished I had asked him where he was from in the world.

Like I say, these are strange days.

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