Stewart Acuff

  • Resistance and Struggle

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    We have seen more leadership for justice in America in the last few months than we have seen since 2008. Maybe it started with Rev. Barber and the Moral Mondays in North Carolina, then spread

  • Sick of Ted Cruz?

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    Apparently, so is the Republican majority. Cruz’s fake, halting dramatic speech patterns, which has driven so many of us nuts–and his own personal ideological perspective has finally driven the Republican majority nuts as well. Cruz

  • CRomnibus: Elizabeth Warren is Fighting For Us

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    So it has come to this–the only way to fund the government is to give the banks, financial institutions, and rich donors everything they want. To keep the government running, the House and Senate

  • No Retreat, No Surrender

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    Maybe I’m too dramatic or passionate, but in 1985 I got a tattoo on my arm that says “no retreat, no surrender.” It was an expression of what I felt in the Reagan years,

  • The Top .01 Percent are 220 Times Richer Than the Average American.

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    As I’ve been trying to document in this space, inequality has a dangerous and corrosive effect on our lives, our economy, our kids, and what’s left of our democracy. That inequality is also why

Dec 19

Holiday Hope

We watch scenes of blood strewn floors in the Mideast We hope for a rising righteous rage in America Against the devaluation of us all The lowering of our living standards The growing street execution of Black men Sanctioned

Dec 8

When…

When did you last feel you really connected with someone? You looked in her or his eyes, glimpsed the soul Felt something deep in your own. When did you last feel what he or she was saying? Not

Dec 5

Five million

Really happy to announce that my poem just got published on Political Affairs. Five million What is the cost of making 5 million families safer? What is the cost of relieving 5 million families from fear of

Nov 12

Another first Monday in November

Another first Monday in November Another election eve Another train ride It doesn’t much matter where If it’s some place workers have something to win Or something to lose It’s better to ride the train on these nights than the

Nov 7

Peace

Finding the peace not always easy As I withdraw into that place within That connects to us all–the soul Going to hear what is for me And maybe what is for you No idea if what I feel and

Nov 6

We can’t and won’t quit

Layin’ in bed exhausted Tried to explain the loss of democracy Tonight on tv Clear to me My vote and yours not worth billions of dollars Plutocracy or oligarchy done cancelled us out We can’t and won’t quit, seen this

Oct 29

Reprieve

Shadows lengthen in mid-afternoon As leaves take their first steps from green to a rich other hue Air cooler now, sharper, even sweeter As this world here begins its change All of me cherishes this moment Not the sweat

Oct 24

The early dawn

The early dawn plays tricks on the eyes Like the coyote trickster of some Southwest Native People Images not clear, identities blurred Maybe that’s why travels into the soul can yield so much And the mind’s work can

Oct 13

Now the Tyrant’s Legion Rides

Now the tyrant’s Legion rides the land Ripping up voting rights in state after state Torching churches, temples, schools, unions any institution in their way The Emperor Kochs with their billions sit high watching the work they paid

Oct 3

Capitalism Destroys

They just announced that Bank of America will have to pay $16 billion For its role in destroying the world’s economy in 2007 Nowhere close to any number that would make up for The stolen homes, wrecked

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