Stewart Acuff

  • We are Sick of the Loss of Democracy

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    As an aging father I know for me there is nothing more important than taking care of my kids and giving them the best life possible. That does not include wealth. It does include

  • Ferguson, Missouri and Killing Trayvons

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    The grand jury in St. Louis County refused to return an indictment on police officer Darren Wilson, who killed the African-American young man Michael Brown. The original offense by young Brown was walking in the

  • Don Blankenship Indicted

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    I am so excited, even ecstatic to read that a federal grand jury has indicted Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy, in the coal mining disaster that killed 29 miners in the Upper

  • Obama Acts Boldly

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    President Obama acted boldly, using executive authority to help keep immigrant families together, stop fear in families of being split apart, and to create a humane and rational immigration system. President Obama’s action does not

  • New Documentary About Organizing and Mobilizing Farm Workers

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    My great friends at the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, including Greg¬†Asbed, who’ve been organizing farm workers in South Florida just released a documentary called “Food Chains.” The doc exposes the poverty and suffering 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

Oct 2

Change

My good friend John Christensen made the following comment on this poem that I wanted to share with you: “So true as I listen to our first minority president give a well thought out speech

Sep 26

Cleansing Rain

Another new poem, Cleansing Rain, that recently got published on Political Affairs. The rain woke me this morning The Southern sky opened, pouring Out all she had, thunder roaring Its own accompanying catharsis No tender rain this morning But a

Sep 12

On Unemployment

This poem was just published in the poetry journal Blue Collar Review. It is one of several attempts I’ve made to document in poetry the effects of the Great Recession. I wake when I do Three

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