Stewart Acuff

Sep 21

After the Demo

Written by Stewart Acuff

On the train home after the demo

The demo in Philly against fracking

Great crowd, inspiring speakers

Spirit moved through us all

Connecting us in that deep place

For each of us below the neck,

Above the legs

Where the spirit moves in us individually

And among us collectively

We rallied in front of the fracking conference

Impossible to miss

Testifying to cancer, sick children, chemicals

In the water wasted by greed, unfettered

Capitalism, the invisible hand destroying the

Only home the Almighty ever gave us.

© Creative Commons Copyright 2012


Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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