Stewart Acuff

Jul 29

Fast Food Workers Vote to Take Civil Disobedience Action

A convention of 1300 fast food workers just met outside Chicago, Illinois determined to lift their campaign for liveable wages of at least $15 from the minimum wages and poverty wages they make now. In

Jul 25

A Victory for Democracy in Chile

Family farmers, indigenous people, environmentalists, and food activists in Chile just won a critical five year fight against multinational agribusiness giant Monsanto. The government of Michelle Bachelet just withdrew legislation referred to as the Monsanto Law

Jul 23

UK Anti-Fracking Movement Grows

An exciting tour by my Goddaughter Liz Arnold around Europe to talk about the awful effects of fracking for poisonous natural gas has seemed to spur a movement in Europe that is even stronger

Jul 22

Henry Nicholas: Leavin’ Mississippi

The day the 17 year old Henry Nicholas decided to leave Mississippi the heat was a physical presence making every step an act of will, making each breath shallow. He had no place to

Jul 21

Child Refugees

Almost 20 years ago I went to one of the poorest countries in the world, Sierra Leone, to serve as a UN election observer. Charles Taylor, dictator of neighboring Liberia, had started a surrogate

Jul 17

Unions on the March

District 1199C has just finished negotiating very tough contract re-openers in 38 of Philadelphia’s biggest and most important healthcare institutions. It was a fight President Henry Nicholas and the leadership of the union prepared

Jul 15

Germany: Highlights From the Winners’ Playbook

By Stewart Acuff and Elizabeth Arnold I’ll admit I caught World Cup fever. Today I woke up early and braved the crowd at Brandenburg Gate in hopes of a glimpse of the German team upon their

Jun 23

War is ALWAYS horrible

A reader and dear friend recently sent me this reply to my blog Iraq: Sow a wind, reap a whirlwind. I’m sharing it here with her permission. War is ALWAYS horrible and we have proven

Jun 23

Unions Are Essential To Democracy

Excellent economist David Cay Johnston has just written a great article comparing inequality and the plight of working families coming out of the Great Depression to our era coming out of the Great Recession. “The 90

Jun 20

22 States Have Restricted Voting Rights

According to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, “[n]ew voting restrictions developed since 2010 are slated to be in place in 22 states this November.” The Republican Party

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