Stewart Acuff

  • A Victory for Democracy in Chile

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    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

  • UK Anti-Fracking Movement Grows

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    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

  • Henry Nicholas: Leavin’ Mississippi

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    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

  • Child Refugees

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    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

  • Unions on the March

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    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

Mar 24

Cuffed, goin’ to jail in Georgia

Watching old friends, real friends, soul friends Cuffed, goin’ to jail in Georgia For fighting for healthcare for the poor Just trying to get the politicians to take The Medicaid offered to the state and it’s poor Poor folks

Mar 4

The source of the cold

The dark and the cold are a physical presence In the tiny hours of this morning When the sun is but a memory of yesterday Long since has this winter moved from a season Just one of four To

Feb 26

The Old South

The water dark as the heart Of the Old South Beautiful fields, cotton clinging to stalks Belie the ugliness of so much That happened here in this Old South of South Carolina The train races past the crossroads And almost not

Feb 21

Morning People

The little mamacita with two bebes Waits with a peasant’s patience For the bus. One bebe sleeps with his head On Mama’s shoulder The other bebe stands holding her hand Asleep or barely awake on his feet At 4 am The bebes

Feb 14

A Meditation on Love

Love is of God God is Love Love does not judge Love knows that I could be in the shoes of Anyone but for the Grace of God Love is free Love brings light and freedom The love of brothers and

Feb 7

Winter brings…

Winter brings her harshest side this year We live in zero degrees A cold that will not be blocked or beaten Today it snows and I watch Super snowflakes big as July raindrops In West Tennessee But this ain’t rain

Jan 22

Dr. King

Born to lead from a family of leaders He took the steepest road Up the highest mountain of injustice He walked with and at the front of And in the shoes of the least of these He validated and

Dec 23

The Blues at Christmas

The ol truck broke down today Dec 20, five days till Christmas The bank account won’t cover it And I got no way To see the kids at Christmas There is sumthin’ worse than Being alone at Christmas It’s being poor

Dec 9

West Philly at 4 am

Gotta get to the all night gas station For coffee at 4 in the morning In my West Philly neighborhood Sometimes I wish for an all night diner But then they wouldn’t let some Of the 4 am gas

Nov 4

Fightin’ this Fight

In my country ’tis of thee Today’s Klansmen we see Without hoods or crosses Only polo shirts and khakis Representing the Republican Party Talking about black people who want Government to give them everything And why should they be able to

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