Stewart Acuff

Aug 5

Bernie Speaks Out Against Racism at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Just last week Sen. Bernie Sanders made a great and very important speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization that Dr. King founded to lead the modern civil rights struggle. It

Jan 16

Truth From the Frontlines: 2014 Blog Compilation e-Book

2014 was a terrible year for the U.S. We tried to document it on my blog as we lived and worked in the difficult vineyards of it. America’s best living songwriter Si Kahn gave me

Dec 18

Resistance and Struggle

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

Oct 30

Video: President Henry Nicholas’ 50 Years of Organizing

Our recent national convention of 1199 National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees opened with a dynamic video of President Henry Nicholas’ 50 year history as an organizer, leader, and warrior for justice. Photo: A young

Sep 29

Henry Nicholas: A Story of Leadership, Vision, Courage & Compassion

President Henry Nicolas stands as an icon and a hero of America’s struggle for justice for the last 50 years. But it wasn’t always the case. Born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, the son

Aug 29

Labor Day 2014

Monday is our day when labor is celebrated, or at least given lip service in the United States. For those of us who are committed to organized labor, social and economic justice, and defeating the

Jun 4

“I am a Man” (1968), “I am a Woman” (2013)

Recently I came across these two very powerful images from two important strikes that were 45 years apart. The first is from the iconic 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike, when strikers held “I am a

Mar 7

A Passion for Compassion, the Defiance of Despair

“A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength

Feb 16

Henry Nicholas: A Living Legend

As I wrote in an earlier piece, Henry Nicholas was one of the African-American leaders most involved in connecting the labor movement with the civil rights movement in a real, tangible way; in a

Feb 12

African-American History Month: Legendary Labor Leader Henry Nicholas

I am very blessed to be the national organizing director for 1199, the union headed by legendary African-American labor leader, organizer, and icon of struggle President Henry Nicholas. I just talked with him about

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