Stewart Acuff

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

Feb 11

Lifting Up Our Highest Moral and Constitutional Values

Rev. William Barber, the originator and leader of Moral Mondays in North Carolina said, “We must not allow the extremists to occupy the moral and constitutional high ground. We must lift up our highest

Jan 23

Dr. King Celebration in Knoxville, Tennessee

They really know how to commemorate and celebrate the life, struggle, and legacy of Dr. King in East Tennessee. I am writing this as I’m on a planes, trains, and automobiles trip back to Philly

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

Jan 20

Dr. King would call us to nonviolent direct action

In this time that we set aside to honor one of our — if not the greatest American — let us pause from our struggle for a more perfect union to take an inventory

Jan 16

Dr. King: War and Torture

Dr. King had a theological, intellectual, and deeply personal opposition to war and violence. That opposition was rooted in Jesus’ admonition against violence, even to “turn the other cheek.” That opposition was also strategic

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