Stewart Acuff

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

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

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