Stewart Acuff

Feb 12

We Are All Under Attack

Goin’ to western Canada to teach

Organizing to Canada’s best and most

Senior Organizers. Spreading the message

That we are all under attack, that the

Day of free labor movements with

Workers rights and union freedoms are

All but over, that if we don’t start a

Fight with global capital we will all

Be rolled under the steamroller.

Be not confused, global capital means

To reduce us all to serfs, take education

From our kids – and a middle class

Standard of living and quality of life.

More people in poverty, more people

Incarcerated, shrinking middle class

The world over and it ain’t gettin’ better.

You can close your eyes, turn your

Head away, but that don’t change shit.

This is a fight brewin’ everywhere from

Kids sewing before they can read to

Workers strugglin’ just for water and food and

Freedom and

Justice.

There is a human spirit for a reason so

We don’t live like beasts and raise our kids

In misery.

Don’t sell that spirit short.

I hear it at Walmart stores, on the docks, in

Hospitals and public services, in the

Voices of those who demand dignity and

Respect, who love their kids more than they

Fear the oppressors.

Stand. Stand. Stand.

 

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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

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2 Comments

  1. Elanore

    February 12, 2013

    Reply

    This is an incredible poem! Stewart is the voice of the people and the voice of the truth!

  2. Janice

    February 14, 2013

    Reply

    Execllent having Stewart talk at our Organizing Think Tank this week at beautiful Harrison Hot Springs. I liked what you said this evening to a crowd of union activists.
    It is what it is, and it ain’t gonna change unless you change it.
    Be the change sisters and brothers, organize, mobilize and let’s bring a progressive, worker friendly government to British Columbia!

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