We meet a man who risked his life as a UN observer during elections in Sierra Leone, has spent time in jail, marched in the WTO "Battle of Seattle," and helped sidetrack Newt Gingrich during the 'Contract with America' days. In his foreword, Senator Bernie Sanders says "Stewart Acuff is one of the best when it comes to helping Americans organize to get things done."
“It is all too easy to think of Washington as a center of power. Stewart Acuff knows that power flows everywhere there are organized Americans, and he is one of the best when it comes to helping Americans organize to get things done.” -- Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent US Senator from Vermont
"I like the lessons you spell out and the examples that accompany them. Organizers need to hear these lessons, especially new organizers. You talked about the important lessons we know are true in order to succeed in organizing. It's important to have someone like you with your experiences sharing those lessons.” -- Sarah McKenzie, Director, AFL-CIO Organizing Institute
“Stewart Acuff's life story has been packed with organizing ordinary people and moving them to do extraordinary things. Across the country, he has helped working people stand up for themselves, together with their co-workers and their neighbors, for dignity and justice against the rich and powerful." -- Ken Zinn, Research Director, National Nurses United
"Stewart does a fine job of spreading the gospel about our ‘righteous’ work, as he calls it, and that's a reason to give thanks!"-- Wade Rathke, Founder and Chief Organizer of ACORN, and currently Chief Organizer ACORN International
"After reading the cover poem, and the first paragraph, tears came into my eyes." -- Amy Fields, General Manager, Eastside Food Co-op, Minnesota
"[Stewart has] captured the organizing journey of our generation from the community to the Employee Free Choice Act, from the South to the halls of Congress." -- Larry Cohen, President, Communication Workers of America
"…new organizers and activists should read it." -- Bill Fletcher, Labor activist, author, and Director of Field Services and Education Department, American Federation of Government Employees.
Stewart Acuff developed his skills as a grassroots organizer in Texas, Tennessee, and New Hampshire. He organized and led the historic effort to unionize the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, risked his life as a UN observer during the first democratic election in Sierra Leone, and participated in the WTO “Battle of Seattle.” As Organizing Director of AFL-CIO, he managed national campaigns that helped shape the direction of US labor. Stewart presently serves as Chief of Staff for the Utility Workers Union of America.