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|America, look in the mirror, your children are starving
I’m in a rage right now. Washington is not playing political games. They are destroying our country and our people. America is a world leader in child hunger, poverty, and homelessness. We are ...
|Former Gov Martin O'Malley Appears on Meet the Press
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday passionately calling for “an agenda for America’s cities.” He said we as a nation must address the ...
|Senator Bernie Sanders is running for President
“I am running for president. I intend to stand up and fight for working families all over the country.” -Bernie Sanders My friend and one of my heroes, Bernie Sanders, is running for ...
|Happy May Day!!
Happy May Day!! Today is the real workers’ day celebrated around the world as May Day!! Today let us honor our martyrs like Dr. King, Cesar Chavez, Walter Reuther, and every worker who’s ever ...
|Gov. O'Malley: The status quo will not stand
This is part 2 of my take the Steve Inskeep NPR interview with former Maryland Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley. Martin O’Malley: “I think what’s going on ...
|Gov. O’Malley on NPR
National Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep interviewed former Maryland Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley. It was a very revealing interview, because ...
|150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination
This year we commemorate the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, who led the greatest freedom struggle in the history of our country, and one of the greatest freedom struggles in the history of the ...
|Si Kahn Awarded Winthrop University’s Medal of Honor in the Arts
America’s best living folk song writer, a great organizer, and my close longtime friend and brother Si Kahn is receiving Winthrop University’s very prestigious Medal of Honor in the Arts . It ...
|Fight for $15: National Day of Action
1199 President Henry Nicholas led hundreds of low wage workers and their allies in chanting, “We’re In It To Win It!” in Philly City Center on April 15, the National Day of Action for a $15 ...
|Acuff on Hartmann discussing POTUS 2016
I just went on Thom Hartmann's show to discuss Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. Check out the interview .
|Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Steps Out
Senator Bernie Sanders is a friend of mine. After all he wrote the foreword to my second book, Playing Bigger Than You Are . I have the utmost respect for Elizabeth Warren. But I also have a lot ...
|We Subsidize the Koch Brothers' Charitable Giving
Last week I was criticized for pointing out the absurdity of the Koch Brothers contributing to the Smithsonian (our national museums), and other charities while working like hell to dismantle our ...
|Low Wage Workers in New York Win!
Car wash workers recently won their ninth union in New York. The “carwasheros” at Vegas Auto Spa in Park Slope will also receive raises, a $1500 per person signing bonus, and a grievance ...
|My Speech at the Promoting the General Welfare Conference
This conference for the general welfare at the University of Nebraska Omaha, which my friend John Kretzschmar organizes and conducts every year, is always exciting and inspiring. They bring ...
|The Koch Brothers and the Smithsonian
Turns out that the Koch Brothers–covering either their bases or their asses I guess–have donated millions of dollars to the Smithsonian, which as a national scientific institution is convinced ...
|Chicago Mayoral Candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Fights for Economic Justice
Chicago progressive mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is working and rallying with the Fight for 15 movement, the Chicago Teachers Union, and the Service Employees International Union for ...
|Those Who Brought You the Global Financial Crash Continue to Wallow in Our Money
Those folks on Wall Street who brought you the Global Financial Crash continue to wallow in huge bonuses, despite their lack of accountability and responsibility. They received $28.5 BILLION in ...
|Union busting creates and sustains poverty
“If we can’t have unions and we can’t raise the minimum wage, how can we lift people out of poverty through work?” asked Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC show. That is the question and ...
|Technology and Redistribution
“The two sectors of the economy harboring the most professionals — health care and education — are under increasing pressure to cut costs. And expert machines are poised to take over. We’...
|Wages Are a Choice, Not Determined By the Market
We have all heard some employers and right-wingers say that wages are determined by the labor market, some kind of human supply and demand. Yet recently, we reported that Walmart announced two ...
|Bernie Blasts Away at Republican Budget
In his new role as minority leader on the Senate budget committee, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is blasting away at the Senate’s budget, which came from the radical right-wing Republican ...
|Lavish, Illegal Spending for Right-wing Congressman, Grinding Poverty for the Rest of Us
Reports are coming out from a wide variety of media sources that high living, right-wing, budget cutting Congressman Aaron Shock is being investigated by the FBI. A Grand Jury has even been ...
|Ted Cruz Throws His Hat in the Proverbial Ring
Well, well it looks like we’re gonna have more fun watching the Republican Presidential Primaries than we expected with Ted Cruz running for president. This is the same Texas Senator Ted Cruz ...
|One Effect of the Supreme Court's Tortured and Mangled Logic
Because of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, the Republican primary campaign for President is a virtual tsunami of cash. The Koch Brothers have been reported at one time to intend ...
|The Illinois Governor's Assault on Unions
You would have to know the Illinois labor movement and the Chicago Federation of Labor to fully understand the seriousness of the new governor’s assault on organized labor. Gov. Bruce Rauner ...
|Politics and Legislation are Critical
While employment continued to grow in 2014, the wages of most workers in America continued to decline or stagnate. But there was one very notable exception. The least powerful, most vulnerable ...
|Congressman John Lewis and Voting
“We have never solved a problem in this country with less democracy, and so the persistent efforts from some in political power to restrict the right to vote should be a call to action for us all.
|Time to blow all the arguments for right to work out of the water
My friend Ross Eisenbrey of the Economic Policy Institute just wrote a ...
|Obama Blasts Scott Walker for Signing Anti-Union Right to Work for less bill
We know right to work is bad for workers. The 11 bottom states in wages in America are right to work states. When we were trying to stop right to work in Oklahoma, we compared their wages with ...
|The Commemoration in Selma
Watching America’s first Black President with Congressman John Lewis together in Selma was a testament to the honor and ultimate victory of struggle. Lewis is the single living American who did ...
|It’s About Power
Those who are gobbling up all the gains in our economy, all the increases in the Gross Domestic Product, and their mouthpieces in the media will come up with any possible excuse they can for the ...
|Kicking Ass for the Middle Class
My friend Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, most labor union rank and file activists, and most of you reading this are right. If we work as hard as it takes to get a Democrat elected ...
|ADT Locks Out IBEW Union Workers Because They Are In the South
Demanding a 30 percent cut in pay after nearly two years of bargaining, home security giant ADT has locked out 19 workers who voted for IBEW representation in North Carolina. It may seem ironic ...
|Inequality, the Fight in Philadelphia, 1199 and Henry Nicholas
Three of the most crucial policies to reduce inequality in America and restore a middle class economy are the right to vote, the right to form unions and bargain collectively, and the fight for good ...
|Struggle and Spirituality
My friend and 30 year union and community organizer and labor educator Victor Narro has just released a brand new book I can’t wait to read called, Living Peace: Connecting Your Spirituality ...
|Chris Christie runs afoul of the law (again)
Proving again that he cannot effectively govern, New Jersey Republican Governor and presidential aspirant Chris Christie lost a lawsuit for failing to pay adequately into his state’s public ...
|1199 and Jim Kenney for Mayor of Philadelphia
At his first labor rally in his campaign for mayor, Jim Kenney gave a rousing speech to a packed hall at the politically powerful 1199 union hall. Kenney’s speech followed a very enthusiastic ...
|Workers Win at Walmart
In a surprising announcement last week, Walmart announced that they are raising the wages of half a million of their workers. This, after at least two decades of Walmart workers fighting for ...
|2/20/2015: Acuff on Hartmann Discussing Right-wing Extremism
Here’s my 2.20.15 segment on Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture Rumble talking about right-wing extremism in America. (My segment starts at the 2 minute, 17 second mark).
|Acuff on Thom Hartmann Tonight 2/20/15!
Proud to announce that I’ll be on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann tonight 2/20/15! The show starts at 7pm. Watch live or listen to the podcast when you have a chance. On a ...
|Elizabeth Arnold Interview on Bez’s Bed In
My goddaughter Elizabeth Arnold just did a touching interview on Bez’s Bed In. Liz followed Sean Lennon and a host of other guests to discuss the dangers of fracking. (Her clip starts at the 28 ...
|The Death of a Very Progressive Legend
Unless you’re a basketball fan, you may not have ever heard of Coach Dean Smith of the University of North Carolina Tarheels, but he was the most successful college coach of his time. He passed ...
|Labor and worker pay in America
Economist David Cay Johnson just wrote a great article about shrinking wages for American workers. "This redistribution of national income away from labor and toward capital flows from policies ...
|Wall Street and the Rest of Us
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich just had a great column on his blog about the relationship between Wall Street and the decimation of the American middle class — that once broad, deep, ...
|Top 1% will own 50% of world's wealth by 2016
This will absolutely blow your mind. The global anti-hunger organization Oxfam says that the richest one percent in the world will probably control more than half of the world’s wealth within ...
|How Billionaires Think We Should Live
For 20 years I’ve said the owner class in America, the financial elite think we workers live too well. They think we want too much for our children. They think we want too much decency and ...
|Republican Presidential Follies
The Republican presidential nomination comedies have already started. Jeb Bush went to Salt Lake City to meet with Mitt Romney, presumably to discuss or bargain directly about which would bear the ...
|Taking on #inequality
Finally, most people outside the one percent at the top are realizing that the vast gulf of inequality is very dangerous for our country and the world. It is destroying lives, families, and US and ...
I watched Selma today with my kids. Every American should see it, particularly in this moment in American history where we need to be reminded just what the costs of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 ...
|Stop The TPP!
It was ironic watching Robert Reich, now a reliable progressive, criticize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) when 20 years ago he led the fight for The North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA). ...
|Inequality & “Elite Priorities”
As most of us know, income and wealth inequality are the most important issues in our country today. • Squeezing working families out of the middle class • 40 years of stagnant wages • ...
|Republican Racism Redux
We just wrote about Republican Congressional Leader Steve Scalise, who we just discovered spoke at a Klansman David Duke event in 2002 in Louisiana. Scalise has said he didn’t know he was ...
One of the right-wing’s most popular bloggers asked one of the most important questions of the new year, “How in hell does someone go to a David Duke sponsored event in 2002 and not know it is ...
|This is Movement Time
Multiple thousands of Americans have taken to the streets in angry protests against callous police murders of African-Americans in a growing movement to demand justice and safety. The protestors ...
We watch scenes of blood strewn floors in the Mideast We hope for a rising righteous rage in America Against the devaluation of us all The lowering of our living standards The growing street ...
|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 to ...
|Sick of Ted Cruz?
Apparently, so is the Republican majority. Cruz’s fake, halting dramatic speech patterns, which has driven so many of us nuts–and his own personal ideological perspective has finally driven ...
|The Top .01 Percent are 220 Times Richer Than the Average American.
As I’ve been trying to document in this space, inequality has a dangerous and corrosive effect on our lives, our economy, our kids, and what’s left of our democracy. That inequality is also ...
Really happy to announce that my poem just got published on Political Affairs. What is the cost of making 5 million families safer? What is the cost of relieving 5 million families from fear of ...
|Acuff on Hartmann discussing Ferguson
I was just on Thom Hartmann's The Big Picture talking about Ferguson. Watch below or watch it on YouTube now!
|Immigration Reform: Compassion is Winning The Fight
For years we’ve been lectured by the radical right-wing on family values–their family values–who we can and should love, how we can and should love, how we should punish our children, how ...
|Marching For Social, Racial, and Economic Justice
Though Michael Brown’s death is a horrific incident, it seems to have unleashed a wave of huge demonstrations across America shedding light on police violence against people of color. We have ...
|Ferguson, Missouri and Killing Trayvons
The grand jury in St. Louis County refused to return an indictment on police officer Darren Wilson, who killed the African-American young man Michael Brown. The original offense by young Brown ...
|Don Blankenship Indicted
I am so excited, even ecstatic to read that a federal grand jury has indicted Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy, in the coal mining disaster that killed 29 miners in the Upper Big Branch ...
|Obama Acts Boldly
President Obama acted boldly, using executive authority to help keep immigrant families together, stop fear in families of being split apart, and to create a humane and rational immigration system.
|Proud this night
President Obama announced this day that he will use executive action to create comprehensive immigration reform. He will save families, keep families together, keep Americans in America working ...
|Pennsylvanians Urge Wolf to Halt Fracking
Written by Elizabeth Arnold Despite two-thirds of Democrats supporting a statewide moratorium on fracking, during his acceptance speech Pennsylvanian Governor-elect Tom ...
Though it’s been a week or so since the election, I’ve still been processing the results in my head. I talked about them on the Thom Hartmann show and a couple different radio shows. A great ...
|Fracking is Toxic for Tatas
Written by Elizabeth Arnold Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently partnered with gas drillers Baker Hughes to paint 1,000 drill bits pink in order to pinkwash Hughes’ dirty fracking business. ...
|Fast Food Wages
A Danish McDonald’s worker who makes $21/hour is trying to support working brothers and sisters in this country who make about $8/hour. How do you explain that? The single largest explanation ...
Today is Election Day. This is a day for all of us to get very busy and get our voters to the polls. This election will be won or lost on turnout so none of us can afford to relax. Whatever else ...
Headed back to Philly this evening after most of a week of work in the Washington, DC area. Will be back to DC this Tuesday to work the polls with 1199 hospital worker members–sisters with big ...
|Video: President Henry Nicholas’ 50 Years of Organizing
Our recent national ...
|Organizing: When We Unite, We Win
We just closed a very exciting national convention of 1199 National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees. The convention opened with a dynamic video of President Henry Nicholas’ 50 year ...
|Fracking and Corbett Fail Miserably in PA Job Creation
It turns out that fracking not only is an environmental disaster, but also a jobs disaster. Fracking is the practice of drilling into shale formations in the earth and blowing them apart to ...
|Victory for Santa Fe Nurses
In the last few months we have reported on the bargaining fight in Santa Fe, NM for a new contract between 1199NM and Christus St. Vincent Hospital. I am so happy to report that two months after ...
|Chris Christie’s “Tired of Hearing About the Minimum Wage”
New Jersey corrupt Governor, possible Presidential candidate and radical right-winger CHRIS CHRISTIE just told the Chamber of Commerce, “I have to tell you the truth… I’m tired of hearing ...
|No Wonder Right-wingers Want to Blame Teachers
No wonder radical right-wing Republicans like Gov. Corbett in Pennsylvania want to blame teachers for problems in public education. They don’t want to admit that state education funding is ...
|Krugman Praises Obama Presidency
Paul Krugman, who many of us remember loudly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, has just written a very solid ...
|Henry Nicholas Leads Effort for a General Strike in Philly
In two meetings in the last week 1199 President Henry Nicholas has led the call and made the case for a general strike against the School Reform Committee (SRC), which has just done all it could ...
|Who Leads the Labor Movement?
There would not be an American labor movement without leaders at the worksite–the stewards, activists, rank and file leaders who represent union members on the job, who enforce the contract, who ...
|Philly's Teacher Crisis
Philadelphia has some of the lousiest schools in America–schools that keep poor kids from any hope in their future. But it is NOT because Philly has bad teachers or because those teachers are ...
|Pa. Government Assaults School Teachers
The chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Committee (SRC) appointed by far and radical right-wing Gov. Corbett activated "its nuclear option and [canceled] its teachers' contract" with ...
|America: The Land of Corporate Freedom
I am so sick of listening to the lie that American corporations pay too much in taxes to make them competitive. Joshua Smith of the Economic Policy Institute just wrote a great piece about the ...
|California Drought Linked to Climate Change
A team of scientists and meteorologists funded in part by the National Science Foundation recently published an article showing the link between global climate change and the awful drought in ...
|Koch Boys & the Forbes Rich List
Forbes is just out with its richest 400 Americans . The Koch Brothers ranked fourth on the list, with $42 billion a piece. According to Forbes the 400 richest Americans cumulatively have more money ...
My good friend John Christensen made the following comment on this poem that I wanted to share with you: “So true as I listen to our first minority president give a well thought out speech to ...
|The Legend: President Henry Nicholas
President Nicholas led the first strike of hospital workers in America–45 days in 1959 in New York citywide. He was so committed to victory he slept in the headquarters throughout the strike, ...
|Organizing Must Be Intensified
All of us union members and social, political, and environmental activists sometimes get tired. We grow weary in our central fight to save democracy in America, to grow our power to create a more ...
|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 ...
|Ex-Va. Governor McDonnell Convicted
When do you think we will ever learn? Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell, a supposed holy man of integrity, family values, and Godliness ...
|The Enigma of a Dismal Science
Economist Dr. Richard Levins, with whom I wrote my first book, Getting America Back to Work, says that economics is called the dismal science. I keep up with the thinking of all kinds of ...
|Bank of America's $16.65 Billion Mortgage Settlement
We just found out that a task force of state and federal prosecutors reached a settlement of $16.65 billion –that is a B–with Bank of America for their role ...
|Sen. Sanders at 1199 – Parts 3 & 4
“We are fighting for the working class of this country. That’s what we’re fighting for.” -Senator Bernie Sanders The great Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont recently spoke at my union.
|“Crusader for Justice” Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks at 1199 – Parts 1 & 2
The worst kept secret in America is that progressive hero Senator Bernie Sanders is thinking about running for President. He and I have been friends for years. He even wrote a great foreword for my ...
|The Importance of the People’s Climate March in NYC
The value of the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept 21st cannot be overstated. The march is the face and representation of millions of Americans who know we are killing our planet ...
|45 million are Without Work in Developed Economies
David Jolly in The New York Times has reported on the latest publication of the global Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) whose ...
|American Nobel Laureate on the Failure of Capitalism
It is so heartening to see the growing discussion of inequality focusing on the failure of capitalism or the class war instead some kind of economic anomaly that will somehow “correct” itself.
|A Jolt to the Organizer’s Heart
Last week I wandered through the mazelike corridors of a giant hospital in my home of Atlanta, and talked to workers on the bottom rung of the healthcare social and economic system. I once again ...
|The Economic Non-Recovery
The jobs recovered since the Wall Street blow-up and the Great Recession are much, much lower paying than the jobs destroyed by the Wall Street blow-up. Until and unless we address the roots of ...
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