"Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing" is Stewart Acuff's story of his 30-year life in organizing. Be it organizing citizens for stop signs at a busy intersection in Memphis, successfully working to unionize the Atlanta Olympics, or guiding the nationwide organizing program of the AFL-CIO, we get a rare insight into the day-to-day struggles of an organizer.
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."
About the Author
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.
Bernie Sanders is a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate after 16 years as Vermont's sole congressman in the House of Representatives. Bernie is now serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote.