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"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.
The author, the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, is one of the co-founders of the Earth Intelligence Network, created to offer public intelligence in the public interest. Together with Joe Trippi and others, he has devised a means for leveraging $5 to $20 contribution from tens of millions of voters as a means of creating a Public Trust that refuses to perpetuate the existing system that gerrymanders and shuts out all third party candidates while emphasizing a cult of personality and a war of cultures, instead of nurturing moderation and reconciliation around our common purpose: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every citizen and every legal immigrant. The author has lived an unusual and full life, with half of his 56 years abroad, as the son of an oil engineer, as a Marine Corps infantry officer, and as a clandestine case officer (spy handler) for the Central Intelligence Agency. As the senior civilian founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center (today a Command), he discovered that we are spending $60 billion a year on the 4% we can steal, and ignoring the other 96% in 183 languages we do not speak. Today the author serves voluntarily as intelligence officer to the public, and aspires to be intelligence officer to the poor, firm in his conviction that educating the five billion poor, free and one cell call at a time, is the fastest way--and the only way-- to create a prosperous world at peace.