Archives for March 2017

Member Novel Predicted Trump-Like Presidential Nightmare

What are the chances that an espionage/thriller could have been written several years ago and published in February 2016 that would have predicted the crazy politics we’ve been experiencing? NWU member James Ellenberger did that with his two writing partners in their novel High Hand by Curtis J. James. The pseudonym is an amalgam of […]

All Hands—and Dialing Fingers—On Deck for ACA

For the past few weeks, I’ve been making hundreds of calls to NWU members, urging them to submit the Authors Coalition survey. It’s been inspiring to connect with journalists, fiction and non-fiction writers, academics, and a songwriter/banjo/guitar player who is writing a children’s book. When one writer I called discovered I was a poet, she […]

When Your Publisher Finds You “A New Home”

Tate Publishing, a well-known subsidy press, announced on January 17 that it was suspending operations. Its website told authors that it was trying to negotiate with other publishers to “find a new home” for them. Meanwhile the company posted an online form that authors could fill out to terminate their contracts and get their files […]

So Cal Chapter Discuss Issues and Activism

“Light a candle,” one person said. “Load a shotgun,” another said as we brainstormed ways to address America’s current political situation at the February 19 meeting of NWU’s So Cal Chapter, which seven of us attended, including new member, Mo El Gafi Mohamed. The free floating discussion touched on a number of topics, including the […]

NWU Members Learn to Organize at Global Women’s Event

New York chapter members Rose Imperato and I attended the AFL-CIO Women’s Global Leadership Program from March 16 – 19, which ran concurrently with the UN Commission on the Status of Women. We were among some 40 women union and labor activists, which included auto and domestic workers, an oil rigger, a road builder and […]

UN Concerned About Trump’s Intimidation of Journalists

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has issued his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. In it he lays out a number of concerns about Donald Trump, including his intimidation of journalists and judges.: “…In the United States of America, I am concerned by the new Administration’s handling […]

April 2017 President’s Letter

Press Freedom Our most recent Press Freedom Panel on March 10 was a positive step in a number of ways. Trudy Lieberman, (Columbia Journalism Review) spoke from her rich personal experience, about the 30 year Republican effort to attack health care benefits and their attempts to intimidate reporters and editors in order to shape their […]

Tensions Mount at UN Commission on Status of Women

The tension was palpable at the annual meeting of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) March 13-24 in New York City, which the NWU’s Larry Goldbetter, Brigid O’Farrell, Rose Imperato and Amanda Robb attended. Much of the unrest at CSW’s 61st session stemmed directly from concerns about an increasingly hostile environment […]

When She Asked About Payment, Editor Cut Her Story

  Recently an email exchange between writer Brittany Stalsburg and an editor went viral in certain corners of the Twittersphere after she sought compensation for an editorial she’s written. We reached out to Brittany to learn more about her and the incident that had everyone on Twitter talking (once again) about how freelance writers are […]

Open Letter to UN Member States

UNCSW61 – Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work, 13 to 24 March 2017 The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment […]