Archives for August 2017

Back at Work Tackling Cancer and Pollution in Concord, NH

The last two days I’ve been back in Concord, NH, doing the work I was elected to do and sitting in my chair in the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee. As the gold-leaf State House Dome came into view while driving into Concord the last few days, my thoughts turned to the gratitude, […]

NWU Brings the Ebony Fight to NABJ17!

The National Writers Union was well represented at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention and Career Fair held in New Orleans held August 9-13, 2017. NABJ President Sarah Glover and her Board very generously gave our group a great platform to discuss the ongoing campaign to get Ebony freelancers paid.  Prior to […]

Charlottesville – The Dogs Are Off The Leash!

Events in Charlottesville, VA, August 11-12, starting with a tiki-torchlight parade of white supremacists and culminating in the murder of anti-racist para legal Heather Heyer, was a fascist Coming Out Party. The dogs are off the leash! Having faced little to no police presence, they are energized and aiming higher. According to the New York […]

Maryland Residents Eligible for $5K Student Debt Tax Credit

Starting this year, NWU members who pay income taxes in Maryland are eligible for a new tax credit if they have student debt. Friends and family members are welcome, too. If you, a friend, or family member in Maryland who’s incurred at least $20,000 in student loan debt, and have at least $5,000 in outstanding […]

Union Plus Accepting 2018 Scholarship Apps

I could say college isn’t cheap, but that’s an understatement. For many of us, it simply isn’t affordable. Whether struggling to scrape up enough money to get started, or contemplating piling on the student loan debt, we could all use help. Here’s a bit of potential relief for union familities. The Union Plus Scholarship Program […]

Philadelphia NWU Hosts Juneteenth Event

The Philadelphia Chapter NWU presented its first Juneteenth event on June 16 at the Paul Robeson House and Museum, where Dr. Gerald Horne spoke to an excited, packed house on the topic of ‘The United States Enslavement Effecting the Present: The Globalization Struggle.’ NWU members staffed the event, including Irving Jones, chair; John Mason, secretary; […]

NWU and Ebony Freelancers: “Pay the Writers!”  

Last April, unpaid freelancers for Ebony magazine started the Twitter hashtag #Ebonyowes. NWU joined in the online discussion and slowly started developing a campaign to get the writers compensated. As of today, we have about 40 new members at Ebony, who are owed more than $70,000, and still more writers are joining almost daily. Under pressure from the […]

Chasing Mercury and Companion Book Published

Chasing Mercury by September Williams is a romantic suspense saga about “love in the time of mercury poisoning.” The main characters are a Black epileptic ballerina and a Powwow dancer/whistleblower journalist. Their families are intertwined through their commitments to human and environmental rights. This novel story supports the United Nations’ Minamata Convention on Mercury, which […]

NWU Attends ‘Women, Genders, Sexualities’ Conference

Hofstra University welcomed the 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities in Long Island, NY, June 1-4. This year’s theme for the “Big Berks” was Difficult Conversations, and NWU members Rose Imperato and Brigid O’Farrell engaged in the discussions. They joined more than 1,500 historians, writers, teachers, artists, performers, and activists […]