Trump v. Press Freedom – A Panel on March 10

On Feb. 24, CNN, Politico, BuzzFeed, HuffPost and the New York Times were banned from the West Wing press briefing at the White House! Current attacks on U.S. media workers bear a striking resemblance to those in Turkey and other countries. We are now in the world of “alternative facts,” and the President of the […]

Statement in Support of Freedom of the Press

NWU is proud to stand with more than 90 allied organizations in issuing this Statement in Support of Freedom of the Press. “In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the […]

Free Ahmet Sik and All Turkish Journalists Held in Jail

On February 3, NWU joined PEN America and the Indypendent at a press conference called by the Research Institute of Turkey (RIT), to demand the release of Ahmet Sik and all jailed Turkish journalists. Sik was arrested on December 30, 2016, and charged with spreading “terrorist propaganda” for a Tweet! He is among 144 journalists […]

NWU Joins NYTWA Protest At Uber HQ

On February 2, NWU joined the NY Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) protest in front of Uber headquarters in Long Island City. The rally was to protest Uber’s attempt to break the one-hour strike against Trump’s Muslim ban at JFK, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s plans to join Trump’s Business Advisory Group. Just before the rally […]

NWU is on Women’s Marches from Coast to Coast

NEW YORK “On Election Day, I went in my room and cried. Ever since, I’ve been feeling depressed and scared. I was going to bring my daughter today, but I was scared and kept her at home. But after today, I feel hopeful and confident again.” That’s what one woman, a member of a small […]

Preparing for Trump’s Attacks on the Press

NWU is working more closely with other writers’ groups to develop a strategy to combat the Trump Administration’s hostility towards a free press and the public’s right to know. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s opening press briefing, where he attacked the media and took no questions, and Kellyanne Conway’s theory of “Alternative Facts” are […]

2016 Year in Review

All in all, it was a very busy year at NWU and we’re better off for it. The elections aside, we still have many challenges ahead, the main one being how to grow, be more active, and better serve our members while, at the same time, cutting back on spending. This is a perpetual riddle […]


Where to begin? Maybe with Trump losing the popular vote by more than 2 million votes. Maybe, with openly racist and anti-Semitic Steve Bannon of Breitbart being named as Trump’s chief strategist. Maybe the Alt-Right conference giving Nazi salutes and yelling “Hail Trump!” or the KKK planning victory celebrations. Possibly we could start with the […]

Freelance Isn’t Free Becomes Law in NYC!

On October 27, the NY City Council passed the landmark Freelance Isn’t Free bill into law. With a vote of 51-0, the City Council made New York City the first in the U.S. to make non-payment to freelancers and independent contract workers a crime. NWU is a cosponsor of the bill and well aware of […]

Anti-Muslim Profiling Near Trump Tower

At the New York City Labor Day Parade on September 10, one of our members, Ekim Kilic, a young Turkish national, approached someone who appeared to him to be a Union Marshal, and asked where he could find the National Writers Union group. The person told Ekim that the UAW/NWU contingent had already passed. The […]