AKIL’S NEXT STAGE

As you may know, I left the NWU in January in hopes of getting my one-man show up by fall. As the months passed, the pieces did not seem to come together. That’s when I decided to up the stakes and submit my show to two festivals. Money continued to run out with no word […]

Support Member’s Off-Broadway Stage Debut this Tuesday, Oct. 6

Calling all members, family and friends who would support our member’s musical stage debut tomorrow night, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 9 pm… One of the National Writers Union members, Garrett Buhl Robinson, is making a monumental step in his career performing Off-Broadway at Theatre Row! His musical, Letters to Zoey, is based upon his experiences in 1992 […]

No Rubber Stamp for Staples

Staples and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have set up postal counters in the chain’s big box stores, where Staples’ low-paid, minimally trained staff can ship consumer packages. Hundreds of downtown business centers, major malls, and uptown shopping districts now operate with Staples’ “approved shipper program,” a privatization plan that weakens public services and […]

NWU Meets the Zhejiang Provincial Writers Association

New York, January 13 – Today was the second and final meeting between NWU and visiting writers and playwrights from the Zhejiang Provincial Writers Association of China. Today’s meeting was hosted by the CUNY Murphy Institute’s US-China Exchange Project. It was an insightful sharing, where in the advent of globalization, the Chinese people and government […]

DA Receives International Greetings

Greetings from the IFJ President Greetings from National Union of Journalists (NUJ)  Greetings from the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Warm Greetings From The Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) Greetings from Malaysia Greetings from Central Africa Greetings from Helsinki Solidarity Message from the International Federation of Journalists Gender Council  

National Writers Union 2015 DA Resolutions

Resolutions Self-Publishing, Book Contracts State of the Publishing Industry To Develop NWU Member’s Guide to Self-Publishing In Support of Mumia Abu-Jamal In Support of Black Lives Matter In Support of Injured Colombian GM Workers Whereas, self-publishing by NWU members and by authors in general has become an increasingly common, respectable, and potentially profitable form of […]

NWU President’s Report * October 2015

2015 Delegate Assembly More than 50 members and guests attended the National Writers Union Delegate Assembly (DA) this summer in New York City. The delegates were selected from chapters around the country, and reflected a wealth of diversity in terms of age, race, and gender. We also welcomed new chapter chairs from New York; Washington, […]

NYC, Global Action Against Uber

September 16 was a Global Day of Action against Uber. The campaign included more than 200 New York cab drivers who showed up outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office, protesting a pending statewide plan to allow companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to use phone apps that dispatch an unlimited number of drivers directly to […]

Driving Uber

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve supplemented my freelance writing income as an Uber driver. Though I vowed in May 2004 never to drive a taxi again, using my personal car feels different and I’m not bound by special licensing. I typically make about $13 an hour, after expenses. Uber and other rideshare companies […]

Wielding the Tools We Have

By Dan McCrory and Keith Bagwell We can’t strike, but your Community Action Partnership (CAP) is seeking to make a difference politically. We’re behind Congressional efforts to reform copyright law, and support a proposed federal shield law to protect reporters if the U.S. government goes after them to reveal confidential information, including the identity of […]