Why I Joined NWU After Retirement

I’m a union member. It’s hard for me to describe how empowering those words feel after a 35-year career without the safety net of union membership. But as a writer, let me see if I can tell you my story in 550 words or less. When I took a $13,000/year job as a reporter in […]

Journalist Manuel Duran Freed from ICE Detention

Journalist Manuel Duran Freed from ICE Detention  After a multi-year legal battle, Duran’s release is a victory for freedom of the press   After 465 days in detention, journalist Manuel Duran was released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention today. Duran, who was most recently held at the Etowah County Detention Center, will now […]

Join NWU Authors Sheard and Fletcher July 16 in DC

Come see NWU members Bill Fletcher Jr. and Tim Sheard at Busboys Takoma from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. This event, Bread & Roses: Writers at Work, will feature Fletcher, Sheard and Gary Frank, who is also a longtime labor activist. All three published novels in the past year, and will speak about their work and […]

International Solidarity: NWU at the IFJ 30th World Congress

As the sun set over the capital of Tunisia, some 300 journalists from around the world – all members of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) – marched down the Rue des Etats Unis and cried out: “Solidarite.” In their hands they held paper flags emblazoned with the faces of slain journalists – comrades who […]

Jailed Journalist Manuel Duran’s Case Ordered Reopened

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2019 Contact: Jeff Migliozzi jeff.migliozzi@splcenter.org / (334) 303-1261 GADSDEN, Ala. – The Board of Immigration Appeals has ordered jailed journalist Manuel Duran’s case reopened, paving the way for an asylum claim and possible release after over 15 months in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “I am […]

Successful Launch of the Legal Action Fund

On June 20, the NWU and our nonprofit, the National Writers United Service Organization (NWUSO), launched our Legal Action Fund at the offices of the Levy Ratner labor law firm. The reception raised more than $13,000, which will be used to take group non-payment grievances to court as needed. The event was hosted by former […]

Result of a Failing Gig Economy

my current job is as momentary as a twitter post submitted last night, this is the gig economy full time, nope lifestyle inflation: has me migrating for work like a traveling salesman, but the financial crisis is paying me in snake oil from georgia to boston, when my fight is to stay in new york: […]

Socialist Author and Historian Visits SoCal NWU

Victor Grossman, a New York “red diaper baby” of the 1930s and resident of East Berlin since the 1950s, recently made a 10-week transcontinental tour with his new memoir and meditation on left politics, A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee (Monthly Review Press). It is a richly told story unfolding in rare, personal detail.  […]

Mentoring the Next Generation of Writers

In May, NY Chapter co-chair Timothy Sheard met with four aspiring writers, each with their own unique challenges and goals. Over two hours we discuss each writer’s opportunities and options, from finding an agent to self-publishing. One writer, having not heard back from a publisher who expressed interest in her book, is now going to […]

The Latest Lenny Moss Mystery

Climate change has brought a new, aggressive Zika virus to Philadelphia, making pregnant women fearful they will become infected, and overloading the hospital with a crush of frightened patients. Pregnant nurses at James Madison Hospital beg to be relieved from caring for patients with the virus, but Mother Burgess, the Director of Nursing, refuses. The […]