Our Future to Write and Own

My favorite old union song has always been “Solidarity Forever.” It never fails to inspire and remind me of the power that working people have when they come together to rewrite the rules of our broken economy. This lyric, from Ralph Chaplin’s original, I find particularly moving: All the world that’s owned by idle drones […]

Bronx Book Fair 2019

The recent Bronx Book Fair 2019 at the Bronx Library Center was jam-packed with excitement. The energy sizzled as an array of booksellers, writers, and patrons engaged each other regarding their adoration for stories.  Presented by Poets Network & Exchange, the theme was Our Children, Ourselves: Sustaining a Healthy, Creative, Educationally & Literary Rich Community. […]

Reception for the NWUSO Legal Action Fund

In 2018, the National Writers Union collected more than $200,000 for almost 150 unpaid freelancers by waging Group Non-Payment Grievances. Most of these were settled directly and with the assistance of the UAW Legal Department , some had to go to court. All of the unpaid freelancers were paid 100% of what they were owed. […]

Amazon Selling Plagiarized Books

On March 20, Book Division Co-Chair Aleah Barley, joined Authors Guild Executive Director Mary Rasenberger and a number of Authors Coalition member organizations on a conference call to explore ways to stop plagiarism on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and Kindle Unlimited (KU) platforms. The call was in preparation for a possible letter writing campaign […]

Yusef Salaam on Writing While Black

In commemoration of African American History Month, NWU’s New York chapter presented “Writing While Black” on February 13th at NWU headquarters in midtown Manhattan. Veteran journalist Herb Boyd, who is also an Amsterdam News columnist, led journalists Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Yusef Salaam, along with poets Eartha Watts-Hicks, JP Howard, and Raymond Nat Turner (co-chair of NWU’s […]

Response to our appeal and FAQ from proponents of “Controlled Digital Lending”

There’s been no direct response from the Internet Archive in the month since the NWU and dozens of other organizations launched our campaign against so-called Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). Unauthorized scanning and distribution of digital copies of printed books continues, unchecked. The defenders of CDL have, however, posted their own new FAQ which is obviously […]

NWU’s Hasbrouck to Speak at March 28 Free Digital Marketplace Workshop

The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force will host an all-day workshop Thursday, March 28, about the standards and tools that content producers use in the Internet age. The event will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office campus in Alexandria, VA, and will be webcast. The theme is “Developing the Digital Marketplace […]

NWU denounces “Controlled Digital Lending”

National Writers Union calls for dialogue with libraries on Internet Archive book scanning Today the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981, AFL-CIO) joins authors and contributors to books from around the world to denounce the scanning and distribution of complete copies of hundreds of thousands of books by the Internet Archive and its library “partners” […]

Boston Chapter’s Book Party

Our annual book party this year, managed to narrowly skirt a snowstorm, celebrating 12 authors, five of whom read from their books – historical novel about Germany’s first recognized female physician, retired MBTA chief’s novel set in Boston’s subway tunnels and the homeless who live in them, a young author’s fantasy of a girl escaping ‘the […]