NWU Joins 19 Organizations in Supporting the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act of 2020

Tell congressional leadership that you want to fix the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program so that Mixed Income Earners in your state can pay their rent and feed their families The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was intended to protect independent contractors and other self-employed American workers who lost work through no fault of their own. However, […]

NWU-Tucson Faces Dual Crises of Covid and Racist Police Brutality

As the coronavirus rampaged across Arizona, setting new infection records almost daily, the Tucson Police Department revealed that its officers had contributed to a young Latino man’s death by pinning him to ground until he died. The three officers involved in the death resigned on June 19 after being informed they would be fired. But by […]

NWU Wins Cheaper, Easier Copyright Registration for Online Writing

In response to a proposal initiated by the NWU almost four years ago, and later endorsed by nine other national organizations of writers, the U.S. Copyright Office today issued new regulations that will allow a writer to register copyright in up to 50 short-form works published on the same website or online platform within a […]

Juneteenth 2020: Notes from the Field

We all have a stake and so much to gain in the rooting out of white supremacy. This is a moment for holy uprising. We have all been the beneficiaries of Black women’s brilliance and grace, whether we know it or not. —Women’s March webinar Understanding and Transforming White Womanhood June 10, 2020 Trent Willis, […]

Updates on Non-Payment Grievances

Consumers Digest: On June 2, a judge finally granted our Motion for Default Judgment after Consumers Digest failed to obtain new counsel to Appear on its behalf.  This case has dragged on for almost two years as deadbeat publisher Randy Weber seeks to avoid paying our 17 freelancers the $65,000 he owes them. Another hearing […]

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Trump, Covid, Poverty and Racist Terror

The cold-blooded racist murders of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging near Brunswick, GA, Breonna Taylor while asleep in her bed in Louisville, KY, and George Floyd while in police custody and handcuffed in Minneapolis, MN, have set off a firestorm across the US and around the world. The fearless unity of people across race, age, gender, […]

Publishers Sue the Internet Archive for Scanning Books

On June 1, four major US commercial publishers sued the Internet Archive for “willful mass infringement” of copyrights by scanning books and distributing copies on the OpenLibrary.org and Archive.org websites, without any permission from, or payment to, the publishers or authors of the works included in those books.

As Constables, NWU Members Try to Keep People in their AZ Homes

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona had issues with evictions. In Pima County, where Tucson is located, 15,000 families were threatened with eviction between 2015 and 2018, according to the Arizona Daily Star. That per capita rate for eviction puts Pima in the top 25 counties in the nation for displacing people from their homes, according […]