First Online NEB Meeting, Muslim Travel Ban


On September 16, we held our first-ever online National Executive Board meeting, with more than two dozen national officers, chapter and division chairs participating. Three resolutions passed, one on Fighting Islamophobia, another for an E-Book Addendum to the Guide on Book Contracts, and the third to support Separating the Copyrighting Office from the Library of Congress. You can view all resolutions three here.

You can also see the reports from the Book DivisionWomen’s Committee and the Report on International Advocacy. On the call we heard chapter reports from NoCal, SoCal, Seattle, Tucson, SE Michigan, DC, Philly, NYC and Boston. As we face serious challenges in the country, in the industry, and within the labor movement, NWU is a little stronger and none the worse for wear.

The meeting followed on the heels of NWU signing a freelance agreement with The Nation, and with our filing a case on behalf of 40 freelancers at Ebony who are owed more than $70,000. You can read the President’s Report about those matters here.


In line with our passing the Anti-Islamophobia resolution at our recent NEB meeting, NWU is endorsing and co-sponsoring the Stomp Out the Muslim Travel Ban rally in response to Trump’s third attempt at an anti-Muslim Travel Ban, which is about to be heard by the US Supreme Court. The rally will be at Borough Hall in Brooklyn on Monday, October 16. I encourage every member to participate in these events wherever you are.