By TULA CONNELL New York, MARCH 15 – Nearly one in two women journalists have experienced sexual harassment, psychological abuse, online trolling and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) while working—yet “up to three-quarters of media workplaces have no reporting or support mechanism,” says broadcast journalist Mindy Ran, citing results of a survey survey released this month by the International […]

RIP Sister Ursula K. Le Guin

It is with great sorrow and the deepest respect that we bid farewell to Sister Ursula K. Le Guin, a  ground-breaking author, radical, feminist and revolutionary as well as a literary giant. What’s more, she was one of us, a member of NWU.  She was the author of more than 20 novels, a dozen books […]

Brothers of Another Union

Yusef Salaam, Co-Chairman of the NYC Steering Committee of the  National Writers Union, and Andy Schwartz, Recording Vice President  of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, pose for a meet and greet photo at the November 2nd Jewish Labor Committee’s 2017 Human Rights Award Dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.   Dennis Williams, […]

Ebony Freelancers and NWU Get to Know Each Other

On November 1, lawyers for NWU and the Ebony Media Organization finally met in a Cook County courtroom. At issue is the $80,000 owed to the 48 freelancers who are being represented by their union. The following night, about a dozen Ebony freelancers and some NWU reps met and got to know each other at […]

NWU and UAW Respond to Charlottesville at Trump Tower

New York, September 9 – The Labor Parade in NYC is always held the Saturday after Labor Day, and all of the UAW locals in the NY area took it as our opportunity to respond to the racist terror that took place in Charlottesville the month before. While we didn’t expect to see any Nazis […]

NWU Brings the Ebony Fight to NABJ17!

The National Writers Union was well represented at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention and Career Fair held in New Orleans held August 9-13, 2017. NABJ President Sarah Glover and her Board very generously gave our group a great platform to discuss the ongoing campaign to get Ebony freelancers paid.  Prior to […]

Philadelphia NWU Hosts Juneteenth Event

The Philadelphia Chapter NWU presented its first Juneteenth event on June 16 at the Paul Robeson House and Museum, where Dr. Gerald Horne spoke to an excited, packed house on the topic of ‘The United States Enslavement Effecting the Present: The Globalization Struggle.’ NWU members staffed the event, including Irving Jones, chair; John Mason, secretary; […]

NWU Attends ‘Women, Genders, Sexualities’ Conference

Hofstra University welcomed the 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities in Long Island, NY, June 1-4. This year’s theme for the “Big Berks” was Difficult Conversations, and NWU members Rose Imperato and Brigid O’Farrell engaged in the discussions. They joined more than 1,500 historians, writers, teachers, artists, performers, and activists […]


I am saddened by the situation with the unpaid Ebony and Jet writers, who are now being represented by the National Writers Union. I take it personally that these iconic publications have allowed this situation to drag on so long. They need to show greater respect for the house that John Johnson built, and which […]

Press Release on Ebony Media’s Non-Payment to Freelancers

The National Writers Union Continues To Press Ebony Media For Written Agreement On Compensating Unpaid Freelancers Statement to the media not enough, says union that represents freelance writers NEW YORK, NY – As the number of freelance writers owed by EBONY Media continues to rise, the National Writers Union is demanding a firmer commitment from […]