‘Beyond $15’: Possibilities in Reimagined Labor Movement

Sarah Mohamoud was once a seven-year-old Somali girl who had to hide in the bed of a truck, narrowly escaping  her country’s civil war by crossing the Kenyan border. Assadollah Valibeigi struggled to make a living as a taxi driver and merchant in Iran’s politically chaotic capital city. Mohamed Kadhim and his family fled bombings in Iraq, only […]

UN Concerned About Trump’s Intimidation of Journalists

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has issued his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. In it he lays out a number of concerns about Donald Trump, including his intimidation of journalists and judges.: “…In the United States of America, I am concerned by the new Administration’s handling […]

Tensions Mount at UN Commission on Status of Women

The tension was palpable at the annual meeting of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) March 13-24 in New York City, which the NWU’s Larry Goldbetter, Brigid O’Farrell, Rose Imperato and Amanda Robb attended. Much of the unrest at CSW’s 61st session stemmed directly from concerns about an increasingly hostile environment […]

Free Ahmet Sik and All Turkish Journalists Held in Jail

On February 3, NWU joined PEN America and the Indypendent at a press conference called by the Research Institute of Turkey (RIT), to demand the release of Ahmet Sik and all jailed Turkish journalists. Sik was arrested on December 30, 2016, and charged with spreading “terrorist propaganda” for a Tweet! He is among 144 journalists […]

NWU Joins NYTWA Protest At Uber HQ

On February 2, NWU joined the NY Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) protest in front of Uber headquarters in Long Island City. The rally was to protest Uber’s attempt to break the one-hour strike against Trump’s Muslim ban at JFK, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s plans to join Trump’s Business Advisory Group. Just before the rally […]

NWU is on Women’s Marches from Coast to Coast

NEW YORK “On Election Day, I went in my room and cried. Ever since, I’ve been feeling depressed and scared. I was going to bring my daughter today, but I was scared and kept her at home. But after today, I feel hopeful and confident again.” That’s what one woman, a member of a small […]

2016 Year in Review

All in all, it was a very busy year at NWU and we’re better off for it. The elections aside, we still have many challenges ahead, the main one being how to grow, be more active, and better serve our members while, at the same time, cutting back on spending. This is a perpetual riddle […]

NWU Defends Journalists Worldwide

We’ve recently reported on, and denounced, threats of vigilante violence and criminal prosecution against US journalists for doing their jobs. With the President-elect openly encouraging supporters to attack journalists at campaign rallies, we fear attacks on journalists who cover controversial topics in the US will escalate. While we speak out against attacks on US journalists, […]

International Solidarity, International Advocacy

In addition  to our international connections through the UAW, the NWU is affiliated with three international organizations specifically related to our work as writers. In November, I traveled to Europe to meet with them, representing the NWU at meetings of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Authors Forum (IAF), and the International Federation […]

NWU Member Writes Op-Ed on Economic Discrimination in Sri Lanka

NWU writers deploy their talents in numerous fields and cover topics all over the world. The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s September 28th opinion piece “Political justice is not enough to rebuild Sri Lanka” comes to us from Timothy Ryan, an NWU member. Ryan is also the Asia director for the Solidarity Center, a non-profit affiliated with the […]