What a Year!

Last year at this time, most of us were depressed and/or in shock at the outcome of the presidential election. But on the day after the inauguration, the Women’s March, a worldwide protest, helped clear our heads and set us on a course to fight back. The anti-Muslim travel ban was met by thousands of […]

Daily News Reporter Speaks at NWU Event

One of few remaining labor reporters, Ginger Adams Otis, spoke in early November at the 1199 Union Hall in Hartford, CT. She covers worker and union issues for the Daily News’ “On the Job” beat, and her talk attracted a large, enthusiastic audience, which included members of UAW Local 6950/UCONN Graduate Employee Union. Adams’ most poignant […]

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, […]

Rally to Support Writers Fired at DNAinfo and Gothamist

NEW YORK, NY (November 6, 2017) – “We come not to mourn, but to organize.” That’s how Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) Executive Director, Lowell Peterson kicked off today’s rally in support of DNAinfo and Gothamist writers who were fired after voting to join the union. Right-wing billionaire-owner Joe Ricketts announced that he was shutting down […]

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 […]

The End of DACA?

NWU strongly condemns the cancellation of DACA and call on our members to join the many demonstrations against this cruel and inhumane measure. This fight is for all of us who want a society without racism and xenophobia. We have already identified the “bad hombres.” We know who they are and where they are. It’s […]

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 […]

Charlottesville – The Dogs Are Off The Leash!

Events in Charlottesville, VA, August 11-12, starting with a tiki-torchlight parade of white supremacists and culminating in the murder of anti-racist para legal Heather Heyer, was a fascist Coming Out Party. The dogs are off the leash! Having faced little to no police presence, they are energized and aiming higher. According to the New York […]

NWU and Ebony Freelancers: “Pay the Writers!”  

Last April, unpaid freelancers for Ebony magazine started the Twitter hashtag #Ebonyowes. NWU joined in the online discussion and slowly started developing a campaign to get the writers compensated. As of today, we have about 40 new members at Ebony, who are owed more than $70,000, and still more writers are joining almost daily. Under pressure from the […]

EBONY Blues

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 […]