RESOLUTION: Passed Unanimously NWU Delegate Assembly, August 12, 2018 Global Call for Action to End Worldwide Discrimination and Abuse Against Women Journalists WHEREAS, gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent and tolerated human rights violations in the world; WHEREAS, the AFL-CIO is part of the International Confederation of Trades Unions Campaign to Stop Gender-Based […]


WHEREAS the National Writers Union is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and supporting writers and freedom of expression AND WHEREAS the National Writers Union needs to raise awareness regarding the current immigration state of affairs and attacks against immigrants by the current administration, AND WHEREAS the National Writers Union represents immigrant […]


WHEREAS NWU member and award winning freelance journalist Ryan Goldberg is currently being sued for defamation by the subject of an investigative story he wrote for Deadspin in 2016, whose parent company Gawker had previously filed for bankruptcy and sold to Univision after losing a lawsuit backed by the billionaire Peter Thiel and WHEREAS that […]

1st VP’s 2018 Report

Ten years ago the world of the freelance writer was different than it is today. The internet had already taken off and transformed the way the world consumed media, and much of the damage to the careers of freelance writers was already done. But even over the last decade, we’ve seen those standards fall even further, with little […]

President’s Report to the 2018 Delegate Assembly

Membership As of this writing, we have 1038 members, more or less where we have been for some time. One interesting aspect of our union, which accepts everyone who applies, that we hundreds of new members join every year, and when things don’t work out for whatever reason, hundreds leave as well. There is tremendous […]

Report to the NWU Delegate Assembly on International Activities, 2015-2018

The market for writing is global, as is the need for solidarity of working writers. Writers from around the world compete for jobs and freelance assignments with publishers around the world. We market and distribute our writing to, and earn revenues from, readers around the world, indirectly (through publishers and licensing agreements) and directly (as self-publishers, especially in […]

NWU Women’s Committee Report to the Delegate Assembly, August 2018

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) reports that at least 1 in every 2 journalists have suffered sexual harassment, psychological abuse, online trolling and other forms of human rights abuses. IFJ Gender Counsel director Mindy Ran writes that “we mourn the loss
of six of our sisters in 2015, from France, the Philippines, Somalia,
South Sudan and […]

Delegate Assembly 2018 Gains Momentum!

NWU Delegate Assembly – August 10-12, 2018 UAW Region 9A NYC HQ 256 W. 38 St.  12th floor  (between 7th and 8th Aves.) The 2018 Delegate Assembly, August 10-12, is happening at a pivotal point. It’s a period of chaos and uncertainty that affects our union, our industry, and all working people. So far, this […]

Free Manuel Duran

Manuel Duran Ortega is a well-known and respected journalist in Memphis, TN. A former TV station manager in El Salvador, he came to the US more than a decade ago as an undocumented immigrant after his life was threatened. Duran was arrested by Memphis police on April 3, while covering a local immigration rights protest […]

NWU Celebrates Frederick Douglass

An Alternative 4th of July Celebration Commemorating Frederick Douglass was truly a community-building event! The event organized by Raymond Nat Turner (Co-Chair NY Chapter, NY Delegate) brought members of the music, literary and political communities together. NWU members Margaret Kimberly and Diane Ward were two of the four readers of Frederick Douglass’ historic 1852 speech, “What Is The Fourth of July To The […]