NWU Hosts PEN America

On May 10, NWU and Creatives in Action (CIA) co-hosted Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN America, who spoke about “Defending Our Democracy in the Trump Era.”  This was the first time NWU has partnered with CIA and the third time we have participated with PEN America in the last six month. Previously we spoke out in […]

Why Defunding the NEA is Even Dumber Than You Think

It’s federal budget time and, as usual, the National Endowment for the Arts is under attack. Their heads filled with images of obscene art, effete gallery-goers and overtaxed single mothers, conservatives are gunning for the straight-out elimination of the 50 year old program. No money, no arts funding. Period. No matter that the $148 million […]

April 13 Luncheon on Storytelling in the Trump Era

NWU member John Feffer will be the keynote speaker during a luncheon from 1 to 2 pm on Thursday, April 13, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club [WNDC] in Washington, DC. He’ll speak about “Telling Tales in the Time of Trump,” and tackle how storytelling is more important than ever in this era of so-called fake news and outlandish Presidential tweets. […]

Cruel But Not Unusual: Mumia’s Treatment Delayed

Mumia Abu-Jamal received a cruel mix of bad and good news from a prison doctor on March 31. The doctor shared the results of his recent lab test, which showed clear signs of cirrhosis, an irreversible scarring of the liver caused by his untreated Hep C. The doctor also informed Mumia that he would be […]

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 […]

Get Political Training in DC Area in March

Discouraged by the current direction of the country? Don’t give in to despair. Now’s the time for action, and the AFL-CIO is ready to train a new generation of political activists and public officials. The National AFL-CIO and two affiliates in Maryland/DC and Virginia will hold a one day “Path to Power” political candidate training […]

NWU at Women’s March on Washington

About 50 members of the National Writers Union and our friends and family rose before dawn on January 21. We put on our pussy hats—or reasonable facsimile thereof—and climb aboard a fleet of UAW buses that formed a caravan from New York City down to the Women’s March on Washington. We demonstrated in support of […]

GSU Infringes on Writers’ Copyrights

In a “friend of the court” brief filed earlier this month, the NWU joined a diverse coalition of writers and photographers to oppose the wholesale scanning of books and journals that are being used for university classes without payment to the original authors or publishers. Instead of having students buy the books for their classes, […]

Anti-Muslim Profiling Near Trump Tower

At the New York City Labor Day Parade on September 10, one of our members, Ekim Kilic, a young Turkish national, approached someone who appeared to him to be a Union Marshal, and asked where he could find the National Writers Union group. The person told Ekim that the UAW/NWU contingent had already passed. The […]

ELECTIONS: Neck and (Orange) Neck

The Presidential race is tightening. After more than a year of primaries, caucuses and conventions; after Bernie Sanders received over 13 million votes to end income inequality and crippling tuition debt; and after the sideshow of the Republican “debates,” where contestants were eliminated from the talent competition —before making it to the swimsuit round—it appears […]