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Response to our appeal and FAQ from proponents of “Controlled Digital Lending”

There’s been no direct response from the Internet Archive in the month since the NWU and dozens of other organizations launched our campaign against so-called Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). Unauthorized scanning and distribution of digital copies of printed books continues, unchecked. The defenders of CDL have, however, posted their own new FAQ which is obviously […]

In D.C., Audiences Can Visit North Korea Without a Passport

North Korea is perhaps the most secretive nation on Earth. In a new one-man show, Next Stop: North Korea, NWU member John Feffer aims to bring you as close to as you can get without a visa and a ticket to Seoul. The show is based on his visits to the country and work he […]

Report from the National Executive Board – December 7, 2019

The NWU National Executive Board met on Saturday, December 7 via web conference. We were glad to welcome to new At Large members to the Board, Sandra Campbell (TX) and Susan Smith (NC) plus a revived Twin Cities chapter (Rob Orr) and a new chapter in Pittsburgh (Stephen Fisher). Financial Secretary/Treasurer Mitzi Timan reported that […]

NWU Holiday Happy Hour

New York, December 6 – This evening more than 50 members turned out to the NWU Holiday Happy Hour at Faces & Names. The event was organized by NY members Demetria Irwin and Michael Baginski (FSP). It was a great generational mix of book authors, journalists, digital media workers, bloggers and more, reflecting a year of […]

Poem: In Langston’s Home

In Langston’s home Harlem You do as Langston Did Love the Jazz, the Blues, Words, acts, pages and stages In Langston’s home Harlem You do as Langston Did Love the People, their Problems, pains and triumphs In Langston’s home Harlem You do as Langston Did You wake asking, “What has Harlem become This morning?” Each […]

Freelance Solidarity Project Update

This fall, the Freelance Solidarity Project elected its first ever organizing committee, made up of 12 members who will spend the next year helping digital media freelancers organize and fight for better working conditions. Last Friday, the committee hosted its first happy hour, welcoming members and non-members alike to the midtown bar Faces and Names […]

The Future of Journalism?

“I’ve Seen the Future, Brother. It is Murder!” – Leonard Cohen On November 29 and 30, the National Press Council of Morocco invited members of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists to participate in a series of panels on the Future of Journalism. The following comments were made by NWU President Larry […]

SoCal Member Meet Up

For our last meeting of the decade, Dec. 1, SoCal NWU featured presentations by members James Smith and Dan McCrory, who recently published books.  SoCal chair Ismael Parra welcomed a hardy crowd of a dozen members to the CWA #9003 in Burbank, CA, Dan’s former union hall. Ismael invited everyone to enjoy a scrumptious lunch, introduced […]

NWU 3-Year Term on IFRRO Board Ends

The election of new members of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO) at IFRRO’s World Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, earlier this months marked the conclusion of my three-year term, to which I was nominated by the NWU and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), as the sole member […]

Andrea B. Eagan, NWU’s 1st President

For those of us involved since the early 80s, Andrea Boroff Eagan looms large as the founding mother of the National Writers Union.  “If Andrea Eagan hadn’t initiated the organizing of the National Writers Union, I don’t think there would be one yet,” says Barbara Raskin, novelist and first president of the organizing committee for […]

SoCal Chapter Chair Plays Benefit Concert

Writer, musician, activist and NWU chapter head, Ismael Parra held a concert fundraiser with the theme “The Struggle for Peace and Planet” on November 23 at an art studio in Los Angeles The concert was a fundraiser for the play Many May Not Return written by NWU member David Trujillo. The play will run January […]

NWU Book Listserv Migrates to Riseup.net

The NWU Book listserv has found a new home. Instead of Yahoo Groups, you can now find it over at lists.riseup.net. The listserv is a place where members of the National Writers Union can organize, share resources, give advice, and support one another. The group is a home for those who have either written a […]