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October is Delegate Assembly Month

The 2021 Delegate Assembly will take place October 21-23, on Zoom. All members are invited to attend the assembly and any or all the activities surrounding it. You can register here. Here is a partial list of what we have planned so far: Standing Committee meetings will take place before the DA, on separate nights […]

Five Unions Press Biden to Aid Afghan Journalists

  August 23, 2021 Dear President Biden, Our unions represent thousands of journalists in the United States and many who are currently working for U.S.-based employers overseas. We have watched the rapid deterioration of the situation inside Afghanistan with great concern for everyone involved. Journalists from Afghanistan and many countries are being directly targeted by […]

Haiti is a Failed State – Give to Haitian Earthquake Relief

You can add Haiti to the growing list of failed states in the modern capitalist world. With nearly 2,000 confirmed dead so far, many more wounded, at least 60,000 homes destroyed, there is no functioning government in Haiti. Even before this latest disaster, 60% of Haitians lived in poverty, 25% in extreme poverty. There are […]

NWU and IFJ say, “Give to Protect Afghan Media Workers!”

As the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliates, including NWU, are calling on governments and the international community to provide immediate support and protection to Afghan media workers and their families who are under threat. “We are losing everything, I am worried for every single member of […]

We’re Writing Our Way Forward

By Diane Ward I had the pleasure of attending the International Women’s Writer Guild (IWWG) from July 22- 24. Offerings included keynote speakers, agent and editor panels, pitch sessions, an open mic, workshops, breakout sessions and discussion groups. The conference was an oasis hosted by women for  women.     Participants were offered a diverse pallet of […]

Tucson Podcast Features Authors and Leaders 

In addition to our monthly reading and open mic, the Tucson chapter of the National Writers Union now presents the weekly broadcast, “Words and Work,” at 11:30 a.m. MST Sundays on Downtown Radio (99.1 FM), and streaming at downtownradio.org. NWU member Ted Prezelski serves as host. The show explores issues around unions and writing. Guests […]

California Dreamin: SB 98 and Freelancer Protections

California Senate Bill 98 heated up as we entered the summer months. The author of the legislation, state Senator Mike McGuire, intended to grant access to the media to protests and other such actions despite pushback from law enforcement. The bill is meant to provide unfettered access without police authorization because many times it is […]

Picketing Against Proposed School on Questionable Land

In the city of Cudahy, California—in southeast L.A. County—members of the SoCal Chapter of the National Writers Union joined picketing parents, students, residents, teachers, union leaders and activists. The group stood on a public sidewalk near a large empty lot that is said to be contaminated land. The protestors are concerned that the site will […]

Unique James Baldwin Birthday Celebration

Celebrate the birthday of literary giant James Baldwin at the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center‘s Farmer’s Market with NWU member Betty Pierre. Enjoy crafts, music and stories, and purchase fresh produce and breads Saturday, August 7 at 100 W. Mosholu Pkwy S., Bronx, NY. Open mic sign ups start at noon. James Baldwin, whose actual […]

NWU Covid Rebels 21 Perform at NYC Poetry Fest

The National Writers Union’s Covid Rebels 21 made their debut in late July at the New York City Poetry Festival (NYCPF) on Governor’s Island. Betty Pierre, Judy C. Andrews, Ernest Woodley and Mike McQuillan performed on the Algonquin Stage, showcasing works reflective of the group’s forthcoming anthology. “The NWU was at the first NYCPF [a decade […]