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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 […]

Sign the Petition to Save Mumia’s Eyesight

Recently the National Writers Union learned of a petition to save journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal’s vision. In 1982, he was sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering a white policeman in Philadelphia. Circumstances surrounding his trial, however, cast serious doubt on the veracity of the proceedings. Over his decades in prison, his health has deteriorated. Recently, Abu-Jamal was diagnosed with glaucoma, […]

Frederick Douglass’ Alternative to the 4th of July

On Wednesday July 3rd a standing room only crowd packed NWU’s meeting hall for UpSurge!NYC’s Second Annual Alternative 4th of July Celebration. Raymond Nat Turner, Artistic Director/ Founder of the JazzPoetry Ensemble, UpSurge!NYC opened the evening by pointing out the hypocrisy of celebrating July 4 as a national day of independence and political freedom in […]

A Novel Discussion in D.C.

NWU members and authors Bill Fletcher Jr. and Tim Sheard enjoyed a provocative discussion July 16 about storytelling and social justice at the Busboys & Poets Takoma bookshop in the Washington D.C. area. Moderator Kurt Stand asked Fletcher, who is the author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky, and Sheard, who wrote One Foot in […]

Our Future to Write and Own

My favorite old union song has always been “Solidarity Forever.” It never fails to inspire and remind me of the power that working people have when they come together to rewrite the rules of our broken economy. This lyric, from Ralph Chaplin’s original, I find particularly moving: All the world that’s owned by idle drones […]

Minnesota Gets Tough on Wage Theft

It is frightening to imagine showing up for work, shift after shift, for a paycheck that may or may not materialize until days or weeks after it has been promised. How difficult it must be to repeat that promise to a daycare provider while dropping off a child on the way to work, standing in […]

Why I Joined NWU After Retirement

I’m a union member. It’s hard for me to describe how empowering those words feel after a 35-year career without the safety net of union membership. But as a writer, let me see if I can tell you my story in 550 words or less. When I took a $13,000/year job as a reporter in […]

Journalist Manuel Duran Freed from ICE Detention

Journalist Manuel Duran Freed from ICE Detention  After a multi-year legal battle, Duran’s release is a victory for freedom of the press   After 465 days in detention, journalist Manuel Duran was released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention today. Duran, who was most recently held at the Etowah County Detention Center, will now […]

Join NWU Authors Sheard and Fletcher July 16 in DC

Come see NWU members Bill Fletcher Jr. and Tim Sheard at Busboys Takoma from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. This event, Bread & Roses: Writers at Work, will feature Fletcher, Sheard and Gary Frank, who is also a longtime labor activist. All three published novels in the past year, and will speak about their work and […]

International Solidarity: NWU at the IFJ 30th World Congress

As the sun set over the capital of Tunisia, some 300 journalists from around the world – all members of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) – marched down the Rue des Etats Unis and cried out: “Solidarite.” In their hands they held paper flags emblazoned with the faces of slain journalists – comrades who […]

Jailed Journalist Manuel Duran’s Case Ordered Reopened

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2019 Contact: Jeff Migliozzi jeff.migliozzi@splcenter.org / (334) 303-1261 GADSDEN, Ala. – The Board of Immigration Appeals has ordered jailed journalist Manuel Duran’s case reopened, paving the way for an asylum claim and possible release after over 15 months in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “I am […]