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Comedy Play Excerpt: Adventures of Jorge and Monte 

Below is an excerpt from my comedy, The Adventures of Jorge and Monte.  The particular excerpt is relevant for the upcoming election. A little satire is always good.  (c. 2020) Jorge and Monte are close, working-class friends living in a modest neighborhood.  Together their adventures show a lighter side of Latino life. It has a […]

Worse Case Scenario: An Election Story

Like Charles Dickens with his Pickwick Papers novel, I have been publishing my work in progress, Worst Case Scenario: Election Night 2020, in serial form on a website.  The president was impressed with the smooth transition America was making to this new form of government. He knew with a cold certainty that the Democrats had […]

BEYOND THE BARS

The NWUSO (Workers Write) sponsors a series of ongoing writing classes for a range of groups to amplify unheard voices. A year ago NWUSO–—the non-profit arm of the National Writers Union (NWU)—began an ongoing writing workshop with Beyond the Bars. It’s an 11-year-old program started by Cheryl Wilkerson and Kathy Boudin at the Columbia School of Social Work, and […]

Graduated Payment Campaign

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on our livelihoods, the Freelance Solidarity Project is calling on all print and digital publications to adopt a graduated payment schedule and rapid-reimbursement policy for freelance work in progress since January 1, 2020. If a submission was assigned, filed, edited, or otherwise considered “in progress” this calendar year, […]

Prop 22: Contractor or Employee?

Defining who is an employee and who is an independent contractor is a critical labor topic being addressed by Congress, the Trump administration, the courts, and state legislatures. It has particular relevance for writers of all types.  In California, the National Writers Union has supported AB 5 and AB 2257 and now opposes Proposition 22 […]

Pass the Amended HEROES Act for Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Last July, NWU joined a coalition of 19 groups to lobby Congress for Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Under the leadership of SAG-AFTRA, the coalition has grown to 97 organizations.  This week, new legislation was introduced updating the HEROES Act and including for the first time, benefits for those who derive their income from a […]

Free Julian Assange!

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is currently taking place in London. He has been behind bars in a British prison in the east of London since April 2019, and was initially held in solitary confinement. Assange is a member of the IFJ Australian affiliate MEAA and holds an IFJ press card. He is being charged […]

Saying Goodbye to Susan: Writer, Editor, Activist, Comrade

Susan E. Davis, a beloved National Writers Union (NWU) leader who championed a better world, died peacefully in her sleep on September 26. A month earlier she’d suffered a massive stroke in her Manhattan home. She gave generously to her NWU sisters and brothers by serving in a multitude of roles for upwards of two […]

The Freelance Solidarity Project Calls for COVID-19 Graduated Payment Schedules

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on our livelihoods, the Freelance Solidarity Project is calling on all print and digital publications to adopt a graduated payment schedule and rapid reimbursement policy for freelance work in progress since January 1, 2020. If a submission was assigned, filed, edited, or otherwise considered “in progress” this calendar […]