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NWU-DC Chair's Column: Giant Steps

President Obama is not getting enough credit for what he does. I have thought so for a while, and well before esteemed New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said something along the same lines on television Sunday, October 12, and in Rolling Stone. This being an election year, and we at the NWU being writers, it might be a good idea to look at a few achievements and breakthroughs that strangely have gotten little ink. Our public discourse needs shoring up.

Fall Elections May Signal Real Change - for the Worse

Special NWU-DC Commentary by Steering Committee Member Ann Hoffman

Significant elections will occur on November 4. There is room and time for NWU-DC members to pay attention and get involved.

As you have probably read, control of the U.S. Senate may well switch from Democratic to Republican as a result of these elections. For workers, people of color and women, that could be significant if Republicans act on their campaign promises.

NWU Statement on the Death of Steven J. Sotloff

From NWU

The National Writers Union joins the rest of the world in our grief and anger over the brutal murder of Steven J. Sotloff by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He was just 31 years old. Our sadness is compounded by the fact that his death follows so closely that of fellow freelance journalist James Foley just two weeks ago. Steven, James and many others have risked their lives to work a beat that major news sources have abandoned as too dangerous.

NWU Statement on the Murder of James Foley by ISIS

From NWU

We grieve the loss of James Foley and send our condolences to his friends, colleagues and family. At 40 years old, James Foley was still in the early stages of what would surely be a long and successful career as a journalist, yet already he had accomplished far more than most journalists do in a lifetime. His work had taken him into the heart of conflicts around the world. He was no stranger to hostile and dangerous environments.

Revised Settlement Agreement in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation (Tasini v. NYT) Is Final

We are pleased to report that the time for appealing the court’s final approval of the Tasini v. New York Times class settlement has expired and no appeal of that order was filed with the court. Therefore pursuant to Section 1(q) of the Revised Settlement Agreement, the Effective Date of the settlement has occurred. We are hopeful that payments for works covered by the settlement agreement will happen by early 2015.

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Events

The Sordid History of Employer Opposition to Unions

Join the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) on October 28, 2014 for a special presentation of Bob Morris's new book Built in Detroit, in which he chronicles the formation of the United Auto Workers (UAW) in Detroit, Michigan, and the challenges the workers faced from both management and the mob. Morris will be joined by former Michigan Governor Jim Blanchard, and EPI President (and former UAW economist) Larry Mishel.

Jobs

Jobs are listed as a service to NWU-DC members. If you are an NWU-DC member, register or log in to view complete listings.

Editor - Microfinance Gateway Migration (French)

We are looking for a bilingual (French/English) consultant to support the migration plan and drive the migration efforts for the French Microfinance Gateway site, Portail Microfinance. Working with CGAP's Web Project Manager and the Microfinance Gateway's Business Manager, the consultant is expected to work with a range of people from writers, microfinance specialists, IT specialists, developers, information architects, and designers to ensure the organization's content and ideas are translated into our Web site priorities.

Press Secretary, Spanish Language, Human Rights Campaign

The Press Secretary, Spanish Language is a regular, full-time position that reports to the Communications Director and is based in Washington, DC. The Press Secretary, Spanish Language is part of a team of specialized Press Secretaries whose workload is focused on assisting the Communications Director in aggressively ensuring HRC’s messages are placed in all forms of news media. All of the Press Secretaries offer strategic guidance and detailed execution of plans in their area of specialty as well as plan and implement long and short-term communications campaigns. This work is done through, but not limited to, responding to media inquiries, proactively pitching stories and editorials, and developing salient and creative messages.

Details at Human Rights Campaign.

Many other opportunities for writers and editors are available to members of the National Writers Union who register on this website. If you are a NWU member, please register or log in. If you are not a member, you should be. Go to nwu.org and click on Join or Renew.

Teen Writer Needs Help on First Novel

Anybody willing and able? Negotiate the price with the mother, who writes:

My high school aged daughter has been an avid reader and writer forever. Throughout the years she has written short stories, poems, articles for her high school and a novel. She is searching for a writer, someone in publishing , or with publishing experience, to read her novel and provide feedback and advice on "next steps." Is there anyone out there that fits this bill or knows of a willing person that has experience in this genre or giving teen writers guidance.