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.

Selection Panel Names Two Prince William Poet Laureates

Dr. Robert Scott of Haymarket, Alexandra "Zan" Hailey of Manassas Share Honors

For the next two years, Dr. Robert Scott of Haymarket, a novelist, poet and English teacher at Osbourn Park High School, and Alexandra "Zan" Hailey of Manassas, an undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University will share the position of Prince William Poet Laureate.

Solidarity with Bangladeshi Workers

NWU-DC Steering Committee member Tim Ryan is the Solidarity Center's Asia regional director. He recently visited the center's Bangladesh office and partners with Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau, who penned the following note.

Dear colleagues,

In February, I had the enormous honor of meeting dozens of brave Bangladeshi garment union members and organizers. My discussions and interactions with them were inspirational. And in a room full of new union members near Dhaka, I could feel the power and the pride they had, knowing that they could finally make a difference at their factories, and in their communities.

AFL-CIO Seeks Volunteers for DC-Area Naturalization Workshop

The AFL-CIO is working with local community organizations and worker centers to offer a naturalization workshop—help green card holders apply for citizenship—on Saturday, June 28th in DC. "We are looking for local unions and members who are interested in volunteering at this event, as well as finding union members who may be eligible to naturalize and might benefit from this service," says Kelly Marie Fay Rodríguez, Assistant to AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre. Reach her at

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Fan Voting Open till Labor Day for the Defenestrationism Short Story Contest

By: Paul-Newell Reaves

Begun in 2013, the annual Defenestrationism Short Story Contest focuses on rapid change. The editors define Defenestrationism as the art, or -ism, of throwing people out windows. This year's finalists respond to the contest theme with imagination and some creative interpretations.

The site is owned and edited by first-year NWU member and poet Paul-Newell Reaves. Poetry by Paul-Newell Reaves is featured in works such as the Zoo Illogical Gardens, ATLAS and Circus Magnifique.

2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival

Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Celebrate the Book with a Day & Night of Writers, Poets & Fun

2014 National Book Festival poster

Come to the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event.


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 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.