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.
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.
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.
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.
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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We are a new and unique playwriting competition, Saving Endangered Species Int’l Playwriting Prize, and we'd like to introduce ourselves. SES Prize aims to get people talking about, and doing something about, saving our endangered species.
We're seeking 10-minute plays where writers will chose one or more species as listed with CITES, World Wildlife Fund, or other organizations that list endangered species. 8–10 plays will be chosen for a Staged Reading at a California theatre, with an award of $100usd for each play. The audiences' "ticket" will be a donation to a specified non-profit Wildlife Conservancy.
FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of journalists during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary journalism ethics. Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both journalism history and the ethical issues facing working journalists today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.
Budget cuts, union-busting, privatization, and corporate outsourcing schemes are wreaking havoc on working people in the DC Metro Area and worldwide. We need a strong, fighting labor movement to take on these anti-worker attacks.
Labor activists in the DC Metro Area are planning a day of skill-building workshops, education, and strategy discussions to strengthen the local labor movement with rank-and-file worker power!
NWU-DC members are encouraged to be there. There will be lots of rank-and-file members from other unions in the area, and the enthusiasm should be contagious. The Chapter will cover the registration fee ($20) for members who join the NWU-DC Steering Committee (contact Margie Burns or Ann Hoffman).
This is a newly created position in a small network of philanthropists. It can be a distant job for a highly qualified candidate. — Ann Hoffman
The Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) is looking for an experienced program professional with a passion for environmental health and environmental justice issues. This position will support HEFN's learning community, including by developing program content for quarterly webinars, an annual meeting, working groups, and co-sponsored events. The position will also support HEFN outreach and communications with members and in philanthropy.
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.
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.