Join the National Writers Union

For more information and to join the National Writers Union, go to: www.nwu.org.

From the National Writers Union website:

The National Writers Union UAW Local 1981 is the only labor union that represents freelance writers.

Now, more than ever, with the consolidation of power into the hands of ever-larger corporate entities and with the advent of technologies that facilitate the exploitation of a writer’s work, writers need an organization with the clout and know-how to protect our interests. One that will forge new rules for a new era.

Combining the strength of more than 1,200 members in our 13 chapters with the support of the United Automobile Workers, the NWU works to advance the economic and working conditions of all writers. Our members also directly benefit from the many valuable services the Union offers—including grievance assistance, contract advice, and much more—while actively contributing to a growing movement of professional freelancers who have banded together to assert their collective power.

Monday Readings

The National Writers Union will be hosting a reading and open mic on Monday, September 16, starting at 6:00 p.m. in Tucson. Our featured reader this month will be Naomi Ortiz. Naomi is a facilitator, writer, poet, and visual artist. She is a Disabled, Mestiza (Latina/ Indigenous/ White), raised in Latinx culture, living in the U.S./Mexico borderlands. Naomi has written for the Feminist Wire, Poems and Numbers, VIDA and has contributed to the anthology, Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People. She will be reading from her recently published book, Sustaining Spirit (Reclamation Press), written for activists, that is about how to avoid burn-out by balancing “activism with self-care by guiding readers to sink into poetic metaphor and examine their relationship to self, community, and place.”

The open mic is for spoken word only, but is open to all forms of spoken word (fiction, essays, poetry, articles, polemics, etc.). So bring something to read!

The event will be held at the AFSCME/SEIU Union Hall at 877 S. Alvernon Way in Tucson. The building is on the east side of the street (opposite the Randolph Park golf range) and is a couple of blocks north of 22nd Street. There is ample parking. The room is on the first floor and we will have signs up to point the way.

Friday Morning Breakfasts

NWU Tucson Friday morning breakfasts will be on hiatus until December 20. Check back for dates. They take place at 9:00 a.m. at Laverna's Coffee Shop. The address is 220 S. Plumer, which is one block south of Broadway, on the west side of Plumer.

Steering Committee
Our elected Steering Committee members are Co-Chairs Keith Bagwell and Barbara Wright; Secretary Alice Whittenburg; and Events Coordinator Greg Evans. The Steering Committee usually meets on the first Monday of each month. Contact us at nwutucson@yahoo.com to confirm the date and location of the next meeting.