On Wednesday, May 2, members of the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981 protested Arianna Huffington’s presence as the guest of honor at the National Women’s Law Center’s 40th birthday celebration.
The action was part of NWU’s Pay the Writer campaign, with the goal of reversing the practice, pioneered by the Huffington Post, of refusing to pay freelance journalists for their writing and reporting. NWU launched the campaign after HuffPost’s sale to AOL for $315 million last year. Through its “Off the Bus” program, the Huffington Post invites “citizen journalists’ to cover the 2012 presidential election, at their own expense, for no pay.
We distributed hundreds of fliers (including one to Arianna herself), gave out union-made baked goods, and engaged in conversation with dozens of sympathetic passers-by.
For more information, please visit: paythewriter.org