Statement of support for Outside Union

January 7, 2022

On January 4, 2022, the workers of Outside magazine announced their decision to unionize. They cite salaries below market standards, an unclear path for advancement, and lack of progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion goals as some of their reasons for organizing.

Management of Outside Inc., Outside’s parent company, met with union members on the next day and declined to voluntarily recognize their union. Workers have since filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board and are confident they will see their union certified.

Workers are now asking supporters for social media posts tagging the Outside Union (@outsidemagunion) and demanding CEO Robin Thurston (@RobinJThurston) and VP Jon Dorn (@JonDorn) to voluntarily recognize their union.

The IWW Freelance Journalist Union is committed to building worldwide working-class solidarity and fully supports the workers of Outside in their struggle to build the power they deserve.

In solidarity with workers at Current Affairs

August 20, 2021

On August 18, 2021, the workers of Current Affairs announced that they suffered retaliatory firings in response to a campaign reorganizing the magazine into a worker co-op. These organizational efforts took place over the course of more than a year, and the workers at Current Affairs — a magazine that proudly calls itself a socialist publication — believed that they had the support of Editor-in-Chief Nathan J. Robinson. The fired workers are now soliciting donations for a hardship fund via Cash App.

On August 7, after discussing organizational models for transforming the workplace into a democratic environment where “all voices were equally valued”, Robinson became agitated and, the following day, started to request resignations from workers, eliminate positions and terminate Freelance Contributing Editor Aisling McCrea.

The team at Current Affairs released a statement, signed by five workers (Allegra Silcox, Lyta Gold, Kate Christian Gauthreaux, Aisling McCrea and Cate Root), speaking to the betrayal, sadness and anger that they felt in the wake of the firings.

This authoritarian act, damaging to both the fired staff and the publication that they helped become a leading leftist magazine, was compounded by the fact that Current Affairs regularly published many articles supporting unionization, organizing and democratic workplaces, making the sudden firings even more outrageous.

The IWW Freelance Journalists Union is committed to the motto of the Industrial Workers of the World: “An injury to one is an injury to all.” The IWW FJU is also committed to the principle of power being held by the workers, rather than hoarded by the bosses.

In solidarity with Talia Jane and all other journalists harassed by NYPD

February 17, 2021

On the evening of Friday, February 12, Talia Jane, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World Freelance Journalists Union, was arrested by officers of the New York Police Department while documenting a demonstration against policing. In the course of Jane’s arrest, officers confiscated her union-issued press pass, which they refused to return even after she was released.

The IWW FJU is committed to the motto of the Industrial Workers of the World: An injury to one is an injury to all. As such, the IWW FJU condemns the arrest of Jane and the harassment of all other journalists by the NYPD in the strongest possible terms — as acts of police intimidation and de facto censorship of the press. Journalists from across the United States are brutalized, detained, and arrested for shining a light on the violence that police and policing do to communities.

While Jane has obtained legal representation and is not currently in need of any other public support at this time, the IWW FJU would like to reiterate its solidarity with her and all other journalists who risk their freedom and well-being to continue documenting the actions of police. As journalists, we will not be intimidated. We will continue to record and report on the corrupt systems of power that brutalize our communities every day.

In Event of Coup, General Strike on January 20

January 19, 2021

Industrial Workers of the World Freelance Journalists Union members in the United States have collectively agreed to strike on Inauguration Day, January 20, should Donald Trump and his supporters attempt to overturn his electoral defeat in the race for US President. Our hope is that by anticipating the worst, we are better prepared to get directly involved in and/or provide support to anti-coup efforts in Washington DC and our own local areas.

In the event of a coup, we will refrain from engaging in any sort of commissioned labor that is unrelated to the event and, instead, participate in local anti-coup actions or provide support remotely. We will also be continuing other unpaid journalistic work amplifying actions, such as social media coverage. We recognize and want to amplify the symbolism of journalists, who have been targeted by Trump and his supporters. We are striking to bring greater attention to any attempted overturn of the election by focusing our energies on it. We are not encouraging journalists to refrain from publishing altogether, but to focus their coverage, paid or unpaid, on the potential coup.

Should there be an attempt to overturn the election, we ask Fellow Workers in other sections of the IWW, and workers more generally, to consider advocating for strikes, sick-outs, or similar labor-withholding actions on Inauguration Day. We also ask other, non-labor-related organizations to consider calling for a “Day of Action” or similar event on January 20 to encourage their members to get involved, however possible, in local anti-coup actions.

An Injury to One is an Injury to All!

Support your local anti-fascists

November 17, 2020

In light of Donald Trump’s failed re-election campaign, the assortment of fascists that he has drawn support from — such as the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, American Guard, and Patriot Prayer — continue terrorizing their opponents with new desperation. While some critics believe that Trump’s electoral defeat signals the end of the fascist threat, the violence perpetrated against residents and visitors in Washington D.C. this past weekend illustrates the danger of conceding the streets to forces of nationalist violence and virulent bigotry.

As our slogan is “An Injury to One is an Injury to All,” the Industrial Workers of the World is committed to mass anti-fascism and community self-defense, and the IWW Freelance Journalists Union supports the struggle against all proponents of oppression and discrimination.

In particular, fascists have targeted journalists for attack, harassment, and other abuse for simply doing their jobs documenting, analyzing, and sharing information from the frontlines. We stand in solidarity with the many journalists who put their lives and well-being on the line to continue to provide important coverage of these events as they occur. If you are in need of any support — be it professional, legal, or even emotional — please contact us at [email protected].

If you are interested in getting involved in anti-fascist actions, supporting community self-defense resources such as bail funds, etc., we encourage you to contact your local IWW branch to learn more about how to do so in your area. A full directory of IWW branches in the United States can be found here:

To echo the call to action against fascists of an earlier generation, we say: ¡No pasarán!