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Today, we see corporate producers engaging new technologies in order to repackage and resell

a given work (book, song, performance, television episode, film, etc.). Their monetary returns

are inestimable. And yet, the creator of the work is not being paid a rightful share

 

 

Books by Louis Reyes Rivera

Who Pays The Cost (1978) / This One For You (1983) / Scattered Scripture

 Bum Rush the Page (co-editor) / The Bandana Republic (co-editor)

Sancocho: A Book of Nuyorican Poetry by Shaggy Flores (edited by Louis Reyes Rivera)

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Support the WGA Strike 


 

New York, Nov. 12, 2007 – The New York Chapter of the National Writers Union (NWU Local 1981 UAW) calls upon its members to support and join the picket lines of the Writers Guild of America (WGA). As well, we urge all artists and creative cultural workers across the board to join us in solidarity with the WGA.  

The U.S. Constitution originally provided for the establishment of a federal copyright and patent office (Article 6, Section 2) that would record (and in recording, protect) claims of origination regarding the intellectual and creative property of its citizens . This specific inclusion into the Constitution was not an afterthought (as was the Bill of Rights), but an integral part of this nation's founding principles, however flawed.

This factor is at the very heart of the current strike called for by Writers Guild of America (WGA, East and West). The strike, now entering its second week, essentially boils down to this – that writers should receive minimum compensation (residuals, royalties, et al) whenever and however their original material is used and/or adapted into other forms of media beyond the one for which they were initially commissioned to create (be it play, screenplay, television script, short story, novel, article, essay, poem, etc.).

In creating any written work, every writer must consider how best to protect his/her interests in the process of negotiating (a) exclusive ownership of the copyright for the given work, (b) the limited leasing of its inherent production rights (i.e., he dissemination of the given work), and, (c) the manner in which all subsidiary rights are to be shared  between the creator and the producer.

Subsidiary rights include every imaginable manner in which the work is adapted from its original format or genre into other mediums. That's always been a key component to published books being translated or adapted to stage and screen, as it has for musical compositions being performed, recorded and sold (say, from the initial live engagement to a 78rpm record to a 33 vinyl -- and today, to a re-released CD, DVD, iPOD, YouTube, etc.). At every point, writers must protect their right to compensatory payments for their works and in relation to new markets. Thus, not only must writers protect themselves when negotiating for an adequate advance, but as well for corresponding payments as royalty and residual. That's exactly why the NWU was founded. That's why we
include Contract Advisement as a mainstay.  

Today, we see corporate producers engaging new technologies in order to repackage and resell a given work (book, song, performance, television episode, film, etc.). Their monetary returns are inestimable. And yet, the creator of the work is not being paid a rightful share of that surplus income. That's what's at issue here. Those who create the work must be equitably compensated. It was their sweat, their creativity that led to the marketability and the profiteering of that work.

Because we believe that all workers are due their hire, the NY Chapter of the National Writers Union stands in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America in its efforts to reassert that which was long ago intended into law— the right to claim ownership over our respective work and, by extension, to be justly compensated for its use and reuse. We urge our members to join the picket lines by logging on to http://www.wgaeast.org/   for daily updates on picket sites and to join the NWU national letter campaign to all print and blogsite venues. We further urge all creative workers across the board to enjoin the WGA at this most crucial juncture in our history. All of our potential income is at stake here.

Interested parties should note that WGA picket lines for Tuesday, November 13, 2007, will set up at the northeast corner of State Street and Bowling Green, in Manhattan's Battery Park, from 10am to 2pm, inclusive.


In Solidarity

Louis Reyes Rivera        
Chair, New York Chapter, National Writers Union

Louisreyesrivera@aol.com

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Bill Moyers and James Cone (Interview)  / A Conversation with James Cone

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John Coltrane, "Alabama"  /  Kalamu ya Salaam, "Alabama"  / A Love Supreme

A Blues for the Birmingham Four  /  Eulogy for the Young Victims   / Six Dead After Church Bombing 

Audio: My Story, My Song (Featuring blues guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington)

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

Fiction

#1 - Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark
#2 - Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree
#3 - Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane
#4 - Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper
#5 - Stackin' Paper 2 Genesis' Payback by Joy King
#6 - Thug Lovin' (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark
#7 - When I Get Where I'm Going by Cheryl Robinson
#8 - Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby
#9 - The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

#10 - Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

#11 - Diary Of A Street Diva  by Ashley and JaQuavis

#12 - Don't Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

#13 - For colored girls who have considered suicide  by Ntozake Shange

#14 - For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree

#15 - Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

#16 - The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

#17 - Player Haters by Carl Weber

#18 - Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Sidney Molare

#19 - Stackin' Paper by Joy King

#20 - Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey

#21 - The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

#22 – Thug Matrimony  by Wahida Clark

#23 - Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark

#24 - Married Men by Carl Weber

#25 - I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter

Non-fiction

#1 - Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
#2 - Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans
#3 - Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane
#4 - Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper
#5 - Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant
#6 - Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey
#7 - The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight
#8 - The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
#9 - The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 - John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 - Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

#12 -The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

#13 - The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 - The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 - Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can't Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 - Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 - Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 - A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 - John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 - Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 - Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 - 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
#23 - Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul by Tom Lagana
#24 - 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 - Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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posted 16 November 2007 

 

 

 

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