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New Journalism Project is pleased to announce the publication of a collection of poetry by Austin writer, Charlotte Herzele. These poems reflect the author’s rich and varied journey through life with keen observation, heartfelt grief, humor, and joy.  You can find the professor, the belly dancer, the Tarot reader, the loving partner, and the joyful grandmother on these pages. Above all, Charlotte’s words reflect her zest for living. The book is available on Lulu.com and Amazon.

Charlotte must be possessed of something special. Maybe it is the voice of a never lost child insider her soul that guides her and speaks to her of people and places and things. It manifests outwardly in beautiful lifestyle, love of family, and a spirit of generosity and kindness that sits alongside a dichotomy of wry humor, ready laughter, and sharp wit. Now, through her poems, that voice reveals itself to us and shares the wise secrets.

Kimmie Rhodes – Singer-songwriter, author of Radio Dreams.

Talkin’ Union: Texas Women Workers

More than four decades ago, an enterprising group of young independent historians produced a path-breaking book and documentary, Talkin’ Union. It featured one of the first scholarly accounts of the great San Antonio pecan sheller strike of 1938, amplifying the powerful but overlooked voice of lifelong organizer Alberta Zepeda Snid. It uncovered interracial unions among Black, white, and Mexicana women garment workers in Dallas, of all places, as well as their union sisters along the border—long before anyone had heard of maquiladoras. The rare oral history interviews and pioneering scholarly essays in this book have clearly withstood the test of time and will now bring the power of people’s history to a new generation of activists!

Professor Max Krochmal, author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era

NJP Publishing is proud to announce that Talkin’ Union:Texas Women Workers is now available for purchase at Lulu.com. Edited by Richard Croxdale and Melissa Hield with a preface by Glenn Scott, Talkin’ Union is the third book published by NJP Publishing as part of a 2019 series featuring women’s work, memoir, poetry and history. Talkin’ Union tells the groundbreaking story of Texas women pecan shellers and seamstresses who organized for economic and social equality in the ’30s. Researchers with People’s History in Texas relied on first-hand oral histories and extensive archival research to bring this history to life. The Pecan Shellers Strike is now acknowledged as an historic mass movement, the largest mass strike in Texas, and the foundation for Hispanic organizing for a generation.  The Texas garment workers who organized in the ’30s with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union have never received the attention they deserve.  Essays from 1979 about African American women and Chicanas in the Texas workforce capture the beginning of a sea change in women’s workforce participation that would soon transform women’s lives, family dynamics, and the U.S. economy. The material was available for limited distribution as a booklet in 1979, but has been published by NJP Publishing with a 2019 introduction to make this history available through online platforms. Talkin’ Union:Texas Women Workers can be purchased at Lulu.com and will be available soon through Amazon, Ingram, and Barnes and Noble.   

Celebrating The Rag

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In 2016 the New Journalism Project published Celebrating The Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper. This first publishing effort in October 2016 coincided with a 50th-anniversary celebration and reunion of Rag staffers. Celebrating The Rag garnered national acclaim. Reviews are posted on The Rag Blog. Celebrating The Rag is available online at Lulu.com in paperback, hardback and as an e-book. The paperback Celebrating The Rag can also be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram. If you purchase through Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and designate the New Journalism Project as your charity of choice. In Austin, the book can be purchased at BookPeople, BookWoman and other locations.