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Daniel Alfonso

Daniel is an editor of our Brazilian sister site Esquerda Diário.

No Money for Educators, but Minnesota Funds the Police

On Tuesday, March 8, Minneapolis education workers went on strike for living wages, smaller class sizes, and hiring teachers of color. While they have been told consistently that there isn’t enough money to pay educational support workers higher wages, the police budget continues to balloon.

Daniel Alfonso

March 13, 2022

Rapidly Changing Mask Mandates Reveal Capitalism’s Hypocrisy

The U.S. is about to hit one million coronavirus deaths, but multiple states have just announced that they are lifting mask mandates, prioritizing (yet again) “going back to normal” over workers deciding how to return safely, using recommendations based on scientific research.

Daniel Alfonso

February 11, 2022

Is The Honeymoon Over? Stability and Crisis in the Biden Era

On November 7, Left Voice held a plenary to discuss the national political situation in the United States. The following is a slightly edited transcript of the opening remarks that laid the groundwork for the discussion.

Daniel Alfonso

December 1, 2021

The Fight to Kick Cops Out of Unions Is a Fight Against the Union Bureaucracy

Though there is a growing movement from rank-and-file members to disaffiliate cops from unions, the leaders of the U.S.’s largest unions defend cops’ right to organize alongside workers. Both the union bureaucracy and cop “unions” are means by which the capitalist state maintains control over working class organizations. Mobilizing the power of the working class against police terror and capitalist exploitation requires confronting these two enemies of the working class.

Daniel Alfonso

September 16, 2020

The Invincible Spirit of Palmares: The Story of Brazil’s Largest Community of Escaped Slaves

The history of enslaved Africans in Brazil is one of horrific exploitation and violence, but also of heroic resistance and anti-colonial struggle. Nowhere is this as clear as in the experiences of the 16th century settlement of escaped slaves, Palmares, which fought for survival and independence against colonial powers.

Daniel Alfonso

April 23, 2020

The Black Question and the Revolution in Brazil

This is the introduction to a new edition of A revolução e o negro. It addresses the Black question in Brazil, which has the largest Black population of any country outside of Africa. This is part of our collection on Marxism and Black Struggle.

Daniel Alfonso

February 4, 2020