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Daniel Werst

Daniel is a teacher, former carpenter, and long-term socialist living in Indianapolis.

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A Tale of Two Tiers: Lessons from the Kellogg Strike

Kellogg cereal workers waged one of the most important strikes of 2021, but the union bureaucracy’s declarations of victory are misleading. Not only does the new contract fail to end the two-tier wage system, it opens the door to even greater exploitation of new hires.

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A Tucson Cop Murdered A Disabled Man in A Wheelchair

Richard Lee Richards, a disabled man in Tucson, Arizona was fatally shot in the back by a cop after he allegedly stole a toolbox. Yet Joe Biden still went through with plans to make the Tucson police chief his new Border Patrol director. This is further evidence that the Democratic Party wants Black Lives Matter protesters off the streets but doesn’t intend to actually stop police brutality.

John Deere Strike Continues as Workers Vote on New Contract Proposal

The ten thousand workers who produce John Deere’s agricultural and construction machines at a dozen factories in Iowa and northwest Illinois have been on strike since October 14. On Tuesday November 2, they will vote “Yes” or “No” to a new contract offer from the company.

Dayton Cops Assaulted a Paraplegic Black Driver — The Cop Union Is Defending Them

Police demanded that Clifford Owensby submit to a canine search of his car because he had an arrest record. When he said he could not get out because his legs are paralyzed, they dragged him out and pushed him onto the pavement.

Mounted Border Police Chase and Whip Haitian Refugees as Biden Deports Thousands

The Biden Department of Homeland Security has taken action to arrest and expel thousands of Haitian and Latin American immigrants who are being detained in squalid and inhumane conditions in the Texas border city of Del Rio.

A large protest in New York for Palestinian liberation, many Palestinian flags in the crowd.

Growing Numbers of American Jews Recognize Israel as Apartheid State

A recent poll by the Jewish Electorate Institute shows that at least 25 percent of American Jews believe Israel is an apartheid state. So why does the political class and the mainstream media continue to paint criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic?

Six Months Ago, a NY State Cop Murdered an 11-Year-Old Black Girl. He’s Still on Duty.

Last December, New York State Police murdered an 11-year-old girl. An officer rammed the SUV that a Black family was driving, causing it to crash. The murderer remains on duty.

Louisiana Cops Murdered Ronald Greene; State and Federal Authorities Kept It Secret

The Associated Press has revealed that Louisiana State Police murdered a Black driver in 2019. None of the cops who brutally beat Ronald Greene have been charged with a crime, and officials kept evidence secret.

Colorado Cops Remain Unpunished For Breaking 73-Year-Old Woman’s Arm

A cop in Loveland, Colorado broke a 73-year-old woman’s arm while arresting her for shoplifting. Then he laughed about it with fellow cops. The police department covered up this assault for over nine months.

Virginia Cops Threatened Black Soldier: Cover-Up Exposed

Two cops aimed their guns at a Black U.S. Army medic in a traffic stop over his license plate, then assaulted him. For four months, they were protected. Can officials be trusted to “investigate” police racism?

Two images: On the left, a black and white cover of KRS-one's new album "Between Da Protests," on the right a black and white headshot of the rapper.

KRS-One’s New Album Offers Revolutionary Ideas for the Time “Between Da Protests”

KRS-One has been rapping since 1987 — three decades of expressing radical Black politics and not selling out. His new album Between Da Protests is a manifesto for Black Lives Matter.

Police photo of cop Boyce J. Ballinger who strangled his wife.

Indiana Court Gives Cop a Get Out of Jail Free Card for Domestic Violence

A cop in Fort Wayne, Indiana confessed to choking his wife. He got no prison time.

A police officer stands outside a car and points his guns at Somali teens inside in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Covered Up Recordings of Racist Cop Taunting Somali Teens

Recently-released recordings show a Minneapolis cop making racist statements and threatening the lives of four detained Somali teenagers. The city didn’t fire him until a year later, and it covered up its recordings of these events for six years.

Workers Sacrificed to Make PPE: 5,000 Contract COVID at World’s Largest Glove Manufacturer

Top Glove, a company that has made its owner a multi-billionaire, makes one quarter of the world’s latex gloves. It caused a huge coronavirus outbreak among its workers by not enabling social distancing and housing workers in overcrowded barracks.

The First Thanksgiving Also Took Place During a Pandemic

The popular legend of Thanksgiving whitewashes the violent oppression and genocide of millions. The continuation of such an insulting myth goes hand in hand with the continuation of the oppressive and exploitative social system of capitalism.

U.S. Founding Law: Black Lives Don’t Matter

In 1705, the slave-owning politicians who made up the colonial legislature of Virginia passed a law that legalized the murder of Black people and criminalized Black resistance that remained in place through 1776.

Authorities Hid Further Evidence of Brutality in George Floyd’s Murder

All four cops who murdered George Floyd were wearing body cameras. Not only did this not deter their actions, but the state kept important evidence from the public during the nationwide protests.

Trump Said Build the Wall, Biden Says Keep the Wall and Build Border Drones

Last Wednesday, Joe Biden promised kinder border enforcement than Trump, but he refused to pledge that he would dismantle Trump’s border wall.

Police are Drugging Black People to Death

Multiple U.S. police departments have relied on paramedics to inject people with the date rape drug ketamine, especially targeting Black people. Ketamine has been used to force defenseless people into submission, and sometimes it has been fatal.

Why Is the City Still Protecting the Cops Who Murdered Breonna Taylor?

Breonna Taylor was murdered by three police in her own apartment. The announcement that one of them will be fired shows authorities feel some pressure from the tens of thousands of people demanding justice. But none of them have been arrested for the murder they committed. 

How Police Shot Their Own “Anti-Bias Trainer”

Derrick Sanderlin is a Black man who has led “anti-bias training” for police in San Jose for the last three years. These same police shot him with a rubber bullet while he defended peaceful protesters. For a whole week, the city government was silent about this blatant act of racist violence --- until it was publicized by a local TV station.

Why Do Mayors Talk Justice, Then Send the Cops?

After George Floyd’s murder, mayors overwhelmingly said they sympathized with protesters’ anger. But from the beginning they also condemned mass protests. They blamed them on "outside agitators" and imposed curfews.

Buffalo Police Shoved an Elderly Protester and Left Him Bleeding on the Ground

On Thursday evening, police shoved a 75-year old protester to the ground, inflicting a head wound and concussion. Thirty cops walked by while he was unconscious and bleeding. Buffalo PD announced he “was injured when he tripped & fell.” After a video of their lie went viral, the riot squad and cop "union" backed up the violent cops.

Imperialism Is Using Up the Resources That Could Fight Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is devastating working-class people, especially people of color. Yet the U.S. government is unwilling to take action to save lives. Instead, $738 billion is spent per year on the military.

800 Workers at a Pork Plant Get Covid-19: The Company Is Responsible

Workers at the massive Smithfield pork plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota are suffering one of the worst outbreaks of Covid-19 in the United States. Dangerous working conditions spread the disease. The company knew this but forced workers to keep producing with no regard for their safety.

U.S. Capitalists Are Dumping Rivers of Milk

Millions of gallons of milk are being thrown away. One CEO says: “I might as well dump it in a manure pit.” The problem is not that people don’t need milk. The problem for capitalists is that milk isn't profitable.

“Their wealth depends on our labor”: Interview with a New Orleans Nurse

One of the worst hit cities in the country, New Orleans has been ravaged by the coronavirus. Here we offer an interview with a nurse on the frontlines of the outbreak on the situation there and the catastrophe of the for-profit healthcare system.

Why Should Teachers Endorse Joe Biden?

They shouldn't. The National Education Association (NEA) has endorsed Joe Biden. The leadership of the teachers' union says Biden has "a deep connection to the work of educators.” A young teacher and NEA member has ten questions about that.

Why the Deafening Silence on Reagan’s Racism?

In July the National Archives released an audiotape of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1971 calling African U.N. delegates “monkeys.” This recording was kept from the public for at least two decades. What role did Reagan play in anti-Black oppression in the modern United States, and why has he been enjoyed such an untouchable, undeserved public image for so long as an American hero?