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Daniel Werst

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

Biden’s Weed Pardon Won’t Release Anyone from Prison — and It’s a Ploy for Votes

Joe Biden says he is pardoning people the federal government convicted for marijuana use. But his action will not release any prisoners, and is meant to obscure the fact that his massive funding for police expansion is a counteroffensive against the 2020 Black Lives Matter uprising.

Daniel Werst

October 24, 2022

The West Bank Is a Specially Oppressed Zone of Israel — Free All of Palestine

Six months of interminable Israeli raids reveal the real political status of the West Bank and the Zionist regime as a whole.

Daniel Werst

October 7, 2022

Biden’s NLRB Forces Alabama Coal Miners to Pay $13 Million in Damages for Strike

The NLRB is imposing a $13 million fine on the UMWA coal miners’ union over a protracted strike in central Alabama. Not just a fine, in fact, but monetary restitution to the company that the strikers are fighting. What explains this profoundly anti-labor decision?

Daniel Werst

August 18, 2022

The Democrats on Abortion Rights, In Their Own Words

The Democrats have alternated for 50 years between promising to support, and then publicly abandoning, the freedom to choose an abortion based on their own professional self-interests and their job as managers of an extremely unequal capitalist society.

Daniel Werst

July 7, 2022

The Biden Administration Is Protecting the Murderers of Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, and Others

The Biden administration said they were on the side of Black Lives Matter. That was always a lie. And now they are protecting the murders of Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and many more Black people by cops.

Daniel Werst

May 10, 2022

While Storming Al-Aqsa, Israel Upholds Law Banning Palestinian Citizenship by Marriage

This year, hundreds of Palestinians have been injured in Jerusalem and dozens killed. This is not about “tensions.” This is about Zionist apartheid enforced by brutality against Palestinians.

Daniel Werst

April 26, 2022

Why Was a Ukrainian Filmmaker Censured for ‘Denying the Russians’ Collective Responsibility?’

The Ukrainian Film Academy has expelled a director for saying he does not consider all Russian people enemies. Right-wing nationalism is not the solution to the invasion.

Daniel Werst

April 8, 2022

Cop Who Killed Movie-Goer for Throwing Popcorn at Him Acquitted

Eight years later, a cop who shot an unarmed person in a movie theater has been given a free pass.

Daniel Werst

March 24, 2022

Russian Government Intensifies Crackdown on Anti-War Protesters

The Russian parliament has unanimously criminalized anti-war statements. The international Left must stand in solidarity with Russians facing this repression.

Daniel Werst

March 14, 2022

The Biden Administration Refuses to Charge the Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice

The Biden administration claims it has no case to charge the cop who murdered 12-year old Tamir Rice. This decision is a stab in the back to the very idea of civil rights.

Daniel Werst

February 22, 2022

MLK Would Have Supported Striking Amazon Workers, Not an Auditorium Named After Jeff Bezos in His Library

After public backlash, Jeff Bezos withdrew his name from having an auditorium named after him at the Martin Luther King library in Washington, D.C. MLK himself would have been out on the picket lines, supporting the unionization campaigns of Amazon workers.

Daniel Werst

February 8, 2022

Killer Cop Jason Van Dyke Goes Free as Biden Increases Police Funding

The cop convicted of murdering Laquan McDonald is being released today after fewer years in prison than millions of people convicted of relatively minor crimes. Democrats in office have provided mostly false promises and dishonest excuses.

Daniel Werst

February 3, 2022

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.

Daniel Werst

January 3, 2022

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.

Daniel Werst

December 12, 2021

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.

Daniel Werst

November 2, 2021

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.

Daniel Werst

October 13, 2021

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.

Daniel Werst

September 22, 2021

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?

Daniel Werst

August 15, 2021

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.

Daniel Werst

June 30, 2021

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.

Daniel Werst

June 4, 2021

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.

Daniel Werst

May 5, 2021

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?

Daniel Werst

April 16, 2021

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.

Daniel Werst

March 31, 2021

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.

Daniel Werst

March 2, 2021

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.

Daniel Werst

December 29, 2020

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.

Daniel Werst

December 18, 2020

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.

Daniel Werst

November 26, 2020

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.

Daniel Werst

November 9, 2020

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.

Daniel Werst

August 17, 2020

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.

Daniel Werst

August 11, 2020