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 WerstOctober 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 WerstOctober 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 WerstAugust 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 WerstJuly 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 WerstMay 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 WerstApril 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 WerstApril 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 WerstMarch 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 WerstMarch 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 WerstFebruary 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 WerstFebruary 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 WerstFebruary 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 WerstJanuary 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 WerstDecember 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 WerstNovember 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 WerstOctober 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 WerstSeptember 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 WerstAugust 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 WerstJune 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 WerstJune 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 WerstMay 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 WerstApril 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 WerstMarch 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 WerstMarch 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 WerstDecember 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 WerstDecember 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 WerstNovember 26, 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 WerstAugust 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 WerstAugust 11, 2020