Wayne Nealis

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Wayne Nealis


According to his bio, Wayne Nealis "is a left political activist and writer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, focusing on communications and strategies for social change. He was a toolmaker and union activist in a Minnesota industrial union. Nealis earned a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and practiced journalism and public and media relations."[1] He writes for numerous outlets in Minnesota, including the Communist Party USA publication, People's World, MinnPost and the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

Anti-Police

Wayne Nealis authored an article for People's World published on June 30, 2020 about calls for Lieutenant Bob Kroll to resign. Bob Kroll is a known advocate for embattled police in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the wake of the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots which started in late May, 2020. Wayne Nealis quoted Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations who claimed “We have to recognize in this moment right now that Bob Kroll represents a legacy of history and oppression and that is why Bob Kroll must go.”[2]

African American Equality Commission

In July 2015, Members of African American Equality Commission CP USA FaceBook group included Wayne Nealis.[3]

DSA Facebook

Members of the Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America public Facebook group, as of June 2, 2018, included Wayne Nealis.[4]

CPUSA resolution on Cuba

16. INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE TO END THE BLOCKADE OF CUBA

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WHEREAS since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959, socialist Cuba has made great advances in the building of a society based on justice and equality for all, and

WHEREAS socialist Cuba has been a beacon of hope and solidarity for the world, and especially for the oppressed and exploited in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and

WHEREAS the example of socialist Cuba has also been an inspiration for the struggle of working class, poor, and oppressed people in our own country, and

WHEREAS U.S. imperialism and its allies have, since the revolution, done everything in their power to undermine and sabotage the achievements of the Cuban Revolution, and

WHEREAS starting in 2014, the U.S. and Cuba reached agreement on a number of points of contention, leading to the freeing of the Cuban Five, the restoration of diplomatic relations, and binational coordination on some matters of mutual interest, among others, and

WHEREAS nevertheless the U.S. Congress did not pass legislation ending the trade, economic, and political blockade, and

WHEREAS the current administration under the leadership of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton have, in close alliance with the most reactionary members of the U.S. Congress, such as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), set out on a course to erase the advances in U.S.-Cuba relations achieved under the Obama administration, with a view to achieving regime change in Cuba through economic pressure and other means, including permitting lawsuits against foreign companies that trade with and invest in Cuba, and

WHEREAS many people in the United States are determined to continue and intensify their active opposition to the U.S. attacks on Cuba, manifested by the fact that the legislatures of eleven U.S. cities, including Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, and Sacramento in California; Helena, Montana; Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Brookline, Massachusetts; and Hartford, Connecticut, and the state legislatures of California and Alabama have passed strongly worded resolutions calling for the end of the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the [Communist Party USA], meeting in its 31st National Convention in Chicago, Illinois on June 21-23,

CALL for intensified struggle to end the Cuba blockade and all U.S. efforts to undermine the Cuban socialist government and to undermine Cuba’s national sovereignty, and

CALL for intensified active work to get more city, county, state, and other legislative bodies, as well as unions, churches, and organizations of every type to pass strong resolutions and take other measures to end the blockade, and

CALLS for action in the electoral realm to make changes in Congress and the White House in 2020 to remove supporters of the blockade from their current positions of power.

Submitted by Emile Schepers, Tom Whitney, Michelle Kern, Richard Grassl, and Wayne Nealis.[5]

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