Niles Niemuth, 28, grew up in northern Wisconsin and attended high school while working at a nearby door factory. After graduating, Niemuth enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received Bachelors and Masters degrees in History. To pay for school, Niemuth worked part-time and was forced to take out student loans, which he will be paying off until he is over forty years old.
Niemuth came of age politically during the George W. Bush administration and became interested in politics and history because of his opposition to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Barack Obama came to power in 2009, Niemuth was drawn into opposition to the Democratic administration’s continuation of the wars, their cover-up for CIA torture, and their policies of deepening poverty and social inequality.
His interest in socialism was sparked by the intervention of the Socialist Equality Party in 2011 protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The mass protests, which Niemuth participated in along with thousands of workers and youth, were the first sign of the reemergence of class conflict in the US. The SEP opposed the betrayal of the struggle by the unions, which channeled opposition behind a campaign to recall Walker and elect a Democrat.
The events in Wisconsin coincided with the revolutionary upheaval of the Egyptian masses. The analysis of these events by the World Socialist Web Site made clear the need for the building of a revolutionary leadership in the working class based on an internationalist and socialist perspective. Shortly thereafter, Niemuth made the decision to join the Socialist Equality Party and dedicate himself to the building of this leadership.
Statements by Niles Niemuth
Socialist Equality Party candidates for president and vice president, Jerry White and Niles Niemuth, have held a series of widely-attended meetings on the West Coast and in New York over the past several days. The meetings are part of a tour culminating in the November 5 conference in Detroit, Socialism vs. Capitalism and War.
Jerry White addresses San Diego meeting
On Wednesday, White ...Read More
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) held two election campaign meetings last week in South Dakota: the first, on October 13 at the Rapid City Public Library in Rapid City, and the second the following afternoon at the Oglala Lakota College (OLC) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The meetings were the first SEP meetings held in South Dakota, and the ...Read More
Hurricane Matthew continues to move from the Caribbean up the southeastern seaboard of the United States, bringing flooding and high winds that have wreaked havoc over a stretch of more than a thousand miles from Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas up to the South Carolina Sea Islands.
The full devastation wrought by the hurricane on the impoverished country of Haiti is ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth will appear on the Louisiana presidential ballot. This accomplishment followed efforts of SEP members in Louisiana, who traveled throughout the state’s six congressional districts to get the required electors.
The SEP is not attempting to get on the ballot in other states, most of which have enormous hurdles—often ...Read More
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania is an impoverished borough adjacent to the historic steel-producing city of Pittsburgh.
As a result of the collapse of the steel industry, Pittsburgh lost over 50 percent of its population since its peak of 676,000 around 1960. Wilkinsburg likewise has lost about half its population during this period, and lost 18 percent since 2000 alone. About 15,000 remain residents ...Read More
It is now two months until the US presidential elections, but it is not necessary to wait until November 8 to foresee what the American people—and the population of the world—will confront, regardless of who wins. Whether it is Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump who occupies the White House, the next administration will be one of war, economic ...Read More
Dozens of students and workers watched a live broadcast of the Socialist Equality Party’s US presidential candidates at Humboldt University on Friday. Jerry White and Niles Niemuth spoke via videoconference from Detroit. They delivered speeches and answered questions of those present.
Jerry White and Niles Niemuth address meeting of the IYSSE
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) advertised the ...Read More
Once again deeply rooted social anger has boiled over in an American city against police violence. This time protests erupted in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin following the killing of 23-year-old African American Sylville K. Smith by an as yet unidentified African American police officer Saturday afternoon.
Approximately 100 people gathered Saturday night to protest near where Smith was ...Read More
This week Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth took his campaign to the former steelmaking region of western Pennsylvania.
In the 1950s, the greater Pittsburgh area accounted for one half of all the steel produced in the United States. Over the past several decades, however, this region has been economically devastated by the wholesale closures of steel mills.
One example ...Read More
By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president --
The Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina was host to a Major League Baseball (MLB) game between the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins Sunday night, the first professional sporting event to be held on a US military base.
Sunday’s baseball game marks a further development of the noxious integration of American sports with ...Read More
By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president
Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, responded to Sunday’s mass killing in Orlando, Florida by cynically and ominously invoking the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.
Just one day after 29-year-old Omar Mateen carried out the worst mass killing by a single gunman in American ...Read More
At dawn on Monday, a fire in a wood-framed building in Manchester, New Hampshire killed a young family and left 30 other people homeless. Ten-year-old Joshua Harrison II and his eight-year-old stepbrother, Jay Garon, died of smoke inhalation. Their parents, Joshua Harrison and Ailene Moody, were also killed.
The site of the fatal house fire
The building was at 198 Wilson ...Read More
For the first time in the last 130 years, Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to be living with their parents than with a spouse or partner. This according to a Pew Report released on Tuesday, further exposing the lie peddled by President Barack Obama that the American economy is “pretty darn great.”
The demographic shift ...Read More
Earlier this week, the New York Times published an op-ed by ThinkProgress economic policy editor and Nation magazine blogger Bryce Covert, titled in its online version “Make America Great Again for the People It Was Great for Already.”
The article, passed off as a serious piece about the current state of American politics, exposes the Brown University graduate and the privileged ...Read More
US President Barack Obama used his commencement address Sunday at Rutgers University in New Jersey to express contempt for those who are supporting either the campaigns of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or self-proclaimed socialist Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders.
While the media has focused on Obama’s thinly-veiled swipes against Trump’s promise to build a wall along the Mexico border and his ...Read More
As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for vice president of the United States, I call on workers and students in the US and internationally to support our election campaign and build a socialist movement to fight back against the unrelenting attack on immigrants.
A Reuters news report revealed this week that the Obama administration is preparing to launch a month-long series of ...Read More