Interviews

A conversation with artist Celeste Dupuy-Spencer

By Clare Hurley, 25 May 2017

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer is one of the 63 artists included in the Whitney Biennial 2017. She recently gave an interview to the WSWS.

Australia: Contract teacher voices opposition to the AEU-government agreement

By our reporters, 20 May 2017

“I feel as though we’re teaching to a test, and not spending enough time on building our relationship with our students, and building on their strengths.”

Australian teachers support campaign against AEU-government deal

By our reporters, 18 May 2017

Teachers who attended recent delegates meetings on the new enterprise agreement voiced support for a “No” vote.

“There is an air of worker rebellion in India and China”

A conversation with Professor Immanuel Ness on the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 4 May 2017

Brooklyn College Professor Immanuel Ness, who has written extensively on the class struggle in India, was part of a team that investigated the persecution of the Maruti Suzuki workers.

“The politicians in Flint, Lansing and Washington—they’re all for capitalism”

Retired GM worker speaks on three years of the Flint water crisis

By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2017

A retired autoworker reflects on three years of the Flint water crisis.

Climate scientist Michael Mills describes the devastation of a nuclear detonation

People get “melted into burning pools of fat”

By Bryan Dyne, 27 April 2017

Michael Mills has spent nearly a decade modeling the climatic effects of what the US military would consider a “limited nuclear war.”

“In a nuclear war between the US and Russia, everybody in the world would die”

Nuclear experts speak on the dangers of war between the US and Russia

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with Steven Starr and Greg Mello, both experts on the consequences of nuclear war.

Indian railway and transport workers denounce Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our correspondents, 11 April 2017

Workers in Chennai spoke out in defence of the jailed auto workers.

Thousands of Brazilian workers and youth protest against Temer’s pension reform

By our reporters, 24 March 2017

Brazil’s unions and pseudo-left are attempting to channel growing social discontent with the Temer government’s anti-working class measures towards the 2018 elections.

Trump met by protesters in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 21 March 2017

Trump’s visit to Nashville attracted long lines of supporters together with some 2,500 demonstrators protesting his attacks on health care, education and immigrants.

Workers, youth raise social issues in Dutch election

By Dietmar Henning and Daniel Woreck, 14 March 2017

A WSWS reporting team visited the Dutch town of Venlo in the run-up to Wednesday’s national election.

Teacher describes impact of social crisis in Toledo, Ohio schools

By Phyllis Steele, 13 March 2017

Public school teachers are being scapegoated for the school problems produced by poverty and decades of educational cutbacks.

NHS protesters ask: “Why have we got money for war? Where is the money for our NHS and schools?”

By our reporters, 6 March 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those attending Saturday’s protest in defence of the National Health Service.

SEP meeting attendees speak on Trump and the threat of war

By our reporters, 28 February 2017

Workers and young people who attended the meetings spoke about the dangers of a nuclear conflict, the developing political radicalization in the US and internationally, and the need for a socialist movement of the working class.

Interview: Syrian student in US separated from family by Trump’s travel ban

By Zac Corrigan and Kevin Martinez, 13 February 2017

An undergraduate student at San Diego State University tells of the effect on her family of President Trump’s executive orders targeting refugees and immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries.

Australian protesters speak on war dangers and Trump immigration ban

By our reporters, 6 February 2017

Protesters were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees, the eruption of militarism and war and the growth of far-right movements around the world.

UK protesters speak out against Trump and May

By our reporters, 1 February 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to anti-Donald Trump protesters at Monday evening’s demonstrations across Britain.

Nuclear winter—the long-suppressed reality of nuclear war

An interview with scientist and anti-nuclear activist Steven Starr

By Bryan Dyne, 19 January 2017

The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Steven Starr, an expert on the dangers of nuclear war.

New York transit workers denounce sellout

By our reporting team, 18 January 2017

Transit workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site after the Transport Workers Union announced a deal for a new four-year agreement covering 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).

Australia: Latrobe Valley power workers, residents denounce wage and job cuts

By our reporters, 16 January 2017

The latest measures are part of a decades-long assault on energy workers in the Latrobe Valley and nationally with the collaboration of the unions.

“The union is not for us”

Detroit autoworkers speak out against GM layoffs

By Shannon Jones, 14 January 2017

With layoffs scheduled for March 5, workers are facing temporary plant closures that play havoc with their lives and finances.

Workers, youth at London meeting respond to David North’s analysis of Trump’s victory

By our reporters, 19 December 2016

The Socialist Equality Party spoke to some of those attending the lecture by WSWS Chairman David North on “The causes and consequences of Trump’s election: Where is America going?”

Workers and youth in Australia speak about US election and SEP program

By our reporters, 13 December 2016

Those attending the SEP meetings voiced their concerns about Trump’s extreme-right political agenda and the social and political issues confronting workers in the US and internationally.

New study of American novelist

A conversation with Tony Williams, author of James Jones: The Limits of Eternity—Part 1

By David Walsh, 1 December 2016

Tony J. Williams has written a new study of the American novelist, James Jones (1921–77), best known for From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, The Thin Red Line and the posthumously published Whistle.

Workers and young people in Australia and New Zealand concerned by US election result

By our reporters, 15 November 2016

Many noted that Trump’s victory was a product of the deepening social crisis and a breakdown of American democracy.

Doctors demonstrate against Australian government’s refugee policies

By Zac Hambides, 10 November 2016

Protest organisers made futile appeals to the Turnbull government and Labor, the very agencies responsible for the escalating persecution of the asylum seekers.

Australian workers and young people discuss US election crisis

By our reporters, 7 November 2016

Many spoke out against Trump and Clinton, who they correctly see as representatives of the banks and big business.

Musicians speak out at Pittsburgh Symphony strike support concert

By Evan Winters, 3 November 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on the importance public access to arts, especially in schools, after a Halloween-themed concert to support striking orchestra musicians. Over sixty musicians played to an enthusiastic audience of 350.

Cleveland teacher denounces sellout contract

By Phyllis Steele, 18 October 2016

Teachers rejected a contract backed by the unions and the entire political establishment that would accelerate the attack on public education.

Brazilian teachers speak out on education cuts and social attacks

By our reporters, 3 October 2016

WSWS reporters spoke to teachers during a September 22 rally called by the APEOESP (Sao Paulo’s State School Teachers Union) and the CUT (the Confederation of Workers).

Long Island University faculty and students oppose lockout

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2016

Faculty and students spoke with the WSWS about LIU’s lockout of 400 faculty members at the beginning of the fall semester.

Allina nurses strike reveals gulf between workers and union

By Ron Jorgenson, 6 September 2016

Nurses in Minneapolis are fighting against management demands that would cut their own health benefits and make it more difficult for them to provide quality health services.

An interview with Roy Scranton, author of War Porn

By Eric London, 1 September 2016

Novelist Roy Scranton spoke with the WSWS about his debut novel, War Porn, and the role of art in opposing war.

Former detention centre workers condemn Australia’s brutal refugee regime

By Max Newman, 29 August 2016

More than 100 ex-staff members have risked lengthy jail sentences to protest against the treatment of asylum seekers incarcerated on remote Pacific islands.

Workers and youth speak on Corbyn and the British Labour Party

By our reporters, 22 August 2016

The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> interviewed several of those participating in a Sheffield rally called in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

An interview with David Williams, author of Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War

By Eric London, 16 August 2016

The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Professor David Williams of Valdosta State University about class conflict during the American Civil War and its relationship to social and political developments after the war.

DNC protesters speak out against Clinton and war

By our reporters, 28 July 2016

Workers and young people expressed disgust at Clinton’s nomination, and illusions in Sanders’ intentions.

Protesters at Democratic Convention denounce nomination of Hillary Clinton

By our reporters, 26 July 2016

Sanders supporters expressed a range of reactions to his endorsement of Clinton, from hope that it was just a ploy to a feeling of betrayal.

Australian workers and youth voice interest in SEP’s perspective

By our reporters, 26 July 2016

Attendees speak about their concerns over US plans for war against China and the government’s austerity agenda.

Immigrants in Los Angeles denounce police repression worldwide

By our reporters, 13 July 2016

Workers and youth from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico expressed opposition to state violence, poverty and social inequality.

“Ordinary people truly imbibed the principles of the American Revolution”

An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones—Part 2

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 13 July 2016

This is the second part of a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film Free State of Jones, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

“The records were full of evidence of dissent and insurrections by common people”

An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones—Part 1

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 12 July 2016

We are posting a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film Free State of Jones, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

“I am against something wrong, regardless of what the color of someone’s skin is”

Protesters speak out on police killings

By Nick Barrickman and Matthew Taylor, 11 July 2016

Protesters in Washington DC and Jacksonville, Florida, among the thousands who demonstrated against police killings this weekend, spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.

Australian voters speak on Brexit and the political issues facing the working class

By our reporters, 7 July 2016

The remarks of workers and young people underscored the widespread hostility towards the political establishment.

Australian election: Workers and young people speak on mounting social crisis

By our reporters, 6 July 2016

Many of those who spoke to the WSWS expressed anger over the gutting of essential services, widespread unemployment and the growth of social inequality.

Australian voters speak out against drive to war

By our reporters, 5 July 2016

Despite the official conspiracy of silence over the US plans for war against China, workers and youth expressed concern about the growth of militarism.

Live Facebook discussion with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and West Virginia House of Delegates candidate Naomi Spencer

4 July 2016

On July 4 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time, White and Spencer will talk about the elections in West Virginia and the political situation in the United States.

“Public education is not a business, it is a right”

Detroit teachers and parents speak out against public school reorganization

By a WSWS reporting team, 27 June 2016

Teachers and parents spoke to the WSWS at a public town hall meeting held in the wake of the legislative deal to dissolve the 174-year-old Detroit Public Schools.

Michigan public school teacher messages of solidarity with Mexican teachers

27 June 2016

Michigan public school teachers express their support for teachers in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico in the face of last week’s government massacre.

Anohni speaks on war, inequality and Obama

By George Marlowe, 6 June 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Anohni about her new album.

Colombo flood victims speak to the WSWS

By our correspondents, 25 May 2016

Thousands of working class and poor families are currently living in makeshift accommodation and other shelters on higher ground.

Video: Flint, Michigan resident speaks on lack of services for poisoned residents

By Tim Rivers, 17 May 2016

Keri Webber, whose family still suffers serious health issues as a result of the lead contamination of Flint’s water, says those affected by the disaster have been left to fend for themselves.

CWA silent after Verizon worker run down by New York City cop

By Nick Barrickman, 11 May 2016

The incident has exposed the strikebreaking operation being coordinated by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Fort McMurray teacher describes chaotic evacuation

By Roger Jordan, 6 May 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a teacher and her partner who were among the approximately 80,000 people evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday. Both had lived in the city for around two years.

“He wants to sweep this under the rug”

Flint residents respond to Obama’s speech on water crisis

By our reporters, 5 May 2016

The WSWS spoke to Flint residents who expressed anger that they were being urged to use the water despite recent test results showing dangerously high levels of lead.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Jobs, housing and danger of war on voters’ minds

By Samuel Davidson and E. P. Bannon, 27 April 2016

In the former Rust Belt city, jobs that replaced steel and manufacturing are mainly in service, education and health care, which pay only a fraction of the wages and benefits.

Australian youth and workers denounce media and government racist hysteria

By our reporters, 21 March 2016

The continuing campaign against African youth by the media and political establishment has prompted a reaction amongst young people in working-class areas of Melbourne.

Detroit teacher: “Children are made into dollar signs”

By our reporters, 14 March 2016

Detroit teachers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at the DFT emergency meeting on Thursday, March 10.

Photo essay: Volunteer at French refugee camp speaks to the WSWS

By Jill Lux and Toby Reese, 10 March 2016

The camp at Grand-Synthe epitomizes the squalid conditions facing people who have fled their homes amid the greatest refugee crisis since World War II.

Australian university students denounce the drive to war and austerity

By our reporters, 5 March 2016

During university Orientation Week events in Australia and New Zealand over the past two weeks, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality campaigned at seven campuses in opposition to the drive to war and the related assault on the social and democratic rights of the working class.

On-the-spot report from NH primary

New Hampshire students discuss Sanders and socialism

By Kate Randall, 13 February 2016

University of New Hampshire students expressed their opposition to income inequality and the disregard of the wealthy for the conditions facing the vast majority of the population.

British junior doctors speak from the picket lines

By our reporters, 12 February 2016

Striking junior doctors and their supporters say that the government’s attacks on them are part of a broader assault on the National Health Service.

Michigan lead expert exposes misinformation and delays in Flint crisis

By Tim Rivers, 4 February 2016

Ed Wenz, a lead expert who provides training to abatement contractors, spoke with the WSWS about the efforts to cover up and delay efforts to address the Flint water crisis.

Michigan residents speak on Flint lead poisoning

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2016

Workers and students from Flint, Detroit, Lansing and other cities in Southeastern Michigan demonstrated their anger at the poisoning of Flint’s water supply at the state Capitol building in Lansing on Tuesday evening.

Workers and youth speak on Trotsky’s life and death

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

WSWS correspondents interviewed some of those who attended the meetings last week in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne on “How and Why the GPU Murdered Trotsky” [link]. Members of the audience were asked about why they had come to the meetings and what they thought were the most significant aspects of the reports delivered on Trotsky’s life, his assassination and the Security and the Fourth International investigation, conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International, into the circumstances surrounding Trotsky’s murder.

After the contract at Fiat Chrysler: UAW and company cheat workers of pay

By Eric London, 16 December 2015

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with workers at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio who said anger is widespread over the impact of the new contract.

“Your resolve to stand up… is something to be admired”

Ford workers call for joint struggle with Nexteer workers

By our reporters, 10 December 2015

As Saginaw, Michigan auto parts workers face the combined forces of Nexteer and the UAW, workers at Ford pledged their support and called for a common fight.

Nexteer autoworkers on strike denounce UAW-Nexteer contract

By Thomas Gaist, 9 December 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to workers prior to an announcement late on Tuesday that the UAW was calling off the strike.

After the “no” vote at Nexteer: A message from a Ford worker

By Eric London, 8 December 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to a Ford worker in Louisville, Kentucky on the struggle at Nexteer and the lessons of the contract fight at the Big Three auto companies.

Interview with Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy, director of The Factory

By Lee Parsons, 7 December 2015

Roy’s film chronicles the struggle of autoworkers at the assembly plant operated by Maruti Suzuki India, in Manesar, northern India.

Australian workers and youth voice concerns over downing of Russian jet

By our correspondents, 3 December 2015

Workers and youth interviewed by the WSWS pointed to the role of the US in stoking global geo-strategic tensions.

“Cameron wants a piece of the profits from the oil like Tony Blair before with Iraq”

By our reporters, 30 November 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with some of those attending Saturday’s protests against the bombing of Syria.

Australian workers and youth denounce preparations for war against China

By our reporters, 7 November 2015

Australia’s Turnbull government last week gave its immediate support for US naval provocations against China in the South China Sea.

New York City workers back autoworkers’ contract fight

By our reporters, 3 November 2015

Transit and telecommunication workers in New York spoke to the WSWS about the common issues facing workers in different industries.

Lordstown GM worker speaks on UAW-GM contract

30 October 2015

A veteran GM worker detailed her opposition to the maintenance of the two-tier wage system.

Flint workers speak out against lead poisoning of water supply

By Phyllis Scherrer, 19 October 2015

WSWS reporters visited Flint to discuss the city’s water crisis, produced by the cost-cutting decision of city officials to switch their water source to the Flint River.

UAW propaganda videos: An exercise in psychological warfare

By Eric London, 16 October 2015

The UAW has put its New York City-based public relations firm BerlinRosen to work spinning a campaign of lies to push through the second agreement but a lot of autoworkers are not buying it.

The way forward for autoworkers: An online interview with Jerry White

15 October 2015

This Sunday, October 18, at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, the WSWS will host an interview with WSWS Autoworker Newsletter editor Jerry White.

Witness to New Zealand police shooting: “It was not necessary to kill that man”

By our reporters, 13 October 2015

The WSWS spoke to Christian Haider, who witnessed the killing of Pera Smiler by police in Upper Hutt.

Workers and young people speak out against the demonization of Muslim youth in Australia

By our reporters, 12 October 2015

Young people in Sydney’s western suburbs denounced the claims that the recent shooting at New South Wales police headquarters in Parramatta was an act of “Islamic terrorism.”

“Nobody can live like this”: A young refugee in Hamburg speaks out

By Ute Reissner and Benjamin Hader, 9 October 2015

Around 800 refugees have been living in a tent city since July in an outlying Hamburg suburb of Jenfeld, which is affected by poverty.

”Everyone’s willing to strike…but we don’t trust the UAW International”

Fiat Chrysler workers speak on possible walkout

By our reporters, 7 October 2015

FCA workers spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about the UAW’s announcement that it could call a strike if the current agreement expires just before midnight Wednesday.

“Conditions are verging on an explosion”

Bowling Green, Kentucky autoworker speaks out

By Naomi Spencer, 28 September 2015

An autoworker with two decades of experience spoke to the WSWS about worsening conditions in the GM facility where the Corvette is manufactured.

Students discuss lessons of history at IYSSE lectures

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

Students, workers and young people who attended the IYSSE’s lectures on “100 years since the Zimmerwald anti-war conference: How the Russian Revolution was prepared,” spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters after the campus events.

Family of GM accident victim speaks

“I believe GM murdered my daughter”

By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2015

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Leo and Mary Ruddy, parents of Kelly Erin Ruddy who died in the crash of her Cobalt in January 2010

Locked out Allegheny Technologies steelworkers speak about working conditions

By Evan Winters, 12 September 2015

Two locked-out workers recently spoke to the WSWS about their experiences after being transferred six years ago from a company facility in Indiana to Pennsylvania.

Refugees greeted in Germany with a wave of solidarity

By Marianne Arens, 8 September 2015

WSWS reporters spoke with refugees from Syria and Germans offering assistance in Neu-Isenburg in southern Hesse.

Youth and workers in Australia speak about the Greek crisis

By our reporters, 28 July 2015

Workers, students and youth attending SEP meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on Sunday spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about developments in Greece, the role of Syriza and other issues.

Australian workers and youth speak about the danger of war

By our reporters, 7 July 2015

Mass demonstrations in Greece follow vote against EU austerity

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015

Thousands gathered on Athens’ Syntagma Square Sunday evening after the emphatic rejection of austerity proposals of the European Union and the IMF.

Greek workers speak out at referendum polling stations

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015

“It is a war zone”

Baltimore workers and youth speak out

By our reporters, 4 May 2015

Residents spoke about what it is like living in Baltimore, describing a situation of everyday police violence and economic desperation.

Youth and workers in Australia denounce war and join international May Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2015

University students and workers in Sydney and Melbourne explain why they will be participating in the Online May Day Rally.

Youth, students and workers discuss SEP’s socialist perspective

By our correspondents, 25 March 2015

Workers, youth, students and retirees who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s final New South Wales state election rally last Sunday in Sydney spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised at the meeting. For some, it was their first SEP event.

Striking Houston-area oil workers denounce USW betrayal

By E.P. Bannon and Tom Hall, 23 March 2015

Workers at the LyondellBasell refinery expressed frustration and anger at the United Steelworkers for deliberately isolating their struggle.

Australia: Workers and youth denounce government and media response to Sydney siege

By our reporters, 22 December 2014

Many of those who spoke with the WSWS in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne last weekend were deeply suspicious about the state counterterrorism operation.

Brooklyn workers and young people condemn police violence

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 December 2014

Workers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about police violence and social conditions for the working class.

Australia: Workers and youth oppose war and austerity in Victorian election

By our reporters, 1 December 2014

Workers and young people discussed a range of political concerns with World Socialist Web Site reporters outside polling booths during Saturday’s Victorian state election ( see: election result article).

City workers denounce Detroit bankruptcy ruling

By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2014

In contrast to the official celebration by the political and corporate establishment, workers are reacting to the ruling with bitterness and anger

Sri Lankan SEP anti-war campaign receives support among workers

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

The SEP and IYSSE are holding public meetings tomorrow in Hatton and Gampaha against the drive to war.