United States

US Supreme Court strikes down Texas anti-abortion law

By John Burton, 28 June 2016

In a 5-3 decision the Supreme Court invalidated two provisions of a Texas law that deliberately imposed burdensome requirements intended to close medical clinics that provide abortion services.

Elizabeth Warren campaigns with Clinton as possible running mate

By Josh Varlin, 28 June 2016

Warren’s “progressivism” and rhetorical denunciations of Wall Street would be leveraged to convince disappointed Sanders supporters to vote for Clinton in November.

Violent confrontation at Sacramento racist demonstration leaves 10 injured

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 June 2016

Ten people were left injured, at least three critically, after a violent clash between a fascist white nationalist group and counter-demonstrators at the California state capitol.

UAW exposes secret 2014 deal with Volkswagen to recognize union

By Shannon Jones, 28 June 2016

Behind the backs of workers who had voted to reject UAW affiliation, the union tops conspired with management to unilaterally impose the UAW on a recalcitrant workforce.

Social roots of the West Virginia floods

By Naomi Spencer—SEP candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates District 16, 28 June 2016

Every “natural disaster” contains within it a social disaster. As with Hurricane Katrina, or the lead contamination of Flint, Michigan, the flooding in West Virginia reveals the real class relations of American society.

Grocery workers vote to strike in Southern California

By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 28 June 2016

After three months without a contract, grocery workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons vote to strike.

Clinton seizes on Brexit vote to tout her credentials as defender of Washington’s global interests

By Patrick Martin, 27 June 2016

Clinton responded to the British vote to leave the EU by reaffirming her claim to be the most qualified commander-in-chief for American imperialism in a crisis situation.

Divided Supreme Court rejects challenge to affirmative action

By Tom Carter, 27 June 2016

The protracted and embittered litigation over affirmative action highlights the policy’s central importance to the political, corporate and military establishment.

Southern West Virginia communities devastated by flash floods

By Joe McGee, 27 June 2016

Remote towns in the mountainous coalfield region of the state are assessing the destruction from last week’s historic flooding.

Michigan governor signs Detroit Public Schools dissolution measures

Judge Rhodes, Democrats try to pacify Detroit teachers

By Nancy Hanover, 27 June 2016

Hundreds of teachers and parents turned out for a town hall informational meeting called by local Democrats to explain the legislative deal which will terminate the Detroit Public Schools.

“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.

Half of ArcelorMittal workers abstain as USW pushes through concessions deal

By Evan Winters, 27 June 2016

The deal paves the way for an accelerated attack on the jobs, wages, health and retiree benefits of workers at the US facilities owned by the world’s largest steelmaking company.

Nurses unions shut down emerging strike wave

By Eric London, 27 June 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to nurses on the picket line in Los Angeles who were eager to continue the fight against for-profit health care.

Minnesota nurses union ends strike without new contract

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 27 June 2016

As the week-long walkout by Minnesota nurses concludes, nurses have been ordered back to work without the slightest concession from Allina Health executives.

Brexit vote intensifies conflicts within European Union

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2016

The process of European integration begun just after World War II, intended to build political institutions that would make a new world war impossible, is unraveling.

Bernie Sanders confirms he will vote for Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2016

The Vermont senator has not officially suspended his campaign, but he has done everything short of formally endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Congressional Democrats stage “sit-in” stunt on gun control

By Tom Hall, 25 June 2016

Congressional Democrats demanded that the House vote on reactionary legislation which would expand the repressive scope of the government's secret “no-fly” list.

Flash floods kill dozens, prompt state of emergency in West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer, 25 June 2016

Flooding across the state of West Virginia Thursday swept away houses, damaged bridges and roads, and killed at least fifteen people.

Kaiser Permanente nurses in Los Angeles on strike again

By Marc Wells, 25 June 2016

Nurses launched a four-day strike at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, fighting for back pay, better wages, adequate staffing and patients’ safety.

Delta Airlines pilots hold protest over stalled contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 25 June 2016

With the airline recording massive profits, pilots are seeking to recoup concessions including average pay cuts of over 40 percent.

Mideast war architects back Clinton over Trump

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2016

Former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft, an architect of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, is the highest-profile Republican to announce his support for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Third Baltimore cop let off in Freddie Gray murder case

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 June 2016

The acquittal of Goodson is the third exoneration of a police officer charged in the killing of the 25-year-old African American man.

Minnesota and Los Angeles nurses fight cost-cutting measures

By Matt Rigel, 24 June 2016

Los Angeles nurses began a four-day strike Thursday, joining 4,800 striking nurses in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

Clinton’s right-wing economic agenda and the fight for socialism

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 24 June 2016

Whether it is Trump or Clinton who is elected in November, the ruling class will escalate the anti-worker agenda of the Obama administration that has created the greatest level of inequality in modern American history.

Man claiming to be lover of Orlando shooter casts further doubt on “terror” claims

By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2016

The government and media have sought to exploit the mass shooting in Orlando as the pretext for escalating war abroad and repressive measures at home.

US Republican presidential campaign sinking into crisis

By Patrick Martin, 23 June 2016

Donald Trump fired his campaign manager amid reports that his campaign is running low on funds, and Republican convention delegates are seeking a free vote on the presidential nomination.

IMF cuts estimates for US economic growth and points to worsening long-term trends

By Nick Beams, 23 June 2016

The IMF’s latest report on the US economy highlights “pernicious” tendencies that will impact heavily on growth and economic well-being.

New report discusses gentrification and its impact on New York City neighborhoods

By Isaac Finn and Fred Mazelis, 23 June 2016

The report from New York University’s Furman Center is at best a pale reflection of the reality of the housing crisis facing the working class.

Twin Cities nurses discuss political issues in strike

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 23 June 2016

Nurses discussed the US elections, the impact of Obamacare and the broader issues in their strike during discussions on the picket line in Minneapolis.

Flint mayor announces city will continue pipeline deal at center of lead water crisis

By James Brewer, 23 June 2016

Democratic Mayor Karen Weaver announced Tuesday that Flint will not attempt to break the contract with the Karegnondi Water Authority.

Landmark Supreme Court ruling backs illegal police searches

By Tom Hall, 22 June 2016

The 5-3 ruling removes penalties for illegal searches, effectively gutting the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, a core element of the Bill of Rights.

“We’re fighting for nurses and other workers everywhere”

Twin Cities nurses fight cost-cutting plans

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 22 June 2016

Nearly 5,000 nurses are fighting the demands of Allina Health to gut their medical benefits and increase workloads.

Deadly heatwave hits US Southwest

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 June 2016

Five people have died, thousands are without power and wildfires continue to spread amid record temperatures in the southwestern United States.

Socialist Equality Party election campaign: Naomi Spencer for West Virginia House of Delegates, 16th District!

22 June 2016

The Socialist Equality Party (US) is running Spencer for West Virginia House of Delegates to provide workers with a socialist program to oppose the Depression-like conditions in the coal mining state.

Two US aircraft carriers in war games in western Pacific

By Peter Symonds, 21 June 2016

The show of force is a sign that the US intends to ramp up its confrontation with China following an imminent ruling on the Philippine legal challenge to Beijing’s maritime claims.

Washington’s “second nuclear age”

By Andre Damon, 21 June 2016

The Obama administration’s $1 trillion nuclear modernization program is clearing the way for nuclear weapons to be used in combat.

FBI tried to ensnare Orlando shooter in fake terror plot

By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2016

According to a local sheriff, FBI agent provocateurs were used in 2013 in an attempt to lure Omar Mateen into planning an attack.

Twin Cities nurses face battle over health benefits, staffing

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 21 June 2016

With the strike by 4,800 nurses entering the third day, hospital management is remaining intransigent.

Record heat wave fuels wildfire in southern California

By Adam Mclean, 21 June 2016

The fire, dubbed the Sherpa fire, is particularly concerning because of its potential for growth and its proximity to the city of Santa Barbara.

California legislature and governor reach agreement on 2016-2017 budget

By Dan Conway, 21 June 2016

The new budget enshrines further austerity, with little money to be spent on needed social programs and windfall profits assured for employers.

Video: The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 21 June 2016

As Sanders wraps up his campaign and prepares to endorse Hillary Clinton, the millions of workers and youth who supported him must now draw the necessary political conclusions.

At the People’s Summit: An opportunist debate over Clinton vs. the Green Party’s Stein

By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2016

A workshop on “democratic socialism” at the People’s Summit turned into a discussion of how far to go in supporting Hillary Clinton.

Political lessons of the Sanders campaign

By Joseph Kishore, 20 June 2016

The closer Sanders comes to a formal endorsement of Clinton, the more he is forced to make clear that his “political revolution” is nothing more than an effort to channel social discontent behind the Democratic Party.

People’s Summit in Chicago: Preparing the switch from Sanders to Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2016

The two-day event was part of an effort by union officials and Democratic Party operatives to prepare a smooth transition from the Sanders campaign to support for Hillary Clinton.

Youth at People’s Summit discuss war, Sanders, Clinton

By Marcus Day, 20 June 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a number of young people, who were a decided minority at the conference, about the presidential candidates and the threat of war.

Twin Cities nurses strike against gutting of health care benefits

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 20 June 2016

Minnesota nurses are engaged in a week-long strike to oppose attacks on employee health benefits and chronic work overloads.

St. Petersburg, Florida: Wastewater workers under sustained attack by city officials in storm’s wake

By Matthew MacEgan, 20 June 2016

A major tropical storm has again exposed the mismanagement of St. Petersburg city officials, who are threatening the jobs of employees who oppose them.

Eleven workers hospitalized after chemical leak at Nestlé plant in Illinois

By George Gallanis, 18 June 2016

The Nestlé Willy Wonka candy manufacturing plant in Itasca, Illinois, was evacuated early Friday morning after a burst pipe leaked out lithium chloride.

US insurers seek 10 percent Obamacare premium increase for 2017

By Kate Randall, 18 June 2016

Premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are set to rise in 2017, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

Teachers’ union sanctions destruction of Detroit Public Schools district

By Nancy Hanover, 18 June 2016

The Michigan legislature uses debt crisis as the pretext to dissolve the district and rewrite the rules governing education in the nation’s largest poor city.

Sanders calls for supporters to back Clinton, “transform” Democratic Party

By Tom Hall, 18 June 2016

Sanders’ speech exposes the real character of his “political revolution,” which has always been about channeling opposition behind the Democrats and Clinton.

Unite US and Mexican workers!

The working class must stop the Carrier factory closures!

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 18 June 2016

The fight to defend jobs requires a unified fight against the capitalist system

The return of “secular stagnation”

By Nick Beams, 17 June 2016

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen’s comments on Wednesday pointed to the emergence of “secular stagnation” in the global economy, a term first developed in the 1930s.

After Orlando massacre

Democrats take the lead in attack on democratic rights

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2016

The plan to use the FBI “watch list” to ban gun purchases is only the initial step towards a more systematic attack on democratic rights.

US Senate votes to include women in the draft

By Tom Hall, 17 June 2016

The decision to require women to register with the Selective Service is being fraudulently hailed as a victory for women’s rights by leading Democrats.

Individual claims responsibility for hacking the Democratic National Committee

By Evan Blake, 17 June 2016

Self-proclaimed hacker “Guccifer 2.0” released a trove of documents produced by the DNC, indicating that the official narrative blaming Russian intelligence was fabricated.

US steelworkers continue voting on ArcelorMittal contract

By Evan Winters, 17 June 2016

The limited information released by the company and the USW makes clear this is a major betrayal that attempts to shift the crisis of the steel industry onto the backs of workers.

The “Peoples’ Summit” in Chicago: Democrats, pseudo-left groups prepare new trap for workers and youth

By Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2016

As Sanders prepares to formally back Clinton, sections of the Democratic Party and its periphery are working to contain the oppositional sentiment that found expression in support for Sanders’ campaign.

Hillary Clinton and the “Spirit of 9/12”

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 17 June 2016

Clinton has seized on the tragedy in Orlando to distract the population from questions of economic inequality and steamroll opposition to the attack on democratic rights and the expansion of war.

Sanders meets with Clinton to discuss support for her presidential campaign

By Tom Hall, 16 June 2016

Sanders’ meeting Tuesday evening with the presumptive Democratic nominee is a further signal that he is preparing to formally endorse her campaign in the general election.

12,000 Caltrans workers offered effective pay decrease in new contract

By Gabriel Black, 16 June 2016

Caltrans workers were given ballots Monday to vote on the new contract agreement reached between the state government and the International Union of Operating Engineers.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns in Rockford, Illinois

By our reporters, 16 June 2016

White visited Rockford and Belvidere, Illinois, where he spoke to workers about their conditions and the US elections.

Pakistan “reassessing” relations with US following Modi visit, Mansour assassination

By Sampath Perera, 15 June 2016

Angered by the US’ downgrading of their alliance and boosting of India, Pakistan has issued warnings that the US has overturned South Asia’s balance of power.

“They are not accomplishing anything with these stupid maneuvers.”

CWA calls diversionary “grievance strikes” against AT&T West in California

By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2016

The walkouts are an evident attempt to allow workers to vent anger and frustration about the refusal of the CWA to call a strike over management’s concession demands.

Massachusetts: Nurses at Brigham and Women’s hospital authorize one-day strike

By John Marion and Mike Ingram, 15 June 2016

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with nurses as more than 2,300 voted in favor of a strike.

Hunger strike at Wisconsin’s Waupun State Prison against conditions of a “living hell”

By Gary Joad, 15 June 2016

An estimated half dozen prisoners in solitary confinement at Waupun, Wisconsin announced they would begin a hunger strike.

NATO orders four additional battalions to Russian border

By Thomas Gaist, 14 June 2016

The deployments are among the most provocative actions taken by the NATO high command in the course of its anti-Russian buildup, now well into its second year.

Questions mount over FBI handling of Orlando gunman

By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2016

The FBI acknowledges having investigated Omar Mateen in 2013, after he claimed a connection to the Boston Marathon bombing, and again in 2014, but claims to have dropped any monitoring of his activities.

As voting on Verizon sellout winds down workers express concerns over jobs, healthcare

By our reporters, 14 June 2016

With voting ending at the end of this week, workers have yet to see the full contract, which includes some $200 million in health care cuts.

Pennsylvania school district prepares to end public education past the eighth grade

By Jason Melanovski, 14 June 2016

Under the proposed budget, all city high schools in the Erie school district would be closed.

The Orlando massacre and the 2016 US election

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2016

Both major parties’ presumptive presidential nominees have rushed to exploit the tragedy in Orlando to promote war and reaction.

Worst-ever US mass shooting

Gunman massacres 50 in Orlando nightclub

By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2016

The Democratic and Republican presumptive presidential candidates both issued statements making clear that the massacre will be exploited to promote war abroad and intensified state repression at home.

Race, gender and the US presidential campaign

By Patrick Martin, 13 June 2016

There is a concerted effort to shift the political axis of the campaign to issues of race and gender rather than the questions of economic inequality raised by Bernie Sanders.

Arrest of New York prison guards’ union chief highlights broader nexus of corruption

By Fred Mazelis, 13 June 2016

Norman Seabrook, notorious for defending the brutality of correction officers, is accused of taking a kickback for investing union pension monies into a high-risk hedge fund.

New York City de Blasio administration upholds firing of teacher for class on Central Park Five

By Steve Light, 13 June 2016

The administration of New York City’s Democratic mayor has submitted papers in a suit supporting the dismissal of a teacher for giving a lesson on the 1989 frame-up of the Central Park Five.

In the shadow of the Republican National Convention

Historic East Cleveland, Ohio: A city in decline faces bankruptcy

By Leah Jeresova, 13 June 2016

While millions are being spent for the Republican convention in Cleveland, nothing is being done to improve the lives of the devastated working class suburb of East Cleveland.

Hillary Clinton signed off on drone assassinations, emails reveal

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2016

The report in the Wall Street Journal is the first to indicate that, as Secretary of State, Clinton had a direct role in the killing program.

Michigan legislature approves attack on public education in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2016

The bill safeguards the interests of hedge funds and other large investors at the expense of students and teachers.

Tampa, Florida teachers speak out against proposed layoffs and expanding class sizes

By Matthew MacEgan, 11 June 2016

A consulting group hired by the Tampa school district has recommended cutting 1,761 jobs, including more than 1,000 teacher positions.

The right-wing campaign over the Stanford University sexual assault case

By Tom Carter, 11 June 2016

The media and political campaign that is unfolding in America around the sentencing of Stanford University freshman Brock Allen Turner is fundamentally reactionary.

Jerry White speaks on the next stage of the US presidential elections

By Jerry White—SEP presidential candidate, 11 June 2016

The American people are presented with a “choice” between two right-wing candidates of war and reaction.

As Obama endorses Clinton, Sanders signals readiness to back campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 June 2016

The Vermont senator met with President Obama and other top party leaders in Washington, making clear he will not challenge the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate.

Hurtling toward the precipice of war, Modi cements Indo-US alliance

By Keith Jones, 10 June 2016

The alliance between the Indian bourgeoisie and US imperialism represents a sea change in world geopolitics, with explosive implications for inter-state relations across Asia and the world.

Five New York City Rikers Island prison guards found guilty in beating

By Sandy English, 10 June 2016

A jury convicted guards at the Rikers Island jail complex this week on several counts in the vicious 2012 attack on inmate Jahmal Lightfoot.

New York court allows police to cover up mass surveillance operations

By Daniel de Vries, 10 June 2016

The NYPD's successful denial of an open records request about spying operation sets a potentially far-reaching precedent.

Wrongfully convicted Detroit teenager released after eight years in prison

By Tom Hall, 10 June 2016

Prosecutors refused to reopen Davontae Sanford’s case even after the real killer stepped forward only weeks after Sanford’s 2008 conviction.

New data exposes widespread lead poisoning of Michigan children

By James Brewer, 10 June 2016

Figures released Monday by state health authorities show that the lead poisoning in Flint is just the tip of the iceberg.

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth visits scene of fatal fire in Manchester, New Hampshire

By John Marion, 10 June 2016

Manchester is a former mill town coping with deindustrialization and old housing that is unsafe for workers.

Hillary Clinton’s Democratic primary victory

By Joseph Kishore, 9 June 2016

In a year marked by deep and growing social discontent, the American political system has produced a choice between two brands of political reaction in the persons of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Former US generals, diplomats clamor for renewal of Afghan war

By Thomas Gaist, 9 June 2016

The demands for an essentially permanent US presence in Afghanistan have become more insistent amidst a growing crisis of the Afghan government.

Modi declares enhanced Indo-US military alliance “need of the hour”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 June 2016

Modi’s visit to Washington this week marked a major step toward transforming India into a frontline state in the US drive to isolate, encircle and prepare to wage war on China.

Mass voter disenfranchisement in US elections

By Tom Carter, 9 June 2016

Voter ID laws are already in effect in 33 of 50 states. This year, new restrictions on voting will be operative in 17 states for the first time in a presidential election.

As voting continues, CWA officials pressure Verizon workers to accept sellout

By Nick Barrickman, 9 June 2016

After their first week back on the job, Verizon workers are facing concerted pressure from management and the unions to vote “yes” on the sellout contract proposal.

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen defends war criminal Kerrey

By Tom Hall, 9 June 2016

Cohen, a leading media advocate of “human rights” imperialism, expresses sympathy for perpetrators of mass murder only when they happen to be Americans.

Clinton claims Democratic nomination after winning four of six final states

By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2016

Clinton’s victory speech on Tuesday night centered on the supposedly historic character of her campaign as the first woman to be the nominee of the Democratic or Republican parties.

California primary voters speak on social inequality, war

By our reporters, 8 June 2016

Voters went to polls on Tuesday in the final six primary contests of the 2016 election cycle, with the exception of the District of Columbia, which will vote next week.