By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 31 July 2014
The campaign mounted by the People’s Water Board against water shutoffs is aimed at channeling popular opposition behind the Democratic Party and trade union bureaucracy.
By Jerry White, 31 July 2014
As the city shuts off service to tens of thousands of residents, Detroit water workers rejected a contract offer that opens the way for the privatization of the water system.
“We’ve got to bail out the fat cats so they can remain fat cats”
By Kevin Martinez, 30 July 2014
Members of the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers as they voted on a new contract that would strip them of basic job protections and pave the way for the privatization of the water system.
By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2014
Popular participation in Democratic midterm primaries has fallen by 70 percent over the past 44 years.
By Tom Hall, 29 July 2014
Judges in Alabama have overridden jury sentences in capital cases in order to impose the death penalty 101 times since the 1980s.
By Gabriel Black, 29 July 2014
In the wake of a massive budget cut in 2013, an investigation probing the anthrax scare at several CDC labs found a culture of “insufficient” safety.
No to privatization, job cuts and concessions!
By Jerry White, 29 July 2014
The following statement is being distributed to Detroit Water and Sewerage Department workers who are voting on the city’s contract proposal today.
By Andre Damon, 28 July 2014
The open secret of the US economy is that the extraordinary rise in the stock markets is entirely disconnected from the real economy.
By our reporters, 28 July 2014
Reporters from the WSWS spoke to people attending rallies across the US, in Canada, and Europe.
By Kevin Martinez, 28 July 2014
Large crowds of workers and youth demonstrated against Israel’s war crimes in Gaza outside the Dearborn City Hall on Saturday.
By Hector Cordon, 28 July 2014
In a discussion with Wall Street analysts on Boeing’s second quarter showing, CEO McNerney bragged that “employees will still be cowering” if he stays on a few more years as chief executive.
By Dan Brennan, 28 July 2014
The enormous and growing social inequality that is the defining feature of American capitalism inevitably requires police repression.
By Joanne Laurier, 28 July 2014
The film’s web site reports the staggering, and scandalous, fact that more than “2,000 people in the US are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles.”
By Tom Hall and Jerry White, 28 July 2014
Like the emergency manager, the unelected Plan Monitor will be solely accountable to powerful financial interests.
By Kate Randall, 26 July 2014
The execution of Joseph Wood exemplifies the brutality meted out on a regular basis by the ruling establishment in 21st century America.
By Patrick Martin, 26 July 2014
Obama and three Central American presidents discussed stepped-up funding of local military forces to halt the flow of immigrants.
By Ed Hightower, 25 July 2014
An editorial by the former official in the Washington Post underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying and the sham character of official “reform.”
By Todd Mason, 25 July 2014
A new report documents the steep rise in social inequality that has developed in Washington, DC since the economic crisis of 2008
By David Brown, 25 July 2014
The Socialist Equality Party and the Detroit Workers Committee held a rally at the water department’s central facility even as city officials continued shutoffs despite the so-called 15-day “pause.”
By Gabriel Black, 24 July 2014
Joseph Wood was executed by lethal injection Wednesday in a botched process that took nearly two hours during which Wood was constantly gasping.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 July 2014
Human Rights Watch found evidence of unlawful entrapment and many other violations of basic democratic rights.
By Isaac Finn, 23 July 2014
New York City will pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit against Rikers Island Correctional Facility for beating an inmate who suffered kidney disease to death in 2012.
By Jake Dean, 22 July 2014
The military moves take place as thousands of young people flee violence and poverty in Central America.
By David Brown, 22 July 2014
The announcement comes only days after Microsoft announced plans to lay off 18,000 workers.
By Gabriel Black, 22 July 2014
By denying victims and their families access to the courts, the company stands to avoid billions of dollars in damages.
By Jerry White, 22 July 2014
The temporary suspension of shutoffs is a public relations move as the city prepares to escalate a brutal policy that has left thousands without water.
By James Brewer, 22 July 2014
In this video, Detroit residents speak out against water shutoffs at a bill payment center and rally against water shutoffs.
“The NYPD is a gang”
By a reporting team, 21 July 2014
The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board reported more than 1,000 complaints about chokeholds in the past five years.
By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2014
The numbers were divulged by administration lawyers in a suit filed by a northern Virginia man challenging the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list.
By Jeff Lusanne, 21 July 2014
The United Transportation Union has agreed to “transformative” changes that would allow one-man operation of many trains, threatening both workers’ jobs and public safety.
By Tom Hall, 21 July 2014
Years of corruption within the pension board and underfunding by the city government have led to a catastrophe for the city’s firefighters.
“We are not living in a democratic society”
By our reporters, 21 July 2014
The shut off of water to tens of thousands of Detroit residents has provoked widespread anger and opposition throughout the city and beyond.
By Khara Sikhan, 19 July 2014
Student debt settlement companies used fraudulent means to convince young people to pay them large fees to obtain fictitious debt relief, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
By Alan Gilman, 18 July 2014
The judge found that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.
By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2014
The four-day conference is an attempt to revive illusions in the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.
By Kate Randall, 17 July 2014
The US Supreme Court refused to halt the execution of Missouri death row inmate John Middleton, the 25th person executed in the US in 2014.
By Gabriel Black, 17 July 2014
Documents obtained by the New York Times show that GM withheld information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about a fatal crash tied to a faulty ignition switch.
By Niles Williamson, 17 July 2014
The destruction of manufacturing jobs in America’s “Rust Belt” has left Milwaukee’s workers fighting high unemployment, poverty and food insecurity.
By Jake Dean, 17 July 2014
A profile of the corporate executives who sit on the seven-member Board of Water Commissioners in Detroit.
By Jerry White, 16 July 2014
In a degrading farce, US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes granted a mere five minutes each for Detroit residents to beg him not to slash city workers’ retirement benefits or shut off water to tens of thousands.
By our reporters, 16 July 2014
Retired city workers spoke with the WSWS outside the federal courthouse in Detroit Tuesday.
By Andre Damon, 15 July 2014
A series of press reports document the fact that torture is widespread in America’s sprawling prison system.
By Tom Hall, 15 July 2014
Hundreds marched through downtown Detroit demanding an end to the Israeli bombing of Gaza.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 July 2014
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, bound for the Senate floor, authorizes new forms of large-scale data transfer between US corporations and the state.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 July 2014
Child poverty in the DC area has increased by nearly 25 percent since the recession began, from 8.2 to 10.7 percent today.
By Evan Blake, 15 July 2014
The third year of California’s record-breaking drought has devastated the agriculturally rich Central Valley.
By Mike Head, 15 July 2014
Falling commodity prices and restructuring by mining and auto companies are expected to send the jobless rate even higher.
By Jake Dean, 15 July 2014
A Detroit-area teacher said, “To shut off water and give no alternative to these people, the whole world should be appalled.”
By Lawrence Porter—Chairman of the Detroit Workers Committee, 15 July 2014
Up to 150,000 households—behind on their bills by as little as two months, or $150—have been targeted for water shutoffs.
By Tom Carter, 14 July 2014
The Obama administration’s refusal to bring charges underscores the reality, behind the trappings of democracy, of de facto rule by an unelected and authoritarian military-intelligence apparatus.
By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2014
Both the Obama administration and leading Republicans are demanding more police and detention centers and faster deportation of immigrant children coming across the border.
By David Walsh, 14 July 2014
Six members of the Stay family, including four children, were shot in the back of the head while they lay on the floor of their house in Spring, Texas.
By Kate Randall, 14 July 2014
Eddie Wayne Davis’s execution was the sixth in the state of Florida this year and the 24th carried out nationwide.
By D. Lencho, 14 July 2014
The Albuquerque Police Department has agreed to purchase at least 350 additional AR-15 assault rifles, the type of weapon used in the killing of a homeless man that sparked nationwide outrage.
By Matthew MacEgan, 14 July 2014
Mallory Loyola became the first victim of the law last week and is being held in a county jail just days after giving birth.
By Gabriel Black, 14 July 2014
A largely ceremonial strike by port truck drivers was ended in Los Angeles and Long Beach over the weekend with a deal brokered by local Democratic Party politicians with the Teamsters union.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 July 2014
The owners of the Trump Plaza resort casino in Atlantic City announced on Saturday that it would close in September, laying off approximately 1,000 workers.
By our reporters, 14 July 2014
“They treat people like animals in Detroit,” a worker said. “In here it’s the same; you’re like a robot.”
By Tom Hall, 12 July 2014
Nagin, infamous for his callous conduct during and after Hurricane Katrina, was sentenced to ten years in prison on 20 corruption counts.
By Alan Whyte, 12 July 2014
The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline.
By John Marion and Kate Randall, 12 July 2014
Witnesses to the early morning blaze described a terrifying scene, with people dropping young children to the street and adults jumping from windows to avoid the flames.
By Henry Allen, 12 July 2014
A growing number of whooping cough infections could be the start of the worst pertussis outbreak in 70 years.
“Not one child should go without water”
By our reporters, 12 July 2014
Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department announced it would press ahead with plans to shut off water for commercial properties and residents.
By Patrick Martin, 11 July 2014
Responding to Texas Governor Rick Perry, President Obama said he was open to suggestions to send National Guard troops and drones to the US border with Mexico.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 July 2014
The exposure of a second US spy in Germany in five days has unleashed a major scandal.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014
The leaks show that the surveillance apparatus collects information on anyone even remotely associated with opposition to the government’s repressive agenda.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014
Passengers with phones that do not power on will be prevented from boarding or have their devices confiscated.
By Ed Hightower, 10 July 2014
The plea deal is a reactionary development that echoes the eugenics movement of the 1920s.
“It is inhumane”
By a WSWS reporting team, 10 July 2014
Thousands more Detroit families had their water shut off this week as part of the city administration’s plan to cut service to 150,000 households who are overdue on their water bills.
By Tom Carter, 9 July 2014
The US Supreme Court’s recent decisions upholding the “religious liberty” of corporations and other institutions signal a more aggressive repudiation of the country’s democratic and secular traditions.
By Andre Damon, 9 July 2014
The funds will go toward building detention facilities, stepping up border checkpoints, and expanding the domestic use of military surveillance drones.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 July 2014
While the local and national media has reported on years-long epidemic of youth violence, there has been no effort to examine the deeper causes of this human tragedy in America’s third most populous city.
By Marc Wells, 9 July 2014
Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on an indefinite strike Monday morning protesting against unfair practices, including lower than minimum wage pay, intimidation and retaliatory firing.
By Shannon Jones, 9 July 2014
The move by United takes place amidst a wave of cost-cutting by major airlines.
By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2014
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Detroit residents as they waited in line at water payment centers, doing their best to get running water turned back on to their homes.
By Nick Beams, 7 July 2014
Explosive contradictions in global finance are building up as stock markets continue to rise.
Amid anti-immigrant protests in California
By Norisa Diaz, 7 July 2014
Obama vowed last week to bypass Congress to increase spending on border policing and deportations.
By Sandy English, 7 July 2014
The fire was so fast-moving that neither neighbors nor firefighters, who arrived on the scene within three minutes, were able to rescue the four victims.
By Gabriel Black, 7 July 2014
Last week, a California Highway Patrol officer was caught on tape repeatedly punching an unarmed woman in the face.
”I take my elderly aunt four buckets of water a day”
By Muhammad Khan and Shannon Jones, 7 July 2014
The city of Detroit is racing ahead with its plans to shut off water to some 150,000 families who cannot afford to pay their water bills.
By Tom Carter, 5 July 2014
On Thursday, in the wake of its decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the US Supreme Court issued an order that further undermines workers’ rights and the separation of church and state.
Syracuse, New York’s Fowler High School to be “reformed”
By Steve Filips and Don Barrett, 5 July 2014
The high school will be closed and transformed into an academy focusing on training students for the military.
By James Cogan, 4 July 2014
Planning is being made for a full-scale intervention into what is a cauldron of conflicts and intrigues.
By Nick Beams, 4 July 2014
The US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen has committed to continuing the policies that are preparing the conditions for another financial crash.
By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2014
Given Clive Palmer’s pivotal role in the new Australian parliament, the White House requires a line of communication and leverage—something that Gore has conveniently provided.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2014
The administration's “reform” panel found that NSA electronic data mining does not violate the Fourth Amendment.
By Gabriel Black, 2 July 2014
New documents released by Congress indicate high-ranking GM executives knew as early as 2005 about an ignition defect tied to fatal crashes.
“We are talking about kids who are going to be affected, and the elderly”
By Khara Sikhan and Zac Corrigan, 2 July 2014
The city’s drive to shut off water service to three thousand households every week is in full swing, spelling catastrophe for the approximately 150,000 Detroit households with overdue water bills.
By Walter Gilberti, 2 July 2014
Over the past two decades, Michigan has become “ground zero” for the spread of for-profit charter schools.
By Tom Carter, 1 July 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Illinois “fair share” statute that compelled home health care workers to pay union dues even if they were not members of the union.
By Thomas Gaist, 1 July 2014
The move confirmed the full support of the union for the Plan of Adjustment, which includes large cuts to pensions and retiree health care benefits.
By Nick Barrickman, 1 July 2014
The film documents the life of Aaron Swartz, the open Internet activist and web technology prodigy who committed suicide after being hounded by the US government.
By Patrick Martin, 30 June 2014
The White House will ask Congress Monday for $2 billion to detain and deport Central American child migrants in south Texas.
By Shannon Jones, 30 June 2014
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is backing a brutal shutoff policy aimed at residents who are behind in their water bills.
By Gabriel Black, 30 June 2014
Bill Clinton has made millions of dollars speaking before Wall Street bankers.
By Samuel Davidson, 30 June 2014
Governor Tom Corbett is demanding pensions be cut and liquor stores privatized as part of any budget deal.
By Nick Barrickman, 30 June 2014
Union officials welcomed the government intervention.
By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 30 June 2014
The US Supreme Court last Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that barred anyone other than patients, medical staff, police and passers-by from coming within a 35-foot radius of entrances to abortion clinics.
By Kate Randall, 28 June 2014
The September 16, 2007 shootings by Blackwater mercenaries left 14 Iraqis dead and wounded 18 others in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.