United States

Nationwide strike continues by US and state prison labor

By Gary Joad, 1 October 2016

The first-ever national strike by federal and state prisoners began September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, to protest against zero or low wages for prison labor.

El Cajon, California police release video showing fatal shooting of Alfred Olango

By Kevin Martinez, 1 October 2016

The videos have been released in an effort to quell dissent, after the San Diego suburb saw three nights of protests and the deployment of riot police.

JIT investigation blames Russia for MH17 crash in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2016

The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine set off a confrontation between NATO and Russia, as US officials charged that Moscow had shot down the jetliner.

New Jersey commuter train crash kills one and injures more than 100

By Alan Whyte, 30 September 2016

The tragedy is yet another expression of the disastrous state of US infrastructure, which has suffered decades of cuts.

As union heads scramble to settle

Chicago teachers set strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 30 September 2016

After nearly a year and a half without a contract, the teachers union has set a walkout date for October 11.

Notes on police violence

Louisiana police release video of officers killing six-year-old Jeremy Mardis in 2015

By George Gallanis, 30 September 2016

Mardis was shot as he sat in his father’s car when police emptied 18 rounds into the vehicle, severely injuring the unarmed man and killing the boy instantly.

Sanders stumps for Clinton at University of New Hampshire

By Barry Grey, 29 September 2016

Sanders evidently believes the American people are infinitely gullible and cannot see through a “political revolution” that consists of supporting the favored candidate of the financial aristocracy and the CIA.

Police kill 30-year-old mentally ill man in El Cajon, California

By Norisa Diaz, 29 September 2016

The killing of Alfred Olango one week after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott has sparked demonstrations in the impoverished San Diego suburb.

Pittsburgh residents demand their water be tested for lead

By Samuel Davidson and James Brewer, 29 September 2016

Belated lead-in-water testing by Pittsburgh authorities showed dangerously high levels of lead in 43 percent of homes.

Walmart to cut 7,000 back-office jobs in the US

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 September 2016

The announcement of mass layoffs at the largest employer in the US comes amid a wave of cuts in the retail industry.

Nine wounded in mass shooting by a Houston, Texas lawyer

By Charles Abelard, 28 September 2016

Police shot and killed Nathan DeSai after he opened fire on passersby near his home early Monday morning, wounding nine.

Bill to fund US government stalls in Congress

By Zaida Green, 28 September 2016

Congress has until Friday at midnight to pass funding legislation for the new fiscal year and prevent a shutdown of the federal government.

US national anthem protests at sporting events continue to spread

By Alan Gilman, 28 September 2016

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before NFL games, in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, has continued to gain support.

The US presidential debate and the war plans of the ruling class

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2016

Clinton used the debate to continue the war-mongering diatribes against Russia that have dominated her campaign, along with her attacks on Trump as a stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Clinton-Trump debate: A degrading spectacle

By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2016

The 90-minute exercise in reaction and backwardness was an indictment not only of the candidates, but also of the political system that produced them.

Negotiations resume as Minneapolis nurses’ strike enters fourth week

By Ron Jorgenson, 27 September 2016

The federal mediator's recall of both sides indicates that the company, union and Democratic Party are preparing to force through a sellout contract against the resistance of striking nurses.

On the eve of the US election debate: The politics of the grotesque

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2016

The first debate of the presidential election campaign takes place under conditions of growing crisis, both at home and abroad.

Charlotte police release videos showing Keith Scott with arms down as he was shot

By Tom Carter, 26 September 2016

In an effort to quell ongoing unrest, officials in Charlotte, North Carolina released videos Saturday that show portions of Keith Scott’s fatal encounter with police officers on September 20.

Police kill 23-year-old man in Louisville, Nebraska

By Nick Barrickman, 26 September 2016

Authorities have refused to release information on whether Austin M. Baier had been armed or whether he had in any way threatened deputy Tyler Reiff.

Obama vetoes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi government

By Evan Blake, 26 September 2016

With his veto, Obama is seeking to maintain ties with the monarchy in Saudi Arabia by stifling any inquiries into its role in the 9/11 attacks.

Pennsylvania workers’ wages decline while rich become richer

By Douglas Lyons, 26 September 2016

A recent report underscores the economic decline workers have experienced over the past half century while the super-rich carried out a “radical redistribution” of wealth.

“I’d say it’s the worst election ever”

US autoworkers speak out on war, inequality and the 2016 elections

By Eric London and Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2016

In working class cities, suburbs and rural towns across the United States, the hatred for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is palpable.

SEP presidential candidates to be on the ballot in Louisiana

By our reporter, 26 September 2016

The accomplishment followed efforts of SEP members in Louisiana, who traveled throughout the state’s six congressional districts to get the required electors.

“Democracy doesn’t exist in the United States”

Students at Wayne State and San Diego State universities speak on war and the 2016 elections

By the IYSSE, 26 September 2016

The IYSSE interviewed students and youth across the country at student welcome week events at the beginning of the school year.

The New York bombings: Feeding the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2016

As with virtually every other terrorist act on American soil since 9/11, the latest bombings were carried out by someone known to US intelligence agencies.

Live online discussion with WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: How well does filmmaking reflect present-day life?

23 September 2016

Today, September 23, at 7:00 pm Eastern Time, the WSWS is hosting an online discussion with David Walsh that will be broadcast live on the WSWS Facebook page, fb.com/wsws.org.

Questions mount over government contacts with NYC bomb suspect

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2016

The FBI opened an investigation into Ahmad Khan Rahami in 2014, and he was also under review by a unit of the Department of Homeland Security.

Tulsa, Oklahoma police release videos of slaying of unarmed man

By Zaida Green, 21 September 2016

Dashboard and aerial footage show Terence Crutcher surrendering peacefully to police before being shot and left to bleed to death on the road.

Allina nurses’ strike and the union’s fraudulent “corporate campaign”

By Ron Jorgenson, 21 September 2016

The AFL-CIO has long used such campaigns to block any genuine mobilization of the working class against the government-backed corporate attacks.

SEP candidate files motion for restraining order against West Virginia Secretary of State

By our reporter, 21 September 2016

On Tuesday, Naomi Spencer, the SEP’s candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates, filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to halt the distribution of ballots.

Massive police-military mobilization after New York City bombing

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2016

The latest New York City bombing is yet another example of the pathological social environment created by a quarter-century of war.

Australia, Japan press US congress to ratify TPP

By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2016

The repeated references to the TPP’s “strategic” dimension underline its connection to the US military build-up in the Asia Pacific against China.

The threat of world war: The great unmentionable in the 2016 campaign

By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2016

Neither Clinton nor Trump is discussing the increasing likelihood of a US war with Russia or China, although the Pentagon is making active preparations.

Bernie Sanders campaigns for Clinton at Ohio campuses

By Tom Hall, 19 September 2016

Sanders is giving his full support to a candidate who personifies the financial aristocracy he claimed to oppose during his election campaign.

Governor deploys National Guard and state police after bombing in New York

By Philip Guelpa, 19 September 2016

Following the explosion of one bomb and the discovery of a second in an upscale Manhattan neighborhood, police and military presence is heightened throughout the city.

Long Island University lockout ends with contract extension and no issues resolved

By Alan Whyte, 19 September 2016

The union, which has pledged not to strike through the 2016-1017 school year, also agreed to mediation in future negotiations for a settlement.

Detroit Federation of Teachers pushes through sellout contract

By Nancy Hanover, 19 September 2016

Educators greeted the agreement with anger and skepticism in the face of the concerted attempts by the union to derail their struggles over the course of the last year.

“The US has one of the most undemocratic electoral systems in the world”

SEP candidate denounces exclusion of Libertarians, Greens from debates

By Jerry White, 19 September 2016

The US Commission on Presidential Debates is excluding the Libertarian and Green Party presidential candidates, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, from the first presidential debate.

SEP candidate Naomi Spencer denounces “decertification” by West Virginia Secretary of State

By Naomi Spencer – SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 19 September 2016

Naomi Spencer, the SEP’s candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates, issued this statement after being informed that her name is being removed from the ballot.

Clinton’s fall in the polls and the crisis of the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2016

Clinton holds only a narrowing lead over Trump because the Democratic Party is incapable of making a genuine appeal to working people and youth facing unemployment, poverty and low wages.

Columbus, Ohio 13-year-old gunned down by police

By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2016

A companion to the boy killed by police disputed claims that the victim brandished a weapon, as the wave of officer-involved killings in the United States continues.

The true cost of the American gulag: $1 trillion a year

By Catherine Long, 16 September 2016

The US prison system, the world’s largest, with more than 2 million inmates, exacts an enormous social cost, documented in a recent study.

Sanders covers for union isolation of Minnesota nurses’ strike

By Anthony Bertolt, 16 September 2016

The letter by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders does nothing to strengthen the fight against Allina Health and its corporate and political backers.

Socialism vs. Capitalism and War

The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit

By The Socialist Equality Party, 15 September 2016

The purpose of the conference in Detroit is to politically mobilize workers and young people against the war policies of US and world imperialism, which threaten to escalate into a nuclear Third World War.

Further considerations on the household income report: Poverty and inequality in America

By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2016

The Obama administration and the Democratic Party have seized on the latest Census Bureau report as support for their bogus claims of a genuine economic recovery.

Online meeting with SEP presidential candidates to begin at 7:00 pm US Eastern Time

15 September 2016

The live stream of the meeting can be accessed here and on the SEP's Facebook page, fb.com/sepus.

West Virginia Supreme Court rules against independent petitioner

By Naomi Spencer—SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 15 September 2016

The ruling may disqualify seven other candidates across the state who petitioned to get onto the ballot.

Akron, Ohio sees dozens of heroin overdoses over the weekend

By Zaida Green, 13 September 2016

The drug overdose crisis in the Midwestern city, once the rubber capital of the world, is only a slice of the social devastation sweeping across the United States.

Hunger and the social catastrophe facing America’s youth

By Kate Randall, 13 September 2016

As two new reports document the shocking consequences of food insecurity, the social disaster in America is being ignored in the elections and the contest between Clinton and Trump.

Obama administration buys time to defuse Native American protests

By our reporter, 13 September 2016

Three federal agencies abruptly reversed themselves Friday and ordered a temporary halt on pipeline construction near a Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

Notes on Police Violence

Murrieta, California police caught on video savagely beating unarmed man

By Kevin Martinez, 13 September 2016

Three officers pinned Alejandro Rojo to the ground and yelled “stop resisting” before proceeding to punch and kick him repeatedly.

Minnesota nurses strike at critical juncture

By our reporting team, 13 September 2016

As 4,800 Allina Health nurses enter the second week of their strike, the outcome of the critical struggle depends entirely on the initiative of rank-and-file workers themselves.

Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

By Debra Watson, 13 September 2016

During the Great Depression of the 1930’s evictions in major American cities like Milwaukee were a fraction of what they are today. Meanwhile, in the US, post-2008 rental housing market rates continue to rise as working class incomes stagnate and even fall.

Obama pledges to veto legislation allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi government

By Tom Carter, 12 September 2016

This legislation, together with the Obama administration’s opposition to it, marks the continued unraveling of the official narrative of the September 11 attacks.

Political prisoner Chelsea Manning begins hunger strike

By Tom Hall, 12 September 2016

Manning began her hunger strike in military prison on Friday in protest against the abuse and harassment that drove her to attempt suicide in July.

Twenty-year-old Muslim recruit killed by officers at Marine boot camp

By Eric London, 12 September 2016

Raheel Siddiqui, the son of a Michigan autoworker, jumped out of a third-floor window after being abused by officers at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Opposition grows to skilled trades reorganization at Fiat Chrysler

By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2016

The changes are correctly seen as a means of eliminating skilled trades jobs, which traditionally require more training and are paid at a higher rate.

Zika virus spreads in Puerto Rico and Florida

By Julio Patron and David Brown, 12 September 2016

The spread of Zika in Puerto Rico and the mainland United States is driven by poverty and will impact the area for years to come.

Vote “No” on Detroit Federation of Teachers’ contract!

By Nancy Hanover, 12 September 2016

The American Federation of Teachers is demanding that educators acquiesce to low pay, overcrowded classrooms, unsafe buildings and more school closures.

SEP presidential candidate discusses elections with striking Minnesota nurses

By our reporting team, 12 September 2016

Allina Health nurses on strike for two weeks discussed the political issues in their struggle with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White Sunday.

Baltimore police conducted privately-funded aerial surveillance of city for nine months

By Zaida Green, 10 September 2016

The technology was developed in 2007 for use in the Iraq War, and has now been deployed against the population of a major American city.

Report reveals Pennsylvania charter schools pocket cash meant for student spending

By Douglas Lyons, 10 September 2016

Pennsylvania charter schools are siphoning away more funds from public schools than they spend on students.

Armed protesters threaten former Stanford student Brock Turner with violence

By David Walsh, 10 September 2016

The foul logic of the media and feminist campaign over the Turner case found expression this week when self-styled “anarchists” showed up outside his Ohio home brandishing weapons.

Two months until the US elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 9 September 2016

Whether it is Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump who occupies the White House, the next administration will be one of war, austerity, repression and violence.

Arbitration results in concessionary contract for US postal workers

By Hector Cordon, 9 September 2016

The contract recently imposed on members of the American Postal Workers Union by national arbitrators continues the attack on the wages, benefits and working conditions.

Long Island University-Brooklyn locks out 400 professors

By Daniel de Vries and Allen Whyte, 9 September 2016

LIU’s action marks the first time a university has used a lockout to impose concessions on faculty.

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.

Chicago mayor plans to boost size of police force in response to social crisis

By George Marlowe, 9 September 2016

The call for greater policing and an escalation of law-and-order measures comes on the heels of growing public disaffection with the entire political establishment.

Wells Fargo bank fined for account and credit card fraud

By Nick Beams, 9 September 2016

Questions are sure to asked as to how a bank, supposedly with tight internal controls and reviews, did not know about the creation of two million fake accounts.

Clinton and Trump bow to the military

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2016

The unstated premise of Wednesday night’s forum before a veteran’s group in New York City was that the military should have veto power in the selection of the next US “commander-in-chief.”

“Health care is a human right”

Minneapolis students express support for striking Allina nurses

By Matt Rigel and Anthony Bertolt, 8 September 2016

As management continues operations with the use of strikebreakers, the union is keeping nurses throughout the region on the job and is doing nothing to mobilize broader support in the working class.

Detroit teachers angered by contract deal

By Marissa Ross, 8 September 2016

Detroit teachers received contract “highlights” at a mass meeting called by the Detroit Federation of Teachers and will begin voting next week.

ITT Tech shuts down after federal government withholds student funding

By Nick Barrickman, 8 September 2016

The closure of the for-profit school’s 130 US-based campuses came after an investigation questioned the institution’s organizational integrity, financial viability and academic standards.

Clinton denounces Russian “interference” in US elections, calls for escalation in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate has stepped up her McCarthy-style campaign against Republican Donald Trump as an ally or stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

White House to maintain nuclear “first strike” policy

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2016

The US is reportedly keeping its “first strike” policy amid relentless threats against Russia and China and an election campaign aimed at preparing for war.

Syrian war threatens to escalate as Obama-Putin talks fail

By Jordan Shilton, 7 September 2016

The calls for humanitarian aid and safe zones are transparent pretexts to legitimise a vast intensification of the imperialist intervention in Syria.

Minnesota nurses strike highlights militant mood of US workers

By Jerry White, 7 September 2016

The strike by 4,800 nurses, now in its third day, reveals the sharp class tensions in the United States on the eve of the 2016 presidential elections.

Milwaukee Democrats propose to dramatically increase size of police force following Sherman Park protests

By Catherine Long, 7 September 2016

A forthcoming city budget includes funding for an additional 280 officers in the wake of protests and unrest sparked by the killing of Sylville Smith last month.

Massachusetts: MBTA janitors to be laid off as cuts continue

By John Marion, 7 September 2016

The unelected and undemocratic Fiscal and Management Control Board is discussing privatization of all city bus routes, while working conditions for contracted janitors are made impossible.

The most unpopular candidates in American history

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2016

The contest between the militaristic Clinton and the fascistic Trump has alienated tens of millions from the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Green Party presidential candidate seeks to corral antiwar sentiment

By Jerry White, 5 September 2016

In a visit to Detroit, Jill Stein criticized Clinton’s policy towards Russia only to say that war could be stopped by appealing to sections of the foreign policy establishment.

Private security forces attack Native American protesters with dogs, pepper spray

By Janel Flechsig, 5 September 2016

Hundreds of members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been peacefully protesting the construction of an oil pipeline that traverses burial grounds they regard as sacred.

FBI director says agency preparing attack on data encryption after the elections

By Kevin Reed, 5 September 2016

In a keynote address to cyber security specialists, FBI Director James Comey elaborated on plans to force a backdoor into encrypted private data and communications.

Mass layoff at Harley-Davidson in York, Pennsylvania

By Douglas Lyons, 5 September 2016

Harley-Davidson has recently announced approximately 200 workers will be laid off due to declining profits.

Socialism and the 2016 elections

Socialist Equality Party campaign launches fall election meetings

5 September 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth will be speaking at meetings throughout the country. We invite readers to contact the SEP to organize a meeting in your area.

SEP West Virginia candidate Naomi Spencer speaks on heroin epidemic

By Naomi Spencer, 5 September 2016

Overdoses, alcoholism and suicide are leading causes of death for young and middle-aged workers nationwide. Appalachia and the “rustbelt” of the Midwest are among the worst hit regions.

Mobilize the entire working class in the Twin Cities

Defend the striking Allina nurses!

By Ron Jorgenson, 5 September 2016

4,800 nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area begin a strike today to defend their health care benefits and oppose dangerous patient-to-nurse ratios.

US lost 14,000 manufacturing jobs in August

By Shelley Connor, 3 September 2016

The publication of a lackluster jobs report by the Labor Department followed the announcement by Wal-Mart that it plans to slash 7,000 jobs.

Hurricane Hermine causes massive flooding and power outages in Florida

By Matthew MacEgan and Kristina Betinis, 3 September 2016

Early Friday morning, a category 1 hurricane named Hermine made landfall in northwestern Florida, marking the first time in 11 years that the state has had such a storm.

As Clinton escalates war threats, Sanders begins campaigning for Democratic nominee

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2016

Sanders will carry out his first official activity as drum major in the Clinton campaign by taking part in Labor Day events in New Hampshire on Monday.

Clinton’s “American exceptionalism” speech: A bipartisan policy of militarism and war

By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate’s speech to the American Legion was an attack on Trump from the right, pledging to be more ambitious and decisive in the use of American military power.

Kafkaesque conditions facing homeless families in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 1 September 2016

A major cause of the deepening homeless crisis is the lack of decent-paying jobs, combined with the even more dramatic decline of affordable housing.

Minnesota nurses union calls open-ended strike for Labor Day

By Matt Rigel, 1 September 2016

The Minnesota Nurses Association has called a strike under pressure from rank-and-file nurses.

“The union is letting the company do what it wants”

Fiat Chrysler CEO issues threat to Detroit jeep workers

By Shannon Jones, 1 September 2016

In a not so veiled warning, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchione told Jefferson North workers last week that the status of their facility is up in the air.

Detroit professor advances “structural racism” theory of Flint water crisis

By James Brewer, 1 September 2016

A report submitted as evidence that the Flint water crisis was the result of racism is aimed at concealing the class issues and diverting popular outrage into establishment channels.

France demands end to trade talks with US amid rising US-EU tensions

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 31 August 2016

As France demanded an end to talks on the TTIP trade deal, the EU said it would levy a €13 billion fine on Apple, a move the US Treasury said could damage US-EU ties.