Democratic Rights in the US
Notes on police violence
By Josh Varlin, 22 June 2017
Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown shot Sylville Smith as he was running away, the fatal shot coming when Smith was on the ground and unarmed.
By Alan Gilman, 22 June 2017
The protracted legal proceeding concerned mass illegal detentions of immigrants in the New York City area, mainly Muslims, after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
By Anthony Bertolt, 17 June 2017
Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile last July even though he posed no threat, in a horrific incident captured on video and broadcast live by Castile’s girlfriend.
By Fred Mazelis, 14 June 2017
Allusions to Donald Trump in the current production of Shakespeare’s play have been followed by a right-wing campaign of intimidation.
By Evan Blake, 5 June 2017
Both right-wing and anti-Trump protests were held in Portland on Sunday, in the wake of the May 26 stabbing death of two individuals in Portland by Jeremy Joseph Christian.
Statement of Mitch Abrams, International Youth and Students for Social Equality representative on the EMU student government
5 June 2017
The IYSSE calls on students to fight to mobilize the working class to defend part-time lecturers and the social right to high-quality public education.
Amid protests against right-wing figures on US campuses
By Nick Barrickman, 3 June 2017
The bill is a draconian response by public officials to a series of recent incidents in which students have booed, protested or shouted down right-wing speakers.
By Shelley Connor, 2 June 2017
The court sided with police in a case of illegal search and entry that resulted in Angel Mendez and his pregnant wife being shot 15 times by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies.
By Genevieve Leigh, 30 May 2017
The portrayal of the ongoing crackdown on immigrants as a “public safety” operation is a campaign of fear-mongering that lacks any factual basis.
By Genevieve Leigh, 30 May 2017
The Texas Representative called officers on protesters who had gathered to oppose the Senate Bill 4, which was signed into law this month by Republican Governor Greg Abbott.
By Toby Reese, 29 May 2017
Two men in Portland, Oregon were killed by Jeremy Joseph Christian as they attempted to stop him from yelling ethnic, racial, and religious-based obscenities at passengers on a commuter train.
After 34 years on death row, eight execution warrants
By Kate Randall, 27 May 2017
Thomas Arthur, 74, had spent 34 years on death row and had seven previous death warrants served against him. The US Supreme Court denied his petition for a stay of execution.
By Tom Hall, 26 May 2017
The Fourth Circuit’s ruling declared that Trump’s executive order “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”
By Shannon Jones, 26 May 2017
All those arrested had legal, permanent resident status, but were nonetheless detained.
By Nick Rodriguez, 26 May 2017
Over 20 immigrant workers have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against their former employer, EZ Industrial Solutions, after being fired for participating in the protest on February 16.
By George Marlowe, 24 May 2017
Far exceeding previous claims, the Chicago police secretly maintain a vast surveillance net covering nearly 15 percent of the city’s population.
What accounts for the success of the WannaCrypt ransomware attack on Britain’s National Health Service?
By Steve James, 23 May 2017
For nearly two decades, IT services within the NHS have become the target of private firms seeking to turn public health into a source of stable revenue streams for their shareholders.
By David Walsh, 20 May 2017
The entire affair was aimed at discrediting and paralyzing WikiLeaks and creating conditions under which Assange could be extradited or abducted to the US, to be executed or condemned to a lifetime in prison.
By Andre Damon, 19 May 2017
Amid the deepening factional struggle gripping Washington, sections of the political establishment are calling for the military to step in.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2017
Manning’s seven-year imprisonment at the hands of the US military was the most draconian sentence ever served for leaking classified documents.
By Tom Hall, 16 May 2017
Among the crowd Saturday was neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, the self-proclaimed “founder” of the alt-right movement, which has close ties to the Trump administration.
By Matthew MacEgan, 16 May 2017
Trump signed an executive order May 11 to create the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a bipartisan commission to investigate alleged voter fraud.
NYU involved in Department of Defense supercomputer project
By Isaac Oseas—IYSSE candidate for NYU GSAS Student Senator, 16 May 2017
New York University accidentally exposed their involvement in a project to develop a code-breaking computer for the Department of Defense.
By Daniel de Vries, 11 May 2017
A principal and two teachers are under investigation for alleged “communist activity.”
By Warren Duzak, 11 May 2017
Veteran West Virginia journalist Dan Heyman was arrested, handcuffed and hustled off by police after asking Tom Price about the Trump administration’s proposed health care bill.
By David Walsh, 8 May 2017
Colbert’s monologue on May 1 was bankrupt and did not offer a trace of insight, comic or otherwise, into the predicament the American population faces under a Trump administration.
By Marcus Day, 5 May 2017
In an effort by the Trump administration to further criminalize and intimidate political opposition, a woman and two men each face up to a year in jail and $2,000 in fines for their protest.
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2017
James Comey complained that WikiLeaks, unlike the American media, does not work with the US intelligence community to protect its secrets.
By Niles Niemuth, 4 May 2017
Federal prosecutors announced there was “insufficient evidence” to bring civil rights charges against the officers who shot and killed Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
US bombings in Syria and Afghanistan
By Mike Head, 29 April 2017
The ever-greater assertion of US militarism has brought humanity to the point where the rules of war are being nakedly flouted.
By Lawrence Porter, 25 April 2017
A rally was held Monday in support of Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo, an undocumented Mexican immigrant with two American children who has lived in Michigan for nearly 20 years.
By Tyler Van Dyke, 25 April 2017
Mario Hernandez-Delacruz was deported earlier this month and faces being barred from visiting his family in the United States for up to 20 years.
By Kate Randall, 25 April 2017
The world looked on in horror last night as two death row inmates were put to death in the first double-execution since 2000.
By Kevin Reed, 21 April 2017
According to a press reports Thursday, the US Department of Justice has prepared the charges it needs to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Barry Grey, 20 April 2017
The response of the Trump administration to the suit filed by Montes is indicative of its contempt for democratic rights and the savage character of its dragnet against immigrants.
After last-minute reprieve for one prisoner
By Kate Randall, 19 April 2017
Despite a series of setbacks to their assembly-line state killing schedule, Arkansas officials are pressing forward with the planned lethal injections.
By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2017
The swelling total of detained immigrants, many of them with no criminal record, is clogging the courts and detention centers.
By Nancy Hanover, 18 April 2017
A look at the ideological and political history of Candice Jackson, named by US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to head up the education department’s Office of Civil Rights.
By Eric London, 13 April 2017
Jeff Sessions threatened mass deportations and to criminally prosecute immigrants who re-enter the US and those who shield or harbor undocumented immigrants.
By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2017
The new justice was confirmed by the Senate on Friday and sworn in on Monday.
By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2017
The Trump administration is considering requiring visitors to hand over their cellphones and social media passwords when they apply for a visa.
By Niles Niemuth, 5 April 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions signed a memo Friday ordering an evaluation of the DOJ’s activities concerning the practices of local police forces including compliance reviews and consent decrees.
Notes on police violence
By Genevieve Leigh, 28 March 2017
The recent conviction and disciplinary actions do not mark a departure from the policy of near complete immunity for killer cops.
“We refuse to be thrown away like the bakery’s garbage”
By Philip Guelpa, 24 March 2017
An estimated 30 Hispanic workers at the Tom Cat Bakery have received letters giving them two weeks to prove their legal status or face termination and possible deportation.
By Zaida Green, 23 March 2017
Publicly unveiled on Tuesday, the new restrictions in the US and the UK target direct flights from the Middle East and North Africa.
By Andre Damon, 23 March 2017
An 'open letter' by Times columnist Thomas Friedman gives voice to tendencies in and around the Democratic Party that are prepared to welcome a palace coup that would impose a military/intelligence/corporate junta on the American people.
By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2017
The real target of Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing was Russia, not the Trump administration.
By Eric London, 17 March 2017
Two federal judges halted enforcement of Trump’s revised executive order and Trump responded by saying, “we ought to go back to the first version and go all the way.”
By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2017
The ruling cites numerous statements by candidate Donald Trump declaring his intention to bar Muslims from entering the United States.
Notes on police violence
By Kevin Martinez, 16 March 2017
Dashcam video of the shooting released only this month shows Michael Davidson writhing in agony after being shot by a police officer while exiting his car with his wallet in his hand.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2017
The unannounced change in policy casts aside cosmetic restrictions imposed under Obama, allowing the CIA to freely function as Washington’s “Murder Inc.”
By Jerry White, 14 March 2017
Mass deportations are being used to terrorize immigrant workers and give employers a free hand to undermine the wages and conditions of all workers.
By Christopher Davion, 14 March 2017
The targeting of minority workers and the poor for harassment is an attack on the entire working class and a warning of the measures to be used against growing opposition.
By Gary Joad, 11 March 2017
Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. requested 287 (g) designation for deputies to act as ICE officers to enable the arrest and deportation of thousands immigrants and families.
FBI director: “No such thing as absolute privacy in America”
By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2017
Media discussion of the WikiLeaks revelations about CIA cyberweapons takes for good coin the agency’s claim that these would never be used against Americans.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 March 2017
A report released Monday by the Department of Homeland Security reveals inhumane conditions for immigrant detainees at Theo Lacy jail in Orange County, California.
By David Walsh, 10 March 2017
The former director of the NSA and the CIA was a guest this week on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The appearance represented a certain meeting of minds.
By Eric London, 7 March 2017
The world is pulsing with billions of people burdened by economic exploitation and war and yet restricted from moving freely across the planet.
By Kate Randall, 7 March 2017
The ease with which the ruling class engages in such barbarism must stand as a warning to the working class.
By Zac Corrigan, Eric London and Genevieve Leigh, 6 March 2017
Immigrant advocates working on the US-Mexico border explain the impact of anti-immigrant policies of the Obama and Trump administrations.
By our reporters, 3 March 2017
US immigration officials have begun targeting immigration rights activists across the country to punish them for the “crime” of speaking out in defense of democratic rights.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 March 2017
Young people across the US, opposing the Trump administration’s raids, roundups and arrests, have become outspoken in their defense of the democratic rights of all ethnicities and nationalities.
By Shelley Connor, 2 March 2017
The policies of the Trump administration benefit the private prison industry at the expense of inmates and their health.
By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2017
The coming to power of the Trump administration has encouraged the most reactionary, racist and backward forces in American society.
By Eric London, 28 February 2017
The WSWS recently interviewed an immigrant mother who escaped from El Salvador in February and was captured by the Border Patrol last week.
By Genevieve Leigh, 27 February 2017
Private prison companies such as CoreCivic and GEO Group, Inc. stand to reap massive profits from the mass detentions of immigrants expected from Trump’s executive orders.
By John Andrews, 24 February 2017
Videos show an off-duty Los Angeles police officer drawing a pistol and shooting it during a minor confrontation with a group of young people.
By Eric London, 22 February 2017
Press Secretary Sean Spicer made clear that immigrants with criminal histories are only the first targets of Trump’s anti-immigrant plan.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2017
The appointment of McMaster exposes the utterly reactionary and undemocratic character of the official debate surrounding the Trump administration.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2017
More than 100 workers across the US faced retaliation from their employers for participating in last Thursday’s “A Day without Immigrants” protests.
By Shelley Connor, 21 February 2017
As construction moves forward to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline, the bills subject protesters to prosecution and up to 20 years in prison.
By Brad Dixon, 20 February 2017
Unable to procure the drugs needed for lethal injections, the Arizona department of corrections is inviting lawyers for death row inmates to provide the drugs to be used to kill their clients.
By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2017
The press conference was unlike anything seen in modern American history, as the US president traded insults with journalists and engaged in a bitter battle with his nemeses in the media.
By Warren Duzak, 17 February 2017
Police claims that Jocques Scott Clemmons had assaulted the officer who eventually killed him as he left his car during a traffic stop have been shown to be demonstrably false.
By Nick Rodriguez, 17 February 2017
The disturbing incident, which took place last year but was only recently made public, sheds a stark light on the harsh realities of life confronting the working class.
By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017
The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.
By E.P. Milligan, 11 February 2017
Trump’s executive orders may result in the mass internment of millions of undocumented immigrants and the imposition of effective martial law in major US cities.
By Isaac Finn, 9 February 2017
The court’s ruling reverses a recent legal precedent that allows corporations to withhold data related to criminal investigations as long as it is stored abroad.
By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2017
At a hearing Tuesday, three appeals court judges appeared skeptical of the claims by the Trump administration that the travel ban was needed to prevent terrorist attacks on the US.
In speech at Florida Air Force base
By Barry Grey, 8 February 2017
Trump gave a speech denouncing the press and suggesting the formation of a presidential-military alliance against the courts and the Constitution.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 February 2017
Republican state legislators are attacking the constitutional right of free speech and ability to peacefully assemble.
By Ed Hightower, 8 February 2017
Eliminating the Johnson amendment would allow tax-subsidized political donations funneled through religious institutions.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2017
Gina Haspel ran the black site prison in Thailand where waterboarding and other gruesome practices were carried out.
By Zaida Green, 4 February 2017
More than 1,000 pages of FBI guidelines obtained by The Intercept detail the expansion of the agency’s spy powers under the Obama administration, now inherited by Trump.
By Shelley Connor, 3 February 2017
With the aid of the National Guard, local law enforcement raided the Last Child Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Wednesday evening, using armored vehicles as well as water and sound cannons.
By George Gallanis, 3 February 2017
Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has threatened to carry out a Reagan-style strikebreaking operation if 30,000 state workers walk out to oppose his demands for concessions.
By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2017
Neil Gorsuch, a circuit court judge and right-wing Republican, is a fervent admirer of the late Antonin Scalia, leader of the court’s reactionary bloc.
By our reporters, 1 February 2017
Hundreds of students at Detroit’s Wayne State University protested Trump’s ban on refugees and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries.
By Kate Randall, 1 February 2017
Christeson,37, was executed after the US Supreme Court and the Missouri governor refused to grant either a stay or clemency.
“If any layer of society is not safe, then no one is safe”
By our reporters, 30 January 2017
On Saturday and Sunday, thousands gathered at airport terminals and central locations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC and other major cities.
By Fred Mazelis, 27 January 2017
The new president’s call for a “major investigation,” in the absence of any evidence of fraud, is the latest in a long string of attacks on the most basic democratic right, the right to vote.
By Genevieve Leigh, 27 January 2017
Hundreds of protesters, including media personnel, have been charged with felony rioting after Friday’s protests during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington DC.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 January 2017
Project Veritas sent operatives into various protest groups to encourage the commission of acts that could be used to smear protesters as violent.
By Barry Grey, 23 January 2017
Trump’s attack on the corporate-controlled press underscores the degree of tension and conflict within the state as the new administration takes office.
By Shelley Connor, 20 January 2017
Although the Department of Homeland Security cannot identify a “specific, credible threat” to the transfer of power on January 20, security for the inauguration will be particularly stringent.
By Christopher Tiberio, 20 January 2017
With an explosion of the city’s homeless population, the NYPD has taken control of security in the shelters as a way to monitor and terrorize their temporary residents.
By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2017
Manning’s trial and imprisonment for leaking evidence of war crimes was itself a crime, for which the US military and Obama administration are responsible.
By Tom Carter, 18 January 2017
The eight justices on the US Supreme Court complained that lower federal courts are not granting immunity to police officers often enough.
By Alexander Fangmann, 18 January 2017
The immediate end of preferential immigration policies for Cubans is entirely in line with Obama’s role as deporter-in-chief and Trump’s anti-immigrant stance.
John Lewis, Donald Trump and the demise of the “civil rights” establishment
By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2017
The former civil rights leader and longtime Democratic congressman has now joined the campaign to prepare US public opinion for war with Russia.