Democratic Rights in the US
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.
By Zaida Green, 14 January 2017
Best Buy’s “Geek Squad” central repair team had at least one supervisor that was an active FBI informant who was paid $500 and subsequently discovered allegedly incriminating evidence.
By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2017
At Thursday’s congressional hearing, US Senators seemed to be in competition to demonstrate the most abject loyalty to the intelligence agencies.
By Toby Reese, 4 January 2017
A joint measure by the City and County of Los Angeles will provide $10 million in funding for legal assistance to residents facing deportation proceedings, far below need.
By E.P. Milligan, 31 December 2016
The request is part of the online Electronic System for Travel Authorization, a visa waiver application that many visitors must complete before traveling to the United States.
By Matthew MacEgan, 23 December 2016
A recently declassified House Intelligence Committee report smears Snowden as a dishonest miscreant who stole information for Moscow’s and his own personal gain.
By Shelley Connor, 23 December 2016
Thousands of low-income women will potentially be affected by the state’s decision to deny Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
By our reporter, 19 December 2016
The number of police killings, or homicides, recorded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics is more than twice the number reported by the FBI.
By Shannon Jones, 16 December 2016
The shooting of Francisco Serna, who was suffering from dementia, is the latest horrifying episode in the continuing wave of police violence in the United States.
By Ed Hightower, 15 December 2016
Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a reactionary ban on abortions after only 20 weeks, with no exception for cases of rape or incest.
By Mark Witkowski and Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2016
Extreme security measures, representing a further “normalization” of a pervasive militarized police presence, have been established at Trump Tower.
By Kate Randall, 14 December 2016
On Monday, the US Supreme Court denied review in four death penalty cases, each of which had been relisted by the court multiple times.
By Eric London, 8 December 2016
The unprecedented prominence of the military in the incoming cabinet is a dangerous sign that the American ruling class is preparing for war abroad and repression at home.
By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2016
It is impossible to defend the environment or the rights of Native Americans within the straitjacket of the Democratic Party and the capitalist system.
By Marcus Day, 8 December 2016
The law would criminalize abortions performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception.
By Kranti Kumara, 8 December 2016
William Sallie was put to death by lethal injection in Georgia Tuesday night after the US Supreme Court rejected his plea for a stay of execution.
By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2016
In a speech to a military audience in Florida, the US president twice cited the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal as a warning to the incoming administration of Donald Trump.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 December 2016
The announcement follows the Army Corp of Engineers’ decision to delay construction of the pipeline under Lake Oahe.
By our reporter, 5 December 2016
The announcement that the US Army Corps of Engineers will not grant an easement for construction essentially puts off a final decision until after Obama leaves office.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 December 2016
A Tennessee woman accused of attempting to terminate her pregnancy with a coat hanger last year was arraigned late last month on three felony charges.
By Joseph Kishore, 3 December 2016
Under the watchful eye of the Obama administration, protesters have been subjected to brutal violence from the police and National Guard.
By our reporter, 3 December 2016
The Liberal government has declared it is prepared to use force against those protesting expansion of Canada’s oil pipelines.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2016
Obama, who earned the title “deporter in chief,” is handing over to Trump a massive and brutally repressive immigration enforcement system.
By Eric London, 3 December 2016
The decision by the Student Activities Board to reject the IYSSE’s application for group status sheds light on the ties between NYU, the US military and Wall Street.
By Zaida Green, 2 December 2016
Police will continue to use water cannons, concussion grenades, lead-filled beanbags, and chemical agents against protesters.
By Zac Corrigan, 2 December 2016
A family fighting to expose the Flint water crisis say they have been subjected to retaliatory intimidation and abuse by the US Navy.
By Kevin Martinez, 1 December 2016
The Army Corps of Engineers has set a deadline of December 5 for protesters to leave the encampment or face prosecution for “trespassing.”
By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2016
Trump’s statement on flag-burning reflects not only the authoritarian disposition of the president-elect, but the far-reaching decay of bourgeois democracy in the United States.
By Kevin Reed, 1 December 2016
There is more than a whiff of McCarthyism in the crusade by the corporate-controlled media against “fake news” on social media and the Internet.
By John Burton, 30 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet that people who burn the American flag in protest should be stripped of their citizenship is a repudiation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
By our reporter, 29 November 2016
Hundreds of hate crimes have been reported since election day.
By Eric London, 28 November 2016
President Barack Obama is denouncing an entirely legitimate legal action to verify the outcome of the election in states where the result was exceptionally close.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 November 2016
Sophia Wilansky, 21, was severely injured by a police concussion grenade, and may require an arm amputation.
By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2016
Trump gave the media executives and anchors a tongue-lashing, creating an atmosphere that one cowed participant compared to a “firing squad.”
By Jerry White, 21 November 2016
In an interview with German media outlets, Obama rejected a presidential pardon for NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
A chilling attack on free speech
By David Walsh, 21 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump responded to concerns about his incoming administration as expressed by the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton with a series of thuggish, threatening Tweets.
By our reporter, 19 November 2016
In the wake of a television appearance in which a Trump campaign activist said that a registry of Muslim visitors to the United States could be justified under the “precedent” set by the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, a leader of the Trump transition team has revealed that a formal proposal for such a registry is under discussion.
By Samuel Davidson, 17 November 2016
A former police officer was charged in the death of an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop.
By Zaida Green, 17 November 2016
Officer Jeronimo Yanez faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm after shooting Castile seven times during a traffic stop in July.
By our reporters, 16 November 2016
The protests on Tuesday follow the press conference of Obama on Monday, when he urged Americans to “reconcile themselves” with a Trump presidency.
By Tom Carter, 16 November 2016
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has unleashed a series of tweets calling for a “state of emergency” to be declared and for the ongoing anti-Trump protests to be violently “quelled” by the military.
By Adam Mclean, 3 November 2016
From a class standpoint, it is impossible to support an anti-death penalty proposition that expands life imprisonment without parole and other forms of punishment of prisoners.
By Kevin Martinez, 2 November 2016
The mainly Native American protesters have received over $1 million in crowdsource funding, but only silence from Hillary Clinton and attacks from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
By Sandy English, 1 November 2016
Four guards at New York City’s Rikers Island prison complex were convicted of brutalizing inmate Carl Williams in 2013 and falsifying records.
By Zaida Green, 29 October 2016
Police officers in riot gear from five states were supported by National Guard troops and armored vehicles, arresting 141 protesters.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 October 2016
Court dockets released to the ACLU in July show that federal officials’ requests to conduct electronic surveillance on the population in the DC metropolitan region has skyrocketed in recent years.
By Johannes Stern and Peter Schwarz, 24 October 2016
The TV film “Terror—Your Verdict” was a deliberate political spectacle to promote German militarism, undermine the constitution, and nullify elementary democratic rights.
By Shelley Connor, 20 October 2016
A recent report by Georgetown Law Center reveals that half of American adults are in photo recognition databases maintained by law enforcement agencies.
By Gary Joad, 13 October 2016
The investigation of prison conditions in Alabama coincides with the largest prison strike in US history, a protest action that is being virtually blacked out by the corporate media.
By Nick Barrickman, 6 October 2016
The revelation further reveals the near-seamless collusion of the major internet and telecommunications firms with the US intelligence apparatus.
By Zaida Green, 5 October 2016
The unidentified young man was shot to death just a day after the fatal shooting of another youth, 18-year-old Carnell Snell, Jr.
By Sandy English, 5 October 2016
A new surveillance video obtained by the New York Daily News shows paramedics covering and then uncovering the corpse of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by police in 2012.
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2016
US police killed at least 19 men last week. Ranging in ages from 18 to 53, the victims were shot, tased or, in one case, beaten and asphyxiated.
By Genevieve Leigh, 3 October 2016
Recently-released video shows an officer firing deadly shots at unarmed Olango less than two minutes after arriving on the scene.
By Dan Conway and John Andrews, 3 October 2016
Pasadena police officers dispatched to assist with a disturbed man, tased, beat and ultimately asphyxiated Reginald Thomas, Jr., a father of eight, in front of his family.
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.
Notes on police violence
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.
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.
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.
By Genevieve Leigh, 24 September 2016
Vice President Biden met with leaders of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to further draconian US immigration policies against the thousands of refugees fleeing the region.
By David Brown, 22 September 2016
The class had been suspended after a campaign by right-wing Zionist groups and was reinstated when the actions of the UC administration became more widely known.
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.
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.
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.
By Brad Dixon, 17 September 2016
Fewer than 4 percent of US prisoners with hepatitis C receive the newer drugs for the disease due to their exorbitant price.
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.
Notes on Police Violence
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Tom Carter, 3 September 2016
California’s barrage of law-and-order legislation underscores the reactionary content of the campaign over sexual violence promoted by the Democratic Party and its allies.
By Shelley Connor, 26 August 2016
Daniel Kevin Harris, a 28-year-old deaf man, was one of at least 20 people killed by police across the US over the last week.
By John Andrews, 22 August 2016
A recently released video depicts six officers Tasing and choking to death 56-year-old grandfather Vachel Howard in a Los Angeles jail in 2012.
By Alexander Fangmann, 22 August 2016
The seven cops are among ten recommended for termination in a recent city inspector general’s report issued even as police violence continues.
By Adam Mclean, 19 August 2016
The Tor Project, a network and tool for anonymizing one’s internet traffic, has been a repeated target of attacks from US intelligence agencies.
By Joseph Kishore, 18 August 2016
In the 2016 elections, the consequences of record inequality, unending war and the protracted crisis of American capitalism are coming to a head.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 August 2016
A group called the Shadow Brokers released computer code reportedly taken from the NSA, which had been used for hacking the networks of foreign rivals of the US.
By Niles Niemuth, 16 August 2016
The growth of poverty and inequality, the eruption of social anger and the build-up of the police forces are interrelated components of the same class dynamic.
By George Gallanis, 15 August 2016
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Milwaukee after protests Saturday night over the killing of 23-year-old Sylville Smith by Milwaukee police.
By Andrea Lobo, 15 August 2016
The new deal with Costa Rica, which will temporarily receive 200 of the 140,000 seeking asylum in the US, is intended to give a humanitarian face to an inhumane policy.
By Niles Niemuth, 12 August 2016
The DOJ report on Baltimore is another in a series of investigations that will do nothing to stop the violence meted out by police on a daily basis.
By Alan Gilman, 12 August 2016
An unarmed man mistaken for a carjacker, an unarmed homeless man on a bicycle and a 14-year-old youth allegedly engaged in graffiti are the latest victims.
By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 8 August 2016
The abrupt resignation of the NYPD commissioner comes amid a counteroffensive in response to protests against police brutality and police killings over the past several years.
After the Paul O’Neal murder
By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 8 August 2016
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement after the release of video showing the brutal police murder of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 August 2016
The July 28 murder of Paul O’Neal is the latest in a series of police killings around the US that have claimed the lives of nearly 700 victims so far this year.
By Ed Hightower, 3 August 2016
Recent court rulings concerning attacks on the right to vote in several states underscore the deeply anti-democratic character of “Voter ID” laws
By Shannon Jones, 30 July 2016
Between 2005 and 2015, an average of 628 people a year died while in the custody of police or state corrections officials.
By Isaac Finn, 30 July 2016
According to the ACLU, Manning could face added time and other punishments on the basis of charges related to a failed suicide attempt.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 July 2016
The Democratic National Convention opens Monday in Philadelphia, a city where the Democrat's preside over extreme poverty, massive inequality and a dilapidated education system.
By Shelley Connor, 25 July 2016
The ruling, which passed 4-3, struck down an executive order that would have reinstated the voting rights of Virginians who had completed sentences for felonies.
By Gabriel Black, 19 July 2016
Lieutenant Brian Rice joins a long list of police officers involved in murderous attacks who have been exonerated.