Democratic Rights in the US
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.
By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2016
The attack, five miles from the store where Alton Sterling was killed by police on July 6, is the second multiple shooting of police in the United States in the past 10 days.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2016
The declassification of the section of the 9/11 commission report on Saudi ties to 9/11 point to a deliberate distortion and exploitation of the attacks as a pretext for war.
By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2016
Two cops fired two shots into the white youth as he stood a few feet away, then two more, including a shotgun blast, as he lay twitching on the ground.
Amid nationwide protests against police violence
By Carlos Delgado, 13 July 2016
Security officials have been expanding police-state measures and deliberately targeting protesters for surveillance and harassment.
By our reporters, 13 July 2016
Workers and youth from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico expressed opposition to state violence, poverty and social inequality.
By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2016
Thousands took to the streets across the United States to voice their outrage over two recent police killings of unarmed black men.
“I am against something wrong, regardless of what the color of someone’s skin is”
By Nick Barrickman and Matthew Taylor, 11 July 2016
Protesters in Washington DC and Jacksonville, Florida, among the thousands who demonstrated against police killings this weekend, spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.
By Sandy English, 11 July 2016
A store surveillance video has surfaced that shows the killing of Delrawn Small by off-duty New York Police Department officer Wayne Isaacs at a traffic altercation.
By John Burton, 11 July 2016
Noble, an unarmed 19-year-old white youth, was killed by two police officers from Fresno, an impoverished city of about one-half million located in the heart of California’s Central Valley.
By Andre Damon, 8 July 2016
Millions of people around the world have reacted with shock, outrage and revulsion at the latest videos and images of police murder in the United States.
By Tom Hall, 8 July 2016
Philando Castile's fiancée livestreamed the aftermath of the grisly shooting, which occurred during a traffic stop Wednesday evening.
By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2016
FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday about his decision not to bring criminal charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state.
By Tom Hall, 7 July 2016
The grisly execution-style murder is only the latest in an epidemic of police killings which have become a regular feature of American life.
By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2016
While some media reports claimed a suicide attempt was involved, this has not been confirmed by the Army or Manning’s attorneys.
By Gary Joad, 7 July 2016
The prisoners are protesting solitary confinement.
By George Gallanis, 5 July 2016
Hannah Cohen, who is partially deaf, blind and paralyzed, was arrested while traveling home from cancer treatment and suffered bruising on her face and bloody cuts on her head.
Notes on police violence in America
By E.P. Bannon, 4 July 2016
Despite the numerous federal probes and empty police reform initiatives, law enforcement continues to assume an increasingly arrogant and thuggish character.
By Tom Carter, 4 July 2016
The unanimous decision is a green light for the ever-more direct domination of corporate and financial interests over the American political system.
By Eric London, 30 June 2016
The California state legislature is poised to enact new mandatory sentencing laws that will greatly expand the prison population and the police powers of the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Barry Grey, 15 June 2016
The question that is imperiously raised by events such as the Orlando massacre is: What is it about American society that so frequently leads mentally unstable individuals to resort to mass murder?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Adam Mclean, 3 June 2016
Multiple police departments, including several SWAT teams as well as the FBI, swarmed the California university in response to reports of a shooting on the campus.
By Andre Damon and Alex Lantier, 23 May 2016
Underlying the global breakdown of democratic institutions is the world economic crisis, the growth of militarism and war, and, above all, the intensification of the class struggle.
By Kate Randall, 23 May 2016
If passed, SB1552 would have been the most sweeping anti-abortion bill in any US state since the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade
By Tom Carter, 18 May 2016
The actions of the Democrats with respect to the North Carolina “bathroom bill” reflect their strategy of using identity politics to provide a cover for their right-wing and anti-democratic policies.
By Matthew MacEgan, 16 May 2016
A recent investigation provides details on the extent to which police departments in the Tampa Bay area have become a virtual private security force for the retail giant.
By Kate Randall, 13 May 2016
Earl Forrest died by lethal injection Wednesday in Missouri, while Vernon Madison received a stay just hours before his scheduled execution on Thursday in Alabama.
By David Brown, 7 May 2016
Right-wing efforts to equate opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism have led to a series of provocations against student activists on several California campuses.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 May 2016
Congress is reviewing statutory changes to a little known “Rule 41” that will allow the FBI and other security agencies to hack and spy on computers and networks anywhere in the world, based on a single, non-specific warrant.
By Andre Damon, 3 May 2016
Over the weekend, CIA Director John Brennan denied allegations of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the September 11 terror attacks and demanded that documents pointing to its complicity remain hidden from the American people.
By George Gallanis, 3 May 2016
News reports indicate that the protesters, dressed in black, threw rocks and bricks, among other things. Nine arrests were reported.
By Helen Hayes, 2 May 2016
Gary Tyler’s frame-up and decades-long incarceration expose the brutal class character of the American judicial system and its vast prison complex.
By Barry Grey, 27 April 2016
Monday’s ruling is part of an escalating attack on the right to vote and democratic rights more broadly.
By Tom Carter, 25 April 2016
The case represents the first time a lawsuit in US courts based on the CIA torture program was allowed to proceed past the initial stages.
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 April 2016
With no end in sight on the ongoing budget impasse, the agreement between state Democrats and Republicans may be the only money institutions receive for the year.
By Josh Varlin, 16 April 2016
The company’s complaint makes clear that it regularly receives requests from the government for its customers’ private data stored on Microsoft’s remote servers.
By George Marlowe, 13 April 2016
Internal Chicago police documents reveal violent abuse of detainees at the secret interrogation center in Homan Square.
By Evan Blake, 11 April 2016
Springsteen has been joined by dozens of corporations who do not share his regard for democratic rights.
By Tom Carter, 11 April 2016
The cases are based on a tendentious conception of “religious liberty,” as well as the pseudo-legal doctrine of supposed constitutional “rights” for corporations.
By Shelley Connor, 7 April 2016
Melissa Boarts’ parents called 911 hoping someone would intervene to keep her from harming herself.
By Evan Blake, 6 April 2016
The law, which allows public and private businesses to refuse service to gay people, effectively legalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Immigrant farmworker sentenced to 25 years to life for leaving her newborn in California strawberry field
By Eden Ferrera, 31 March 2016
Nineteen-year-old Rosalba Moran, an undocumented immigrant and victim of rape, was charged with first-degree murder.
By Kate Randall, 29 March 2016
The Ninth US Circuit Court’s ruling comes as the number of death row exonerees continues to grow, including 156 individuals since 1973.
By Sandy English, 29 March 2016
The Democratic Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio has ruled out any reform of the prison system, including closing Rikers Island, the location of regular brutality and abuse.
By Gabriel Black, 28 March 2016
The two laws come amidst ongoing attempts to whip up hysteria over doctored videos that were intended to frame Planned Parenthood for allegedly selling fetal tissue.
By Daniel de Vries, 28 March 2016
Brooklyn’s first African American district attorney is pressing for probation for the NYPD officer convicted of killing of Akai Gurley.
By Tom Carter, 28 March 2016
Garland’s judicial career parallels the rightward trajectory of the American judiciary over the past two decades, and especially since the launch of the “war on terror.”
By Norisa Diaz, 24 March 2016
The UC board president and ex-homeland security chief, Janet Napolitano, has overseen the installation of a massive spyware system.
By John Andrews, 17 March 2016
President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, a federal judge and former US prosecutor, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of arch-reactionary Antonin Scalia.
By Evan Blake, 14 March 2016
Speaking at the South by Southwest festival, Obama sought to minimize the far-reaching scope of the FBI’s demands that Apple create anti-encryption software.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 March 2016
The use of military drones is part of a broader expansion of domestic military activity, under the cover of the “war on terror,” which is a serious warning to the working class.
By Robert Fowler, 11 March 2016
Officers are not searched upon entering the facilities, so they are able to bring in drugs and alcohol, which according to the lawsuit are then used to coerce prisoners.
By Nick Barrickman, 10 March 2016
The student, whose name has been withheld from the public, endured injuries to his face and ribs.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2016
FBI demands for access to Apple encryption systems are fueling divisions within the US political and corporate elite.
By D. Lencho, 4 March 2016
Wide discrepancies exist between the US Marshals’ version of the shooting death of Edgar Camacho-Alvarado and witness accounts.
By Barry Grey, 2 March 2016
The hearing indicated that a majority on the House Judiciary Committee will support a law compelling tech firms to provide the government backdoor access to encrypted information.
By Steve Light, 1 March 2016
The NYPD is carrying out housing evictions without warning using a “nuisance” law, even when no crime was committed.
By David Brown, 29 February 2016
Protests have erupted in Salt Lake City, Utah after Saturday night’s police shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed, who was reportedly holding a broomstick when he was critically injured.
By Tom Hall, 27 February 2016
Thursday’s court filing by Apple accused the government of seeking to establish a precedent to “conscript” American corporations into spying on the population.
By David Brown, 25 February 2016
Newly released documents highlight the spurious claim of the government that the issue of Apple encryption is limited to one case of terrorism in San Bernardino, California.
By Andre Damon, 23 February 2016
The Obama administration’s demand that Apple hack a single iPhone is the spearhead of a concerted drive to undermine the use of encryption worldwide.
Solitary confinement and the brutality of the US prison system
By Kate Randall, 23 February 2016
The circumstances surrounding Woodfox’s trial and incarceration epitomize the brutality of the United States prison system, and the arbitrary and sadistic manner in which judicial authorities mete out their punishments.
By George Gallanis, 22 February 2016
A class action lawsuit has been filed by hundreds of prisoners from four Southern Illinois state prisons over sexual humiliation and other forms of sadistic punishment by guards.
By John Burton, 20 February 2016
Antonin Scalia died as he lived, violating legal ethics by hobnobbing with wealthy and powerful people whose interests are directly affected by decisions of the Supreme Court.
By Andre Damon, 19 February 2016
Tuesday’s ruling by a US judge demanding that Apple create a “backdoor” to its mobile device operating system is part of the drive to weaken, or even criminalize, encrypted communications.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 February 2016
The Obama administration is seeking to use last year’s attacks in San Bernardino to intensify the assault on democratic rights and expand the police-state spying powers of the government.