The Social Crisis in America
The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills
By Benjamin Mateus and George Marlowe, 25 September 2017
A new book by Chicago doctor David Ansell reveals the profound ways in which social inequality in the US creates “death gaps” and disparities in life expectancies.
By Jason Melanovski, 20 September 2017
A new report documents the crisis of rural school districts.
By Warren Duzak, 19 September 2017
Gerald Melton, was shot August 26 after he allegedly objected to the sound of loud music and exhaust fumes coming from a Porsche driven by Katie Quackenbush, 26.
By Trévon Austin, 16 September 2017
In Highlands County in south Florida, an area with a 19.4 percent poverty rate, nearly three-quarters of residents were still without power Friday.
By Philip Guelpa, 16 September 2017
The ostentatious opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement is being used to obscure decades of neglect.
Small median income gain offset by debt and living costs
By Eric London, 15 September 2017
While the New York Times claims the Census data shows “a brighter picture” for the working class, nothing could be further from the truth.
By Niles Niemuth, 15 September 2017
The deaths in Hollywood, Florida have exposed the incompetence and indifference of the American ruling class, which bears ultimate responsibility for this social crime.
By Niles Niemuth, 14 September 2017
Police evacuated 115 remaining residents from a nursing home north of Miami after they spent days in suffocating heat after the power was knocked out by Hurricane Irma.
By Joseph Kishore, 13 September 2017
Even as the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is still being tallied, the US political establishment is moving rapidly to push through a massive handout for the corporate and financial elite.
By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2017
In its response to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and other natural disasters, American capitalism has demonstrated its bankruptcy as a social system.
By Jeff Lusanne, 9 September 2017
Hundreds of thousands need to flee the path of Hurricane Irma. Instead of fleets of trains carrying them away, residents are left to fend for themselves in their own cars on congested roads.
By Gary Joad, 7 September 2017
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina points to the long-term threats to public health which will follow in Hurricane Harvey’s wake in the greater Houston area and throughout southeast Texas.
By Kayla Costa, 6 September 2017
Adult obesity rates for 2016 hit over 30 percent in 25 US states, and, in five states, topped 35 percent, the highest levels in the world.
By Tom Hall, 5 September 2017
As the floodwaters begin to recede, the ruling class is moving to bury the social disaster that has only begun to unfold in Southeast Texas.
By Niles Niemuth, 30 August 2017
Twelve years after Katrina, nothing has been done to strengthen flood control systems and build up the social infrastructure to limit the impact of major storms.
Nurses lack knowledge of postpartum health risks
By Trévon Austin, 25 August 2017
An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the US every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes, the highest rate among industrialized nations.
By Philip Guelpa, 21 August 2017
The Democratic mayor is making token moves in response to a mounting housing crisis and growth of homelessness.
By Trévon Austin, 14 August 2017
A recent study published by JAMA Psychiatry found a large increase in diagnosed alcohol use disorders and abuse since 2001, with one in eight Americans now suffering from alcohol abuse.
By Kate Randall, 11 August 2017
Shortened life expectancy is the result of deteriorating conditions of life, exacerbated by the deliberate policy of both big business parties to restrict access to affordable health care.
By E.P. Milligan, 10 August 2017
More Americans have died from drug overdoses since 2000 than in all the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries combined.
By a WSWS reporting team, 10 August 2017
Like other free clinics throughout the US, the Motor City Medical Mission revealed the deep health care crisis in America.
By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2017
A new report finds that as many as 13 million children go to school hungry in the United States.
By Isaac Finn, 31 July 2017
Glenn Scarpelli and Patricia Colant jumped to their deaths from a building in mid-town Manhattan on Friday. In their suicide notes, the couple explain they “cannot live with” their “financial reality.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 28 July 2017
The study, published earlier this month, points to widespread desperation among those struggling to survive on meager state assistance.
By Eric London, 24 July 2017
The 30 survivors of the horrific tragedy will likely be thrown into detention centers and promptly deported without the right to appear before a judge.
By Kathleen Martin, 24 July 2017
Accidental contact with fentanyl, heroin or carfentanil—difficult to trace in small amounts—is exposing another dangerous aspect of the opioid epidemic in the US.
Part three: Liberal promises and capitalist reality in “New Detroit”
By Barry Grey, 24 July 2017
The WSWS is posting a three-part series originally published in July of 1987 under the title “Twenty years since the Detroit rebellion.” This is the third and final part. Part one was published on July 21, part two on July 22.
By Alan Whyte, 21 July 2017
A series of incidents in the last number of days and weeks have revealed a deepening crisis in transit in the New York and New Jersey area.
By Genevieve Leigh, 18 July 2017
The drug epidemic is a symptom of a diseased social system, the product of nearly four decades of social counterrevolution overseen by the ruling class and its political representatives, Democratic and Republican.
Michigan researchers investigate connection between Flint water crisis and high infant mortality rate
By Carlos Delgado, 18 July 2017
The city of Flint saw a significant increase in rate of infants who died before their first birthday in 2015, when the lead-in-water crisis was at its height.
One month since the UK Grenfell Fire:
By Andre Damon, 17 July 2017
The disaster in Honolulu makes clear that the London fire was no aberration. All over the world, the lives of working people are treated as expendable in the pursuit of wealth and profits by the financial elite.
By Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2017
New studies show a link between severe health problems among immigrants, and anxieties caused by the US anti-immigrant policies under the Bush, Obama and now Trump administrations.
By Brad Dixon, 17 July 2017
The crackdown is aimed at distracting attention from the main culprits in the opioid crisis—the pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors.
By Debra Watson, 13 July 2017
Michigan is being forced to pay back tens of millions of dollars in food benefits illegally denied even as changes in law and policy curtail food benefits and unemployment assistance for millions.
A generation of orphans
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 July 2017
Social service workers, health care workers, and nonprofit organizers spoke to the WSWS about the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic on children.
By Philip Guelpa, 11 July 2017
Deteriorating economic conditions combined with inadequate social services lead to sharp rise in New York’s homeless population.
By Eric London, 10 July 2017
The murder of Easley exposes the establishment’s ritual worship of veterans as nothing more than propaganda, aimed at building support for wars fought by the poor to enrich the wealthy.
By Matthew MacEgan, 8 July 2017
Missouri’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a law that reverses the city of St. Louis’s 2015 hourly minimum wage increase, lowering it from $10 back to the state’s standard of $7.70.
By Kevin Martinez, 4 July 2017
The disease, which affects the liver, has already claimed four lives in San Diego, making it the largest outbreak in the state in almost 20 years.
By Genevieve Leigh, 3 July 2017
Like hundreds of cities and towns across the US, Middletown, located in southwestern Ohio, has been wracked by the opioid epidemic.
By Keisha Gibbs, 30 June 2017
Even as Nashville has experienced a population boom, the largest city in the state has lost more than 20 percent of its affordable housing stock since 2000.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 June 2017
Both the absolute rate of poverty and the degree to which the poor are segregated into effective ghettos have increased since the 2008 crash.
By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 24 June 2017
The most significant feature of both the Senate and House plans is their effective dismantlement of Medicaid as a guaranteed benefit—a milestone in the ruling class drive to destroy what remains of the social reforms of the 20th century.
By Genevieve Leigh, 21 June 2017
Visits to emergency rooms and inpatient stays for opioid-related issues are skyrocketing, straining treatment facilities in rural areas and urban centers alike.
By Katy Kinner, 21 June 2017
The real estate mogul, who has forcibly evicted hundreds of people, was sentenced to a year in jail for crimes against the banks, not tenants.
By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2017
The director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the highest ranking state official yet to be named in the ongoing official investigation, is facing manslaughter charges.
The Sessions hearing: Another anti-Russian diversion while the social counterrevolution in America deepens
By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2017
Not one Democratic senator sought to question Sessions about the actual policies of the Trump administration toward immigrants or victims of police violence.
By Carlos Delgado, 14 June 2017
A father in his 50s and two teenage children are the latest victims of fatal house fires in the economically ravaged city.
By Shelley Connor, 10 June 2017
Amid a continuing economic downturn, mortality rates have risen for Americans between the ages of 25 and 45, with a surging opioid crisis claiming lives daily.
By Kate Randall, 9 June 2017
While poor and working-class Americans have access to substandard care, if they can get health care at all, a growing number of health care companies are catering to the rich.
By Evan Blake, 9 June 2017
While the two men clearly bear responsibility, their prosecution is meant to deflect blame from equally culpable city officials and others responsible for creating the housing crisis in the Bay Area.
By Thomas Gaist and Marc Wells, 9 June 2017
The number of homeless living in Los Angeles County grew by 23 percent over the last year, rising to 58,000.
By Genevieve Leigh, 7 June 2017
New data analyzed by the New York Times reveals that the number of people killed by drug overdoses increased by 19 percent in 2016, largely due to the growing opioid epidemic.
By Kate Randall, 7 June 2017
Monday’s deadly attack came a week before the city marks one year since the Pulse nightclub massacre, when a lone gunman shot and killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.
By Katy Kinner, 5 June 2017
Plans for luxury housing to be built on NYCHA property in Manhattan will leave hundreds of prospective low-income tenants in “affordable” units without sunlight.
One third of American households cannot afford water bills
By Kathleen Martin, 29 May 2017
Recent reports show major sustainability issues, with rising costs of water and affordability for millions of US households.
By Kate Randall, 23 May 2017
The budget proposal marks a new stage in the bipartisan assault on what remains of programs to fight poverty and hunger and provide health care for millions of workers.
“We’re being punished for not being able to pay the city for the poison”
By Jerry White, 19 May 2017
With popular anger reaching a boiling point, city officials passed a temporary moratorium of foreclosure threats against residents not paying for the poisoned water.
By Jerry White, 18 May 2017
Angry workers on Wednesday confronted the Flint City Council, which voted to temporarily halt plans to put tax liens on homes with unpaid water bills.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 May 2017
A conflict is unfolding across the United States of a very different character than the crisis gripping Washington—a conflict between the working class and the capitalist class.
By James Brewer, 17 May 2017
Despite the fact that the water is still not safe to drink three years after the city began pumping foul, improperly treated water from the Flint River into homes, authorities are forcing residents to pay up or face eviction.
By Shelley Connor, 16 May 2017
If insurers are unable to make an adequate profit under Obamacare, they either hike their prices or pull out of the insurance market.
By Brad Dixon, 15 May 2017
According to new reports, the rate of new hepatitis C infections in the United States nearly tripled between 2010 and 2015, largely due to the ongoing opioid epidemic.
By Kathleen Martin, 10 May 2017
One in six residential units in the city of Detroit are facing immediate shutoffs while national projections estimate that one third of the US will not be able to pay their water bills by 2020.
By Jerry White, 10 May 2017
Three years after the decision to switch Flint’s water supply to the polluted Flint River, nothing has been done to address the catastrophic health consequences of the lead poisoning of tens of thousands of working-class residents.
One of eight people in US is food insecure
By Shelley Connor, 6 May 2017
A report by Feeding America issued on Thursday documents the pervasive scale of hunger in America and a growing “food budget gap” for millions of working people.
“After compromising our health, they want to kick us out of our homes”
By Jerry White, 5 May 2017
Letters sent out by the city said outstanding bills would have to be paid by May 19 or tax liens would be put on homes that could result in residents losing them next year.
By Eric London, 4 May 2017
Though storms do not select their victims, capitalism does. A new report shows a close correlation between poverty, inequality, mobile home residency and tornado fatalities across the US.
By Trévon Austin, 2 May 2017
That storms could wreak such havoc on largely impoverished sections of the United States exposes the catastrophic divide separating rich and poor in the world’s richest country.
By Eric London, 1 May 2017
Entirely preventable, this weekend’s tragic deaths were caused by the lack of public infrastructure, planning and spending on disaster relief.
By Debra Watson, 1 May 2017
Michigan had an official poverty rate of 22.2 percent in 2015, more than at the end of the first full year of the 2008 recession.
“The politicians in Flint, Lansing and Washington—they’re all for capitalism”
By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2017
A retired autoworker reflects on three years of the Flint water crisis.
“What they did to this city is criminal”
By Larry Porter, 26 April 2017
Hundreds of Flint residents marched to City Hall Tuesday to protest the failure of federal, state and local officials to address the disaster they all had a hand in creating.
By Kathleen Martin, 26 April 2017
A recent study shows the growing gap between life expectancies for the rich and poor is 12.7 years difference on average.
By Christopher Davion, 19 April 2017
President Trump chose Kenosha for the location for his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order
By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2017
Steven Stephens died in Erie County, Pennsylvania less than 48 hours after posting a video on Facebook of the killing of a 74-year-old stranger, Robert Godwin.
By Ben McGrath, 11 April 2017
The poverty and declining social conditions found in cities like San Bernardino are major contributing factors in now routine outbursts of mass violence.
By Kate Randall, 11 April 2017
Income-based disparities in US life expectancy are worsened by the for-profit US health care system.
By Jessica Goldstein and Benjamin Mateus, 10 April 2017
The US Environmental Protection Agency determined that the relocation of West Calumet residents was unnecessary.
By Matthew Taylor, 5 April 2017
The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the US a D- in its latest report card on the state of the nation’s schools, bridges, roads, water systems and other critical infrastructure.
By Glenn Mulwray, 3 April 2017
A recent report revealed that children in working class neighborhoods across California have tested for elevated lead levels as high or higher than children in Flint.
By E.P. Milligan, 1 April 2017
Drug overdoses now account for more deaths than from guns or car accidents; 63 percent of overdoses were due to opioids.
By James Brewer, 25 March 2017
:Residents suspect that the announcement that lead levels have improved is now being used by authorities to sweep the water crisis under the carpet.
By Niles Niemuth, 24 March 2017
The latest research by economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton provides new insights into the social crisis which has devastated the American working class since the year 2000.
By Shannon Jones, 22 March 2017
In 2016 the combined wealth of the world’s richest individuals rose 18 percent to a staggering $7.67 trillion.
By Philip Guelpa, 21 March 2017
Bill de Blasio’s latest housing proposal would merely shift homeless people from one form of temporary and thoroughly inadequate shelter to another.
By our reporter, 16 March 2017
Chicago schools and the city’s water infrastructure contains lead piping that expose the population to the danger of lead poisoning.
By Jerry White, 15 March 2017
At its peak last week, more than a million homes, schools and businesses in the metropolitan Detroit area and outstate areas had no electricity.
By Patrick Martin, 14 March 2017
With only token opposition from the Democrats, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are eviscerating what remains of the gains of the working class dating from the last period of social reform.
By Norisa Diaz and Renae Cassimeda, 8 March 2017
WSWS reporters recently spoke with homeless residents on the difficulties of getting by in one of the nation’s most expensive cities.
By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2017
A budget outline presented by the White House Monday calls for a $54 billion increase in military and police spending, offset by an equal cut in domestic social spending.
By Andre Damon, 25 February 2017
The precipitous rise in drug overdoses is among the sharpest expressions of the profound social crisis gripping the United States.
By Kathleen Martin, 23 February 2017
Artist tenants at the century-old Russell Industrial Center are scrambling to find new work and gallery spaces due to a last-minute eviction notice from the city of Detroit.
By Naomi Spencer, 22 February 2017
The genuinely tragic outcomes of so many children caught up in the drug crisis are compounded by official indifference.
By Tom Hall, 20 February 2017
Total US household debt is expected to surpass levels reached just prior to the subprime mortgage crisis that triggered the 2008 Recession.
By Jessica Goldstein, 20 February 2017
Although lead contamination in the area has been known of for decades, no substantial efforts were made to address the toxin until recently.
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 Naomi Spencer, 17 February 2017
Last week, Louisville reported 151 overdoses over four days, 52 of them within a 32-hour period.
By Zac Corrigan and Ben McGrath, 15 February 2017
Several days of rain are forecast to begin this evening, meaning residents must be prepared to evacuate again at a moment’s notice.
By Evan Blake, 15 February 2017
Over 600 pages of redacted reports by local police officers, firefighters and building inspectors detail dozens of visits to the Ghost Ship warehouse in recent years.