Interviews

“I feel repulsed and outraged about last night’s attack on Syria—it was completely unnecessary”

UK workers oppose drive to war

By our reporters, 16 April 2018

Anti-war protester: “There should have been a referendum on whether to go to war! They are asking us to go to war with no evidence.”

French students protest war, support striking rail workers

By Alex Lantier, 16 April 2018

Students at Tolbiac University spoke to the WSWS Friday about their opposition to war in Syria, plans to reinstate the draft, and social austerity in France.

Students oppose Portland State University tuition hikes

By Kayla Costa, 16 April 2018

Despite a student backlash, the Portland State University board of trustees still plans to vote to raise tuition by up to 9 percent for the coming semester.

“This needs to go to all 50 states”

Oklahoma teachers call for broadening of strike

By our reporters, 3 April 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to striking teachers, teachers’ assistants and other public employees who attended yesterday’s demonstration of more than 15,000 people.

Interview with a teacher from Greece: “Teachers have the same problems worldwide”

By Marianne Arens, 2 April 2018

Evangelos, a teacher from Greece working in Germany, expressed his solidarity with teachers in the US and reported on the recent teachers’ strike in Greece.

Tens of thousands protest mass shootings in New York, Michigan, Boston and the southern United States

By Tom Hall, 27 March 2018

IYSSE members and supporters spoke to demonstrators at a large number of demonstrations throughout the country.

“This can be turned around by people who want to build a new society”

California: Protesters denounce war and social inequality

By our reporters, 27 March 2018

The large turnout in the most populous US state reflects a political shift, as a new generation of young people are being thrust into politics for the first time.

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference and that’s how those in power view many in our society”

Grenfell fire: An interview with North Kensington resident Joe Delaney

By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2018

In this interview, local resident Joe Delaney speaks about his initial involvement in tenants housing issues in North Kensington and the Grenfell Action Group, his thoughts on the Grenfell fire and the official public inquiry.

UK: Lecturers and students speak on struggle to fight savage pension cuts

By our reporters, 17 March 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to striking lecturers and students on picket lines and at rallies Thursday and Friday in London and Glasgow.

“If you have one bad illness and go to the hospital, that wipes your income out”

West Virginia teachers demand the right to affordable healthcare

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 March 2018

The teachers’ union has sought to bury the issue of insurance funding as part of its attempt to sell out the strike.

Defiant West Virginia teachers denounce union efforts to sell out strike

By Will Morrow, 2 March 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with public school employees as 30,000 workers continued to defy the unions’ efforts to shut down the strike.

“The politicians don’t want to fund education; they’d rather fund war”

Teachers speak out on the struggle in West Virginia

By a reporting team, 26 February 2018

Educators in Michigan, New York and Arizona, as well as West Virginia, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site in support of the striking West Virginia teachers.

“These sorts of things have been happening for several years, but people have been less secure in publicizing them”

Interview with Arang Keshavarzian, NYU professor barred from the UAE

By Josh Varlin, 26 February 2018

For years, the United States has forged an anti-Iranian alliance with reactionary Sunni Persian Gulf oil monarchies, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Walkout by West Virginia teachers to continue through Monday

By Shannon Jones, 24 February 2018

The unions announced the extension of the two-day strike on Friday evening, fearful that the anger of teachers could erupt outside of their control.

Lecturers and students stage united protests in Sheffield and Southampton

By our reporters, 24 February 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to lecturers and students at universities around the UK.

Opposition grows among students and youth to Internet censorship

By our reporters, 24 February 2018

Student who spoke with the IYSSE talked about the power of the Internet to organize opposition and disseminate information outside the control of the corporate and state media.

“We are tired of waiting”

West Virginia teachers demand quality pay, health care

By our reporters, 23 February 2018

The WSWS spoke to many of those participating in a rally of thousands of teachers and their supporters in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday

“This is a political attack”

Striking UK lecturers speak on struggle against assault on pensions

By our reporters, 23 February 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to lecturers and students at universities around the UK during yesterday’s national strike by lecturers against attacks on their pensions.

Students and workers call for the unity of the working class following meeting on Flint water crisis

By our reporters, 23 February 2018

Students and workers who attended the meeting spoke to the WSWS and expressed their support for the struggle of workers in Puerto Rico, Kentucky and Flint.

“This struggle should be spread nationally”

Two-day statewide teacher walkout planned in West Virginia

By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2018

As teachers gear up for a two-day walkout, the unions are doubling down on legislative horse-trading focused on keeping opposition confined to the Democratic Party.

“It’s time for a general strike or protest, nationwide”

West Virginia teachers denounce education cuts, social crisis

By a WSWS reporting team, 19 February 2018

Teachers and other workers described the impact of decades of attacks on wages and conditions and the need for a broad fight by the entire working class.

“This is a national health emergency”

WSWS interviews Fulbright scholar Chris Fradkin on impact of mass deportations

By our reporters, 17 February 2018

Fradkin authored an article in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics titled “Fear of massive deportations in the United States: Social implications on deprived pediatric communities.”

“The union is certainly not on our side”

Indian autoworker speaks about life in the “Detroit of South Asia”

By Ram Ramiah and Parwini Zora, 17 February 2018

An auto parts worker in South India describes the slave-like conditions he confronts daily enforced by management with the support of the union.

Failed by the State co-director Daniel Renwick: “Every day I meet people who have been politicised and have a deeper consciousness”

By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Daniel Renwick about the making of Failed by the State, a documentary on the Grenfell fire, and the attack launched against it by the Daily Beast and right-wing newspapers in Britain.

West Virginia teacher speaks on social conditions, issues in strike vote

By Naomi Spencer, 12 February 2018

Beyond the derisory 1 percent wage increase, untenable social conditions and health care costs are motivating teachers to take up picket signs for the first time in three decades in West Virginia.

The unquiet death of a young Ford worker

The parents of Jacoby Hennings demand to know why their son died

By Jerry White, 12 February 2018

Nearly four months later, the circumstances surrounding the violent death of the 21-year-old temporary part-time worker remain unexplained.

A conversation with film historian Max Alvarez: How the #MeToo campaign echoes the McCarthyite witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s

“The climate is chillingly similar in terms of the massive capitulation and conformity”

By David Walsh, 8 February 2018

It is “Scoundrel Time” again in Hollywood, complete with denunciations, anonymous informants, humiliating “confessions,” trial by media and the banning of prominent performers.

“They chew you up and spit you out”

Ford workers in Chicago speak out on UAW corruption

By our reporters, 6 February 2018

Workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant reacted to the continuing revelations in the UAW corruption scandal and denounced abuses by the union and management.

London protesters speak out in defence of the National Health Service

“The Conservatives don’t care how many people die so long as they line their pockets”

By our reporters, 5 February 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday’s demonstration in London to defend the NHS.

”You cannot disperse communities and expect people to be fine with that”

Protesters denounce social cleansing by Southwark Labour council

By our reporters, 19 January 2018

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those protesting the gentrification plans being carried out in the Elephant and Castle area of south London.

“This is an outrage! The marshal should be arrested for assault”

Massive outpouring of support for victimized Louisiana teacher

By Nancy Hanover, 12 January 2018

The arrest and jailing of Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave has prompted outrage throughout the US and internationally.

An interview with Javier Luengo-Garrido, Coordinator at ACLU-Massachusetts’ Immigrant Protection Project

By Julian James, 10 January 2018

Luengo-Garrido is a coordinator at the ACLU’s Immigrant Protection Project in Northampton, Massachusetts. He spoke to the WSWS about the recent announcement by the Trump Administration to deport over 200,00 Salvadorans over the next 18 months.

Striking Tamil Nadu bus workers speak out

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 January 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with several striking bus workers in Chennai who are engaged in the bitter struggle with the Tamil Nadu state government for higher wages.

“The government got to do whatever it wanted to do”

An interview with Mark Flessner, attorney for Davino Watson, US citizen illegally imprisoned by ICE for more than three years

By Nick Barrickman, 5 January 2018

Watson was denied damages from the US government on the grounds that a two-year statute of limitation for suing the government had elapsed while he had been detained.

US Ford worker supports autoworker strike in Romania: “They need to hook up with us”

By Tim Rivers, 29 December 2017

The worker welcomed the rebellion against the Romanian union bureaucrats, stating, “I am sure that up and down the line, the whole union chain of command was bought and paid for.”

“The government has done nothing”

Months after hurricane, Puerto Rican workers face worsening jobs crisis

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 28 December 2017

The economic devastation of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria continues to escalate three months after the storm made landfall in late September.

Romanian Ford worker speaks to WSWS about wildcat strike at Craiova plant

By Eric London, 27 December 2017

“We have a corrupt union that works for the company.”

SEP meeting attendees speak about the Russian Revolution

By our reporters, 20 December 2017

A diverse cross-section of workers, students and young people attended Socialist Equality Party meetings [link] in Sydney and in Wellington, New Zealand, last week, entitled “100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today.” A number spoke to reporters from the WSWS.

Amazon workers ask “$100 billion man” Jeff Bezos: where’s my cut?

By our reporters, 9 December 2017

When reporters for the International Amazon Workers Voice interviewed part-time Amazon workers in Baltimore to discuss their attitude toward Bezos’ ill-gotten fortune, they were met with a torrent of disgust and calls for sharing the wealth.

Workers and youth discuss the Russian Revolution at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 7 December 2017

“People can’t afford to live in today’s world, and this is something that needs to be changed… fighting for socialism is not a lifestyle, it’s a fight for survival.”

“Management tells the UAW what to do and they say, ‘Okay!’”

Chicago Ford workers speak out on death of Coby Hennings

By Marcus Day, 5 December 2017

Ford Chicago Assembly workers denounced the grueling working conditions of TPTs which had led to the death of 21-year-old Coby Hennings six weeks ago at Woodhaven Stamping near Detroit.

“The Bolshevik Revolution liberated art and artists”

Radical Russia: an interview with curator Peter Waldron

By Paul Mitchell, 30 November 2017

Curator Peter Waldron spoke to the WSWS about the Radical Russia: Art, Culture and Revolution exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich and the Royal Fabergé exhibition running in parallel.

Queensland voters voice disgust and discuss socialism

By our correspondents, 27 November 2017

At voting stations in working class Inala, people spoke about the conditions they face and their distrust in the political system.

“It’s like organized crime”

Detroit Manufacturing Systems and the new face of auto parts production

By Nick Rodriguez, 17 November 2017

The profits of auto parts makers are based on the super-exploitation of a layer of low-wage workers, many of whom pay dues to the United Auto Workers.

“The sad thing is that there are so many people like me in that system”

Davino Watson, US citizen falsely imprisoned by ICE agents, speaks out

By Nick Barrickman, 4 November 2017

Watson has been denied the right to sue for damages incurred while he was illegally imprisoned by ICE for over three years.

Latrobe Valley residents: “The government is failing very badly”

By Michelle Stevens, 26 October 2017

”People are often embarrassed that they need help.”

“This anti-Russian campaign is horrible”: An interview with antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan

By David Walsh, 23 October 2017

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, has had many bitter experiences with the Democratic Party.

An interview with a Loving Vincent painter-animator

By Joanne Laurier, 19 October 2017

Natalie Gregorarz, a 27 year-old artist from the Detroit area, was one of the artists involved in the making of Loving Vincent.

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

By David North, 6 October 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges talks with the WSWS about the anti-Russia campaign, the attack on democratic rights, and the role of the capitalist media.

Manchester demonstrators: “People are dying under these austerity measures.”

By our reporters, 3 October 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to those attending Saturday’s anti-austerity protest in Manchester.

New York City workers collecting aid express anger at Trump’s response to Puerto Rico disaster

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 October 2017

Working people at a South Bronx event to collect aid for people in the US territory spoke to the WSWS about their anger over the Trump administration’s lack of response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which struck nearly two weeks ago.

“We need help and the politicians are ignoring us”

Puerto Rican survivors describe dire conditions after hurricane

By Jerry White, 2 October 2017

Residents of Arroyo on the southeastern shore of the island described the lack of water, electricity and other basic necessities.

“The contract should be null and void”

Fiat Chrysler workers react to UAW corruption investigation

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2017

Workers at Fiat Chrysler in Detroit reacted angrily to revelations that top UAW officials received illegal payouts from management to keep them “fat, dumb and happy.”

Binational workers speak out during the San Diego-Tijuana border closure

By Norisa Diaz, 28 September 2017

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at the US/Mexico border during the closure last weekend of the busiest border crossing in the world.

SGP election meeting: “War and inequality mutually reinforce one another”

By our correspondents, 27 September 2017

The speeches to the Berlin meeting by leading members of the Fourth International from Germany, Britain, France and the US were closely followed by the audience and found a very positive response.

“Dad, mom, the police are here”

ICE rounds up farmworkers applying for work in Michigan

By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017

The WSWS spoke to immigrants and witnesses of an ICE raid at a migrant labor camp in Western Michigan.

Interview with attorney for family of Anthony Lamar Smith:

Authorities withheld DNA evidence in St. Louis police killing

By Ed Hightower, 25 September 2017

“The whole package of justice in this case, not just the criminal case but in the civil remedies… was compromised.”

World Socialist Web Site readers in Britain oppose Google’s censorship campaign

By our reporter, 18 September 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.

Jacksonville area staggered by flooding, power outages from Hurricane Irma

By Matthew Taylor, 15 September 2017

The storm knocked out power for 60 percent of the city, some 288,000 homes, according to the Jacksonville Electrical Authority, the utility company that provides power for the region.

Evacuees, volunteers describe inadequate services, police harassment at Houston convention center

By Tom Hall reporting from Houston, 14 September 2017

Houston’s business community is eager to move evacuees out of the city’s convention centers as quickly as possible in order to resume their lucrative tourist operations.

Protests throughout the US held against attack on immigrant rights

By our reporters, 11 September 2017

The Department of Homeland Security will not accept any more applications for deportation protection, while those already enrolled will begin losing coverage in six months.

Miles of devastation along Braes Bayou in Houston

A Hurricane Harvey diary: Part 3

By Charles Abelard, 7 September 2017

A reader who has lived in Houston for four decades surveys some of the damage left behind by unprecedented flood waters along the Braes Bayou.

Protesters denounce Trump’s repeal of DACA program

By our reporters, 6 September 2017

Demonstrators marched throughout the US Tuesday to protest the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and defend an estimated 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants.

London residents speak on Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 6 September 2017

“As long as the rich people, special interests and the establishment are ruling, then there will always be a cover-up.”

“I grew to call the oil industry the rape, pillage and plunder industry”

Former Shell Oil civil engineer and Berkeley Professor Emeritus Robert Bea speaks on Hurricane Harvey

By Barry Grey, 1 September 2017

Robert Bea, a retired civil engineer, has had a long career in the fields of flood control and risk assessment and management.

Grenfell fire survivors speak at Socialist Equality Party public meeting

By our reporters, 25 August 2017

A number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire attended and spoke at the August 19 public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in London.

Worker at SEP public meeting on the Grenfell Tower fire: “We are working class and we always suffer. A few people who are rich, they call the shots.”

By our reporters, 24 August 2017

Delroy, from Wembley in northwest London, spoke to the WSWS following the August 19 public meeting on Grenfell Tower.

Grenfell Tower fire: “I believe that it is social cleansing, and we are now seeing the result of it”

By our reporters, 18 August 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to residents of Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire and the SEP’s public meeting to be held Saturday.

Hundreds protest Trump appearance in Huntington, West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2017

The WSWS spoke to protesters outside a campaign-style rally addressed by President Donald Trump last week.

Grenfell fire survivors speak out over poor treatment

By our reporters, 4 August 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to former Grenfell Tower residents about Kensington and Chelsea’s rehousing offer.

“You have to be rich to have a voice”

SEP meeting attendees speak on the Grenfell Tower tragedy

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Workers and young people spoke out about the parallels between the fire in London and unsafe building practices in Australia.

“This is a crime of capitalism against the working class”

Residents denounce inequality at fundraising event for Grenfell Tower victims

By our reporters, 19 July 2017

People attending the local fundraising event in West London for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.

AmazonFresh worker reveals: Amazon illegally keeps workers in a freezer for over two hours at a time

By Alex González, 18 July 2017

A worker reported that Amazon’s food delivery service forces many of its employees to work in sub-freezing temperatures for longer than legally allowed.

Local residents speak out over toxic recycling plant

By our reporters, 17 July 2017

Coolaroo and Dallas residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters, denouncing government and environmental protection authorities over their response to the SKM Recycling plant fire last Thursday.

Australian building experts discuss the Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 12 July 2017

“Fire safety is more important than the façade of a building,” building inspector says.

New York City commuters voice anger at decay of mass transit system

By our reporters, 12 July 2017

The WSWS spoke to train commuters in New York City about the dangers and frustrating conditions that have overwhelmed the mass transit system in recent months.

Camden residents: “You cannot trust them now because of Grenfell. It’s never going to be the same again”

By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to tenants in the Blashford tower block about the Grenfell fire and the situation they face.

“It is so difficult to bear the uncertainty of the future”

Life after deportation: an interview with a Mexican immigrant raised in the US

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 July 2017

WSWS reporters speak with a recently deported Mexican immigrant about his experiences in detention facilities and life after deportation.

London residents on the Grenfell fire: “All they want to do is maximise their profits”

By our reporters, 6 July 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to London residents on Bramley Road, near Grenfell Tower.

London residents on Grenfell fire: “Heads have got to roll!”

By our reporters, 5 July 2017

Residents at Lancaster West spoke about the tragedy, their disbelief in the official death toll, and the conditions workers throughout the area have faced since the deadly inferno.

“There are people who died in there—and they’re not telling us who they are.”

Anger grows over Grenfell Tower inferno

By our reporters, 4 July 2017

Residents of the Lancaster West housing estate near Grenfell Tower talked to the World Socialist Web Site about the June 14 fire in London.

“People died because they used cheap cladding. It’s like war between rich and poor”

Anti-austerity protestors speak on the Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 3 July 2017

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed some of those participating in Saturday’s anti-austerity demonstration. Dominating the thoughts of those who attended was the Grenfell Tower inferno and its implications.

Australian workers and youth speak out on Grenfell Tower tragedy

By our reporters, 3 July 2017

Those who spoke to the WSWS drew parallels between the London fire and the undermining of building regulations in Australia.

New York City transit workers, commuters describe breakdown of subway system

By our reporters, 3 July 2017

Subway workers and passengers spoke about the dangers due to decay of the transit system.

"The rich want families with low income out”

On-the-spot report from London: Residents speak on Grenfell fire

By our reporters, 28 June 2017

Residents near the burnt-out Grenfell Tower spoke about the gaping social divide in London and the responsibility of the Tories and Labourites for this horrific loss of life.

Flint, Michigan residents speak about London fire

By Sheila Brehm and Phyllis Steele, 28 June 2017

Residents in Flint, Michigan, said the Grenfell Tower fire, like the lead poisoning of their city, was the result of politicians subordinating the needs of the population to private profit.

Lawyer for framed up Maruti Suzuki workers: The court “committed violence” to the “principles” of law

By our correspondents, 27 June 2017

Rebecca John, who represented the Maruti Suzuki workers in the final stages of their four-and-a-half-year-long court case, spoke with the WSWS last month as she completed work on an appeal.

People’s Summit attendees discuss Democratic Party, war, socialism

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 20 June 2017

Reporters for the WSWS spoke to young people and other attendees at the People’s Summit.

US telecom unions continue isolation of Spectrum strike

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 10 June 2017

Spectrum workers in the third month of a strike in New York and New Jersey are being isolated by the unions, whose strategy is based on useless appeals to the Democratic Party.

Ex-Amazon worker: I was fired for picking too slow

By our reporters, 10 June 2017

A former “picker” was given little training and did not meet Amazon’s required time targets, so he was fired.

A conversation with artist Celeste Dupuy-Spencer

By Clare Hurley, 25 May 2017

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer is one of the 63 artists included in the Whitney Biennial 2017. She recently gave an interview to the WSWS.

Australia: Contract teacher voices opposition to the AEU-government agreement

By our reporters, 20 May 2017

“I feel as though we’re teaching to a test, and not spending enough time on building our relationship with our students, and building on their strengths.”

Australian teachers support campaign against AEU-government deal

By our reporters, 18 May 2017

Teachers who attended recent delegates meetings on the new enterprise agreement voiced support for a “No” vote.

“There is an air of worker rebellion in India and China”

A conversation with Professor Immanuel Ness on the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 4 May 2017

Brooklyn College Professor Immanuel Ness, who has written extensively on the class struggle in India, was part of a team that investigated the persecution of the Maruti Suzuki workers.

“The politicians in Flint, Lansing and Washington—they’re all for capitalism”

Retired GM worker speaks on three years of the Flint water crisis

By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2017

A retired autoworker reflects on three years of the Flint water crisis.

Climate scientist Michael Mills describes the devastation of a nuclear detonation

People get “melted into burning pools of fat”

By Bryan Dyne, 27 April 2017

Michael Mills has spent nearly a decade modeling the climatic effects of what the US military would consider a “limited nuclear war.”

“In a nuclear war between the US and Russia, everybody in the world would die”

Nuclear experts speak on the dangers of war between the US and Russia

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with Steven Starr and Greg Mello, both experts on the consequences of nuclear war.

Indian railway and transport workers denounce Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our correspondents, 11 April 2017

Workers in Chennai spoke out in defence of the jailed auto workers.

Thousands of Brazilian workers and youth protest against Temer’s pension reform

By our reporters, 24 March 2017

Brazil’s unions and pseudo-left are attempting to channel growing social discontent with the Temer government’s anti-working class measures towards the 2018 elections.

Trump met by protesters in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 21 March 2017

Trump’s visit to Nashville attracted long lines of supporters together with some 2,500 demonstrators protesting his attacks on health care, education and immigrants.