Interviews

Video: Flint, Michigan resident speaks on lack of services for poisoned residents

By Tim Rivers, 17 May 2016

Keri Webber, whose family still suffers serious health issues as a result of the lead contamination of Flint’s water, says those affected by the disaster have been left to fend for themselves.

CWA silent after Verizon worker run down by New York City cop

By Nick Barrickman, 11 May 2016

The incident has exposed the strikebreaking operation being coordinated by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Fort McMurray teacher describes chaotic evacuation

By Roger Jordan, 6 May 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a teacher and her partner who were among the approximately 80,000 people evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday. Both had lived in the city for around two years.

“He wants to sweep this under the rug”

Flint residents respond to Obama’s speech on water crisis

By our reporters, 5 May 2016

The WSWS spoke to Flint residents who expressed anger that they were being urged to use the water despite recent test results showing dangerously high levels of lead.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Jobs, housing and danger of war on voters’ minds

By Samuel Davidson and E. P. Bannon, 27 April 2016

In the former Rust Belt city, jobs that replaced steel and manufacturing are mainly in service, education and health care, which pay only a fraction of the wages and benefits.

Australian youth and workers denounce media and government racist hysteria

By our reporters, 21 March 2016

The continuing campaign against African youth by the media and political establishment has prompted a reaction amongst young people in working-class areas of Melbourne.

Detroit teacher: “Children are made into dollar signs”

By our reporters, 14 March 2016

Detroit teachers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at the DFT emergency meeting on Thursday, March 10.

Photo essay: Volunteer at French refugee camp speaks to the WSWS

By Jill Lux and Toby Reese, 10 March 2016

The camp at Grand-Synthe epitomizes the squalid conditions facing people who have fled their homes amid the greatest refugee crisis since World War II.

Australian university students denounce the drive to war and austerity

By our reporters, 5 March 2016

During university Orientation Week events in Australia and New Zealand over the past two weeks, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality campaigned at seven campuses in opposition to the drive to war and the related assault on the social and democratic rights of the working class.

On-the-spot report from NH primary

New Hampshire students discuss Sanders and socialism

By Kate Randall, 13 February 2016

University of New Hampshire students expressed their opposition to income inequality and the disregard of the wealthy for the conditions facing the vast majority of the population.

British junior doctors speak from the picket lines

By our reporters, 12 February 2016

Striking junior doctors and their supporters say that the government’s attacks on them are part of a broader assault on the National Health Service.

Michigan lead expert exposes misinformation and delays in Flint crisis

By Tim Rivers, 4 February 2016

Ed Wenz, a lead expert who provides training to abatement contractors, spoke with the WSWS about the efforts to cover up and delay efforts to address the Flint water crisis.

Michigan residents speak on Flint lead poisoning

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2016

Workers and students from Flint, Detroit, Lansing and other cities in Southeastern Michigan demonstrated their anger at the poisoning of Flint’s water supply at the state Capitol building in Lansing on Tuesday evening.

Workers and youth speak on Trotsky’s life and death

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

WSWS correspondents interviewed some of those who attended the meetings last week in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne on “How and Why the GPU Murdered Trotsky” [link]. Members of the audience were asked about why they had come to the meetings and what they thought were the most significant aspects of the reports delivered on Trotsky’s life, his assassination and the Security and the Fourth International investigation, conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International, into the circumstances surrounding Trotsky’s murder.

After the contract at Fiat Chrysler: UAW and company cheat workers of pay

By Eric London, 16 December 2015

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with workers at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio who said anger is widespread over the impact of the new contract.

“Your resolve to stand up… is something to be admired”

Ford workers call for joint struggle with Nexteer workers

By our reporters, 10 December 2015

As Saginaw, Michigan auto parts workers face the combined forces of Nexteer and the UAW, workers at Ford pledged their support and called for a common fight.

Nexteer autoworkers on strike denounce UAW-Nexteer contract

By Thomas Gaist, 9 December 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to workers prior to an announcement late on Tuesday that the UAW was calling off the strike.

After the “no” vote at Nexteer: A message from a Ford worker

By Eric London, 8 December 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to a Ford worker in Louisville, Kentucky on the struggle at Nexteer and the lessons of the contract fight at the Big Three auto companies.

Interview with Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy, director of The Factory

By Lee Parsons, 7 December 2015

Roy’s film chronicles the struggle of autoworkers at the assembly plant operated by Maruti Suzuki India, in Manesar, northern India.

Australian workers and youth voice concerns over downing of Russian jet

By our correspondents, 3 December 2015

Workers and youth interviewed by the WSWS pointed to the role of the US in stoking global geo-strategic tensions.

“Cameron wants a piece of the profits from the oil like Tony Blair before with Iraq”

By our reporters, 30 November 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with some of those attending Saturday’s protests against the bombing of Syria.

Australian workers and youth denounce preparations for war against China

By our reporters, 7 November 2015

Australia’s Turnbull government last week gave its immediate support for US naval provocations against China in the South China Sea.

New York City workers back autoworkers’ contract fight

By our reporters, 3 November 2015

Transit and telecommunication workers in New York spoke to the WSWS about the common issues facing workers in different industries.

Lordstown GM worker speaks on UAW-GM contract

30 October 2015

A veteran GM worker detailed her opposition to the maintenance of the two-tier wage system.

Flint workers speak out against lead poisoning of water supply

By Phyllis Scherrer, 19 October 2015

WSWS reporters visited Flint to discuss the city’s water crisis, produced by the cost-cutting decision of city officials to switch their water source to the Flint River.

UAW propaganda videos: An exercise in psychological warfare

By Eric London, 16 October 2015

The UAW has put its New York City-based public relations firm BerlinRosen to work spinning a campaign of lies to push through the second agreement but a lot of autoworkers are not buying it.

The way forward for autoworkers: An online interview with Jerry White

15 October 2015

This Sunday, October 18, at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, the WSWS will host an interview with WSWS Autoworker Newsletter editor Jerry White.

Witness to New Zealand police shooting: “It was not necessary to kill that man”

By our reporters, 13 October 2015

The WSWS spoke to Christian Haider, who witnessed the killing of Pera Smiler by police in Upper Hutt.

Workers and young people speak out against the demonization of Muslim youth in Australia

By our reporters, 12 October 2015

Young people in Sydney’s western suburbs denounced the claims that the recent shooting at New South Wales police headquarters in Parramatta was an act of “Islamic terrorism.”

“Nobody can live like this”: A young refugee in Hamburg speaks out

By Ute Reissner and Benjamin Hader, 9 October 2015

Around 800 refugees have been living in a tent city since July in an outlying Hamburg suburb of Jenfeld, which is affected by poverty.

”Everyone’s willing to strike…but we don’t trust the UAW International”

Fiat Chrysler workers speak on possible walkout

By our reporters, 7 October 2015

FCA workers spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about the UAW’s announcement that it could call a strike if the current agreement expires just before midnight Wednesday.

“Conditions are verging on an explosion”

Bowling Green, Kentucky autoworker speaks out

By Naomi Spencer, 28 September 2015

An autoworker with two decades of experience spoke to the WSWS about worsening conditions in the GM facility where the Corvette is manufactured.

Students discuss lessons of history at IYSSE lectures

By our reporters, 22 September 2015

Students, workers and young people who attended the IYSSE’s lectures on “100 years since the Zimmerwald anti-war conference: How the Russian Revolution was prepared,” spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters after the campus events.

Family of GM accident victim speaks

“I believe GM murdered my daughter”

By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2015

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Leo and Mary Ruddy, parents of Kelly Erin Ruddy who died in the crash of her Cobalt in January 2010

Locked out Allegheny Technologies steelworkers speak about working conditions

By Evan Winters, 12 September 2015

Two locked-out workers recently spoke to the WSWS about their experiences after being transferred six years ago from a company facility in Indiana to Pennsylvania.

Refugees greeted in Germany with a wave of solidarity

By Marianne Arens, 8 September 2015

WSWS reporters spoke with refugees from Syria and Germans offering assistance in Neu-Isenburg in southern Hesse.

Youth and workers in Australia speak about the Greek crisis

By our reporters, 28 July 2015

Workers, students and youth attending SEP meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on Sunday spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters about developments in Greece, the role of Syriza and other issues.

Australian workers and youth speak about the danger of war

By our reporters, 7 July 2015

Mass demonstrations in Greece follow vote against EU austerity

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015

Thousands gathered on Athens’ Syntagma Square Sunday evening after the emphatic rejection of austerity proposals of the European Union and the IMF.

Greek workers speak out at referendum polling stations

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 6 July 2015

“It is a war zone”

Baltimore workers and youth speak out

By our reporters, 4 May 2015

Residents spoke about what it is like living in Baltimore, describing a situation of everyday police violence and economic desperation.

Youth and workers in Australia denounce war and join international May Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2015

University students and workers in Sydney and Melbourne explain why they will be participating in the Online May Day Rally.

Youth, students and workers discuss SEP’s socialist perspective

By our correspondents, 25 March 2015

Workers, youth, students and retirees who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s final New South Wales state election rally last Sunday in Sydney spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised at the meeting. For some, it was their first SEP event.

Striking Houston-area oil workers denounce USW betrayal

By E.P. Bannon and Tom Hall, 23 March 2015

Workers at the LyondellBasell refinery expressed frustration and anger at the United Steelworkers for deliberately isolating their struggle.

Australia: Workers and youth denounce government and media response to Sydney siege

By our reporters, 22 December 2014

Many of those who spoke with the WSWS in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne last weekend were deeply suspicious about the state counterterrorism operation.

Brooklyn workers and young people condemn police violence

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 December 2014

Workers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about police violence and social conditions for the working class.

Australia: Workers and youth oppose war and austerity in Victorian election

By our reporters, 1 December 2014

Workers and young people discussed a range of political concerns with World Socialist Web Site reporters outside polling booths during Saturday’s Victorian state election ( see: election result article).

City workers denounce Detroit bankruptcy ruling

By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2014

In contrast to the official celebration by the political and corporate establishment, workers are reacting to the ruling with bitterness and anger

Sri Lankan SEP anti-war campaign receives support among workers

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

The SEP and IYSSE are holding public meetings tomorrow in Hatton and Gampaha against the drive to war.

Detroit Chrysler workers speak out against war

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 September 2014

Workers at the Chrysler Warren Truck assembly plant in suburban Detroit expressed opposition to the Obama administration’s new war against Iraq and Syria.

“War means the people are losing”

Wayne State University students and workers speak out against war

By Seraphine Collins, 19 September 2014

As the US military launches an open-ended war in Iraq and Syria, a broad section of workers and young people say they feel deeply opposed to war, but their views find no reflection in official politics.

Workers and youth across US speak on police murder of Michael Brown

By our reporters, 19 August 2014

Workers and young people throughout the United States expressed their outrage at the police killing of the unarmed 18-year old and the militarized response of police to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

US immigration attorney: “I deal with great numbers of children and young adults fleeing violence and poverty”

By Kevin Mitchell, Alan Gilman and Marc Wells, 4 August 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a prominent attorney in Los Angeles who specializes in immigration cases.

Sri Lanka: Workers and youth speak about Workers Inquiry

By our correspondents, 28 July 2014

”Through the meeting’s reports, I understood the root cause of industrial pollution is capitalism.”

Video: Detroit residents speak out against water shutoffs

By James Brewer, 22 July 2014

In this video, Detroit residents speak out against water shutoffs at a bill payment center and rally against water shutoffs.

Australia: Demonstrators denounce Israeli invasion of Gaza

By our reporters, 21 July 2014

“If the Palestinian people don’t have a voice, we have to give them a voice.”

“It is inhumane”

Detroit water shutoffs hit families, ill and elderly residents

By a WSWS reporting team, 10 July 2014

Thousands more Detroit families had their water shut off this week as part of the city administration’s plan to cut service to 150,000 households who are overdue on their water bills.

”I take my elderly aunt four buckets of water a day”

Detroit residents and water workers speak out against water shutoffs

By Muhammad Khan and Shannon Jones, 7 July 2014

The city of Detroit is racing ahead with its plans to shut off water to some 150,000 families who cannot afford to pay their water bills.

Workers on Detroit water shutoffs: “They are making it so you can’t live”

By Shannon Jones, 30 June 2014

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is backing a brutal shutoff policy aimed at residents who are behind in their water bills.

Detroit workers oppose return of US forces to Iraq

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 June 2014

Obama’s announcement that the US will send military “advisors” to Iraq has prompted broad popular opposition.

Washington DC veterans and residents speak out against privatization of VA health care

By Danielle DeSaxe and Nick Barrickman, 7 June 2014

Veterans at the Community Clinic Southeast, which serves the neighborhood of Anacostia, spoke to the WSWS.

Detroit firefighters speak out against Plan of Adjustment

By Thomas Gaist, 13 May 2014

Firefighters described the cuts as “nothing short of devastating.”

Interview with John Ziraldo, CEO of Lighthouse of Oakland County, on Detroit suburban poverty

By Lawrence Porter and Thomas Gaist, 30 April 2014

Ziraldo authored a report finding that fifty-eight percent of those living below the poverty line in the Metro Detroit Area now live in the suburbs.

Detroit workers denounce water shutoffs

By WSWS reporters, 1 April 2014

Last week, the city of Detroit announced an aggressive campaign of water shutoffs targeting some 150,000 residents who are behind on their payments.

As retired city workers are forced onto private exchanges

Half of Detroit’s residents too poor to afford Obamacare

By Lawrence Porter, 24 March 2014

Several hundred workers, retirees and unemployed workers attended a publicly sponsored health care exposition at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit last Wednesday.

Family of murdered Indian mine worker speak out

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 21 March 2014

WSWS reporters visited the town of Neyveli in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to interview the family of 31-year-old worker Rajkumar who was murdered by a paramilitary security guard on Monday, March 17.

New York school bus workers defiant in face of attacks

By a WSWS reporter, 20 March 2014

Workers at Reliant Bus Company in New York City spoke to the WSWS about the conditions they face.

“The city wants to never have to fund pensions again”

An interview with Detroit retiree attorney

By Thomas Gaist, 20 March 2014

The WSWS spoke with attorney Carole Neville about the historic cuts to pensions and health benefits contained in the plan of adjustment

Detroit workers denounce bankruptcy restructuring plan

By Thomas Gaist, 25 February 2014

Anger is building in the working class against the emergency manager’s plan of adjustment, which includes slashing pensions and health benefits.

London Underground workers outraged at unions’ suspension of strike

By our reporters, 13 February 2014

Workers on the London Underground were angry and concerned upon hearing that Tuesday’s scheduled 48 hour strike was called off by the trade unions.

Inquiry gains momentum among workers

Detroiters denounce the widening social divide

By Tim Rivers, 23 December 2013

At a Chrysler plant and Detroit’s Eastern Market, workers denounced the looting of city pensions and the art museum, the mortgage swindle and the disappearance of well-paying jobs.

Railroad accident investigator speaks on US rail safety

By Jeff Lusanne, 20 December 2013

Investigator John Hiatt speaks on employee conditions and how railroads are avoiding investment in Positive Train Control.

Thousands of layoffs expected with closure of Chicago supermarket chain

By Jeff Lusanne, 11 November 2013

As grocery giant Safeway exits the Chicago market, dozens of stores are likely to close, threatening more than 5,600 layoffs on December 28th.

California: Food stamp recipients speak about cuts

By Julien Kiemle, 8 November 2013

The WSWS interviewed food stamp recipients in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento about the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program.

Los Angeles area residents speak out against food stamp cuts

By Dan Conway, 4 November 2013

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in the Los Angeles area about the impact of the cuts.

Detroit workers denounce food stamp cuts

By WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2013

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team found widespread anger over the reduction in food stamp benefits.

California Bay Area transit workers speak out on strike

By our reporters, 22 October 2013

Bay Area Rapid Transit workers speak about a fatal accident that killed two workers, and why they are on strike.

Washington, DC workers speak out against government shutdown

By our reporters, 16 October 2013

On Tuesday, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents and workers in southeast Washington, DC about the furloughs of federal workers that have been in place since the beginning of October.

Workers and young people at demonstration speak out in defense of the DIA

By Tim Rivers, 5 October 2013

Workers and young people spoke to the WSWS about why they had come to the demonstration.

Detroit area residents speak against sale of DIA art and budget cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2013

An SEP and IYSSE campaign team spoke to workers and young people at Detroit’s Eastern Market about the threatened sale of DIA artworks and the ongoing cuts in social services.

Visitors to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art condemn the sale of DIA artwork

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2013

Informed about the threatened selloff of the masterpieces of the Detroit Institute of Arts, visitors at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art responded with shock and voiced support for public access to culture.

Australian voters oppose US-led war against Syria

By our reporters, 10 September 2013

Voters who spoke to WSWS reporters outside election polling stations last Saturday opposed the impending US-led attack on Syria and Australia’s support for it.

An interview with Todd Tarbox, author of Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts

By David Walsh, 26 July 2013

David Walsh interviews the grandson of Orson Welles’ life-long friend and mentor, Roger Hill.

“The entire future of democracy was hanging in the balance”

Historian Allen Guelzo speaks on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

By Andre Damon, 4 July 2013

In an interview with the WSWS, Civil War historian Allen Guelzo explains the world historical significance of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s subsequent Gettysburg Address.

Third day of Gettysburg anniversary: Discussions on Snowden and the decay of democracy

By Jerry White in Gettysburg, 4 July 2013

Workers and young people visiting the Gettysburg battlefields contrasted the powerful democratic ideals of Lincoln and the Union forces with government spying, war and inequality in contemporary America.

“I’m prepared to go to jail to have my rights”

Griswold tenants speak out on threatened eviction

By a WSWS reporting team, 1 July 2013

Tenants facing eviction from the Griswold Apartments in Detroit spoke to the WSWS.

Scientist speaks to WSWS about lead cover-up in Mount Isa

By Mark Church, 28 June 2013

Professor Mark Taylor explained the implications of his team’s proof that the source of lead contamination in the town is the mine and smelter.

Australia: Apartment residents raise fire safety concerns with SEP campaigners

By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 18 June 2013

Last week’s Cathedral Place fire in inner Brisbane highlighted the lack of basic fire safety features in residential apartment blocks.

The WSWS speaks to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s son

An interview with Robert Meeropol

By Fred Mazelis, 15 June 2013

Robert Meeropol is the younger son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the couple executed by the US government in June 1953 on trumped-up charges of atomic espionage.

Interview with Paul Hoffman, lawyer for the plaintiffs

By John Burton, 23 April 2013

Paul Hoffman, a partner in the Venice, California law firm of Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris, Hoffman & Harrison, has been representing plaintiffs in cases under the Alien Tort Statute for the last 30 years.

Newark, New Jersey students protest education cuts

By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013

Hundreds of high school students in Newark, New Jersey walked out of class Tuesday to protest millions of dollars in education cuts.

Common Core: A California kindergarten teacher’s experience

By our reporter, 11 April 2013

A kindergarten teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the Common Core curriculum.

Detroit workers speak against emergency manager

By a WSWS reporting team, 1 April 2013

WSWS reporters spoke to Detroiters over the weekend about the appointment of Kevyn Orr as emergency manager of the city.