Interviews

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.