United States

“Workers must stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough’”

Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for emergency measures as COVID-19 surges in the plant

By Shannon Jones, 31 July 2020

As reports of COVID-19 cases at the Toledo Assembly Complex escalate, workers are demanding the closure of the facility for deep cleaning and disinfection.

Brook Park, Ohio autoworker describes conditions leading to rising COVID-19 infections at Ford Engine plant

By Katy Kinner, 31 July 2020

While Ford has told employees that they are following cleaning and safety protocols, rank-and-file workers have exposed the real dangers.

Japan raising tensions with Beijing in the East China Sea

By Ben McGrath, 31 July 2020

The US and Japan bear primary responsibility for upending the status quo in the East China Sea and fueling the dangerous stand-off over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

At least 735 COVID-19 deaths confirmed in US prison system

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

Now exceeding April and May peaks, increases in prison deaths and infections are most acute in states that pursued reckless reopenings.

In latest attack on immigrants

Trump administration suspends DACA applications and renewals

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

A recent Supreme Court ruling has allowed the White House to make a new attack on the program.

Louisiana restaurant worker dies of COVID-19 after collapsing on the job

By Aaron Murch, 31 July 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens millions workers are faced with an impossible situation, go to work and possibly die on the job, or stay home and face eviction.

Consol cuts 233 jobs as US coal production falls to 1973 levels

By Samuel Davidson, 31 July 2020

A wave of layoffs swept the industry even before the pandemic, but the economic collapse over the last several months has spurred mining companies to accelerate their attacks on jobs.

Millions face economic and social disaster as Wall Street celebrates

By Jerry White, 31 July 2020

Even as the US economy suffers its sharpest contraction in history and the death toll from the pandemic surpasses 155,000, the private fortunes of America’s billionaires continue to rise.

Open Letter from WSWS Chairman David North to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai

31 July 2020

This letter from David North was written in response to Pichai’s testimony on Wednesday before the House Committee on the Judiciary, in which he acknowledged complaints from the WSWS of censorship by Google.

Ten years since WikiLeaks published the Afghan war logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 July 2020

The documents provided the world’s population with an unprecedented insight into the first war crimes of the 21st century.

Plainclothes NYC police grab protester and throw her into unmarked car

By Niles Niemuth, 30 July 2020

The illegal seizure of the protester in broad daylight signaled the readiness of the New York Police Department to use the authoritarian methods made infamous by Trump’s paramilitary forces in Portland.

As opposition mounts to reopening of schools, US teacher union opposes national strike

By David Brown, 30 July 2020

The American Federation of Teachers resolved to limit safety strikes to locals “on a case-by-case basis as a last resort.”

Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes

By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020

Management at the Saline, Michigan plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.

Corporate press promotes Susan Rice as Biden running mate

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2020

The former Obama national security advisor is identified with illegal wars, drone missile assassinations and an aggressive posture towards both Russia and China.

Fed chair Powell says backstop to markets to remain for a “very long time”

By Nick Beams, 30 July 2020

The massive intervention by the Fed and other central banks into financial markets beginning last March has raised fears, reflected in the soaring price for gold, that currencies are being debased.

As other mid-Michigan corporations carry out layoffs

Dow Chemical announces plan to cut six percent of its global workforce

By Luke Galvin, 30 July 2020

The latest round of layoffs at Dow further exposes the long-going exploitative and controlling nature of the company’s relationship with the Midland, Michigan region.

Australian government signs up to US offensive against China

By Mike Head, 30 July 2020

The joint AUSMIN statement by top Australian and US officials broadcast all the Trump administration’s incendiary and unproven allegations against China.

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine racket

By Bryan Dyne, 30 July 2020

Moderna’s exorbitant price point for its taxpayer subsidized vaccine exemplifies the corporate-financial elite’s exploitation of the coronavirus catastrophe for its selfish private gain.

In congressional testimony

Attorney General Barr aggressively defends violent attacks on protesters in Portland

By Barry Grey, 29 July 2020

The White House remains the cockpit of a conspiracy to destroy democratic rights and establish authoritarian rule in the United States.

US Park Police chief defends unconstitutional June 1 assault on protesters outside the White House

By Jacob Crosse, 29 July 2020

Monahan denied that police used “excessive” force to clear out protesters from Lafayette Square despite testimony, video evidence and eyewitness accounts.

Congress prepares to scrap $600 weekly unemployment payment

By Kevin Reed, 29 July 2020

The expiration of the enhanced federal unemployment benefit this week will drive millions of working class people across the US into desperate financial circumstances.

Trump uses quack science to promote back-to school, back-to-work drive

By Kate Randall, 29 July 2020

The US president continues to promote hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 based on disproven scientific claims.

Major League Baseball confronted with major COVID-19 outbreak

By Alan Gilman, 29 July 2020

Seventeen members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19 since the weekend, exposing a complete disregard for basic safety precautions.

GM keeps third shift at Missouri plant as anger mounts over unsafe conditions

By Kristina Betinis, 29 July 2020

Driven by investor demands, GM is bringing in laid-off and temporary workers to keep production moving while refusing to disclose the number of sick workers in the plant.

Michigan Medicine laying off hundreds of workers despite ongoing pandemic

By George Kirby, 29 July 2020

The medical center owned by the University of Michigan is cutting the jobs of hundreds of nurses, emergency technicians and other hospital workers.

US adopts policy of regime-change in Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2020

By declaring the defeat of Chinese “tyranny” the aim of American foreign policy, the Trump administration has greatly intensified confrontation with China, with an all-but explicit call for regime-change.

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 29 July 2020

In a tweet Monday afternoon, Tesla CEO Elon Musk provided his summary of Marx’s great work on capitalist political economy: “Das Kapital in a nutshell,” Musk wrote, is “Gib me dat for free.”

Trump, Republicans demand $400-a-week cut for the unemployed

By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2020

The savage class war proposal is the start of “negotiations” with the Democrats in which the outcome is already assured: a severe reduction in working class living standards in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump deploys more federal agents in Portland crackdown

By Jacob Crosse, 28 July 2020

One hundred US Marshals and 50 Customs and Border Patrol agents specializing in “riot control” are en route or have already arrived as protests continue.

Texas revises its coronavirus death tally upward by 12 percent

By Bryan Dyne, 28 July 2020

If a similar revision were made to the fatality rate across the US, more than 18,000 new deaths would have to be added to the national toll.

Bath shipyard strike in danger as walkout enters sixth week

By Shannon Jones, 28 July 2020

The strike by 4,300 shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works in Maine has been isolated by the International Association of Machinists in the face of management strikebreaking.

DENSO workers describe conditions that led to COVID-19 outbreak at Michigan auto parts plant

By Brent Dylan, 28 July 2020

After an initial report on an outbreak, workers describe the unsafe conditions and corporate double speak.

Ghislaine Maxwell attorneys submit motion to block release of documents from 2015 defamation case

By Kevin Reed, 28 July 2020

Lawyers for the former girlfriend and event organizer for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein filed a motion on Monday to keep “highly confidential” documents from the earlier case from being made public.

Teachers face battle as Trump pushes school reopenings

By Evan Blake, 28 July 2020

After waging years of strikes and protests against cuts to school funding and wages, educators in the US now face a direct confrontation with the Trump administration over its drive to reopen schools.

$600-per-week jobless benefit expires for 20 million US workers

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2020

The Trump administration and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are condemning millions of workers to destitution, hunger and homelessness.

White House brands teachers “essential workers” to force reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 27 July 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic raging out of control, the Trump administration is escalating its homicidal campaign to reopen schools across the US.

Over 7,500 children in Tennessee have been diagnosed with COVID-19

By Zac Thorton, 27 July 2020

As the state’s schools move toward reopening, new data has provided a glimpse of the spread of COVID-19 among the state’s school-age children.

Mounting US pressure on Europe to line up against China

By Peter Symonds, 27 July 2020

Pompeo condemned those that “simply don’t have the ability, the courage to stand with us.”

As demonstrations erupt against Trump’s use of federal paramilitary police in Portland

Protester shot and killed in Austin, Texas

By Jacob Crosse, 27 July 2020

Nationwide protests against police violence, which had receded in recent days, reignited in dozens of US cities over the weekend.

Hurricane Hanna hits regions of Texas and Mexico devastated by COVID-19

By Trévon Austin, 27 July 2020

In conjunction with a natural disaster, the coronavirus outbreak in the cross-border region threatens to spiral out of control.

Ohio House Speaker arrested for running a $60 million bribery scheme

By Isaac Finn, 27 July 2020

The FBI arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder for alleged corrupt connections involving the electric company FirstEnergy Corporation.

Stop Trump’s coup d’état! Mobilize the working class against authoritarianism and dictatorship!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 27 July 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of paramilitary forces throughout the United States is a major escalation of the attempt to organize a coup d’état in advance of the November presidential elections.

What is BORTAC and why is it patrolling the streets of Portland?

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 July 2020

The special paramilitary arm of Customs and Border Protection has been deployed to intimidate and terrorize young people and workers amid the greatest health, economic and political crisis in modern American history.

What is the New York Times up to at the Detroit Institute of Arts?

By David Walsh, 27 July 2020

Controversies have emerged at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the remarkable art museum, whose director has been accused of a conflict of interest and “a certain deafness on race.”

Facing manpower shortages over COVID-19, UAW president tells workers ‘don’t retire’

By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2020

As auto plants face staffing crises over COVID-19, the UAW chief tells workers considering early retirement, “Don’t do it.”

US secretary of state sets out case for conflict with China

By Peter Symonds, 25 July 2020

By ruling out a return to the policy of “containment,” Pompeo’s speech marks a strategy aimed at regime change in Beijing.

Illinois Democrats embrace Trump’s law enforcement “surge”

By Kristina Betinis, 25 July 2020

Illinois Democratic lawmakers have made public statements aimed at assuaging public fears that the federal forces will crack down on anti-police violence protesters in Chicago, just as they have in Portland.

As the spread of COVID accelerates, Ford workers in Michigan and Kentucky denounce flouting of safety measures

By Tim Rivers, 25 July 2020

Ford workers in Michigan and Louisville, Kentucky describe the disregard of basic COVID-19 safety protections by management while the UAW works to suppress any opposition.

New York City transit officials prepare to slash jobs and wages

By Daniel de Vries, 25 July 2020

Faced with a financial crisis that threatens its survival, the MTA is planning devastating cuts to jobs and service.

Iowa Department of Health underreported confirmed cases at meatpacking plant by more than half

By Cordell Gascoigne, 25 July 2020

The Iowa Department of Health cover-up occurred at the height of the “back to work campaign” and ongoing meat industry production.

Trump signs executive order on 2020 Census declaring undocumented immigrants are not persons

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 July 2020

The order would affect the distribution of federal funding as well as the apportionment of congressional seats.

Judge orders former Trump enforcer Michael Cohen to be released from prison

By Jacob Crosse, 25 July 2020

In a slap at President Trump and Attorney General Barr, Federal District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein has ordered the release of former Trump confidant and disbarred lawyer Michael Cohen.

“People will not know what they lost until it is gone”

Workers voice opposition to privatization of US Postal Service

By Kayla Costa and Shuvu Batta, 25 July 2020

Postal workers have responded with outrage to leaked memos from USPS management which reveal plans for the accelerated privatization of the Postal Service.

John Deere announces layoffs, salary buyouts for US workers

By George Gallanis, 25 July 2020

The layoffs and dangers posed by the raging coronavirus pandemic require workers to form rank-and-file committees to fight for their lives and safety.

Phoenix, Arizona police release incomplete footage of July 4 shooting

By Chase Lawrence, 25 July 2020

James Garcia, 28, was sitting alone in his car and under no suspicion of any crime when he was killed by police.

150,000 dead in the US and no end in sight

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2020

The resurgence of COVID-19 is a result of the campaign by the Trump administration—with the assistance of the Democrats and the media—to force workers back on the job as the pandemic continues to rage.

SEP files appeal to Federal Sixth Circuit Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 25 July 2020

The Socialist Equality Party candidates Joseph Kishore for US President and Norissa Santa Cruz for US Vice President have appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for review of the July 8 ruling of Judge Sean Cox rejecting their lawsuit against Michigan ballot access requirements during the pandemic.

US coronavirus hospitalizations surge back to April highs

By Bryan Dyne, 24 July 2020

The spike in hospitalizations is the result of infections surging nationally, including more than 69,000 new cases today, along with 1,150 deaths, bringing the total known case count and death toll to 4.17 million and 147,000, respectively.

As paramilitary police tear gas Portland mayor and protesters

Trump orders federal police to more cities

By Barry Grey, 24 July 2020

The Trump administration is stepping up its unconstitutional moves toward dictatorial rule, tear gassing the mayor of Portland, Oregon and announcing the deployment of federal police to additional cities.

Growing wave of educators’ protests forces Trump to throw a financial sop to schools

By Nancy Hanover, 24 July 2020

Trump’s apparent climbdown from his insistence that schools must “fully” open “ASAP” indicates the deep crisis of the administration and growing fears of the political mobilization of educators, parents and students.

Catalan politicians’ phones hacked by government-grade spyware

By Alice Summers, 24 July 2020

The hacking occurred under the premiership of Pedro Sánchez of the Spanish Socialist Party, which is now backed by the pseudo-left Podemos party.

Fourth steelworker in three years dies at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago, Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 24 July 2020

ArcelorMittal is seeking to offset financial setbacks from the pandemic by increasing the exploitation of its global workforce.

Trump, Congress condemn unemployed to starve

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2020

The Democrats and Republicans are allowing the $600-a-week federal unemployment compensation supplement to expire, cutting off a lifeline for millions of jobless workers.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos adds record $13 billion to net worth in a single day

By Jacob Crosse, 24 July 2020

US billionaires continue to profit fabulously off the pandemic while millions face hunger, eviction, and joblessness.

Trump orders hundreds of federal agents into Chicago

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2020

The White House is escalating the drive toward an authoritarian regime in America.

COVID-19 spreading widely in auto plants as Detroit automakers push for more production

By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2020

Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.

New coronavirus cases globally rocket past a quarter million

By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2020

Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.

California: 700 health care workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on five-day strike

By Brian Dixon, 23 July 2020

Workers are protesting understaffing at the hospital, inadequate access to personal protective equipment, and management’s proposal to slash their benefits.

Widespread opposition as union sells out Joliet, Illinois nurses strike

By Alex Johnson, 23 July 2020

The Illinois Nurses Association isolated the courageous two-week strike and then pushed through a deal that does nothing to address dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.

“They have put the needs of the 1 percent over the importance of human life”

NASSCO shipyard worker dies from COVID-19 in San Diego

By Linda Rios, 23 July 2020

Concerns about the lack of safety measures at the shipyard began to surface in late March, when a worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Senate committee gives nod to Trump Fed nominee

By Nick Beams, 23 July 2020

The main qualification of Judy Shelton in Trump’s eyes is that she has changed her economic views in line with changes in the occupancy of the White House.

Bodies of two workers still entombed at collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans nearly one year later

By Aaron Murch, 23 July 2020

Ten months after the partial collapse of the Hard Rock hotel construction site collapse recovery, efforts are finally under way to retrieve the bodies of two workers still buried beneath the rubble.

US orders closure of China’s Houston consulate, raising the danger of war

By Mike Head, 23 July 2020

The White House, facing a massive domestic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, is seeking to divert internal tensions outward.

COVID-19 cases reach 15 million worldwide with 4 million in the US alone

By Benjamin Mateus, 22 July 2020

The United States is in the unique position of being the only developed nation to face such a disastrous and expanding outbreak.

US indicts Chinese nationals on trumped-up hacking charges

By Jacob Crosse, 22 July 2020

Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi are accused by the US government of hacking private computer networks with assistance from the Chinese government in order to steal intellectual property, including COVID-19 research.

Report exposes crisis in American university health care systems as coronavirus cases skyrocket

By Joe Williams, 22 July 2020

The response of university administrators over the poor state of health care on college campuses is to seek immunity from any legal accountability.

Despite withdrawal of ICE ruling, international students in the US remain at risk

By Sam Dalton, 22 July 2020

Amid an intensifying anti-immigrant and anti-China campaign, Trump’s tactical retreat from the July 6 ruling putting international students at risk of deportation is not any cause for celebration.

US Postal Service takes major step toward privatization

By Shuvu Batta, 22 July 2020

USPS outlined steps toward privatization in a memo announcing that mail deliveries would be delayed, and another directive prohibiting overtime and promising “more to come.”

Trump’s plan to send paramilitary police throughout the US: The ruling class prepares for civil war

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2020

The Trump administration’s plans to deploy federal paramilitary forces in major American cities is a sharp escalation of the assault on democratic rights and the establishment of police state forms of rule.

California judge rules that SEP candidates must collect physical signatures during pandemic or be excluded from ballot

By Kevin Reed, 22 July 2020

Federal District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee handed down a ruling on Tuesday against the lawsuit filed by the SEP, which argues that California’s ballot access laws are “effectively impossible” to satisfy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “Strike for Black Lives” protest stunt

By Tom Hall, 22 July 2020

The “strike” was a union-organized stunt endorsed by business, the corporate media and the Democratic Party to divert anger over police violence and unsafe working conditions along racial lines.

As opposition mounts to reopening of the schools

Missouri governor says children infected with COVID-19 will “get over it”

By Evan Blake, 21 July 2020

The campaign to reopen schools across the US, spearheaded by the Trump administration and supported by the entire political establishment, is provoking widespread opposition among educators.

President Trump sending federal police agents into major American cities

By Kevin Reed, 21 July 2020

Trump said on Monday that he was extending the use of federal law enforcement officers to New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland to arrest protesters.

Executives reap millions in bonuses as US retail apocalypse escalates

By Trévon Austin, 21 July 2020

Fourteen large companies issued bonuses to executives within a month of filing for bankruptcy this year.

Democrats, Republicans prepare to slash workers’ unemployment supplement

By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2020

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are preparing to slash or eliminate the $600 weekly unemployment supplement that has been a lifeline for millions of workers laid off during the pandemic.

Millions in the US face disaster as $600 federal unemployment aid set to end this week

By Jacob Crosse, 20 July 2020

The extended weekly payment has been the target of venomous attacks by big business as a “disincentive” to work and is unlikely to be reinstated by Congress in its current form.

Trump administration expands assault on coronavirus testing

By Bryan Dyne, 20 July 2020

There are 14.6 million confirmed cases and 608,000 deaths worldwide, including just under 3.9 million cases and more than 143,000 deaths in the United States alone.

Eighty-five infants infected with COVID-19 in Corpus Christi, Texas

By Chase Lawrence, 20 July 2020

Nueces County, Texas saw the number of new COVID-19 cases skyrocket in July, infecting dozens of babies, and killing a baby less than six months old.

Toledo Jeep workers demand immediate shutdown as COVID-19 continues to spread in auto industry

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 July 2020

Toledo Jeep workers report that there are more than 60 cases at the assembly complex, but FCA and the UAW refuse to halt production

University of Akron announces plan to eliminate 178 professors, staff and contract professionals

By Isaac Finn, 20 July 2020

Last week, the University of Akron’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of eliminating positions from the university.

Deaths in ICE custody rise as pandemic rages across the United States

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 July 2020

ICE reported the deaths of two men in custody over the last week, at least one of whom had tested positive for COVID-19 in early July.

More than 3,300 Arkansas meatpacking workers infected with coronavirus

By Cordell Gascoigne, 20 July 2020

At poultry giant Tyson, whose headquarters are located in Springdale, Arkansas, 13 percent of the workforce has contracted the virus.

COVID-19 outbreak hits central Michigan flood recovery migrant workers

By Luke Galvin, 20 July 2020

The workers were housed in cramped hotel rooms, with upwards of five workers per room.

From Selma to the CIA

John Lewis, civil rights militant turned big-business politician, dies at 80

20 July 2020

The outpouring of tributes from reactionaries and war criminals demonstrates the class role that Lewis came to play, despite his youthful part in asserting the democratic rights of African Americans.

US hits record 74,987 new daily COVID-19 cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 18 July 2020

The number of daily new cases in the United States has tripled from a month ago amid a massive resurgence of the pandemic.

A grim week on federal death row: Three men sent to their deaths in Terre Haute, Indiana

By Kate Randall, 18 July 2020

Dustin Lee Honken was the third prisoner executed in five days after a 17-year de facto moratorium on the gruesome practice at the federal level.

Michigan teen sent to juvenile detention for failing to do her homework

By Will McCalliss and Nancy Hanover, 18 July 2020

Amid the chaotic transition to online learning during the pandemic, a teenage girl has been taken into criminal custody for “failure to submit any schoolwork.”

American Airlines announces 25,000 job cuts

By Steve Filips, 18 July 2020

The unions have not taken any action to fight for safety or defend jobs. Their only response has been to plead for another government bailout for the airlines.

US pushes fabricated claims of Russian hacking of virus research

By Barry Grey, 18 July 2020

The United States is most nakedly pursuing a nationalistic course, aimed at enriching American oligarchs and deploying the vaccine not as a means to save lives, but as a weapon against countries in the crosshairs of US imperialism.

As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants

Build rank-and-file safety committees at every workplace to save lives!

By the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.