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Vote Isaac Oseas for NYU Student Senate

By Isaac Oseas—IYSSE candidate for NYU GSAS Student Senator, 12 May 2017

The IYSSE at NYU is running a candidate for NYU Student Senate to build a socialist, anti-war movement on campus and defend academic freedom.

New York governor implements phony free tuition program for public higher education

By Fred Mazelis, 19 April 2017

The Excelsior Scholarship will reach only a small number of students, and will not cover most of the expenses associated with attending college.

New York University’s ties to Trump, Wall Street banks and Gulf monarchies

By Sandy English, 29 March 2017

The university is led by a series of Trump administration officials, a multitude of Wall Street bankers and a host of other financial speculators.

New York transit agency raises fares again

By Alan Whyte, 28 March 2017

For the sixth time since 2007, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority increased fares and tolls by about 4 percent on buses, subways, commuter railroads, bridges and tunnels.

New York City: Army veteran kills 66-year-old black man in racist attack

By Fred Mazelis, 27 March 2017

The murder of Timothy Caughman by James Jackson, who confessed to plotting to kill as many black men as possible, is another in a series of racist crimes committed in recent months.

New York University Student Activities Board rejects IYSSE appeal on club status: An act of political censorship

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 27 March 2017

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU calls on all students to oppose the perfunctory rejection of the IYSSE’s appeal for club status for the second semester.

Arrest of family in Geneseo, New York by US Border Patrol draws protest

By our reporters, 25 March 2017

Over the course of a three-hour traffic stop, some 100 people gathered, despite sub-freezing temperatures, to oppose the anti-democratic proceedings.

“We refuse to be thrown away like the bakery’s garbage”

Immigrant workers at Queens, New York bakery face firing and deportation threat

By Philip Guelpa, 24 March 2017

An estimated 30 Hispanic workers at the Tom Cat Bakery have received letters giving them two weeks to prove their legal status or face termination and possible deportation.

New York mayor’s shelter plan will not reduce the city’s growing homeless population

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.

Free speech under attack at NYU: IYSSE appeals second rejection of club status

By Isaac Finn, 18 March 2017

On Wednesday, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality appealed a recent decision by the New York University Student Activities Board’s denying the group club status.

Power outages leave six dead in western New York

By Jason Melanovski, 15 March 2017

All of the deaths came after the windstorm itself had passed and were the result of a social and economic system ill-prepared to deal with such crises.

UAW blocks strike by New York University adjuncts despite 94 percent authorization vote

By Alan Whyte, 10 March 2017

NYU has been intransigent in its opposition to adjuncts’ demands despite the fact the university has an endowment of about $3.5 billion.

New York University students denounce decision against IYSSE club status

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 March 2017

New York University’s Student Activities Board has rejected the IYSSE’s application for club status for the second semester, even though students completed all necessary requirements.

New York University rejects club status for IYSSE for second semester

By Daniel de Vries, 8 March 2017

NYU rejected the group’s application, even though the IYSSE met or exceeded all requirements for new clubs, including hundreds of students signing petitions in support of the group.

Corruption probe at City College of New York points to decline of public higher education

By Fred Mazelis, 4 March 2017

The president of CCNY was forced to resign last October after she was targeted in a corruption probe which continues to expand.

New York University professor Bertell Ollman supports IYSSE fight for club status

By Isaac Finn, 4 March 2017

An IYSSE representative recently sat down with NYU professor Bertell Ollman to discuss the issues around the club application process at NYU.

New York University professors speak out to defend IYSSE club status and support free speech

By our reporters, 2 March 2017

Several professors have written to the NYU Student Activities Board demanding an end to efforts by the university to prevent the IYSSE from organizing a club on campus.

New York police kill Brooklyn teen for pointing a fake gun

By Steve Light, 22 February 2017

A string of shootings by police of people with fake guns has occurred in recent years, including the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.

New York transit union pushes through concessions contract

By Alan Whyte, 20 February 2017

Less than one-third of those eligible to vote actually ratified the 28-month-long contract, which does nothing to improve wages, health and pension benefits and work conditions.

ISO endorses IYSSE application for club status at New York University

By Isaac Finn, 16 February 2017

In replying to the IYSSE’s call that it end its silence on political censorship at NYU, the ISO said it supports the democratic right of students to form an IYSSE club while denouncing the IYSSE’s “aggressive sectarianism.”

New York transit workers’ opposition builds against contract sellout

By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2017

With ratification ballots due back February 15, workers have expressed substantial opposition to the tentative deal pushed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

“The working class should defend immigrant rights”

New York transit workers denounce contract, Trump

By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017

A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers and found a lot of hostility to the contract.

Open Letter to the International Socialist Organization

Reverse ISO position supporting political censorship at NYU

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 10 February 2017

On February 7, the IYSSE wrote the ISO to demand that it reverse its anti-democratic position supporting NYU’s decision to bar the IYSSE from campus.

New York City schools overwhelmed by student homelessness

By Steve Light, 7 February 2017

The effects of record homelessness on children in New York City are compounded by inadequate resources for public schools.

Hundreds attend IYSSE rallies to defend immigrant rights in New York and San Diego

By our reporters, 3 February 2017

Chapters of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality led campus rallies to defend immigrant and refugee rights against the policies of the Trump administration.

Workers killed on the job near Rochester, New York

By Steve Filips, 1 February 2017

Workplace fatalities will be certain to increase under the administration of Trump, which has pledged to gut what little remains of federal workplace safety regulations.

“This situation is bad for democracy”

New York University students and workers support IYSSE campaign in defense of immigrants

By our reporters, 1 February 2017

The IYSSE gathered dozens of student signatures in support of its application for club status and is holding a rally and meeting on Thursday, February 2.

New York raises transit fares as train and bus workers vote on concessions deal

By Alan Whyte, 27 January 2017

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation voted Wednesday to increase its fare and tolls about 4 percent.

NYPD to take over security at New York City homeless shelters

By Christopher Tiberio, 20 January 2017

With an explosion of the city’s homeless population, the NYPD has taken control of security in the shelters as a way to monitor and terrorize their temporary residents.

“We should take a stand and reject this contract”

New York transit workers denounce sellout agreement

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 January 2017

New York transit workers will be voting on a tentative agreement that will continue the erosion of their living standards and working conditions.

Union reaches deal to block New York transit workers from recouping concessions

By Alan Whyte, 18 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 announced an agreement Monday that will do nothing to stop the erosion of living standards for 38,000 bus and subway workers in New York.

New York transit workers denounce sellout

By our reporting team, 18 January 2017

Transit workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site after the Transport Workers Union announced a deal for a new four-year agreement covering 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).

New York University: College, Inc.

NYU’s corporate-dominated expansion plan

By Isaac Finn, 17 January 2017

New York University announced last month that it will spend more than $1 billion on the construction of a single building, partially financed through contributions from ultra-wealthy individuals.

New York City transit workers and riders made to pay for system’s ballooning debt

By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2017

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York City’s buses and subways, is tens of billions of dollars in debt.

Long-delayed Second Avenue subway extension opens in New York City

By Mark Witkowski, 13 January 2017

New York City’s Second Avenue subway, which opened at the start of the year amid media fanfare, is geared mostly to the interests of the wealthy and the city’s real estate industry.

An attempt to appease anger over student loan debt

New York Governor Cuomo proposes free tuition for state and city university systems

By Josh Varlin, 11 January 2017

Whether or not Cuomo’s proposal is enacted this year, it is clearly aimed at appeasing the anger among workers and young people at growing inequality and attacks on living standards.

As contract expiration nears, union moves to block fight by New York transit workers

By Alan Whyte, 9 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials have praised state Democrats who have overseen the attack on workers’ wages and pensions.

New York City schools fail lead-in-water tests

By Steve Light, 29 December 2016

Officials claimed the levels of lead in drinking water in the city's public schools were safe, but the testing was exposed as deceptive.

NYU, the Gulf monarchies and university-backed political repression

By Daniel de Vries, 28 December 2016

The administration at New York University is complicit in Abu Dhabi’s spying on and blacklisting of faculty and staff at the satellite campus.

IYSSE holds meeting on political censorship at New York University

By IYSSE reporting team, 20 December 2016

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality held a successful meeting to mobilize students against New York University’s policy of blocking the formation of new student clubs on campus.

Anger and opposition expressed over New York transit agency’s proposed fare hikes

By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2016

In a public hearing held Thursday night in Manhattan, one of eight, workers and students expressed their anger and hostility to the New York transit agency’s proposed fare hikes.

New York City homeless crisis results in deaths of two toddlers

By Steve Light, 10 December 2016

Lack of affordable housing and overcrowding of the homeless shelter system results in tragedies, the most recent being the death of two young sisters by radiator steam burns.

Growing support for IYSSE campaign against censorship at New York University

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 December 2016

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality is winning widespread support from faculty and students after launching a campaign against efforts to block the formation of new clubs.

NYU’s corporate leadership bars socialist student group from campus

By Eric London, 3 December 2016

The decision by the Student Activities Board to reject the IYSSE’s application for group status sheds light on the ties between NYU, the US military and Wall Street.

UK: Two homeless people die in fire in derelict Manchester building

By Margot Miller and Dennis Moore, 30 November 2016

Labour councils have been in the forefront of demonizing the homeless.

Reverse the rejection of club status for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

An open letter to the New York University Student Activities Board

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 29 November 2016

Earlier this month, the Student Activities Board of NYU, in an act of political censorship, blocked the IYSSE from establishing a club on campus.

New York City transit worker killed, another injured in subway accident

By Alan Whyte, 11 November 2016

Nearly 240 New York City transit workers have been killed on the job since 1946, most of them hit by trains.

Police killing of mentally ill 66-year-old Bronx, New York woman sparks outrage

By Fred Mazelis, 21 October 2016

The murder of Deborah Danner brought back memories of the 1984 death of Eleanor Bumpurs, another emotionally disturbed elderly woman, at the hands of the police.

Six-week-old baby girl dies in Brooklyn elevator tragedy

By Philip Guelpa, 17 October 2016

Chronically poor maintenance by the private landlord, facilitated by the city, creates dangerous and deadly conditions for working class tenants.

Video raises questions in 2012 New York police killing of Ramarley Graham

By Sandy English, 5 October 2016

A new surveillance video obtained by the New York Daily News shows paramedics covering and then uncovering the corpse of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by police in 2012.

New York and New Jersey scandals highlight corruption across political establishment

By Fred Mazelis, 27 September 2016

Charges in a wide-ranging investigation into bribery and extortion by New York Democrats came amid sensational testimony in the trial of close aides to Republican Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey.

The New York bombings: Feeding the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2016

As with virtually every other terrorist act on American soil since 9/11, the latest bombings were carried out by someone known to US intelligence agencies.

Questions mount over government contacts with NYC bomb suspect

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2016

The FBI opened an investigation into Ahmad Khan Rahami in 2014, and he was also under review by a unit of the Department of Homeland Security.

Massive police-military mobilization after New York City bombing

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2016

The latest New York City bombing is yet another example of the pathological social environment created by a quarter-century of war.

Governor deploys National Guard and state police after bombing in New York

By Philip Guelpa, 19 September 2016

Following the explosion of one bomb and the discovery of a second in an upscale Manhattan neighborhood, police and military presence is heightened throughout the city.

Brooklyn workers and young people speak to Socialist Equality Party election campaign

By Sandy English, 14 September 2016

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant over the weekend.

Notes on the housing crisis

New York City surpasses London, Tokyo for highest rents

By Philip Guelpa, 10 September 2016

Extreme economic inequality in New York City is creating conditions that are unlivable for much of the city’s population.

Long Island University-Brooklyn locks out 400 professors

By Daniel de Vries and Allen Whyte, 9 September 2016

LIU’s action marks the first time a university has used a lockout to impose concessions on faculty.

New York police continue to violate court safeguards in surveillance of Muslims

By Isaac Finn, 2 September 2016

According to an oversight organization for the NYPD, police frequently violated court-imposed guidelines as part of the department’s spying on Muslims between 2010 and 2015.

Kafkaesque conditions facing homeless families in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 1 September 2016

A major cause of the deepening homeless crisis is the lack of decent-paying jobs, combined with the even more dramatic decline of affordable housing.

“Political art” in New York City this summer

By Clare Hurley, 29 August 2016

While much of the artwork is as yet unsatisfying, it is welcome that many of these visual artists are registering awareness of the social and political crisis.

New York politicians maneuver to support charter schools

By Steve Light, 24 August 2016

Democrats and Republicans are aiding the privatization of public education by seeking to exemptions for charter schools from state regulations.

Majority of New York City residents cannot afford to buy their own homes

By Philip Guelpa, 23 August 2016

The rising price of homes coupled with stagnant or declining wages in the wealthiest city in the country means that only those with the highest incomes can afford to own their homes.

New York City police commissioner Bratton resigns

By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 8 August 2016

The abrupt resignation of the NYPD commissioner comes amid a counteroffensive in response to protests against police brutality and police killings over the past several years.

Maryland state’s attorney clears police officers involved in killing of Freddie Gray of all charges

By Nick Barrickman, 28 July 2016

Prosecutors dropped all charges against the remaining three officers still to be tried for the April 12, 2015 arrest and subsequent death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.

Nearly two thirds of New Yorkers suffer severe economic hardship

By Philip Guelpa, 28 July 2016

A two-year-long study of New York City residents reveals substantial, widespread poverty and other economic disadvantages.

Video: Workers discuss social crisis in Philadelphia on eve of Democratic National Convention

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 23 July 2016

Workers and young people spoke with Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, Jerry White, about social inequality in the city.

New York City workers discuss police killings, inequality with SEP candidate

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 20 July 2016

On the second anniversary of the police killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, workers spoke with Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate about the class divide in America’s largest city.

Housing crisis intensifies in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 13 July 2016

The housing situation for the working class in Syracuse belies the claims of economic recovery by the Obama administration.

New video shows off-duty New York cop murdering motorist

By Sandy English, 11 July 2016

A store surveillance video has surfaced that shows the killing of Delrawn Small by off-duty New York Police Department officer Wayne Isaacs at a traffic altercation.

New York City takes major step in privatization of public housing

By Philip Guelpa, 11 July 2016

The de Blasio administration is moving forward with its NextGen program, which will lease open space within public housing complexes to private developers.

New report discusses gentrification and its impact on New York City neighborhoods

By Isaac Finn and Fred Mazelis, 23 June 2016

The report from New York University’s Furman Center is at best a pale reflection of the reality of the housing crisis facing the working class.

Arrest of New York prison guards’ union chief highlights broader nexus of corruption

By Fred Mazelis, 13 June 2016

Norman Seabrook, notorious for defending the brutality of correction officers, is accused of taking a kickback for investing union pension monies into a high-risk hedge fund.

Five New York City Rikers Island prison guards found guilty in beating

By Sandy English, 10 June 2016

A jury convicted guards at the Rikers Island jail complex this week on several counts in the vicious 2012 attack on inmate Jahmal Lightfoot.

New York court allows police to cover up mass surveillance operations

By Daniel de Vries, 10 June 2016

The NYPD's successful denial of an open records request about spying operation sets a potentially far-reaching precedent.

Nearly 5,000 Macy’s workers set to go on strike

By Mark Witkowski and Philip Guelpa, 31 May 2016

New York area Macy’s workers voted earlier in May to authorize strike action against the company’s demands.

New York Police Commissioner defends NYPD’s use of nuisance laws

By Robert Fowler and Sandy English, 12 May 2016

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton has defended the NYPD’s use of so-called nuisance laws to unconstitutionally search residences and small businesses.

New York cop convicted of killing Akai Gurley receives no prison time

By Philip Guelpa, 21 April 2016

The police officer who shot and killed a young African-American man in a New York public housing complex has been sentenced to probation and community service.

Sanders campaigns in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 13 April 2016

In upstate New York, relatively good-paying jobs have been replaced by low-wage employment.

New York City affordable housing programs designed to benefit developers

By Philip Guelpa, 22 March 2016

A compromise over two affordable housing programs between Mayor de Blasio and the City Council will do nothing to ameliorate the city’s acute housing crisis.

Faculty and students protest budget cuts proposed for City University of New York

By Isaac Finn, 19 March 2016

Hundreds demonstrated against plans to cut $485 million in CUNY funding at Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Manhattan.

Justice Department refuses to prosecute New York police killer of Ramarley Graham

By Steve Light, 19 March 2016

The US attorney for Southern Manhattan has refused to bring civil rights violation charges against the cop who killed Graham in 2012.

Overcrowding in New York City Housing Authority fueled by lack of jobs and affordable apartments

By Fred Mazelis, 16 March 2016

The official population in the city’s massive public housing projects is 400,000, but an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 additional tenants are “off the books.”

New York City’s housing crisis deepens under “progressive” Mayor de Blasio

By Fred Mazelis, 12 March 2016

Nearly 10 percent of the city’s households now live in conditions defined as crowded, in apartments with more than one person per room.

Review board: New York police routinely conduct aggressive and illegal home searches

By Philip Guelpa, 8 March 2016

A civilian review board reports that the NYPD systematically violates protections against warrantless home invasions.

New York City transit upgrade aids developers

By Mark Witkowski and Philip Guelpa, 3 March 2016

Plans recently announced by Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for transportation improvements will benefit real estate developers at the expense of working class riders.

Poor evicted under nuisance laws by New York City police

By Steve Light, 1 March 2016

The NYPD is carrying out housing evictions without warning using a “nuisance” law, even when no crime was committed.

New York police used military-grade cellphone surveillance equipment over 1,000 times

By Isaac Finn, 25 February 2016

The NYPD has disclosed documents on its extensive use of a mobile cellphone surveillance device known as “StingRay.”

New York City Council members award themselves a 32 percent pay raise

By Isaac Finn and Sandy English, 24 February 2016

The Democratic Party-dominated council’s decision to give itself a pay raise exposes the self-interested character of this upper middle-class layer of elected officials.

New York police officer convicted of killing Akai Gurley

By Philip Guelpa, 13 February 2016

After two days of deliberations, New York police officer Peter Liang was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct in the shooting death of Akai Gurley.

New York City public employee pension funds in danger of “operational failure”

By Philip Guelpa, 9 February 2016

A newly released report indicates that the system that provides for city worker pensions is in serious difficulty.

Crane collapses in Manhattan, killing one and injuring three

By Alan Whyte, 6 February 2016

One person was killed and three others hurt when a 565-foot crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning.

Deaths in Bronx fires highlight homeless crisis

By our reporters, 4 February 2016

The search for shelter in the largest city in the US, especially in the cold winter weather, has had tragic consequences.

Uber cuts protested by New York City drivers

By Steve Light and Isaac Finn, 2 February 2016

With support from taxi drivers, Uber drivers in New York City protested rate cuts by the international company, which will reduce already meager incomes even further.

Notes on the housing crisis

Number of empty luxury apartments in New York City continues to rise

By Robert Fowler, 1 February 2016

As the number of homeless reaches new heights in New York City, more and more apartments owned by absentee, super-wealthy owners stay empty for most of the year.

Windfall affordable housing tax break for New York developers expires

By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2016

Failure to renew the 421-a tax break for developers will have a negligible effect on the critical lack of affordable housing in New York City.

New York City intensifies assault on the homeless

By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2015

As the growth of income inequality in the city compounds a major housing crisis, the de Blasio administration is increasing its attacks on the homeless.

Public meetings in Detroit and New York

The roots and political implications of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino

9 December 2015

On December 9 and December 12, the IYSSE is holding meetings on the attacks in France and the US, and the way they are being used by the ruling class.

Behind the struggle for affordable housing in New York City

By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2015

A current museum exhibit looks at the history of housing for the working class, and leaves much unsaid or distorted.

New York City police deploy new counterterrorism unit

By Sandy English, 23 November 2015

The ultimate purpose of the new police unit is to deal with opposition from the city’s increasingly impoverished working class to growing social inequality and the drive toward war.