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Death of Arizona teacher exposes lies about safely reopening schools

By Phyllis Steele, 15 July 2020

Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, 61, died on June 26 after contracting COVID-19 as she and other teachers taught students remotely from a shared classroom.

Judge denies bail for Ghislaine Maxwell, charged with aiding Epstein’s abuse of underage girls

By Kevin Reed, 15 July 2020

Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges that she participated in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring in the 1990s and was denied bail.

COVID-19 outbreak at Battle Creek, Michigan auto parts plant

By Brent Dylan and Joseph Lorenz, 15 July 2020

One worker has died and 13 have been infected by COVID-19 at the DENSO thermal manufacturing plant in Battle Creek, Michigan that supplies parts for Toyota.

USDA food box program fails to deliver significant share of much needed aid

By Alex Findijs, 15 July 2020

The USDA promised to deliver $1.2 billion in food to families in need, but has delivered less than two-thirds of this amount so far.

Southeastern US experiencing harrowing rise in coronavirus infections

By Cordell Gascoigne, 15 July 2020

The Southeastern states have seen sharp spikes in the rates of infection, hospitalization and death due to the coronavirus.

Further details emerge on far-right views of Canadian army reservist who tried to kill Trudeau

By Roger Jordan, 15 July 2020

The political establishment fears an examination of the far-right incubating in the armed forces would cut across plans to dramatically increase military spending and aggression.

Workers on unemployment stunned as Arizona abruptly cuts off payments

By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020

The rescinding of payments by the Arizona Department of Economic Security has affected workers who live out of state but had been employed in Arizona.

Florida sees one-day high of 15,300 COVID-19 cases as pandemic inundates health care infrastructure

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 July 2020

The world has passed 13 million new cases of COVID-19, taking less than five days for an additional million cases.

Trump commutes prison term for political crony Roger Stone

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2020

Stone’s convictions on perjury and other federal charges stemmed from the bogus anti-Russia campaign launched by the Democratic Party and sections of the military-intelligence establishment.

“I hate going into that hell hole”

Ford workers in Louisville denounce unsafe conditions as opposition grows to COVID-19 spread in auto plants

By Tim Rivers, 13 July 2020

Ford Louisville Assembly workers denounced the blatant disregard of health and safety by both management and the United Auto Workers.

Georgia Tech faculty, students and parents express opposition to school reopening

By Kranti Kumara, 13 July 2020

The university reopening plans in Georgia come in the context of the Trump administration’s reactionary push for the reopening of industries and businesses

Canada’s government accelerating drive to cut off support for workers made jobless by pandemic

By Dylan Lubao, 13 July 2020

The Liberal government is scheming with big business to curtail the meager makeshift benefits for the millions of workers who have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Puerto Rico declares emergency as drought leaves nearly 150,000 residents without water

By Julio Patron, 13 July 2020

A lack of consistent running water will make it more difficult for frequent handwashing to limit the spread of the coronavirus which has already infected thousands on the island.

As new report indicates larger floods loom nationally

Paltry federal relief announced for central Michigan flood victims

By Luke Galvin, 13 July 2020

Thus far the cost of the damages dealt to homes, businesses and buildings is an estimated $190 million in Midland County, with an additional $55 million for infrastructure damage.

US ruling class demands deadly reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 13 July 2020

The escalating campaign to reopen US schools in the fall, under conditions of an explosive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a key element of a conscious, bipartisan policy that will lead to countless preventable deaths.

#MeToo to “Me Who?”: US media has turned off the sexual witch-hunt for the moment

By David Walsh, 13 July 2020

This lull demonstrates the extraordinary level of media manipulation and control involved in the launching and circulation of such campaigns.

Haymarket Books “Abolitionist Teaching” forum: A call to promote racial division among teachers

By Renae Cassimeda and Norissa Santa Cruz, 13 July 2020

As workers in every industry unite across racial lines to fight against the Trump administration’s back-to-work campaign, Haymarket is promoting racial divisions and blaming teachers’ supposed “white privilege” for the crisis facing public education.

Demands mount for racial quotas at elite US universities

By Jonathan Burleigh, 13 July 2020

There is nothing democratic or progressive about the mandating of quotas of different races at schools or workplaces.

Joliet, Illinois nurses reject sellout contract, continue strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 July 2020

The nurses voted 393 to 154 to defeat the contract proposed by the Illinois Nurses Association, which did nothing to reduce the dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.

North American autoworkers expand fight against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 nightmare

By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2020

Fiat Chrysler Toledo Assembly workers in Ohio have decided to launch a rank-and-file safety committee, after similar committees were set up last month at two FCA plants in the Detroit area.

Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage

By the Toledo Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 July 2020

After the outbreak of at least 31 COVID-19 cases at the plant, workers at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex have formed a rank-and-file safety committee.

Pandemic surges in the Americas as the global death toll nears 560,000

By Kate Randall, 11 July 2020

The United States is leading the global toll of new COVID-19 cases and deaths, with nearly 3.2 million cases and 134,092 deaths as of Friday evening, about a quarter of the global total.

Biden promotes economic nationalism and anti-China militarism

By Barry Grey, 11 July 2020

Biden offered no opposition to Trump’s “back-to-work” drive, mass job destruction during the pandemic or the looming unemployment benefit cutoff.

“The decision to reopen schools shouldn’t be political. It should be made by medical experts.”

Teachers speak out against Trump’s push to reopen schools

By Mitch Marcus and Kimie Saito, 11 July 2020

The WSWS spoke with two teachers about the dangerous push by the Trump administration to reopen schools in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control.

COVID-19 disrupts reopening of US professional sports

By Alan Gilman, 11 July 2020

Professional baseball, basketball, football and soccer are all attempting to resume play without live audiences, but dozens of athletes have fallen victim to coronavirus.

Epstein assistant Ghislaine Maxwell requests $5 million bail

By Kevin Reed, 11 July 2020

Whatever the outcome of Maxwell’s arraignment on Tuesday, more revelations about the activities and relationships of Jeffrey Epstein and his confidante should be anticipated.

Protests erupt after Detroit, Michigan police shoot and kill 21-year-old man

By Stephen Fuller, 11 July 2020

Tensions are high in the city after weeks of protests against police brutality in which hundreds have been arrested and police have rammed into protesters with their vehicles.

Sanders-Biden task forces and the debacle of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 July 2020

The Biden-Sanders collaboration has produced a total repudiation of all of the central pillars of Sanders’ campaign, in the midst of an unprecedented social and political crisis of world capitalism.

Lenox Hill: Portrait of New York City hospital obscures more than it shows

By Clara Weiss, 11 July 2020

Netflix is currently streaming the mini-series documentary Lenox Hill, which focuses on four doctors at the hospital of the same name in New York’s Manhattan.

Joblessness soars as COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across US

By Bryan Dyne, 10 July 2020

Another 1.3 million people filed for unemployment for the first time last week as 18.1 million placed continuing claims.

“This is going to kill us—not coronavirus, but how broken the health care system is”

An Illinois nurse speaks out against corporate control of health care systems

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 July 2020

The nurse spoke to the WSWS after being furloughed for speaking out against a hospital’s corporate policies that discriminated against low-income patients during the pandemic.

Bath Iron Works expands strikebreaking operation as Maine shipyard walkout continues

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

Management has put out a call for hundreds of additional scab replacements as the walkout by 4,300 shipbuilders is into its third week.

Supreme Court rules against Trump on releasing tax returns, but allows delay

By John Burton, 10 July 2020

While Trump failed in his effort to assert absolute presidential immunity, the court rulings will push back any release of his financial documents until after the election.

Fiat Chrysler ends third shift at Windsor, Ontario plant eliminating 1,375 jobs

By Carl Bronski, 10 July 2020

Talking like a corporate executive, Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy said the cuts were “strictly a business decision.”

Arrested Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell being monitored by federal officials over suicide concerns

By Kevin Reed, 10 July 2020

Anonymous federal officials say they fear Maxwell will take her own life while being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on charges of aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his sex ring and abuse of teenage girls in the 1990s.

“A large-scale struggle and strong opposition is needed”

CUNY students and faculty call for resistance to layoffs and cuts

By Elliott Murtagh, 10 July 2020

The WSWS spoke to students and faculty at the City University of New York about recent austerity measures.

Mexican labor lawyer released under punitive deal after arbitrary imprisonment

By Andrea Lobo, 10 July 2020

The imprisonment of Susana Prieto Terrazas exposed all factions of the ruling elite, from the ostensibly “left” López Obrador administration to the National Action Party (PAN) state governments, and their lurch toward authoritarian forms of rule.

Michigan court rules that SEP must gather signatures despite pandemic

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 10 July 2020

The district court’s decision is not a serious legal ruling grounded in jurisprudence or reasoned analysis. It is a political decision aimed at barring socialists from the ballot.

The collapse of the New York Times’ “Russian bounties” campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2020

Less than two weeks after it kicked off a media frenzy, the Times published an editorial effectively conceding that there was no factual basis for its reporting that Russian military intelligence had paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers.

An interview with Ed Achorn, author of Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

In a recent conversation with the WSWS, Achorn discussed his book on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address and weighed in on efforts to slander the president who won the Civil War and destroyed slavery in the United States.

The campaign to smear novelist Charles Dickens as a racist

By David Walsh, 10 July 2020

Dickens was one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century and a world-historical literary and cultural figure. In the English language, he is perhaps second only to William Shakespeare in enduring significance and popularity.

Mr. López Obrador goes to Washington

Mexican president kowtows to his “friend” Donald Trump

By Eric London, 9 July 2020

Obrador’s appearance with Trump yesterday will rank in history as among the most demeaning and sycophantic Washington visits by any Latin American head of state.

United Airlines threatens to axe 36,000 jobs

By Steve Filips, 9 July 2020

The threat by United to lay off 45 percent of its workforce is part of a widespread restructuring of the US and international airline industry.

US Supreme Court decisions attack separation of church and state and workers’ rights

By Ed Hightower, 9 July 2020

The court’s assault on workers takes the form of an assault on secularism.

“A rank-and-file safety committee is exactly what we need”

Toledo Jeep workers demand action after dozens test positive for COVID-19

By Jerry White, 9 July 2020

Anger is reaching a breaking point at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Complex after reports that supervisors, union officials and workers have contracted the disease.

Wall Street, Republicans and militarists back Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2020

The presumptive Democratic nominee has outraised President Trump for two months in a row, thanks in part to a flood of corporate and billionaire money.

Delta Airlines workers expose unsafe working conditions

By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2020

With the airlines increasing flights and slashing jobs, Delta flight crew members spoke to the WSWS about working conditions during the pandemic

Students oppose Trump’s threat to deport international students

By our reporters, 9 July 2020

The Trump administration’s effort to use international students as a bargaining chip to force the reopening of colleges is part of a push to get the economy back open while also scapegoating immigrants for the pandemic.

Rutgers University announces hundreds of layoffs, intends to charge students full tuition in the fall

By Shuvu Batta, 9 July 2020

The layoffs and furloughs must be fought, and students must reject the enormous tuition and student loan debt that they are being compelled to pay for virtual courses.

Phoenix, Arizona, police shoot man dead in his car, sparking protests

By Chase Lawrence, 9 July 2020

James Garcia died Saturday after being shot multiple times as he was parked in the driveway of a friend’s house.

Trump’s back-to-work diktat threatens teachers’ lives

By Evan Blake, 9 July 2020

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump demanded that US schools reopen in the fall amid a raging pandemic, threatening the lives of thousands of teachers.

Federal judge backs Democrats, rules against SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access requirements during pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2020

A Republican-appointed federal judge sided with Michigan Democrats on Wednesday and ruled against the Socialist Equality Party in its lawsuit to block the state’s unconstitutional rules for ballot access in the 2020 presidential elections.

As Trump demands full reopening of schools

US coronavirus case count soars past 3 million

By Bryan Dyne, 8 July 2020

Cities across the United States are being forced to ration coronavirus testing and are in danger of being compelled to ration treatment.

Florida orders schools to reopen as COVID-19 cases surge

By David Brown, 8 July 2020

The Florida Department of Education is ordering schools to physically open in August, threatening the lives of teachers and students.

Striking nurses in Joliet, Illinois denounce unsafe conditions at AMITA hospital

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 July 2020

Striking nurses spoke to WSWS reporters about their demands for adequate staffing and safe working conditions.

Canadian establishment downplays failed attempt to assassinate Trudeau

By Roger Jordan, 8 July 2020

Hurren’s assassination attempt raise troubling questions about his political motivations, the degree to which he was active in far-right circles and whether he acted alone.

Jeffrey Epstein’s confidante Ghislaine Maxwell relocated to federal jail in New York City

By Kevin Reed, 8 July 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell is to appear in court on July 14 on charges of enticing minors to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s.

New York City EMS worker commits suicide

By Ali Elhassan, 8 July 2020

The warnings by mental health experts about the traumatic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health care workers are now being tragically borne out.

US billionaires, politicians cash in on “small business” loan program

By Jacob Crosse, 8 July 2020

Information released Monday by the US Treasury and Small Business Administration reveals how the well-connected and rich helped themselves to billions of taxpayer dollars.

Immigrant worker with COVID-19 dies after being sent home by Tennessee hospital

By Warren Duzak, 8 July 2020

Miguel Ordoñez died last month after being told by doctors at the Erlanger Medical Center to go home with nothing else but a prescription for Tylenol.

Chicago mayor uses rise in social distress, violent crime to advance “law and order” policing

By Kristina Betinis, 8 July 2020

The spurt in violent crime, coinciding with the ongoing protests against police violence, is being used to justify a heightening of police repression.

US Border Patrol deployed against anti-police violence protestors

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 July 2020

Federal law enforcement agencies under the direction of the Trump administration are currently working with the Portland Police Bureau to suppress peaceful protests.

New York City Democrats ensure budget protects NYPD and guts social services

By Sam Dalton, 8 July 2020

An examination of the budget makes clear that highly publicized $1 billion “cut” to the New York Police Department is a complete sham.

US war drive against China accelerates

By Peter Symonds, 8 July 2020

Confronting crisis at home, with growing opposition among workers to the reckless back-to-work drive, Trump is seeking to divert these immense social tensions outward at an external enemy.

Hands off international students! Oppose ICE deportation of foreign college students!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 8 July 2020

The Trump administration’s xenophobic attempts to terrorize and scapegoat international students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic must be opposed.

Over 700 Joliet, Illinois nurses go on strike for better wages and safe working conditions

By Benjamin Mateus and Kate Randall, 6 July 2020

Strikes of health care workers are part of a growing global response of workers across industries to the dangers posed by government back-to-work drives.

The US COVID-19 toll to hit 3 million cases as Texas health system nears collapse

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases will reach 3 million today, and the pandemic surge is straining health systems across the south and southwest.

Over 300 children catch COVID-19 in Texas daycares

By Nick Barrickman, 6 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases among children and staff members has skyrocketed since the state began reopening facilities in May.

Trump rails against Marxism and “international socialism”

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2020

With his campaign trailing in the polls, the US president is resorting more and more to openly fascistic appeals.

US labor secretary says “reopening” will proceed in face of surging pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 6 July 2020

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia declared that “Our workplaces can be very safe places to be,” even as hospitalizations broke records in states across the country.

Two US aircraft carriers in war games in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2020

The “high-end” exercises sought to test US naval capabilities in a conflict with China involving both offensive operations using war planes and the defence of the ships from any counter-attack.

Seattle protester killed after being struck by car driving wrong way on closed interstate

By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2020

Police blamed protesters after a man drove into a peaceful demonstration early Saturday morning, killing one person and critically injuring another.

New Jersey growers refuse to test migrant farm workers for COVID-19

By Erik Schreiber, 6 July 2020

The decision not to test these laborers, many of whom have traveled from states with rising rates of infection, creates the conditions for a public health disaster.

The future of the global cruising industry: Layoffs, pay cuts and prolonged misery for crews

By Tom Casey, 6 July 2020

Cruise corporations are cutting jobs and denying workers repatriation to save their profits.

The significance of the July 4 online discussion, “The Place of the Two American Revolutions: Past, Present and Future”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2020

The World Socialist Web Site marked the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by hosting a discussion with five significant historians: Victoria Bynum, Clayborne Carson, Richard Carwardine, James Oakes and Gordon Wood.

As COVID-19 pandemic explodes out of control

Trump gives fascistic rant at Mount Rushmore event held in defiance of health experts

By Barry Grey, 4 July 2020

Trump sought to use recent attacks on monuments to leaders of the American Revolution and Civil War to brand protesters against police killings as "far-left fascists," while hailing the police and right-wing militia groups and pledging to crack down on opponents of his authoritarian and pro-corporate policies.

Millions in the US face catastrophe as federal unemployment relief set to expire amid surging pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2020

The combined economic impact of the raging pandemic and the imminent cutoff of $600 weekly federal assistance is leading to a social catastrophe for millions across the US.

Bath Iron shipyard workers face stepped-up attacks as strike continues

By Shannon Jones, 4 July 2020

Management is mobilizing additional strikebreakers as the walkout by 4,300 workers at the Bath Iron Works heads toward its third week.

Riverside, California: HCA nurses strike continues as coronavirus takes its toll

By Alex Johnson, 4 July 2020

According to health officials, the confirmed active case count in Riverside bloated to 10,059 on Thursday, compared to 9,532 on Wednesday. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 stands at 465.

Southeastern US continues to mark substantial rise in coronavirus cases

By Cordell Gascoigne, 4 July 2020

As with much of the country, cases continue to rise rapidly across the region as a result of the push to reopen the economy in the middle of the still raging pandemic.

HPAE union betrays New Jersey nurses’ fight for PPE and better pay

By Erik Schreiber, 4 July 2020

New Jersey nurses must not allow their struggles to be strangled by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union.

UAW and General Motors downplay outbreaks of COVID-19 at US auto plants

By Jessica Goldstein, 4 July 2020

As the UAW and auto corporations to play down the health crisis, workers’ anger is at breaking point as they demand the plants be shut down for their safety.

Residents of Sheboygan, Wisconsin protest police murder of man with mental illness history

By Jacob Crosse, 4 July 2020

Over 100 protesters took to the streets Thursday evening after Kevan Ruffin, 32, was shot multiple times by an unnamed Sheboygan police deputy earlier in the day.

Trump administration gives private equity firms access to 401(k) retirement funds

By Gabriel Black, 4 July 2020

The $7.9 trillion in 401(k) retirement funds will be used to buttress private equity markets and further enrich the financial oligarchy.

City University of New York lays off 2,800 adjuncts in wave of austerity

By Elliott Murtagh, 4 July 2020

These actions will have a devastating effect on the largest urban university system in the US, forcing faculty, students, and staff to bear the brunt of the current pandemic-triggered state and city financial crisis.

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

Today marks the 244th anniversary of the public proclamation of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776, which established the United States of America. It is not only the direct political impact of the document, but, rather, the principles it proclaimed that determined its world historical stature.

Neil Young’s Homegrown: Time capsule from the 1970s

By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2020

Canadian-born singer-songwriter Neil Young has released Homegrown, 45 years after it was recorded, an album of twelve songs that brings us back to his music of the early 1970s.

Why Canada’s media is fawning over the war criminal John Bolton

By Roger Jordan, 4 July 2020

Canada’s ruling elite wants a more stable and strategic-minded partner in the White House, who can more effectively employ intrigue, intimidation and war in pursuing their common imperialist agenda.

US unemployment rate dips, but millions remain jobless or face wage cuts

By Jerry White, 3 July 2020

Despite Trump’s claims that the “economy is roaring back,” joblessness remains at depression levels while the reopening of businesses has produced a surge of COVID-19 cases.

As pandemic accelerates in US, young people made the scapegoat of ruling elite’s malicious return to work policy

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 July 2020

The US continues to see a surge of new infections at an unprecedented rate with a single one-day high of 57,236 new cases.

“We are at our breaking point”

FCA Toledo Jeep workers support call for rank-and-file safety committees

By Marcus Day, 3 July 2020

Anger is reaching a boiling point over the refusal of management and the UAW to release information about COVID-19 cases.

Meat processing plants spread the coronavirus in North Carolina

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 3 July 2020

Both Democrats and Republicans are complicit in concealing the magnitude of the coronavirus crisis in and around North Carolina’s rural meat and poultry packing facilities.

Letter from a New York City transit worker on miscarriages and pregnancy on the job

By our reporters, 3 July 2020

A New York City transit worker has written in to the WSWS describing the atrocious conditions faced by pregnant workers at the facilities run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

US Fed official warns of potential for a financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 3 July 2020

Having boosted the wealth of the financial oligarchy, in the midst of economic devastation for working people, the Fed is actively considering giving the rich even more support.

An assault on separation of church and state as well as public education

US Supreme Court rules in favor of religious schools

By John Burton and Ed Hightower, 3 July 2020

Undermining the wall between church and state, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot deny funding to religious schools, sweeping aside dozens of state constitutional provisions enacted to protect public education.

Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell arrested in New Hampshire

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday and charged by a federal court in Manhattan with six counts related to her alleged collaboration with Jeffrey Epstein in a sex ring that involved girls as young as 14 years old.

Primaries show deepening political polarization in US

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2020

While both the corporate-controlled parties, the Democrats and Republicans, are moving to the right, the bulk of the population is moving to the left.

US anti-China campaign intensifies factional conflicts within Canada’s ruling elite

By Roger Jordan, 3 July 2020

Terming China “a real threat to Canada,” former Tory Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has called for the striking of a “blue-ribbon” committee to redefine Canada’s China policy.

Strike against Tower Hamlets Labour council’s “fire and rehire” of 4,000 employees

By Alice Summers, 3 July 2020

Facing massive budget shortfalls, the Labour-run London borough plans to lay off 4,000 workers before rehiring them on significantly worse pay and conditions.

The New York Times fabricates Russian murder plot

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2020

The Washington frenzy against Russia has been triggered by a lying propaganda campaign initiated by the New York Times.