Democratic Rights in the US
“We refuse to be thrown away like the bakery’s garbage”
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.
By Zaida Green, 23 March 2017
Publicly unveiled on Tuesday, the new restrictions in the US and the UK target direct flights from the Middle East and North Africa.
By Andre Damon, 23 March 2017
An 'open letter' by Times columnist Thomas Friedman gives voice to tendencies in and around the Democratic Party that are prepared to welcome a palace coup that would impose a military/intelligence/corporate junta on the American people.
By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2017
The real target of Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing was Russia, not the Trump administration.
By Eric London, 17 March 2017
Two federal judges halted enforcement of Trump’s revised executive order and Trump responded by saying, “we ought to go back to the first version and go all the way.”
By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2017
The ruling cites numerous statements by candidate Donald Trump declaring his intention to bar Muslims from entering the United States.
Notes on police violence
By Kevin Martinez, 16 March 2017
Dashcam video of the shooting released only this month shows Michael Davidson writhing in agony after being shot by a police officer while exiting his car with his wallet in his hand.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2017
The unannounced change in policy casts aside cosmetic restrictions imposed under Obama, allowing the CIA to freely function as Washington’s “Murder Inc.”
By Jerry White, 14 March 2017
Mass deportations are being used to terrorize immigrant workers and give employers a free hand to undermine the wages and conditions of all workers.
By Christopher Davion, 14 March 2017
The targeting of minority workers and the poor for harassment is an attack on the entire working class and a warning of the measures to be used against growing opposition.
By Gary Joad, 11 March 2017
Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. requested 287 (g) designation for deputies to act as ICE officers to enable the arrest and deportation of thousands immigrants and families.
FBI director: “No such thing as absolute privacy in America”
By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2017
Media discussion of the WikiLeaks revelations about CIA cyberweapons takes for good coin the agency’s claim that these would never be used against Americans.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 March 2017
A report released Monday by the Department of Homeland Security reveals inhumane conditions for immigrant detainees at Theo Lacy jail in Orange County, California.
By David Walsh, 10 March 2017
The former director of the NSA and the CIA was a guest this week on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The appearance represented a certain meeting of minds.
By Eric London, 7 March 2017
The world is pulsing with billions of people burdened by economic exploitation and war and yet restricted from moving freely across the planet.
By Kate Randall, 7 March 2017
The ease with which the ruling class engages in such barbarism must stand as a warning to the working class.
By Zac Corrigan, Eric London and Genevieve Leigh, 6 March 2017
Immigrant advocates working on the US-Mexico border explain the impact of anti-immigrant policies of the Obama and Trump administrations.
By our reporters, 3 March 2017
US immigration officials have begun targeting immigration rights activists across the country to punish them for the “crime” of speaking out in defense of democratic rights.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 March 2017
Young people across the US, opposing the Trump administration’s raids, roundups and arrests, have become outspoken in their defense of the democratic rights of all ethnicities and nationalities.
By Shelley Connor, 2 March 2017
The policies of the Trump administration benefit the private prison industry at the expense of inmates and their health.
By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2017
The coming to power of the Trump administration has encouraged the most reactionary, racist and backward forces in American society.
By Eric London, 28 February 2017
The WSWS recently interviewed an immigrant mother who escaped from El Salvador in February and was captured by the Border Patrol last week.
By Genevieve Leigh, 27 February 2017
Private prison companies such as CoreCivic and GEO Group, Inc. stand to reap massive profits from the mass detentions of immigrants expected from Trump’s executive orders.
By John Andrews, 24 February 2017
Videos show an off-duty Los Angeles police officer drawing a pistol and shooting it during a minor confrontation with a group of young people.
By Eric London, 22 February 2017
Press Secretary Sean Spicer made clear that immigrants with criminal histories are only the first targets of Trump’s anti-immigrant plan.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2017
The appointment of McMaster exposes the utterly reactionary and undemocratic character of the official debate surrounding the Trump administration.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2017
More than 100 workers across the US faced retaliation from their employers for participating in last Thursday’s “A Day without Immigrants” protests.
By Shelley Connor, 21 February 2017
As construction moves forward to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline, the bills subject protesters to prosecution and up to 20 years in prison.
By Brad Dixon, 20 February 2017
Unable to procure the drugs needed for lethal injections, the Arizona department of corrections is inviting lawyers for death row inmates to provide the drugs to be used to kill their clients.
By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2017
The press conference was unlike anything seen in modern American history, as the US president traded insults with journalists and engaged in a bitter battle with his nemeses in the media.
By Warren Duzak, 17 February 2017
Police claims that Jocques Scott Clemmons had assaulted the officer who eventually killed him as he left his car during a traffic stop have been shown to be demonstrably false.
By Nick Rodriguez, 17 February 2017
The disturbing incident, which took place last year but was only recently made public, sheds a stark light on the harsh realities of life confronting the working class.
By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017
The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.
By E.P. Milligan, 11 February 2017
Trump’s executive orders may result in the mass internment of millions of undocumented immigrants and the imposition of effective martial law in major US cities.
By Isaac Finn, 9 February 2017
The court’s ruling reverses a recent legal precedent that allows corporations to withhold data related to criminal investigations as long as it is stored abroad.
By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2017
At a hearing Tuesday, three appeals court judges appeared skeptical of the claims by the Trump administration that the travel ban was needed to prevent terrorist attacks on the US.
In speech at Florida Air Force base
By Barry Grey, 8 February 2017
Trump gave a speech denouncing the press and suggesting the formation of a presidential-military alliance against the courts and the Constitution.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 February 2017
Republican state legislators are attacking the constitutional right of free speech and ability to peacefully assemble.
By Ed Hightower, 8 February 2017
Eliminating the Johnson amendment would allow tax-subsidized political donations funneled through religious institutions.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2017
Gina Haspel ran the black site prison in Thailand where waterboarding and other gruesome practices were carried out.
By Zaida Green, 4 February 2017
More than 1,000 pages of FBI guidelines obtained by The Intercept detail the expansion of the agency’s spy powers under the Obama administration, now inherited by Trump.
By Shelley Connor, 3 February 2017
With the aid of the National Guard, local law enforcement raided the Last Child Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Wednesday evening, using armored vehicles as well as water and sound cannons.
By George Gallanis, 3 February 2017
Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has threatened to carry out a Reagan-style strikebreaking operation if 30,000 state workers walk out to oppose his demands for concessions.
By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2017
Neil Gorsuch, a circuit court judge and right-wing Republican, is a fervent admirer of the late Antonin Scalia, leader of the court’s reactionary bloc.
By our reporters, 1 February 2017
Hundreds of students at Detroit’s Wayne State University protested Trump’s ban on refugees and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries.
By Kate Randall, 1 February 2017
Christeson,37, was executed after the US Supreme Court and the Missouri governor refused to grant either a stay or clemency.
“If any layer of society is not safe, then no one is safe”
By our reporters, 30 January 2017
On Saturday and Sunday, thousands gathered at airport terminals and central locations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC and other major cities.
By Fred Mazelis, 27 January 2017
The new president’s call for a “major investigation,” in the absence of any evidence of fraud, is the latest in a long string of attacks on the most basic democratic right, the right to vote.
By Genevieve Leigh, 27 January 2017
Hundreds of protesters, including media personnel, have been charged with felony rioting after Friday’s protests during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington DC.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 January 2017
Project Veritas sent operatives into various protest groups to encourage the commission of acts that could be used to smear protesters as violent.
By Barry Grey, 23 January 2017
Trump’s attack on the corporate-controlled press underscores the degree of tension and conflict within the state as the new administration takes office.
By Shelley Connor, 20 January 2017
Although the Department of Homeland Security cannot identify a “specific, credible threat” to the transfer of power on January 20, security for the inauguration will be particularly stringent.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2017
Manning’s trial and imprisonment for leaking evidence of war crimes was itself a crime, for which the US military and Obama administration are responsible.
By Tom Carter, 18 January 2017
The eight justices on the US Supreme Court complained that lower federal courts are not granting immunity to police officers often enough.
By Alexander Fangmann, 18 January 2017
The immediate end of preferential immigration policies for Cubans is entirely in line with Obama’s role as deporter-in-chief and Trump’s anti-immigrant stance.
John Lewis, Donald Trump and the demise of the “civil rights” establishment
By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2017
The former civil rights leader and longtime Democratic congressman has now joined the campaign to prepare US public opinion for war with Russia.
By Zaida Green, 14 January 2017
Best Buy’s “Geek Squad” central repair team had at least one supervisor that was an active FBI informant who was paid $500 and subsequently discovered allegedly incriminating evidence.
By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2017
At Thursday’s congressional hearing, US Senators seemed to be in competition to demonstrate the most abject loyalty to the intelligence agencies.
By Toby Reese, 4 January 2017
A joint measure by the City and County of Los Angeles will provide $10 million in funding for legal assistance to residents facing deportation proceedings, far below need.
By E.P. Milligan, 31 December 2016
The request is part of the online Electronic System for Travel Authorization, a visa waiver application that many visitors must complete before traveling to the United States.
By Matthew MacEgan, 23 December 2016
A recently declassified House Intelligence Committee report smears Snowden as a dishonest miscreant who stole information for Moscow’s and his own personal gain.
By Shelley Connor, 23 December 2016
Thousands of low-income women will potentially be affected by the state’s decision to deny Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
By our reporter, 19 December 2016
The number of police killings, or homicides, recorded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics is more than twice the number reported by the FBI.
By Shannon Jones, 16 December 2016
The shooting of Francisco Serna, who was suffering from dementia, is the latest horrifying episode in the continuing wave of police violence in the United States.
By Ed Hightower, 15 December 2016
Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a reactionary ban on abortions after only 20 weeks, with no exception for cases of rape or incest.
By Mark Witkowski and Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2016
Extreme security measures, representing a further “normalization” of a pervasive militarized police presence, have been established at Trump Tower.
By Kate Randall, 14 December 2016
On Monday, the US Supreme Court denied review in four death penalty cases, each of which had been relisted by the court multiple times.
By Eric London, 8 December 2016
The unprecedented prominence of the military in the incoming cabinet is a dangerous sign that the American ruling class is preparing for war abroad and repression at home.
By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2016
It is impossible to defend the environment or the rights of Native Americans within the straitjacket of the Democratic Party and the capitalist system.
By Marcus Day, 8 December 2016
The law would criminalize abortions performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception.
By Kranti Kumara, 8 December 2016
William Sallie was put to death by lethal injection in Georgia Tuesday night after the US Supreme Court rejected his plea for a stay of execution.
By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2016
In a speech to a military audience in Florida, the US president twice cited the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal as a warning to the incoming administration of Donald Trump.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 December 2016
The announcement follows the Army Corp of Engineers’ decision to delay construction of the pipeline under Lake Oahe.
By our reporter, 5 December 2016
The announcement that the US Army Corps of Engineers will not grant an easement for construction essentially puts off a final decision until after Obama leaves office.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 December 2016
A Tennessee woman accused of attempting to terminate her pregnancy with a coat hanger last year was arraigned late last month on three felony charges.
By Joseph Kishore, 3 December 2016
Under the watchful eye of the Obama administration, protesters have been subjected to brutal violence from the police and National Guard.
By our reporter, 3 December 2016
The Liberal government has declared it is prepared to use force against those protesting expansion of Canada’s oil pipelines.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2016
Obama, who earned the title “deporter in chief,” is handing over to Trump a massive and brutally repressive immigration enforcement system.
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.
By Zaida Green, 2 December 2016
Police will continue to use water cannons, concussion grenades, lead-filled beanbags, and chemical agents against protesters.
By Zac Corrigan, 2 December 2016
A family fighting to expose the Flint water crisis say they have been subjected to retaliatory intimidation and abuse by the US Navy.
By Kevin Martinez, 1 December 2016
The Army Corps of Engineers has set a deadline of December 5 for protesters to leave the encampment or face prosecution for “trespassing.”
By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2016
Trump’s statement on flag-burning reflects not only the authoritarian disposition of the president-elect, but the far-reaching decay of bourgeois democracy in the United States.
By Kevin Reed, 1 December 2016
There is more than a whiff of McCarthyism in the crusade by the corporate-controlled media against “fake news” on social media and the Internet.
By John Burton, 30 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet that people who burn the American flag in protest should be stripped of their citizenship is a repudiation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
By our reporter, 29 November 2016
Hundreds of hate crimes have been reported since election day.
By Eric London, 28 November 2016
President Barack Obama is denouncing an entirely legitimate legal action to verify the outcome of the election in states where the result was exceptionally close.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 November 2016
Sophia Wilansky, 21, was severely injured by a police concussion grenade, and may require an arm amputation.
By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2016
Trump gave the media executives and anchors a tongue-lashing, creating an atmosphere that one cowed participant compared to a “firing squad.”
By Jerry White, 21 November 2016
In an interview with German media outlets, Obama rejected a presidential pardon for NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
A chilling attack on free speech
By David Walsh, 21 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump responded to concerns about his incoming administration as expressed by the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton with a series of thuggish, threatening Tweets.
By our reporter, 19 November 2016
In the wake of a television appearance in which a Trump campaign activist said that a registry of Muslim visitors to the United States could be justified under the “precedent” set by the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, a leader of the Trump transition team has revealed that a formal proposal for such a registry is under discussion.
By Samuel Davidson, 17 November 2016
A former police officer was charged in the death of an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop.
By Zaida Green, 17 November 2016
Officer Jeronimo Yanez faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm after shooting Castile seven times during a traffic stop in July.
By our reporters, 16 November 2016
The protests on Tuesday follow the press conference of Obama on Monday, when he urged Americans to “reconcile themselves” with a Trump presidency.
By Tom Carter, 16 November 2016
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has unleashed a series of tweets calling for a “state of emergency” to be declared and for the ongoing anti-Trump protests to be violently “quelled” by the military.
By Adam Mclean, 3 November 2016
From a class standpoint, it is impossible to support an anti-death penalty proposition that expands life imprisonment without parole and other forms of punishment of prisoners.
By Kevin Martinez, 2 November 2016
The mainly Native American protesters have received over $1 million in crowdsource funding, but only silence from Hillary Clinton and attacks from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
By Sandy English, 1 November 2016
Four guards at New York City’s Rikers Island prison complex were convicted of brutalizing inmate Carl Williams in 2013 and falsifying records.