The Social Crisis in America
By our reporter, 25 April 2018
Workers who unload and load cargo planes start at a measly rate of only $11.74 per hour for work that is backbreaking and grueling and quite frequently done under adverse weather conditions.
By Kate Randall, 24 April 2018
While Trump and corporate boardrooms celebrate the “booming” economy and the rising stockpiles of cash for the super-rich, they are seeking ways to gut what remains of the social safety net.
No money for teacher pay or textbooks, but…
By Barry Grey, 18 April 2018
A series of reports released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.
By Kayla Costa, 17 April 2018
The worst US prison riot in a quarter-century reveals the brutal conditions of inmates, who often live for years without mental health treatment and quality social interaction.
By Kate Randall, 14 April 2018
Some states are considering expanding Medicaid while at the same time imposing work requirements, premium payments and drug testing of recipients.
By Matthew Taylor, 13 April 2018
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday requiring his cabinet to target for destruction any social programs that do not have work requirements.
By James Brewer, 13 April 2018
Central Michigan University sociology professor Cedrick Taylor presented his new documentary at the University of Michigan in Flint.
By Keisha Gibbs and Warren Duzak, 9 April 2018
Public schools in Nashville, Tennessee face cuts to free food programs and elimination of funding to schools with impoverished students.
By Harvey Simpkins, 9 April 2018
Plaintiffs allege that their tents, mattresses, food, clothing, electronics and identity documents were either lost or destroyed during numerous city-led clearings of their encampment in 2016 and 2017.
By Debra Watson, 5 April 2018
Amidst talk of Detroit making a “comeback” the city is preparing to once again carry out the mass disruption of water service to thousands of low income residents.
By Norisa Diaz, 4 April 2018
While the motive for the shooting remains unclear, what is certain is that American society continues to produce mass shootings on an almost daily basis.
By Adam Mclean, 31 March 2018
While the long-term future of the Anaheim homeless is still uncertain, the about-face by the county will strand them for the immediate term.
By Sandy English, 26 March 2018
Nicanor Ochisor killed himself after a dramatic decline in his income due to the deregulation of Uber and other e-hailing services in the city.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 March 2018
The most recent school shooting comes just days before Saturday’s scheduled “March for Our Lives” protests in Washington, DC and across the United States.
By Kimie Saito, 19 March 2018
The tragic incident further exposes the housing crisis in Orange County, California where police have recently been working to clear out hundreds of people from homeless encampments.
By Matthew Taylor, 17 March 2018
As rescue operations continue, new information has emerged about the companies responsible for the Miami bridge collapse on Thursday
By Shelley Connor, 12 March 2018
Arkansas’ new eligibility requirements, scheduled to begin on June 1, are some of the strictest since CMS began granting waivers this year.
By Alec Andersen, 10 March 2018
The hostages were employees of the nonprofit organization Pathway House, which provides services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
US emergency departments report significant increase in opioid overdoses among all age groups, including infants
By Shelley Connor, 8 March 2018
Recent studies demonstrate that emergency department visits for opioid overdose increased by 30 percent across the United States in 2017.
By Gabriel Black, 6 March 2018
Catalyst Capital predicts that 2018 will be the biggest stock buyback year on record, with corporations spending $1.2 trillion to push up their share values.
By Steve Filips, 1 March 2018
This season’s severe winter and frigid temperatures is exacting a brutal toll in fire fatalities.
By Brian Dixon, 27 February 2018
The manufacturers of five major opioid products donated nearly $9 million to 14 supposedly independent patient advocacy organizations between 2000 and 2017.
By Adam Mclean, 23 February 2018
Homelessness in LA is growing at a much higher rate than was previously thought, outstripping the already limited funding allocated to programs aimed at aiding the homeless.
The coal slurry disaster of 2000
By Carlos Delgado, 19 February 2018
The water crisis in eastern Kentucky can be traced back to the bursting of a coal slurry dam owned by Massey Energy in 2000.
By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2018
The FBI admitted that it had received two separate warnings about the Nikolas Cruz, the second, only six weeks ago, suggesting he was likely to target a school.
By Shelley Connor, 17 February 2018
The proposed cuts would mean starvation for large numbers of poor Americans.
By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2018
The White House urged congressional Republicans to proceed with the military spending proposed in a bipartisan budget deal last week, but renege on promises to increase spending on domestic social programs.
By Warren Duzak, 13 February 2018
After losing service due to collapsing infrastructure, Martin County residents now face shutoffs and a 50 percent rate hike for contaminated water.
By Matthew Taylor, 13 February 2018
An explosion ripped through the Monacillo power plant outside of San Juan Sunday night, leaving 175,000 residents without power for several hours.
By Shelley Connor, 12 February 2018
While the Trump administration heralds Medicaid work requirements as a path towards better health and prosperity for America’s poor, recent studies reveal the opposite.
By Mark Ferretti, 10 February 2018
A clear class division separates those who can buy healthy food easily from those who cannot.
By Kate Randall, 9 February 2018
The US is wracked by record social inequality, a catastrophic health crisis, and a government health policy aimed at deliberately lowering life expectancy while catering to corporate profit.
By Sandy English, 8 February 2018
Schifter’s suicide note blamed corporations and Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and former Mayor Bloomberg for destroying his livelihood.
Notes from Puerto Rico
By Antonio Castro, 8 February 2018
This is the second in a series of updates from a local Puerto Rican worker on the unfolding crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane María.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 30 January 2018
Mayor Kevin Faulconer combined praise of the city’s meager response to the recent hepatitis A outbreak with a thinly veiled threat that homelessness would no longer be tolerated.
“This could be anyone tomorrow”
By Adam Mclean, Kevin Martinez and Kimie Saito, 29 January 2018
Rather than offering assistance to those living on the riverbed, the city has started a “slow and methodical” drive to shut down the encampment.
By Patrick Martin, 23 January 2018
Hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients still face possible deportation in six weeks as the supposed “resistance” to Trump by Senate Democrats lasted less than three days.
By Kevin Martinez, 23 January 2018
The estimated 1,000 people living in tents along the Santa Ana riverbed will be cleared out by Orange County sheriffs. The vast majority have no place to go and authorities have no plans to house them.
“The water is milky white and smells like bleach”
By Jerry White, 22 January 2018
Working class residents of the former coal mining area have had no water or only intermittent service for weeks.
By Steve Filips and Matthew Richter, 20 January 2018
The total of fire deaths in the US due to intense winter weather has increased dramatically since Christmas.
By Barry Grey, 18 January 2018
The latest version of the bipartisan plan proposes even more billions to militarize the US-Mexico border, including funds earmarked for Trump’s border wall with Mexico.
By Shelley Connor, 18 January 2018
Within five years, state officials estimate, the new initiative will result in 100,000 fewer Medicaid enrollments in Kentucky, saving the state $2.4 billion.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 January 2018
On January 14, 12 members of the activist group “Break the Ban” were arrested in the city of El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California, for providing food to a homeless community.
By Warren Duzak, 17 January 2018
Working class and poor residents in the southern US state face an outbreak of the hookworm parasite due to unsanitary conditions.
By Christopher Davion and Matthew Verhoven, 15 January 2018
Nine people died in Wisconsin due to exposure to freezing temperatures that began in the final week of 2017.
By Warren Duzak, 11 January 2018
Hedge funds and other big investors are transforming private homes into rental properties, driving housing costs beyond the reach of working class and lower-middle class families.
By Dan Conway, 9 January 2018
Over the past few weeks, cases of influenza and influenza-related illnesses have skyrocketed, reaching near epidemic level proportions.
By Emanuele Saccarelli, 9 January 2018
Official reports indicate that more than 9,000 homeless people live on the streets of San Diego, with over a thousand of them being concentrated in the downtown area.
By Debra Watson, 8 January 2018
Rent burdens have increased in the US over the past 15 years, putting workers at the lower end of the pay scale in severe housing jeopardy.
By Kathleen Martin, 6 January 2018
While media reports are conflicting, the winter storm emerging from the ‘bomb cyclone’ on the eastern coast of the US has directly claimed at least 22 lives, with the number expected to rise over the weekend.
By Kate Randall, 5 January 2018
As in all weather-related disasters, society’s most vulnerable are the worst affected, with the poor and homeless bearing the brunt.
By Trévon Austin, 4 January 2018
The rising number of deaths from cold at the beginning of this year has exposed the severity of the affordable housing crisis in the United States.
By Trévon Austin, 3 January 2018
The wave of cold weather has exposed the disastrous state of social conditions in the US, affecting the most vulnerable: the homeless, impoverished elderly and youth.
By Philip Guelpa, 3 January 2018
New York City officials have tried to obscure inadequate fire prevention measures by blaming the victims.
By Debra Watson, 3 January 2018
Some 16,000 Michigan food stamp recipients could lose benefits this year due to the imposition of work requirements.
By Fred Mazelis and A. Woodson, 30 December 2017
In every sphere of life, New York remains what newly reelected Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio hypocritically promised to change four years ago: two worlds in one city.
By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2017
The current bout of severe weather has created conditions for an upsurge in fatal house fires, accidents and deaths due to exposure.
By Debra Watson, 28 December 2017
Despite a drastic fall in the official unemployment rate since the Great Recession, the same percentage of households in Michigan are living below the poverty line.
By Patrick Martin, 27 December 2017
The temporary “fix” to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, applied by Congress in legislation passed December 21, could actually speed the program’s collapse.
Nashville, Tennessee: Homelessness at record levels despite pledges from politicians and business leaders
By Warren Duzak, 23 December 2017
On an average night in January 2015 there were 2,365 homeless in Nashville, with 1,124 in emergency shelters, 560 in transitional housing and 470 living on the street.
By Steve Filips, 23 December 2017
A heart wrenching increase in the deaths of children in fatal house fires highlights the substandard housing conditions and poverty widespread within the US.
By Eric London, 22 December 2017
The fall in US life expectancy reflects the social devastation wrought on the lives of millions of people by decades of bipartisan policies aimed at enriching the wealthy.
By Shelley Connor, 21 December 2017
On Monday, Alabama became the first state to announce an enrollment freeze for its Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as plans to end the program altogether by February 1.
By Barry Grey, 20 December 2017
Legislation that will transfer trillions of dollars from the working class to the richest 10 percent of the population will be made the law of the land within less than two months of its initial release and without a single congressional hearing.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 December 2017
San Diego, with the fourth largest community of homeless in the US, has seen 567 cases of Hepatitis A, with 382 hospitalizations and 20 deaths.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 December 2017
The bin where the man was discovered was located in a shopping center parking lot one block away from the San Diego Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter.
By Eric London, 18 December 2017
A statement by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston details the nightmarish conditions faced by tens of millions of impoverished Americans and condemns the US government for human rights abuses.
By Andre Damon, 18 December 2017
As Congress rushes to pass a tax bill that will transfer trillions of dollars to the financial oligarchy, it is becoming impossible to overlook the all-pervasive scale of social inequality in the United States.
By Naomi Spencer, 16 December 2017
After three homicides in the span of as many hours Thursday night, the city at the heart of West Virginia’s heroin epidemic stands on the verge of military occupation.
By Dan Conway, 15 December 2017
As the massive wildfires that engulf Southern California continue, a fire that consumed portions of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhood is being blamed on the city’s homeless.
By Adam Mclean, 15 December 2017
Alston spent his time in the impoverished LA neighborhood notorious for homelessness, drug abuse and police brutality.
By Hector Cordon, 14 December 2017
An effort has begun to shift the city’s response toward the homeless crisis to a more open policy of criminalization.
By Shelley Connor, 13 December 2017
Residents of Alabama’s Black Belt region are suffering in social conditions most frequently encountered in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
By Trévon Austin, 8 December 2017
Nearly 115,000 children under 18 are homeless, including nearly 9,000 living on the streets.
By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2017
There is an element of desperation in the frenzy in Washington to engineer one more transfusion of financial resources from working people into the sclerotic veins of the Wall Street addicts.
By Marc Wells, 24 November 2017
Los Angeles community colleges report that one in five students is homeless, while two-thirds cannot afford proper nutrition.
A health statistics system in shambles
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 November 2017
The true scope of maternal mortality rate in the US remains uncertain due to inconsistent and under-reporting on death certificates.
By Trévon Austin, 22 November 2017
Under TPS, Haitians who sought refuge after 2010 Haiti’s earthquake in 2010 have been allowed to live and work in the United States. They now have until July 2019 to leave the country.
By Jerry White, 22 November 2017
While the fire is still under investigation, authorities are looking at a space heater as the cause of the fatal blaze.
By Sheila Brehm, 11 November 2017
Last Tuesday’s mayoral election in Flint was marked by mass abstention after three-and-a-half years of an ongoing lead water crisis.
By Tom Hall, 7 November 2017
The sharp increase is driven by a combination of social misery and the flooding by pharmaceutical companies of poor communities with highly addictive opioid drugs.
By Jerry White, 28 October 2017
The alleged suicide of Jacoby Hennings at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping plant has generated widespread sympathy along with anger over the cruel conditions facing young workers.
By Debra Watson, 27 October 2017
The deplorable conditions faced by low-income renters in the Detroit area highlight the crisis of affordable housing in the United States.
By Barry Grey, 25 October 2017
Trump’s tax plan raises to a new level the plundering of society’s resources by the ruling class that has been underway for nearly four decades.
By Jerry White, 24 October 2017
Middle-age workers are being forced to retire later, even as they confront poorer health and a lower life expectancy than their older peers.
Weeks after hurricanes in Texas and Florida: Government aid scarce, tens of thousands still displaced
By Tom Hall, 24 October 2017
Residents in both states attempting to piece their lives back together confront indifference and neglect from the federal government.
By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2017
A young part-time temporary worker at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant who was facing disciplinary charges apparently took his own life Friday.
By Genevieve Leigh, 19 October 2017
A recent investigation by the Washington Post and “60 Minutes” has exposed the complicity of the pharmaceutical giants and the Democratic and Republican parties in the worst drug epidemic in US history.
By Shelley Connor, 12 October 2017
A magistrate issued an arrest warrant on Monday charging DeAndre Harris with unlawfully wounding one of his attackers during the “Unite the Right” rally in August.
By Zaida Green, 6 October 2017
In many counties, women must travel dozens or hundreds of miles to reach an abortion facility and are often forced to travel to another state.
By David Walsh, 4 October 2017
US politicians and the American media are displaying their usual obtuseness and ignorance in the face of this terrible tragedy, that has ruined hundreds, if not thousands of lives.
By Sandy English, 28 September 2017
Census data shows the so-called economic recovery under Obama was an unmitigated catastrophe for the 20 percent of the population that live in the poorest areas of the US.
The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills
By Benjamin Mateus and George Marlowe, 25 September 2017
A new book by Chicago doctor David Ansell reveals the profound ways in which social inequality in the US creates “death gaps” and disparities in life expectancies.
By Jason Melanovski, 20 September 2017
A new report documents the crisis of rural school districts.
By Warren Duzak, 19 September 2017
Gerald Melton, was shot August 26 after he allegedly objected to the sound of loud music and exhaust fumes coming from a Porsche driven by Katie Quackenbush, 26.
By Trévon Austin, 16 September 2017
In Highlands County in south Florida, an area with a 19.4 percent poverty rate, nearly three-quarters of residents were still without power Friday.
By Philip Guelpa, 16 September 2017
The ostentatious opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement is being used to obscure decades of neglect.
Small median income gain offset by debt and living costs
By Eric London, 15 September 2017
While the New York Times claims the Census data shows “a brighter picture” for the working class, nothing could be further from the truth.
By Niles Niemuth, 15 September 2017
The deaths in Hollywood, Florida have exposed the incompetence and indifference of the American ruling class, which bears ultimate responsibility for this social crime.
By Niles Niemuth, 14 September 2017
Police evacuated 115 remaining residents from a nursing home north of Miami after they spent days in suffocating heat after the power was knocked out by Hurricane Irma.