The Social Crisis in America
By Ed Hightower, 18 May 2013
The study predicted increasing wealth inequality for each of five successive age groups as they approach retirement.
By Samuel Davidson and Tom Eley, 18 May 2013
Water service had been shut off two weeks before a tragic Mother’s Day house fire took the lives of four children and two adults in the small town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
By Kate Randall, 13 May 2013
Spending on prescription medicines fell in 2012, as growing out-of pocket costs forced more people to go without needed doctor visits, medicines and other treatments.
By Naomi Spencer, 9 May 2013
More than 11,000 American babies die on the day of birth, a number 50 percent higher than all other industrialized countries combined.
By a WSWS reporting team, 8 May 2013
Retired workers living in a rent-subsidized senior housing building in downtown Detroit are facing eviction.
By a campaign team, 1 May 2013
Residents of the Henry Street apartments, located in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, held a tenants meeting on Sunday to fight the eviction from their homes on May 20.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2013
Consolidated Edison is giving its top executives bonuses for “exemplary” work in 2012, a year marked by a month-long lockout of 8,000 workers and a collapse of electrical power during Superstorm Sandy.
By Philip Guelpa, 30 April 2013
A new report by the New York City Commission on Economic Opportunity finds that over 20 percent of the residents in America’s most populous city live in poverty.
By Nick Barrickman, Rosa Shahnazarian and Matthew MacEgan, 29 April 2013
Two devastating house fires claimed the lives of nine people in Georgia and South Carolina last week.
By Ed Hightower, 25 April 2013
A Pew report found that the poorest 93 percent of US households saw a four percent decline in net worth between 2009 and 2011, while the wealthiest seven percent saw a 28 percent increase.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 April 2013
A new report by the United Nations details the growing levels of poverty facing children in the major capitalist countries, with the US ranking near the bottom on all metrics.
By Matthew MacEgan, 15 April 2013
The North Carolina House has approved a bill requiring background checks for those seeking welfare assistance or food stamps.
By Khara Sikhan, 10 April 2013
Rising numbers of US teenagers feel compelled to join the workforce to supplement strained household budgets.
By Phyllis Scherrer and Samuel Davidson, 8 April 2013
Steubenville recently gained notoriety because of a tragedy last August which resulted in the conviction of two teenage boys for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
By Eric London, 1 April 2013
The crowd of 300 watched in anger as the large pile of fresh groceries was thrown into dumpsters and carted away to rot in a nearby landfill.
Stock markets and food stamps at record highs
By Kate Randall, 30 March 2013
The growth of social inequality since the 2008 financial crash is the product of definite policies pursued first under Bush and then under the Obama administration.
By Kate Randall, 29 March 2013
Enrollment in the food assistance program has increased by 70 percent since 2008, driven by a stagnating job market and rising poverty levels.
By Niles Williamson, 26 March 2013
Many elderly Americans are being forced out of retirement or are working well into their retirement years to cover their debts, living expenses, and health care needs.
By Andre Damon, 22 March 2013
As the US government prepares to furlough one million federal workers and slash tens of billions in social spending, corporate executives in the United States are taking some of the highest payouts in history.
By Jerry White, 7 March 2013
Wall Street’s financial elite celebrated a new record Dow Jones Industrial Average this week, even as the city of Detroit plunged towards bankruptcy.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 March 2013
The Coalition for the Homeless reports an average nightly total of more than 50,000 in New York’s shelters, a record “since modern homelessness emerged three decades ago.”
By Kate Randall, 5 March 2013
The media presentation of the sequester as a symptom of “gridlock” and bitter policy differences between the Democrats and Republicans is a cynical fraud.
By our correspondents, 4 March 2013
The hearing held to address conditions facing DC homeless people was an attempt at damage control.
By Sandy English, 1 March 2013
The move is aimed at beginning the privatization of public housing stock in New York City
By Fred Mazelis, 26 February 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed complaints that the city had turned away homeless families from municipal shelters.
By Joseph Kishore, 16 February 2013
The latest figures on inequality in the US expose the vast transfer of wealth that has occurred during the first years of the “economic recovery.”
By Naomi Spencer, 14 February 2013
A single homeless shelter in the nation’s capital is crowded with nearly 1,000 residents.
By Lawrence Porter, 30 January 2013
Early Tuesday morning, a six-year-old child died in a house fire on Detroit’s southwest side. His brother, 4, was hospitalized in critical condition.
By Bryan Dyne and Lawrence Porter, 28 January 2013
The Wayne County Medical Examiner issued a report stating that the child, Akira Perkins-Williams, succumbed to smoke inhalation.
By Kate Randall, 18 January 2013
More than 47 million people in the US live in families where their jobs do not pay enough to lift them out of poverty.
By Kate Randall, 16 January 2013
Workers are depleting their 401(k) retirement plans to pay their mortgages, medical bills, college tuition and credit card debt.
By Julien Kiemle, 16 January 2013
The barbaric conditions that characterize California's prison system will only worsen as Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announces his plan to raise the cap on the state's prison population.
“Disasters always amplify pre-existing inequities”
By Daniel de Vries, 14 January 2013
The WSWS spoke with Columbia research scientist Klaus Jacob about the lessons of his research into climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Thousands line up for aid
By Shannon Jones, 14 January 2013
Thousands seeking housing assistance overwhelmed the human services center in the Detroit suburb of Taylor early Saturday morning.
By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2013
The world’s 100 richest people increased their wealth by $241 billion in 2012.
By Debra Watson, 9 January 2013
Thousands more Michigan families who are unemployed or underemployed will abruptly lose welfare under a new law.
By Karl Eisner, 8 January 2013
The most populous state in the US, with the largest number of billionaires, is plagued by joblessness and poverty.
By Shannon Jones, 31 December 2012
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 62,619 veterans are homeless on a given night.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 December 2012
In the areas surrounding Washington DC, students qualifying for free or subsidized meals face a difficult period ahead.
By Nick Barrickman, 24 December 2012
Since 1989, inequality has grown in 49 of 50 US states, and 28 states have seen inequality increase simultaneously by measurements of education, income and poverty.
“It is like they are trying to find a way to kill us off”
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 December 2012
A WSWS reporting team recently spoke to medically uninsured Detroit residents participating in a free health screening.
By David Brown and Andre Damon, 7 December 2012
A 73-year old Alabama woman visiting relatives in Taylor, Michigan burned to death in a mobile home Thursday morning in a fire rescuers believe could have been ignited by a space heater.
By Clement Daly, 4 December 2012
Income gaps between the richest and poorest US households have widened significantly since the late 1970s and continue to grow at a dizzying pace.
By Kate Randall, 3 December 2012
Among wide layers of the US population, increasing numbers are putting off parenthood due to poverty, job loss and other economic stresses.
By Kate Randall, 16 November 2012
The news that nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty received little attention in the media or from the Obama administration a little more than a week after the 2012 elections.
By Sandy English, 3 November 2012
New York City’s Coney Island was badly hit by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night and has received minimal aid from government agencies.
By a WSWS reporting team, 1 November 2012
Three days after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, thousands of residents of public housing remain without electricity, heat or running water and, in many cases, are living in flood-like conditions, particularly in lower Manhattan.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 October 2012
The city’s homeless shelter population hits new records every month, while the billionaire mayor reports a net worth of $25 billion.
By Marcus Day, 16 October 2012
New data released by the Census Bureau reveals that greater numbers of Illinois workers and unemployed are falling into poverty.
By Eric London, 15 October 2012
Just 13 hours after three workers were killed and ten others were injured in a garage collapse in Miami, Florida, officials called off a search for the missing.
By Naomi Spencer, 13 October 2012
The electrocution of a Detroit man during an attempted copper theft gives an indication of the desperate social conditions in the city.
By Shannon Jones, 12 October 2012
The return of seasonably cold weather this winter means higher home heating costs at a time when assistance programs are being cut.
By Jerry White and SEP candidate for president, 11 October 2012
Wall Street pay and profits have hit record levels since the 2008 crash.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 September 2012
The Washington DC area, including 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States, has witnessed a growth of poverty in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster.
By Barry Grey, 25 September 2012
In all of their criticisms, the Democrats have carefully avoided the basic issue: Romney’s flat-out assertion that people do not have the right to food, health care and a roof over their heads.
By Shannon Jones, 21 September 2012
According to a survey just published by Forbes magazine, the net wealth of the richest Americans rose by 13 percent in 2012 at the same time that median wealth for households is plummeting
By Kate Randall, 7 September 2012
A USDA study shows that one in six people in the US lives in a household that is at risk for hunger.
By Philip Guelpa, 31 August 2012
The $150 million deal to create new apartments in one of New York’s first skyscrapers is an index of inequality, which continues to widen in the midst of the growing economic crisis.
By Eric London, 27 August 2012
Last week’s report by Washington D.C. political blog The Hill details the vast wealth of House and Senate members.
By Alan Gilman, 27 August 2012
Eight percent of the lawyers and support staff will be laid off from the federal legal services nonprofit due to congressional budget cuts.
By Peter Daniels, 25 August 2012
A Gallup poll shows many parts of the country with more than 20 percent of families facing hunger, while drought conditions push food costs further beyond the reach of millions.
By Fred Mazelis, 11 August 2012
A new documentary tells the tale of a Florida billionaire and lifts the lid on a portion of American social reality.
By David Walsh, 7 August 2012
In return for agreeing not to go to work for any of GE’s rivals for three years, company executive John Krenicki will be paid a “retirement allowance” of $89,000 a month for ten years, or some $10.7 million.
By Nikolai Barrickman, 3 August 2012
D.C. Kids Count reports that as of 2010, nearly 31,000, or 1 in 3 children in the District of Columbia lives in poverty.
By Barry Grey, 24 July 2012
The obscene compensation package for Marissa Mayer—at a time when manufacturing workers are being told their new wage benchmark is $13 an hour or less—is but one more expression of the decay of capitalism and the decadence of the new aristocracy that presides over it.
By Nikolai Barrickman, 12 July 2012
A recent report by the Washington Post shows the massive growth of executive pay in the US capital as part of their attempts to skirt regulatory measures.
By Fred Mazelis, 29 June 2012
The greed and arrogance of the super-rich knows no limits, as shown by the continuing rise in luxury home prices in New York City, in the midst of deepening crisis.
By Andre Damon, 28 June 2012
As governments throughout the world close schools, lay off workers and slash support to the poor, old and sick, the financial oligarchy that rules the world increases its wealth and power.
By James Brewer, 22 June 2012
Larry Ellison, America’s third richest man, is closing the deal on the purchase of the sixth largest of the Hawaiian Islands.
By David Brown, 9 June 2012
The continuing jobs crisis in the US presents youth with few options for making a living.
By David Brown, 6 June 2012
The CEO of one of the biggest US insurance companies has called for raising the retirement age as much as 80.
By David Brown, 28 May 2012
Two recent studies on executive compensation show a marked increase in the pay of America’s top business figures.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 May 2012
Oklahoma and Tennessee join a growing list of states that will require drug testing of welfare applicants.
By Ali Ismail, 16 May 2012
The number of homeless people living on the streets of New York City increased by 23 percent in one year according to an annual survey conducted by the city’s Department of Homeless Services.
By Marc Wells, 14 May 2012
Maywood, California in Los Angeles County is one of many US cities suffering from a lack of access to one of the most basic requirements of modern society: clean drinking water.
Metropolitan Detroit’s staggering need for food
By Lawrence Porter, 4 May 2012
The WSWS spoke with an administrator from the Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan at the Feeding America, Unity 2012 conference last month.
Arizona, Arkansas and Texas: “What is the face of hunger?”
By Lawrence Porter, 3 May 2012
Delegates from South Central and Southwest US spoke to the WSWS at the Feeding America, Unity 2012 conference in Detroit last month.
Unity 2012: The Feeding America Network Summit
By Lawrence Porter, 2 May 2012
Feeding America, the leading hunger-relief charity in the US, sponsored the Unity 2012 conference in downtown Detroit last month.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 April 2012
Three fires in less than a week have claimed eight lives in Philadelphia. Behind the tragedies looms a spiraling social crisis in the United States.
By Lawrence Porter and Shannon Jones, 16 April 2012
The Michigan Sierra Club reports that DTE Energy shut off nearly 200,000 customers in 2011.
By Christopher Davion, 13 April 2012
Amber Alvarez, a US armed forces veteran and mother of three, has been locked up in jail since last summer due to inadequate legal services.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 12 April 2012
Having devoted his entire tenure to protecting and expanding the wealth of the financial elite at the expense of the working population, Obama is now presenting himself as the partisan of the common man and opponent of greed and privilege.
By Andre Damon, 6 March 2012
Three and a half years after the eruption of the financial crisis, the Wall Street speculators responsible for the crash continue to rake in billions of dollars while benefiting from ongoing government bailouts and a de facto amnesty for their crimes.
By David Walsh, 25 February 2012
According to the National Poverty Center, the number of households in the US living in extreme poverty—on less than $2 a day per person—has increased by 130 percent since 1996.
By Naomi Spencer, 21 February 2012
Telephone companies in Kentucky are pressing the state to allow for the discontinuation of basic landline service in “less profitable” areas.
By Jack Hood, 21 February 2012
Christian Alexander Gomez, a 27 year-old inmate, died last week at the Corcoran State Prison in California after four days on a hunger strike to protest poor conditions.
By Mitch Marcus and Janel Flechsig, 20 February 2012
Last week, a WSWS team visited Camp Take Notice, a homeless encampment in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to speak with residents and document conditions. The tent camp is home to about 35 people.
By Shane Feratu and Scott Martin, 8 February 2012
The Jane Addams Hull House Association, one of the largest non-profit social service organizations in Chicago, abruptly shut down on Friday, January 27, after 120 years.
By Peter Daniels, 6 February 2012
New York City police kill an unarmed teenager in his Bronx home, the latest example of targeting of working-class youth.
By Ali Ismail, 4 February 2012
Four years after the onset of the economic crisis, long-term unemployment is fueling hunger in the financial capital of the US.
By David Walsh, 28 January 2012
One report notes that 2011 was “the year of the $50 million-plus CEO” in the US. Another study points to executives who have received “golden parachutes” worth more than $100 million. CEOs of bankrupt firms do all right too.
By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2012
The Republican presidential candidate collected as much in a single day as the average American family makes in a full year.
By Kate Randall, 14 January 2012
Two new studies document the growth of poverty in America and a heightened awareness of the social tensions arising from the conflict between the rich and poor.
By Shannon Jones, 11 January 2012
The fat paychecks of top CEOs in the Detroit area stand in obscene contrast to the desperate state of the city’s finances and much of its population.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 December 2011
A New York Times article leading the newspaper’s business section on Friday praises the role of the trade unions in promoting an unprecedented decline in manufacturing wages in the US.
By Patrick Martin, 23 December 2011
Poverty, unemployment and inequality are the dominant features of American society at the end of 2011
By Alex Lantier and David North, 22 December 2011
Recent months have seen the eruption of popular anger throughout the United States at the staggering levels of social inequality, with the Occupy Wall Street protests gathering broad popular sympathy and support.
Half of Americans either poor or low-income
By Andre Damon, 16 December 2011
Amid continuous attacks on social services in the United States, hunger and homelessness are growing at epidemic rates.
“A Third World in our own backyard”
By Barry Grey, 15 December 2011
More than 1.6 million children in the United States, or one in 45, are homeless, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center on Family Homelessness.
By Hector Cordon, 5 December 2011
Two recent Census Bureau reports highlight the growing distress facing working class and poor children in Oregon.