The Social Crisis in America
By Fred Mazelis, 20 October 2016
A 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment in monthly checks will be completely eaten up by increased Medicare premiums.
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.
By Carlos Delgado and James Brewer, 6 October 2016
October 1 marked the anniversary of the first acknowledgement by the governor of Michigan of the Flint water crisis, which poisoned an entire city.
By Nancy Hanover, 1 October 2016
On Wednesday Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ruled that dozens of “failing” public schools in Detroit could face closure at the end of the school year.
By James Brewer, 1 October 2016
The unserious efforts being made in replacing lead service lines in Flint are further discredited by the revelation that even more homes have them.
By Samuel Davidson and James Brewer, 29 September 2016
Belated lead-in-water testing by Pittsburgh authorities showed dangerously high levels of lead in 43 percent of homes.
By Kevin Martinez, 24 September 2016
After a breakdown of a plant that had not been maintained for decades, authorities are trading blame for the failure to maintain the island’s outdated infrastructure.
By James Brewer, 22 September 2016
Six months ago, unbeknown to the public, a resolution from the governor’s office was passed, effectively preventing the city from suing the state over the water crisis.
By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2016
The Obama administration and the Democratic Party have seized on the latest Census Bureau report as support for their bogus claims of a genuine economic recovery.
By Kate Randall, 14 September 2016
Median household income is still 1.6 percent lower than the previous peak of $57,423 in 2007, before the economy sank into recession.
By Kate Randall, 13 September 2016
As two new reports document the shocking consequences of food insecurity, the social disaster in America is being ignored in the elections and the contest between Clinton and Trump.
By Debra Watson, 13 September 2016
During the Great Depression of the 1930’s evictions in major American cities like Milwaukee were a fraction of what they are today. Meanwhile, in the US, post-2008 rental housing market rates continue to rise as working class incomes stagnate and even fall.
By Julio Patron and David Brown, 12 September 2016
The spread of Zika in Puerto Rico and the mainland United States is driven by poverty and will impact the area for years to come.
By James Brewer, 10 September 2016
The mayor of Milwaukee has declared that all residents in older homes should use certified filters to remove lead from their drinking water.
Notes on the housing crisis
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.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 September 2016
The closure of the for-profit school’s 130 US-based campuses came after an investigation questioned the institution’s organizational integrity, financial viability and academic standards.
By Janel Flechsig, 5 September 2016
Hundreds of members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been peacefully protesting the construction of an oil pipeline that traverses burial grounds they regard as sacred.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 September 2016
Overdoses, alcoholism and suicide are leading causes of death for young and middle-aged workers nationwide. Appalachia and the “rustbelt” of the Midwest are among the worst hit regions.
By Matthew MacEgan and Kristina Betinis, 3 September 2016
Early Friday morning, a category 1 hurricane named Hermine made landfall in northwestern Florida, marking the first time in 11 years that the state has had such a storm.
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.
By James Brewer, 1 September 2016
A report submitted as evidence that the Flint water crisis was the result of racism is aimed at concealing the class issues and diverting popular outrage into establishment channels.
By Mike Ingram, 31 August 2016
The Millennium Tower in Boston's downtown provides a playground in the sky for the wealthy, overlooking an increasingly polarized city.
By Kate Randall, 31 August 2016
The EpiPen scandal has become a focal point of anger over the subordination of health care to huge corporations driven by an insatiable quest for profit.
By Jessica Goldstein, 26 August 2016
The disturbing findings of the Indiana study point to the impact of the economic crisis on working people.
By Shannon Jones, 25 August 2016
Water shutoffs affecting 150 customers per day have proceeded without letup during the summer months.
As federal emergency funding ends:
By Carlos Delgado, 25 August 2016
Two residents recount their personal experiences in Flint and express their outrage at the system.
By David Brown, 24 August 2016
In perfunctory remarks in Louisiana, Obama told victims to look to private charities and volunteers.
“I don’t expect the government to do a damn thing”
By Aaron Asa and Tom Hall, 24 August 2016
WSWS reporters traveled to Livingston Parish, Louisiana and spoke to flood victims who are stranded at an emergency shelter after historic floods destroyed more than 40,000 homes.
By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2016
The embrace of “ending welfare as we know it” marked a fundamental shift to the right in the Democratic Party and capitalist politics as a whole.
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.
By Jerry White, 23 August 2016
The Clintons’ welfare bill marked the complete abandonment by the Democratic Party of the policy of liberal reform associated with Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s and Johnson’s War on Poverty in the mid-1960s.
By Tom Hall, 20 August 2016
The federal government has promised only paltry sums to compensate flood victims, while Obama has delayed any visit until after his lavish vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2016
Emergency responders revived 26 people Monday afternoon after an adulterated batch of heroin hit Huntington, West Virginia.
By Fred Mazelis, 18 August 2016
Muslims and others alarmed over growing scapegoating of immigrants see the murders as a threat to their own safety.
By a WSWS reporting team, 18 August 2016
WSWS reporters uncovered landlord neglect at a government-subsidized retirement building in Southwest Detroit.
By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2016
Eleven years after Hurricane Katrina, the social infrastructure and the US political system are no more prepared for a natural disaster.
By Clement Daly and Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016
After twice rejecting directives from the West Virginia Board of Education to slash its budget, the Boone County school board voted to cut salaries for educators.
“If something doesn’t happen, Boone County will cease to exist”
By Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016
A mother of public schoolchildren in Boone County, West Virginia spoke to the WSWS about the impact of budget cuts and the collapse of the coal industry in the region.
By Niles Niemuth, 16 August 2016
The growth of poverty and inequality, the eruption of social anger and the build-up of the police forces are interrelated components of the same class dynamic.
By Brad Dixon, 13 August 2016
Officials believe the explosion was caused by a gas leak.
By Gabriel Black, 3 August 2016
Declining household income and rising rent prices are preventing workers and young people from owning homes.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 August 2016
The storm is being called a “1-in-a-1,000-year rain event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 July 2016
The Democratic National Convention opens Monday in Philadelphia, a city where the Democrat's preside over extreme poverty, massive inequality and a dilapidated education system.
By Shelley Connor, 25 July 2016
The ruling, which passed 4-3, struck down an executive order that would have reinstated the voting rights of Virginians who had completed sentences for felonies.
By Carlos Delgado, 23 July 2016
The appointment of BP’s former spokesperson as Michigan’s new environmental director highlights the official cover-up in the Flint water crisis.
Notes on police violence in America
By Isaac Finn, 22 July 2016
Charles Kinsey, the caregiver to an autistic man, was shot as he attempted to calm his patient and explain the situation to officers.
By Marc Wells, 22 July 2016
Home to 131 billionaires, making it the third in the world for number of billionaires, California is also the US state with the highest poverty rate.
By Kate Randall, 20 July 2016
The largest US health insurer has indicated it is drastically scaling back its Affordable Health Care public exchange offerings despite a 13 percent rise in second-quarter profits.
By Kristina Betinis, 18 July 2016
Land of Lincoln Health insurance co-op is set to close after posting more than $1 billion in losses over the last year.
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.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 July 2016
Government policy—of both Democrats and Republicans—is to jettison the funding of public education while transferring vast sums to militarize the police and build prisons.
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.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 July 2016
Federal and state agencies ignored warnings about inadequate flood protections, home-building standards and the impact of logging and mining.
By Eric London, 4 July 2016
The architects of war are seeking to blame the working class for a veteran suicide crisis caused by the sadistic character of the wars themselves.
By Kate Randall, 18 June 2016
Premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are set to rise in 2017, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
By Nancy Hanover, 18 June 2016
The Michigan legislature uses debt crisis as the pretext to dissolve the district and rewrite the rules governing education in the nation’s largest poor city.
Worst-ever US mass shooting
By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2016
The Democratic and Republican presumptive presidential candidates both issued statements making clear that the massacre will be exploited to promote war abroad and intensified state repression at home.
In the shadow of the Republican National Convention
By Leah Jeresova, 13 June 2016
While millions are being spent for the Republican convention in Cleveland, nothing is being done to improve the lives of the devastated working class suburb of East Cleveland.
By Tom Hall, 10 June 2016
Prosecutors refused to reopen Davontae Sanford’s case even after the real killer stepped forward only weeks after Sanford’s 2008 conviction.
By James Brewer, 10 June 2016
Figures released Monday by state health authorities show that the lead poisoning in Flint is just the tip of the iceberg.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 June 2016
An 11-month budget impasse and funding cuts threaten basic mental health provision in Illinois.
By Genevieve Leigh, 6 June 2016
As many as 33 major US cities were found to have engaged in deceptive water testing procedures to hide high lead levels in drinking water, according to a Guardian investigation.
By Nancy Hanover, 6 June 2016
The past eight years have seen an unprecedented assault on the right to public education spearheaded by the Obama administration and the financial industry.
By Evan Blake, 4 June 2016
The US economy added only 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest since 2010, in another indication of the persistent slump gripping the US economy.
By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 4 June 2016
After decades of robust industry and manufacturing, the city now faces rising unemployment, poverty and social misery.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 June 2016
The past eight years have seen an unprecedented assault on the right to public education that has been spearheaded by the Obama administration and the financial industry.
By Niles Niemuth, 2 June 2016
The mortality rate in the United States increased across the board last year, reflecting the impact of mass unemployment, austerity, stagnating wages and benefit cuts.
By Eric London, 2 June 2016
Based on what is known about what took place the question must be raised: why has the coverage of the event been largely devoid of empathy for the child's parents?
By Jeff Lusanne, 31 May 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to homeless people in Chicago about their living conditions and the budgetary cuts to critical social programs.
By Gabriel Black, 31 May 2016
Rent and housing costs in major cities have skyrocketed since the financial crisis, cutting into workers’ living standards and prompting concerns about a global housing bubble.
By George Marlowe, 31 May 2016
One year into a budget impasse, the state of Illinois is seeing a sharp reduction of social services and safety nets for the most vulnerable layers of the population
By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 26 May 2016
A Pew report released on the share of young people living with their parents sheds new light on the difficulties facing millions who are barely scraping by.
By Kate Randall, 20 May 2016
The priority of the ruling class and its political representatives is not the protection and wellbeing of the vast majority of Americans, but funding the gigantic US military apparatus.
America in the 21st century
By Kate Randall, 14 May 2016
Middle-class household income has declined, while the gap between low- and upper-income households has grown along with income inequality across the US.
By Andre Damon, 6 May 2016
President Obama’s callous declaration that poisoned children in Flint, Michigan “will be fine” expresses the contempt felt by America’s financial oligarchy for the great mass of society.
An interview with LeeAnne Walters
By our reporters, 6 May 2016
Walters, her husband, and another Flint resident, Keri Webber, angrily walked out of Obama's event Wednesday after he arrogantly declared, “The kids will be just fine.”
By Nick Rodriguez, 3 May 2016
Detroit, which lies next to one of the largest bodies of fresh water on the planet, is resuming a policy that denies thousands access to one of the most basic requirements of life.
By Nancy Hanover, 2 May 2016
A new study reveals the dramatic increase in “high poverty” districts throughout the US in the wake of the 2008 crash.
By Carlos Delgado, 26 April 2016
Residents from the Arbor Village Mobile Home Community described deplorable conditions and expressed frustration at officials’ lack of concern.
By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2016
New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control on declining life expectancy reflect the profound social crisis that is fueling the political convulsions in the US elections.
By Carlos Delgado, 14 April 2016
While water quality has improved since switching from the Flint River to Detroit, for some households lead levels have actually increased significantly since 2015.
By Nancy Hanover, 14 April 2016
Amid a continuing drive to dismantle Detroit Public Schools, a lawsuit charges that state officials have deprived students of a “minimally adequate” education.
By Jerry White, 12 April 2016
The social crisis reflected in this and other reports is the source of the immense anger and hatred for the political establishment revealed in the 2016 election campaign.
By Carlos Delgado and Janel Flechsig, 11 April 2016
Despite intimidation from the community’s management, residents spoke with WSWS reporters at length about the brutal conditions of life inside the community.
By Niles Williamson, 6 April 2016
The result of Tuesday’s primary election in Wisconsin is yet another expression of the deep discontent and hostility of the working class to austerity and social inequality.
By Kate Randall, 5 April 2016
Pendleton’s death is a tragic consequence of the criminalization of the poor and homeless in America that is repeated in courtrooms and prisons across the US.
By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2016
None of the presidential candidates, including self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders, has made an issue of the food stamp cutoff.
By Adam Mclean, 4 April 2016
The poverty rate among California seniors nearly doubled between 1999 and 2014.
By Steve Filips, 31 March 2016
A leading cause of the tragedies is unsafe alternative heating and lighting methods resulting from utility suspensions.
By Zac Corrigan, 28 March 2016
Eighty of Michigan’s 83 counties show an increase in child poverty, with the statewide rate increasing by 23 percent since 2006.
By Nancy Hanover, 24 March 2016
With funding for Detroit schools in question, Judge Rhodes and Republican Governor Rick Snyder are backing legislation for an unprecedented reorganization of the impoverished city’s schools.
By Johanna Proust, 22 March 2016
Since the 2008 financial crisis, US colleges have opened food pantries due to increased tuition costs, reductions in grants and increased numbers of food-insecure students.
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.
By James Brookfield, 21 March 2016
The CEO of the Karegondi Water Authority, Jeffery Wright, an individual centrally connected to the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, sought to place a rosy aura around his pet project.
As reports point to nationwide epidemic of lead contamination
By Andre Damon, 18 March 2016
The same day as Rick Snyder and Gina McCarthy testified before Congress, USA Today reported that up to one-fifth of America’s water systems may be contaminated with lead.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 March 2016
In response to an electrical fire Monday, Metro officials suspended service on all lines Wednesday and Thursday morning for the second largest public transit system in the US.
By James Brewer, 17 March 2016
While federal, state and local officials tried to evade responsibility, Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards indicted the EPA for allowing the poisoning of Flint residents.
By Tom Hall, 15 March 2016
Education and health care, two areas of spending not protected from cuts by the state’s constitution, have faced years of budget-slashing.
By Debra Watson, 15 March 2016
By 2011, 15 years after President Clinton’s 1996 welfare “reform,” the number of people in the US living in absolute poverty, defined as an income of less than $2.00 per day, had doubled.
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.