The Social Crisis in America
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.
By Kate Randall, 9 March 2016
A USDA study found that about 45 percent of SNAP clients limited food consumption, usually by skipping meals, to make it through the month.
By Jerry White, 3 March 2016
David Bing told an audience of corporate executives and politicians that “anger and frustration” in the city could lead to the eruption of civil unrest.
By Steve Light, 1 March 2016
The NYPD is carrying out housing evictions without warning using a “nuisance” law, even when no crime was committed.
By Niles Williamson, 27 February 2016
Mass shootings have occurred in Kansas, Arizona and Washington state since six people were killed last week in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2016
The American media gives round-the-clock coverage to the minutiae of capitalist politics, but very little attention is paid to the catastrophe facing the working class.
By Barry Grey, 20 February 2016
Outside of a mass struggle that directly challenges the bases of capitalist rule—private ownership of the corporations and banks and the system of wage slavery—no genuinely progressive changes can be achieved.
By James Brewer, 18 February 2016
A report by a national water advocacy group surveys comparative rates in the country’s largest water systems.
By Barry Grey, 15 February 2016
The widening disparity in life expectancy between the poor and the rich is a stark commentary on the growth of social inequality and class polarization in the United States.
By Sheila Brehm, 12 February 2016
Former inmate and Flint resident Jody Cramer brought the situation to public attention when he spoke out on a national radio program.
By Andre Damon, 9 February 2016
Retired truck drivers and delivery workers said in a hearing in Detroit Monday that they had been notified their pension benefits would be reduced by between 50 and 70 percent.
“This is a dog and pony show”
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 February 2016
Retirees denounced both political parties along with the Teamsters union for the devastating pension cuts being demanded by the Central States Pension Fund.
By Jerry White, 8 February 2016
The struggle to defend the right to education poses political questions that are critical for the entire working class.
By Nick Beams, 6 February 2016
Falling yields in US and global bond markets point to a rising risk of recession as the IMF warns that commodity-exporting countries are coming under “severe stress.”
By Brad Dixon, 6 February 2016
The increased funding for social programs benefiting low or moderate income households in the 2016 budget is substantially smaller than other areas of non-defense spending.
By Carlos Delgado, 6 February 2016
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha spoke about her work and the devastating impact of lead poisoning on Flint residents.
US Environmental Protection Agency administrator appears in Flint, Michigan to “rebuild trust” over water crisis
By James Brewer, 3 February 2016
The one-day visit was a politically orchestrated effort at damage control engineered from the highest levels of government.
By Kate Randall, 2 February 2016
The SNAP cutoffs loom as hunger and food insecurity continue to rise and more than a quarter of the unemployed have been jobless for more than six months.
By George Gallanis, 1 February 2016
In the past decade, Chicago’s youth and young adults have seen a steady increase in unemployment, and with it social misery.
By Kevin Martinez, 30 January 2016
A state labor board ruled against cutbacks to pensions last December, prompting the City Council to vote unanimously for an appeal.
By James Brewer and Jerry White, 29 January 2016
The official narrative, that Flint officials disconnected the city from the relationship from the Detroit water system simply to save money, has been undermined by recent revelations.
By Andre Damon, 28 January 2016
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights the slashing of funds for public infrastructure to pay for war and the enrichment of the financial elite.
By Naomi Spencer, 26 January 2016
Four young people, the youngest just 11 years old, have killed themselves in the small town of Anadarko in the past few weeks.
By Andre Damon, 23 January 2016
At least 10 people have died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which has been linked to the poisoning of Flint residents covered up for more than a year by the government.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2016
Failure to renew the 421-a tax break for developers will have a negligible effect on the critical lack of affordable housing in New York City.
By Kate Randall, 19 January 2016
Rising mortality rates among young white adults, ages 25-34, have risen to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago.
By Naomi Spencer, 19 January 2016
An attorney representing 1,500 disability recipients warns that “the suicide chatter is way up” as the state threatens additional budget cuts.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 January 2016
In the face of an immense public health catastrophe, the American federal government has mustered the meager sum of some five million in federal funds.
By Brad Dixon, 18 January 2016
Drug makers kicked off the New Year with a new round of drug price hikes despite growing public anger and political backlash.
By Tom Eley, 14 January 2016
The law enforcement officer was seeking to remove the girl’s family for being less than three months behind in payment for their rental apartment.
By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2016
Neither the US president nor his bipartisan congressional audience were capable of dealing honestly or seriously with the social crisis in America.
By Jerry White, 13 January 2016
It is no accident that social opposition is taking the form of a rebellion against the trade unions, which have long served as industrial police for the corporations and government.
By Andre Damon, 12 January 2016
The US will spend hundreds of billions of dollars this year on warships, nuclear warheads and supersonic fighters, even as there is “no money” for vital social programs like food stamps.
“They’ve taken us back to the dark ages”
By Zac Corrigan and Shannon Jones, 12 January 2016
At a recent demonstration residents described the horrific conditions they are facing and demanded that state officials be held accountable for the man-made disaster.
By Andre Damon, 9 January 2016
For millions of people, the dream of winning the lottery has replaced the “American Dream” of living a decent life.
“They just want to score some points with this incident and then leave us.”
By our reporters, 7 January 2016
Despite constant coverage of the recent San Bernardino shootings in the mainstream media, little attention has been given to the city’s widespread poverty and social distress.
By Douglas Lyons, 6 January 2016
2014 has eclipsed all other recorded years as the most deadly, with nearly 48,000 drug overdose deaths.
By Tom Eley, 4 January 2016
America’s super-rich and giant corporations hide trillions of dollars in order to avoid paying taxes on their earnings.
By Shannon Jones, 29 December 2015
As usual in such disasters, hardest hit were working class communities where less well constructed homes as well as trailers were flattened by unusual December tornadoes.
By Andre Damon, 24 December 2015
The official promotion of the “Christmas spirit” collides against the reality of ever-expanding war, violence and social misery that dominate capitalist society.
By George Gallanis, 24 December 2015
Following the incident, Dalene Bowden was placed on unpaid leave and then received a letter days later issuing the termination of her position.
By Matthew Brennan and Lawrence Porter, 16 December 2015
Behind the declaration by the newly-elected mayor is a deep-going political crisis over the poisoning of nearly 100,000 residents.
By Fred Mazelis, 14 December 2015
A new book provides a case study on the nature of the “school reform” movement and the attacks on public education.
By David Walsh, 12 December 2015
The decline of the middle classes in America has profound and revolutionary implications.
By Andre Damon, 11 December 2015
A study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center called the collapse of middle-income households in the US “a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point.”
By Nancy Hanover, 8 December 2015
A closer look at the billionaire’s announcement that he and his wife are donating 99 percent of their Facebook shares reveals that the charitable emperor “has no clothes”—and says a lot about the financial elite, the media and the state of America.
By John Marion, 7 December 2015
The fire moved so quickly in the overcrowded building that four people, including a pregnant woman, were unable to get out alive.
By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2015
A current museum exhibit looks at the history of housing for the working class, and leaves much unsaid or distorted.
Thousands laid off as employment crisis deepens in Appalachia
By Naomi Spencer, 26 November 2015
In Ashland, Kentucky, 1,100 employees of AK Steel received notice that they would be laid off in mid-December, just before Christmas.
By Kate Randall, 21 November 2015
In January 2015, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development counted 564,708 homeless in the US, a quarter of them children.
By Niles Williamson, 17 November 2015
Among the chief warmongers are the New York Times’ Roger Cohen and the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, who jumped at the opportunity to call for the massive expansion of US-led military intervention.
By Matthew Taylor, 14 November 2015
Global Ministries Foundation has come under federal investigation for the deplorable living conditions at its Eureka Gardens housing complex.
By David Brown, 13 November 2015
Increasingly, children in the United States are being charged and incarcerated for serious crimes they have no competency to commit.
By James Brewer, 11 November 2015
State and local officials ignored health warnings in regard to the water supply.
By Norisa Diaz, 9 November 2015
The enthusiasm of the Brown administration for the legislation is based not solely on the autonomy and compassion it can grant the terminally ill, but on its cost-saving potential.
By Josh Varlin, 7 November 2015
While the US economy added more jobs in October than in previous months, the great majority of new jobs were in low-wage sectors of the economy.
By Andre Damon, 5 November 2015
Police murders have continued unabated, as has the defense of killer cops by the political establishment, from local prosecutors to the Obama administration.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 November 2015
The mortality figures reflect a catastrophic decline in the social position of the working class resulting from the protracted decay of American capitalism.
By David Brown, 29 October 2015
The decades-long stagnation of wages in the US has left millions of workers unable to start a family or buy a house.
By Naomi Spencer, 27 October 2015
Local governments and schools across West Virginia are making deep reductions as the coal industry continues to contract and the state imposes a fresh round of cuts.
By Fred Mazelis, 26 October 2015
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s concept of affordability applies, at best, only to the top 10 percent of the city’s population.
By Naomi Spencer, 26 October 2015
As the coal industry has hemorrhaged jobs, state and local social services have been slashed and inequality has soared.
A legacy of poverty and austerity in New Orleans
By Tom Hall, 26 October 2015
The “rebuilding” process in New Orleans has left the city’s working class more impoverished than ever before.
The privatization of New Orleans schools
By Tom Hall, 24 October 2015
Charter school plans that were already well advanced were quickly acted upon in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Destruction of public housing and forced exodus of workers
By E.P. Bannon, 23 October 2015
New Orleans had a pre-hurricane population of 484,700. Today, it is 384,300, a 21 percent decline.
The catastrophe unfolds
By E.P. Bannon, 22 October 2015
Thousands of survivors remained trapped inside the flood-ravaged city without access to food, water or clothing.
By James Brewer, 10 October 2015
The action by the state of Michigan is a tacit admission that the city’s population has been subjected to lead poisoning for 17 months.
By Jill Lux, 10 October 2015
A new UCLA study reveals that more than 772,000 older Californians fall into the category of the “hidden poor.”
By Philip Guelpa, 8 October 2015
Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a housing program that will benefit developers and lead to the displacement of working class residents.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 October 2015
The total net worth for the multi-billionaires on the list set new records, displacing last year’s all-time high of $2.29 trillion.
By Douglas Lyons, 30 September 2015
Wolf proposes to eliminate pensions for workers making over $75,000 yearly.
By Kevin Martinez, 28 September 2015
The city has pledged a paltry $100 million toward reducing homelessness, most of which will go to the police to drive out homeless encampments.
By James Brewer and Lawrence Porter, 26 September 2015
The head of the Virginia Tech university team that conducted a survey of Flint’s water toxicity warned residents not to trust the government's claims that city water is safe to drink.
By Steve Light and Allen Whyte, 24 September 2015
Workers and tenants in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood are confronting a determined effort to drive them out of their building so it can be transformed into high-rent apartments.
By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2015
The settlement announced Thursday in the GM ignition recall scandal is a travesty that allows the company to get off virtually scot-free for the criminal cover-up of a deadly safety defect.
“I believe GM murdered my daughter”
By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2015
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Leo and Mary Ruddy, parents of Kelly Erin Ruddy who died in the crash of her Cobalt in January 2010
By Isaac Finn, 16 September 2015
According to a recent report, it is impossible for a worker making New York’s minimum wage to find an affordable apartment in any New York City neighborhood.
By Kevin Martinez and Fred Mazelis, 12 September 2015
Poverty and hopelessness are the main contributors to increases in violent crime.
By Clare Hurley, 9 September 2015
The Democratic mayor is taking more aggressive measures to close down homeless encampments.
By Clare Hurley, 9 September 2015
The WSWS spoke with several residents of Pamoja House Next Step Shelter, a 200-bed men’s shelter in Brooklyn.
By Evan Blake, 9 September 2015
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, keenly aware that the city would lose a civil trial brought by the Gray family, is seeking to mitigate further exposures of the corrupt Baltimore Police Department.
By Nick Rodriguez and J. Cooper, 7 September 2015
Nearly 30,000 homes will go to auction in the nation’s largest municipal property tax foreclosure.
By Shannon Jones, 1 September 2015
Residents of the Michigan city describe a continuing nightmare caused by astronomical water rates combined with foul smelling, discolored drinking water.
By Trent Novak, 29 August 2015
Individuals seeking mental health treatment are twice as likely to have their claims denied by insurers than patients filing claims related to traditional medical procedures.
By Eric London, 29 August 2015
The following is an on-the-spot report on social conditions in working-class areas hit hard by deindustrialization in the US state of Indiana.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 August 2015
The tragedy that struck the city of New Orleans, along with coastal areas from Florida to Texas, was not simply a natural disaster, but a social and political crime.
By Adam Mclean, 27 August 2015
About one in 20 children in California, home to over 100 billionaires, is homeless.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 August 2015
The acute shortage of affordable housing in New York City continues to worsen while the prices of luxury residences for the city’s elite rise to unprecedented heights.
By Evan Blake, 24 August 2015
The growth of extreme poverty is rooted in decades of deindustrialization in America’s former manufacturing hubs.
By Naomi Spencer, 21 August 2015
Central Appalachia’s largest city has seen at least 520 drug overdoses since the beginning of the year, and 34 people have died.
By Gabriel Black, 20 August 2015
Amazon’s white-collar employees are routinely expected to work 80 hour workweeks and are penalized for any lost productivity, including from pregnancy or serious illness.
By Shannon Jones, 20 August 2015
Food banks and food pantries report that millions of families are still making difficult choices between eating and paying for other necessities
By Kristina Betinis, 14 August 2015
The nation’s third largest school district has released an annual budget slashing jobs and spending, and demanding concessions from teachers.
By Tom Hall, 22 July 2015
Three million more American children were in poverty in 2013 than at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.
By Gabriel Black, 21 July 2015
The enormous growth in heroin use, particularly among young people, reflects the depth of the social crisis in America.
“People deserve respect whether they can pay their bills or not”
By Seraphine Collins, 8 July 2015
In this video, Mamie Brown, a Detroit preschool teacher, describes the experience of having her water shut off.
By Sandy English, 6 July 2015
The average sale price of an apartment in the New York City borough of Manhattan, the home of Wall Street, is now $1.87 million.