The Social Crisis in America
Hundreds mourn victims in a candlelight vigil
By Samuel Davidson, 25 October 2014
Fire officials have yet to release the cause of the tragic fire that swept through an old wood-frame house in McKeesport, killing four children and two adults.
By Tom Hall, 23 October 2014
Jailers in Madison County, Alabama deliberately denied health care to inmates with treatable illnesses in order to cut costs, according to three recently filed lawsuits.
By Andre Damon, 22 October 2014
A related study found that “nearly two-thirds of New York City residents struggled to make ends meet.”
By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 20 October 2014
In the worst such tragedy in recent history, four children and two adults were killed in a fire early Saturday morning in the city of McKeesport.
By John Marion, 20 October 2014
The state’s Department of Public Utilities has caved in to National Grid, the main private supplier of electricity.
By Andre Damon, 18 October 2014
Whatever the pretense of “one person, one vote,” the fact is that the top 0.1 percent dictates policy and essentially selects the personnel tasked with carrying it out.
By Mark Witkowski, 18 October 2014
Immigrant workers and others try to make a living in the city’s tourist mecca.
By Andre Damon, 17 October 2014
Hypothetically, if the growth of inequality were to proceed at last year’s rate, the richest one percent would control all the wealth on the planet within 23 years.
“The rich are getting richer and they don’t care about the poor”
By Michelle Ryan, 13 October 2014
The upstate New York city’s 50.6 percent child poverty rate ranks third worst in the nation, behind Detroit (59 percent) and Cleveland (54 percent).
By Andre Damon, 8 October 2014
Six years since the 2008 bank bailout, the wealth of the 400 richest people in the United States has nearly doubled.
By Andre Damon, 6 October 2014
The net worth of the Forbes 400 grew thirteen percent this year amidst a soaring stock market and record corporate profits.
By Philip Guelpa, 3 October 2014
Rikers Island is one of the most notorious examples of the national policy of mass incarceration.
By Fred Mazelis, 27 September 2014
Cuts in the Section 8 voucher program are being used to threaten families and force them into substandard conditions.
By Kate Randall, 23 September 2014
While the US accounts for about 5 percent of the world’s population, it incarcerates about one-quarter of all prisoners on the planet.
By Andre Damon, 17 September 2014
Figures released by the Census Bureau Tuesday showed that the number of people in poverty remained at the highest level on record, while household incomes stagnated last year.
By Kevin Martinez, 15 September 2014
The City Council has moved to criminalize the homeless in order to maintain its beaches as a tourist attraction.
By Andre Damon, 9 September 2014
The Fed report is only the latest in a series of studies on the continuing growth of poverty and social inequality in the midst of what is billed as a recovery from the crash of 2008.
New Federal Reserve report
By Andre Damon, 6 September 2014
The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, released Thursday, shows that the income of a typical US household has fallen by 12 percent in just six years.
By Andre Damon, 27 August 2014
Two weeks after the eruption of protests in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the police murder of Michael Brown, the Obama administration is hoping to bury popular opposition to its policies together with the young man’s body.
“Folks just can’t afford water, rent, lights, gas and food”
By Zac Corrigan and Tim Rivers, 26 August 2014
In this video, Detroit residents attending a sham “water affordability fair” denounce the city’s policy of cutting off water to those who are too poor to pay for it.
By Matthew MacEgan, 23 August 2014
A recent study has shown that rehabilitating homeless people is actually more cost effective than keeping them on the streets and arresting them.
By Steve Light, 22 August 2014
A 33-story luxury building under construction will have a separate back entrance for those who live in its “affordable” apartments.
By Jake Dean, 22 August 2014
New reports continue to expose worsening economic conditions for millions.
By Shannon Jones, 19 August 2014
Fourteen percent of Americans rely on food pantries to feed themselves and their families.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2014
Hundreds of agricultural workers, including many child laborers, die in farming accidents across the US each year, making it the most dangerous occupation in America.
By Josh Varlin, 13 August 2014
The rapid growth of economic inequality since the 2008 financial crisis is underscored by the growth in sales of multi-million-dollar yachts, luxury cars and other baubles for the super-rich.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 August 2014
Mayor Mike Duggan's “10-point plan” is part of political maneuvers being orchestrated by Detroit’s political establishment to dampen popular outrage over mass water shutoffs
By Andre Damon, 12 August 2014
While Obama and the political establishment proclaim economic “recovery,” new reports show that the majority of US households are worse off now than they were five years ago.
By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2014
A new report proposes a much more aggressive Pentagon policy, including preparing for war against nuclear-armed opponents.
By Gabriel Black, 4 August 2014
An algae bloom caused by fertilizer run-off has poisoned Toledo, Ohio’s water supply, cutting 400,000 off from tap water.
By Todd Mason, 25 July 2014
A new report documents the steep rise in social inequality that has developed in Washington, DC since the economic crisis of 2008
By Andre Damon, 23 July 2014
A report published Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation notes that 16.3 million children live in poverty in the US.
By Niles Williamson, 17 July 2014
The destruction of manufacturing jobs in America’s “Rust Belt” has left Milwaukee’s workers fighting high unemployment, poverty and food insecurity.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 July 2014
Child poverty in the DC area has increased by nearly 25 percent since the recession began, from 8.2 to 10.7 percent today.
By Sandy English, 7 July 2014
The fire was so fast-moving that neither neighbors nor firefighters, who arrived on the scene within three minutes, were able to rescue the four victims.
“We are talking about kids who are going to be affected, and the elderly”
By Khara Sikhan and Zac Corrigan, 2 July 2014
The city’s drive to shut off water service to three thousand households every week is in full swing, spelling catastrophe for the approximately 150,000 Detroit households with overdue water bills.
By Shannon Jones, 30 June 2014
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is backing a brutal shutoff policy aimed at residents who are behind in their water bills.
By Gabriel Black, 30 June 2014
Bill Clinton has made millions of dollars speaking before Wall Street bankers.
By Gabriel Black, 27 June 2014
A report by a group of University of Michigan researchers documents that inequality has nearly doubled in the US since 2003, with the median American household losing 36 percent of its wealth.
By Andre Damon, 25 June 2014
Bill and Hillary Clinton have earned more than $100 million in speaking fees from corporations and business foundations.
By Steve Light, 17 June 2014
The tragedy is the latest in a string of house fires claiming multiple lives in urban areas scarred by poverty, cuts to city services and poor housing conditions.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 June 2014
The deaths of two workers employed at warehouses owned by online retailer Amazon.com reveal the harsh working conditions faced by millions across the US.
By Marko Leone, 13 June 2014
The Center on Policy Initiatives published a report on the wages needed to subsist without public or private assistance in San Diego County.
By Hector Cordon and Patrick Martin, 10 June 2014
The measure adopted June 2, even more restrictive than the plan initially proposed a month before, legalizes a permanent sub-minimum wage for youth.
By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2014
Federal Reserve figures show total US net worth rising to a record $81.8 trillion at the same time that the vast majority of working people are struggling to make end meets.
By Andre Damon, 29 May 2014
The median compensation of chief executives of US corporations listed on the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index has grown by more than 50 percent since 2010.
By Chris Davion, 27 May 2014
WSWS reporters recently spoke to Chicago-area residents about the impact of the tens of billions in food stamp cuts implemented over the past two years.
By Eric London, 26 May 2014
A report from the National Research Council details the devastating social impact of mass incarceration.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2014
An Associated Press investigation revealed that two inmates recently died from horrific squalor and neglect at the prison.
By Andre Damon, 24 May 2014
This week marks the 50th anniversary of US President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” speech, the high water mark of post-war Democratic Party liberal reformism.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 May 2014
A recent study details the link between rising executive pay, deepening student debt, and the reliance on low-wage adjunct faculty in US universities.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 May 2014
The protests were the latest in a series of stage-managed affairs aimed at shoring up the dues base of the unions and channeling opposition behind the Democratic Party.
By Hector Cordon and Jerry White, 12 May 2014
The Seattle City Council to consider a complicated $15 minimum wage ordinance.
By Steve Filips and Don Barret, 12 May 2014
The low-income workers in Syracuse, NY are left little choice but to live in substandard housing.
By Andre Damon, 30 April 2014
The destruction of decent-paying jobs and employee benefits has radically changed American society.
By Andre Damon, 29 April 2014
While the jobs lost in the 2008 crisis were primarily higher and medium-wage, a disproportionate amount of new jobs pay less than about $13 per hour, according to a report issued Monday by the National Employment Law Project.
By Danielle DeSaxe, 28 April 2014
McDonald’s workers in Southern California spoke to the WSWS about the conditions they face.
By Julien Kiemle, 22 April 2014
Larry Ellison, the highest paid CEO in the US, exemplifies the parasitism of today’s super-rich.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 April 2014
The Washington, DC region added only 4,800 jobs in the twelve months ending in February.
By Andre Damon, 21 April 2014
The pervasiveness of hunger in the United States is an indictment of the capitalist system.
By Andre Damon, 19 April 2014
Feeding America released its annual report on local food insecurity Thursday, showing that there are dozens of counties in the US where a third of children do not get enough to eat.
By Andre Damon, 15 April 2014
The American financial elite has launched a sweeping nationwide assault on the pension benefits of US workers in both the public and private sectors.
By Barry Grey, 9 April 2014
The absurdly narrow scope of the measure, under conditions of near-record long-term unemployment in the US, reflects the cynical political calculations that underlie it.
Deplorable housing for workers and poor leads to tragedy
By Samuel Davidson, 7 April 2014
The tragic death of a two-year-old girl in a house fire last month exposes the deplorable housing conditions for the working class and poor in the city of McKeesport, only 12 miles south of Pittsburgh.
While wages, jobs stagnate
By Patrick Martin, 5 April 2014
The median worker would have to work 257 years to earn as much as the typical top 500 CEO made in 2013 alone.
By Kate Randall, 31 March 2014
Ezekiel Emanuel, former adviser to the White House on health care reform, predicts that few private-sector employers will still be providing health insurance to their workers by 2025.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 March 2014
A paper published by the Brookings institution last week shows that economic distress is far more widespread than is shown in official poverty statistics.
By Andre Damon, 21 March 2014
Obama and the Democrats are in practice carrying out the same class-war policy as the Republicans, but seeking to mask it with demagogy and maneuvering.
By Andre Damon, 15 March 2014
A group of bipartisan Senate negotiators said they had reached an agreement to extend federal emergency jobless benefits for five months, to be offset by cuts to pension funding and increased user fees.
By Christopher Davion, 11 March 2014
The elderly residents and homeless people who died this winter lacked access to the most basic necessities.
By Clare Hurley, 11 March 2014
The relentless gentrification of working class neighborhoods poses the urgent need to fight for housing as a social right.
By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2014
In the five years since the stock market lows of March 2009, there has been a historic redistribution of wealth from the working class to the corporate and financial elite.
By Andre Damon, 8 March 2014
The US economy added 175,000 jobs in February, barely enough to keep up with population growth.
By Ed Hightower, 5 March 2014
The number of billionaires worldwide increased by 268, the largest such increase ever, with a combined net worth of $6.4 trillion.
By John Marion, 1 March 2014
A long, cold winter leads to increased shelter use while families suffer from government funding cuts.
By Mike Stapleton, 28 February 2014
A new report by Legal Aid exposes the widespread practice of denying or limiting access to hot lunches for children who cannot pay.
By Adam Soroka, 26 February 2014
The unprecedented rate of homeless families seeking shelter in the US capital is straining the family shelter system to capacity.
By Tracy Montry and Betty Hayes, 25 February 2014
After months of remaining silent on the plight of the Griswold and other low-income residents being evicted from downtown, the Detroit News published a front page feature February 20 entitled, “Downside of upswing: Downtown Detroit squeeze forces out longtime tenants.”
By Andre Damon, 22 February 2014
A report published this week by the Brookings Institution documents the immense growth of social inequality in major US cities, including those that are supposedly economic success stories.
By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2014
The CEO of Bank of America received a raise greater than the lifetime pay for the average American worker.
By Mike Stapleton, 17 February 2014
A father lost five children in an apartment fire in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of North Minneapolis.
By Mike Stapleton, 15 February 2014
Sequestration and other budget cuts have created a housing crisis for low- income Minnesotans.
By <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> Editorial Board, 14 February 2014
On Saturday, the Socialist Equality Party in the US is holding an Inquiry to reveal the social and political roots of the Detroit bankruptcy and provide workers with the information they need to fight back.
Interview with director of homeless shelter in Long Beach
By our correspondents, 14 February 2014
WSWS reporters recently visited a Long Beach, California homeless shelter.
By our reporters, 10 February 2014
The SEP and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality began a series of meetings on the growth of social inequality with a talk and discussion in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 5.
By Andre Damon, 6 February 2014
The heads of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other companies made billions of dollars due to a surge in stock values.
By Khara Sikhan, 4 February 2014
Detroit’s infant mortality rate of 14.7 per 1,000 live births is worse than in many developing nations.
By Dietmar Henning, 1 February 2014
Record luxury cars sales reflect the super-rich’s stranglehold on the global population.
By Joseph Kishore, 29 January 2014
Obama’s address on Tuesday was characterized, perhaps even more than any of his previous addresses, by tired rhetoric and right-wing policies.
By Andre Damon, 25 January 2014
After presiding over a year of unprecedented attacks on working people, President Obama plans to make the question of economic inequality the centerpiece of his State of the Union address.
By Andre Damon, 10 January 2014
Announcing his “economic promise zone” initiative on Thursday, President Obama gave a performance that expressed the cynical and contemptuous attitude of his administration and the entire ruling class to the plight of working people in America.
By Isaac Finn, 10 January 2014
As with Hurricane Sandy in 2012, extreme weather has exposed the blight of extreme social inequality in New York City.
By Elliott Vernon, 3 January 2014
According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, nearly 64,000 people, including 22,000 children, are homeless in New York City.
By James Brewer, 27 December 2013
Utility monopolies like DTE Energy and Consumers Power in Michigan continue to shut off service to hundreds of thousands of homes for late or non-payment of bills.
By Steve Filips and Samuel Davidson, 18 December 2013
The social safety net is in tatters as unprecedented cuts to programs leave many poor and low-income workers without food for longer periods
By Matthew MacEgan, 18 December 2013
While over 40 college presidents took in more than $1 million each in 2011, today’s average college graduate shoulders $29,000 in student loan debt.
By John Marion, 16 December 2013
Homeless families are being moved to motels as the state refuses to fund their needs.
By Philip Guelpa, 7 December 2013
On Thursday, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and affiliated groups organized over 100 protests and demonstrations in cities across the United States.
By Andre Damon, 5 December 2013
Having presided for the past five years over an unprecedented growth of social inequality, President Obama in a speech on Wednesday adopted the unlikely pose of tribune of egalitarian values.
By Kristina Betinis, 5 December 2013
The passage of cuts in Illinois only hours after a bankruptcy court ruled that the pensions of Detroit city workers can be slashed points to a nationally coordinated attack on the working class.