The Social Crisis in America
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.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2013
The United States leads the world in imprisonment, and a new report documents the unconstitutional use of cruel and unusual punishment.
By Marc Wells, 30 November 2013
Members of the Los Angeles City Council have proposed a measure that targets the homeless population and threatens basic democratic rights.
By Elliott Vernon, 30 November 2013
A recent report found that poverty in the state of New Jersey continued to grow in the years following the financial crash of 2008, and has now reached levels not seen since the 1960 census.
By Isabelle Belanger, 29 November 2013
According to the US Department of Education, the number of homeless students increased by 10 percent in 2013, from 1,065,794 in 2012, to 1,168,354.
By D. Lencho, 29 November 2013
On November 19, Albuquerque voters defeated a reactionary measure to restrict abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, the first attempt to pass such a bill at the municipal level.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 28 November 2013
Even as food banks across the country report increasing demand and dwindling supplies, the US media is obsessed with snowstorms, travel delays and Black Friday sales.
On eve of Thanksgiving holiday
By our reporters, 28 November 2013
Nearly one in eight households in the District of Columbia has been classified as “food insecure.”
By our reporters, 13 November 2013
Two million people, or 16 percent of the Illinois population, are affected by the SNAP benefits cut.
By George Marlowe, 11 November 2013
An unarmed 19-year-old man was fatally shot last Monday by police on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
By Debra Watson and Mitch Marcus, 9 November 2013
Nearly one in five in Michigan, the 1.8 million people currently on food assistance, will see a substantial cut in their food stamp benefit this month.
By Julien Kiemle, 8 November 2013
The WSWS interviewed food stamp recipients in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento about the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program.
By our reporters, 6 November 2013
The cut in food stamp assistance that took place on November 1 will have a devastating impact on New York City’s poor.
Food assistance cut for 48 million Americans
By Andre Damon, 4 November 2013
As the US government moves to slash food assistance for tens of millions, approval for the Obama administration has hit a record low.
By Dan Conway, 4 November 2013
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in the Los Angeles area about the impact of the cuts.
By WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2013
A World Socialist Web Site reporting team found widespread anger over the reduction in food stamp benefits.
By Andre Damon, 25 October 2013
The extreme growth of social inequality, expressed in this week’s CEO pay figures, exposes with ever greater clarity the historical bankruptcy of the capitalist system.
By Norisa Diaz, 25 October 2013
Census figures show that more than one third of the population, including many of the working poor, suffer serious economic hardship.
By Andre Damon, 24 October 2013
The top ten highest-paid CEOs received a combined $4.7 billion in 2012, setting a new record.
By Alan Whyte, 22 October 2013
Hundreds of tenants demonstrated on Saturday in Manhattan against the decision by New York City housing officials to compel them to move from apartments deemed too large.
By Debra Watson, 21 October 2013
The WSWS spoke to residents of Detroit about the disastrous state of the city’s public transportation system.
By Kate Randall, 19 October 2013
Poverty in US public schools grew by 32 percent from 2001 to 2011—an increase of more than 5.7 million children.
By Steve Filips, 19 October 2013
Every other child in Syracuse and other upstate New York cities is growing up in poverty.
By Adam Soroka, 26 September 2013
Washington DC Council failed to override Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray’s veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act.
By Eric London, 23 September 2013
Minnesota’s median household income has fallen by $13,000 since the mid-2000s.
By Andre Damon, 19 September 2013
Two reports this week show how the financial elite parasitically enriches itself through the impoverishment of the great majority of the population.
In fourth year of Obama “recovery”
By Thomas Gaist, 18 September 2013
The US Census Bureau report on poverty for 2012 provides a snapshot of a social system in mortal crisis.
By Christopher Davion, 18 September 2013
Recent police crackdowns and the closure of half of all area mental health facilities have brought the Cook County Jail population at its highest level in six years.
By Jerry White, 13 September 2013
Recently released figures document the growth of social inequality in America to levels not seen in nearly a century.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 September 2013
The top 1 percent of income earners in the US took in 95 percent of all income gains between 2009 and 2012.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 September 2013
Income inequality grew four times faster in the first three years of the Obama administration than under Bush, according to figures published Saturday in the New York Times.
By Andre Damon, 29 August 2013
The US Census Bureau report found an increase in many forms of social distress and a decline in signs of economic well-being.
By Sandy English, 23 August 2013
Developers of a new luxury condo have planned separate entrances for tenants who purchase million-dollar condos and workers renting lower-cost apartments.
By Kate Randall, 21 August 2013
A majority of states continue to experience significant job losses as a result of budget cuts and the impact of the sequestration order signed by President Obama in March.
By Matthew MacEgan, 1 August 2013
The city of Tampa has passed an ordinance that allows police to arrest anyone found sleeping or storing personal property in public.
By Richard Vargas and Toby Reese, 25 July 2013
As California's largest-ever hunger strike entered its third week, prison officials began targeting strike leaders.
By Patrick Archer and Nick Barrickman, 24 July 2013
Legislators in the nation’s capital passed a living wage bill that will do little to lift the fortunes of the city’s workers.
By Fred Mazelis, 24 July 2013
NYU, the largest private university in New York, has recently attracted attention for its lavish spending on perks for “star” professors and top administrators.
By Richard Vargas, Juan Verala Luz and Jake Dean, 13 July 2013
The ongoing hunger strike being carried out by nearly 12,500 California prison inmates is a response to torture and inhumane conditions in the prison system
By Debra Watson, 13 July 2013
The number of children living in families with incomes below the official poverty level rose to 16.4 million, or 23 percent, in 2011.
By Lawrence Porter, 13 July 2013
After facing the threat of eviction, residents of the Berwin Apartments in Detroit, Michigan were informed by the owner that the sale of the property had fallen through.
By Richard Vargas and Jake Dean, 11 July 2013
Nearly 30,000 inmates in California prisons are entering into their fourth day of what has become the largest hunger strike in California history.
By Matthew MacEgan, 2 July 2013
A new report shows that the median compensation of the highest paid US executives in 2012 was $15.1 million, 16 percent higher than the previous year.
By Nick Barrickman, 1 July 2013
The criminalization of the poor and the brutality of the justice system in the US know virtually no limit.
By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2013
Some 27 percent of American workers are living paycheck to paycheck, with no savings to fall back on in case of emergency.
While slashing city workers pensions
By Julien Kiemle, 21 June 2013
Billionaire developer Mike Ilitch will construct a new arena, largely with public funds, for his Red Wings hockey franchise
By John Marion, 20 June 2013
The US Department of Justice, the State of Rhode Island and the city of Providence reached an interim settlement regarding a school for developmentally disabled students who had been forced to work for as little as 14 cents per hour.
By Kate Randall, 15 June 2013
While food stamp usage stands at record highs, the two big business parties are debating how many billions should be slashed from the SNAP program.
By Kate Randall, 12 June 2013
The Democrats’ farm bill would cut $4 billion over a decade from SNAP, even as people are turning to the program in record numbers.
By James Brewer, 8 June 2013
Joseph Weekley, the police officer who shot 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones in a 2010 raid, is the defendant in the case.
By Jake Dean, 6 June 2013
A new report finds that unemployment is one of the leading factors behind the growing gap in mortality rates between educated and non-educated white women in America.
By Andre Damon, 4 June 2013
The 2008 crisis was seized upon to restructure class relations in the United States, throwing millions into poverty and slashing wages and living standards to enrich the financial oligarchy.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 June 2013
A new study from the St. Louis Federal Reserve documents the vast disparity in the fortunes of American families since 2007, the product of the policy of the Obama administration.
By Julien Kiemle, 30 May 2013
The ultra-wealthy, banks and corporations have some $32 trillion of wealth hidden in off-shore tax havens, according to a leaked cache of information.
By Dan Brennan, 29 May 2013
Hundreds of desperate job seekers queued on the street in New York City for up to six days for the chance to file applications for elevator service and repair apprenticeships.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 May 2013
Chartered Health Plan, the District of Columbia’s largest health management firm, has been bought out after spending the greater part of the past year in financial difficulty.
By Ruby Rankin, 27 May 2013
The House farm bill includes almost $21 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program over the next ten years.
By Andre Damon, 24 May 2013
As social services are slashed allegedly because there is “no money,” Apple, the most profitable company in history, has avoided paying taxes on over $70 billion in income.
By Marcus Day, 23 May 2013
According to a new report by the Brookings Institution, poverty rose more than 64 percent in US suburbs from 2000 to 2011.
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.