The Social Crisis in America
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.
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.