Democratic Rights in the US
Behind the coordinated social media censorship by Facebook, Twitter and Google
By Kevin Reed, 29 August 2018
The cyber-security firm FireEye has high-level connections with military intelligence and Wall Street and is working with social media companies to promote censorship.
By Kevin Martinez, 27 August 2018
Winner is the first person to be tried by the Trump Administration under the Espionage Act, receiving the longest ever sentence for revealing classified documents.
By Kevin Reed, 25 August 2018
Google announced on Thursday that it had shut down 58 social media accounts that the company claimed were part of an Iranian government-sponsored “influence campaign.”
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 August 2018
The killing of a young Iowa woman has become a pretext for the Trump administration and its supporters to intensify attacks on immigrants.
One year after WSWS open letter to Google
By Andre Damon, 23 August 2018
On Tuesday, Facebook announced the removal of hundreds of user accounts and pages, many of them opposing the crimes of the American, Saudi and Israeli governments in the Middle East.
By Matthew Verhoven, 22 August 2018
More than 120 people marched to Mount Sinai Hospital, and to the Chicago Police Department 10th District, to demand the release of the boy’s body and footage of the events.
By Keisha Gibbs, 17 August 2018
Nashville-based private prison company CoreCivic continues to reap profits despite numerous lawsuits.
By E.P. Milligan, 15 August 2018
The 16 cables from Haspel published by the National Security Archive document scenes fit for a medieval dungeon.
By Jill Lux, 13 August 2018
Every legal immigrant using a social program is in danger of being labeled a “public charge,” and therefore ineligible for citizenship.
By Alan Gilman, 13 August 2018
Despite attempts by the League, various owners, and Trump to stop player protests, several continued to protest for social justice, equality and against police violence.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 August 2018
Four years after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson sparked popular outrage over police violence, the daily onslaught of police killings in the US continues.
Inmate “gulped for an extended period of time” and was “choking,” “gasping”
By Kate Randall, 11 August 2018
Irick’s attorneys had argued that their client suffered from severe mental illness and that one of the drugs to be used in his lethal injection could cause severe pain.
By Jacob Crosse, 11 August 2018
Eleven year old Donesha Gowdy was suspected of “petty shoplifting”.
By Eric London, 10 August 2018
The government sought to remove the immigrants from the US while their lawyers were preoccupied arguing the case in court.
By Barry Grey, 10 August 2018
The prosecution of Chris Collins is a political shot by the US intelligence agencies across Trump’s bow.
Teamsters for a Democratic Union-linked Facebook page censors Amazon worker’s video calling for a united struggle with UPS workers
By Will Morrow, 10 August 2018
The Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a dissident faction of the union apparatus, is terrified of Amazon and UPS workers linking up in a common struggle.
By Jimmy Smith and Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2018
The purpose of extensive surveillance is to monitor, chill, and ultimately crack down on opposition in the working class to the actions of the government and the police.
By Matthew Taylor, 6 August 2018
The ruling invalidates recent attempts to suppress the student vote in Florida.
By Eric London, 4 August 2018
Since the beginning of August, the New York Times opinion page has published eight opinion pieces or editorial board statements relating to allegations of Trump’s ties to Russia or the #MeToo hysteria, but none about the conditions facing immigrants.
4 August 2018
By Kevin Martinez, 1 August 2018
The program allows federal air marshals to follow and report on American citizens not suspected of a crime, not under investigation, and not on any terrorist watch list.
1 August 2018
By Matthew MacEgan, 1 August 2018
Two weeks ago, a white man shot an unarmed black man over a parking spot at a convenience store but was not arrested.
By David Walsh, 1 August 2018
The New Yorker magazine has posted Farrow’s new article, detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against Leslie Moonves, the chairman, president and CEO of CBS Corporation.
By Tom Hall, 25 July 2018
The admission by government lawyers raises the prospect that hundreds of parents separated under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy might never see their children again.
By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2018
Hunger strikes and lawsuits have exposed the barbaric treatment of refugees and immigrants at detention facilities in the US.
By Daniel de Vries, 24 July 2018
Daniel Pantaleo has remained on the job pending an internal investigation into the 2014 strangling death of Garner.
Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”
By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018
“I say defend Julian, not just because I’m his mother, but as a citizen and someone who believes in democracy and freedom.”
By Mike Head, 23 July 2018
Plans are afoot to subject the WikiLeaks editor to lengthy imprisonment by the British authorities, pending extradition to the US.
By Trévon Austin, 14 July 2018
Children and parents were scattered nationwide including Maryland, Texas, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona and Illinois.
By John Burton, 14 July 2018
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a long record expanding US war powers during his 12 years as a DC Circuit judge.
By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2018
While Republicans sought to cross-examine former FBI official Peter Strzok about text messages expressing hostility to Trump, Democrats denounced the hearing as a “favor to Putin.”
By Ed Hightower, 13 July 2018
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee boasts a record of reaction both as an attorney and as a judge
By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2018
Brett Kavanaugh is a reactionary in the mold of Trump’s first high court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 9 July 2018
The corporate media has effectively dropped coverage of the 3,000 children languishing in immigration detention facilities across the country.
By E.P. Milligan, 9 July 2018
The decision to drop charges against those arrested for opposing Trump's inauguration, exposes the fraud of the trials themselves.
By Eric London, 3 July 2018
The announcement by the Democrats that they will not seek to block Trump’s Supreme Court appointee reveals certain truths about the two-party system.
By Kayla Costa, 3 July 2018
The tragic murder of Jason Washington is a direct result of the militarization of campuses across the country.
By Patrick Martin, 2 July 2018
There were protests in more than 700 locations, with the largest in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and New York City.
“This is like the 1930s. We have to come together and oppose it”
By our reporters, 2 July 2018
Demonstrators in many cities gave their views to the World Socialist Web Site. Below we publish interviews from Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and New York City.
“I want a political organization that acknowledges that capitalism is not working”
SEP, IYSSE campaign for congressional candidate Niles Niemuth at pro-immigrant protest in Ann Arbor, Michigan
By our reporters, 2 July 2018
A team of SEP and IYSSE members intervened in Saturday’s “Families Belong Together” rally, collecting over 500 signatures to put Niles on the ballot in November.
By Ed Hightower, 30 June 2018
Trump’s possible nominees span the ideological spectrum, from the far right to the arch-reactionary.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party
29 June 2018
Growing opposition to the attack on immigrants and democratic rights requires a clear political focus and policy.
By Jerry White, 28 June 2018
Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case is a defeat for the union bureaucracy, not the workers.
By Ed Hightower and Eric London, 28 June 2018
The retirement of the “swing vote” justice gives Trump the opportunity to shift the court to the far-right.
By Alec Andersen, 28 June 2018
While Trump is escalating his fascistic attacks on immigrants, the Democrats are seeking to contain public opposition to his immigration policies.
By Samuel Davidson, 28 June 2018
Michael Rosfeld shot and killed a 17-year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. last week as he ran from a car after it was pulled over by police.
By James Cogan, 28 June 2018
Leading Democratic senators, including Diane Feinstein and Mark Warner, have declared they are “extremely concerned about Ecuador providing asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.”
By Will Morrow, 27 June 2018
The Washington Post described the meeting as a “new overture by the technology industry to develop closer ties to law enforcement.”
By Tom Carter, 27 June 2018
Yesterday’s decision is yet another victory for Christian fundamentalists and the campaign to use “freedom of religion” to undermine the separation of church and state, legalize discrimination and obstruct access to health care.
By Eric London, 27 June 2018
By upholding Trump’s power to seal the country’s borders, the court has granted the president limitless authority to enact his fascistic policies against immigrants and political opponents.
By Andre Damon, 26 June 2018
The Washington Post and leading Democrats have lined up with Donald Trump in condemning protests against Trump administration officials over human rights violations on the Mexican border.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesen, 26 June 2018
A newly leaked ICE handbook reveals the organization’s policies for illegal undercover operations against immigrants.
By Anthony Bertolt, 26 June 2018
Thurman Blevins Jr. was shot down by police in an alleyway in a hail of bullets Saturday evening, sparking almost immediate protests from neighborhood residents.
By Ed Hightower, 26 June 2018
The high court came within a single vote of authorizing virtually unlimited police utilization of cellphone location data.
By Debra Watson and Ed Bergonzi, 26 June 2018
Teachers are opposing proposed changes to the state’s social studies curriculum that would block students from learning about struggles for democratic and civil rights.
By Sandy English, 26 June 2018
Following a controversy that erupted in May, MIT recently completed an investigation into the conduct of Díaz, who teaches at the university, and cleared him of any sexual misconduct.
By Eric London, 25 June 2018
The social force that can and must halt the drive toward dictatorship is the working class, the central target of the assault on democratic rights.
“Nobody knows what is going to happen next”
By Zac Corrigan and Shannon Jones, 25 June 2018
The raid last week by federal agents has traumatized the immigrant community, ripping families apart and making others afraid to leave their homes.
As public anger grows over childhood detention centers
By Meenakshi Jagadeesen, 25 June 2018
The protest was led by groups with ties to the Democratic Party, which has facilitated and prepared the way for Trump’s fascistic attack on immigrants.
By Kayla Costa, 25 June 2018
The Amazon workers wrote that they were “deeply concerned” that the company was implicated in Trump’s immoral immigration policy and was “providing infrastructure and services that enable ICE and DHS.”
By Samuel Davidson, 25 June 2018
Hundreds of people continue to hold daily demonstrations to express their outrage over the murder of unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. last week.
The American gulag
By Alec Andersen, 23 June 2018
The government is preparing massive military detention camps where immigrants—and ultimately opponents of the government—will be kept in “austere” conditions.
By Jerry White, 21 June 2018
The storming of the Fresh Mark plants, the second major Ohio workplace raid this month, is aimed at instilling fear so that employers can exploit both immigrant and native-born workers with impunity.
Trump executive order: Indefinite detention of immigrant families, 2,300 children to remain separated from parents
By Kayla Costa, 21 June 2018
Wednesday’s order does not revoke the “zero tolerance” policy, does not apply to children already separated from family and will drastically expand the number of people detained in immigration internment camps.
By Trévon Austin, 21 June 2018
Antwon Rose, Jr. was shot without any warning as he attempted to flee a traffic stop Tuesday night.
By Will Morrow, 20 June 2018
Statements by intelligence officials and the media have argued that over 2 million Chinese nationals residing in the US are a potential fifth column.
By Eric London, 19 June 2018
The administration is building new facilities to house tens of thousands of immigrant children while refusing to process asylum applicants at the US-Mexico border.
“Something must be done quickly”
By Eric London, 19 June 2018
Fulbright Scholar Chris Fradkin told the WSWS: “These children, if they are not reunited with their parents in the next week, will suffer because of this for the rest of their lives.”
19 June 2018
By Trévon Austin, 18 June 2018
Phoenix police have shot 23 people so far in 2018, 11 fatally.
By Eric London, 16 June 2018
The abolition of the agencies responsible for mass deportations, workplace raids and the separation of families is a life or death question for the working class.
By Kayla Costa, 16 June 2018
After rejecting nineteen of his cartoons since March, the newspaper’s editors fired Rob Rogers for not complying with their efforts to shift content to the right.
By E.P. Milligan, 15 June 2018
The motion to dismiss charges, far from signifying a change of heart, is a temporary strategic retreat by the prosecution.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 June 2018
The goal of the new office is to remove the citizenship rights of naturalized immigrants who “cheated” on their applications in civil court proceedings, while also prosecuting them on the charge of criminal fraud.
By Eric London, 13 June 2018
The Spanish El Diario writes: “The government of Ecuador spied on every movement of Julian Assange in its embassy in London.”
13 June 2018
The governments attempting to silence Assange are attacking the right of students and educators to a fully-resourced public education.
By Andre Damon, 12 June 2018
The move marks a major milestone in the efforts of the US intelligence agencies, technology monopolies, and both political parties to undermine free speech.
By Eric London, 12 June 2018
The decision is a legal travesty and will result in the rejection of thousands of asylum applications.
By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2018
The Court’s 5-4 decision is the latest in a series rubber-stamping efforts by Republican-controlled state governments to reduce turnout among minority and low-income voters.
By Alec Andersen, 12 June 2018
The DOJ seized telephone and electronic communications records belonging to journalist Ali Watkins during an investigation into suspected leaks of classified information emanating from the Senate Intelligence Committee.
By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2018
The deaths are a direct consequence of the attack on refugees and immigrants ordered by the White House.
By Mark Ferretti and Philip Guelpa, 11 June 2018
While Pablo Villavicencio was granted an emergency stay of deportation by a judge over the weekend he still faces the prospect of being deported in less than six weeks.
By Matthew Verhoven, 11 June 2018
In a press conference Friday, Police Chief Ramon Batista claimed that incidents such as these “would not be tolerated.” But another whitewash is being prepared.
By Richard Hoffman, 11 June 2018
The Turnbull government must exercise its discretion to request from Britain the safe passage of Julian Assange to Australia.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 9 June 2018
The government is carrying out the first large scale transfer of immigrants to federal detention facilities under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
By Michael Walters, 9 June 2018
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to gun control legislation which would, if approved, make the killing of two or more people or police officers capital crimes.
“I saw officers with assault rifles, dogs and helicopters everywhere”
By Eric London and Will Morrow, 7 June 2018
Tuesday’s Gestapo-style raid is a warning to the entire working class.
By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2018
There is nothing remotely progressive in the campaign to recall judge Aaron Persky, which was centered on demands for harsher sentencing of those convicted of sexual assault.
Notes on police violence
By Trévon Austin, 7 June 2018
In a video viewed over 7,000,000 times, an officer can be seen punching the woman twice.
6 June 2018
“Freedom of speech and freedom of the press is being defined by the treatment of Julian Assange.”
By Matthew Verhoven, 6 June 2018
In a comment given to the Intercept, Manning said of the video, “This is what a police state looks like. Guns drawn during a ‘wellness’ check.”
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 June 2018
Workers and young people must demand that the Conservative government of Theresa May end its persecution of Assange, drop the bail-related issues against him and allow him to leave the embassy and, if he chooses, the UK, without fear of arrest.
6 June 2018
The following statement was sent by journalist and filmmaker Antony Loewenstein, a consistent defender of WikiLeaks.
By Eric London, 5 June 2018
In two separate decisions, the US Supreme Court set back rights for immigrants, the right to abortion, and protections for gay and lesbian couples.
By Andre Damon, 5 June 2018
Facebook’s censorship apparatus is targeting people promoting “radical politics” because they “feel they have been ignored or oppressed,” the Facebook official told a military conference last week.
By James Cogan, 5 June 2018
Assange is not only being censored, but faces imminent danger of being forced into the hands of his persecutors.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 5 June 2018
Leaked photograph reveals on-going mass trials of immigrants.
By Marcus Day, 4 June 2018
Facebook’s new restrictions on political ads have begun to affect news and media organizations, including the World Socialist Web Site.
By David Walsh, 2 June 2018
The attack on Bee comes only days after Roseanne Barr’s television series was cancelled after the actress posted a racist tweet.