Interviews and On-the-spot reports
Life on the street in “America’s Finest City”
By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 18 April 2013
San Diego, California ranks third in the nation for the number of homeless, with estimates of 10,000.
By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013
Hundreds of high school students in Newark, New Jersey walked out of class Tuesday to protest millions of dollars in education cuts.
By our reporter, 11 April 2013
A kindergarten teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the Common Core curriculum.
By Shannon Jones, 28 March 2013
Skilled trades worker Alex Wassell was fired for opposing the Alternative Work Schedule, recently implemented at the plant.
On eve of emergency manager take-over
By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2013
The sweeping concessions demanded from teachers and the city’s municipal employees give a picture of the draconian measures planned for the entire working class.
By Steve Light, Alan Whyte and and A. Woodson, 14 March 2013
More New York City school closings and co-locations were approved by the Bloomberg-controlled Panel on Educational Policy, in defiance of the views of the majority of parents and teachers.
“I see this as an attack on public education.”
By Bryan Dyne, 14 February 2013
The strike by 9,000 school bus workers has generated popular support among workers and youth in New York City.
By Jerry White, 7 February 2013
The strike by nearly 9,000 New York City school bus workers entered its fourth week today with the Bloomberg administration preparing to accept bids from private school bus contractors without long-standing job and wage protections.
By a reporting team, 31 January 2013
The union representing school bus drivers and matrons made an offer to end the strike and negotiate concessions, but the Bloomberg administration rejected it out of hand.
By a reporting team, 22 January 2013
Community members expressed outrage at a public forum on the plan of the Philadelphia school board to consolidate schools.
By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2013
New York City school bus drivers and matrons are fighting against a plan to destroy job protections that were won more than 30 years ago.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2012
Conditions in the Rockaways section of New York in the wake of the storm reveal the underlying social reality that is otherwise ignored.
By Shannon Jones, 30 November 2012
A major credit rating agency further downgraded Detroit’s debt as city officials advance new proposals for cuts.
By Ed Hightower and Nikolai Barrickman, 30 November 2012
Parents, students and teachers have reacted in anger to a plan to close 20 public schools in Washington, D.C.
By our reporters, 13 November 2012
The closure will throw 4,600 workers at the factory and more than 5,000 employees in related industries out of work.
By our reporting team, 6 November 2012
Socialist Equality Party vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to students at Brooklyn College Monday about the need for socialist policy for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2012
Workers and young people discuss with the World Socialist Web Site the issues raised by the conference “Socialism and the 2012 Elections” in Detroit.
By a WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2012
Residents of Red Hook Brooklyn lined up for food and water Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy flooded the New York City neighborhood
By Sandy English, 30 October 2012
SEP supporters campaigned over the weekend in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx, the second-largest private housing development in the US.
By our reporters, 24 October 2012
The WSWS spoke to workers and students in Los Angeles about the regional conference of the Socialist Equality Party on October 27.
By our reporters, 23 October 2012
Workers attending the Trades Union Congress demonstration in London spoke to the World Socialist Web Site.
By our reporters, 9 October 2012
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White concluded an East Coast campaign swing with a meeting in New York City on Sunday.
By our reporters, 4 October 2012
September 30 was the final day of Care Harbor’s annual free clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
By Jerry White, 2 October 2012
Workers at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s waste treatment plant are continuing their strike despite a temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge Monday. The walkout, which began on Sunday, involves 950 workers at the facility in the southwest side of Detroit.
By our reporter, 27 September 2012
Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, spoke at a public meeting held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Tuesday. The meeting was well attended by students and members of the community who were enthusiastic about a genuine alternative to the two big business parties.
By our reporters, 18 September 2012
Residents are asking why the apartment block was approved with fire safety flaws.
By Bryan Dyne, 18 September 2012
Socialist Equality presidential candidate Jerry White campaigned among transit workers and firefighters Monday, discussing the significance of the Chicago teachers strike.
By Mark Church, 14 September 2012
Hundreds of residents evacuated after a fatal fire in a Sydney apartment block have been left without homes or government support.
“The conditions for students are horrible”
By an SEP campaign team, 13 September 2012
During her second day of campaigning among striking Chicago teachers, SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer continued discussing the political issues of the strike.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 September 2012
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Chicago teachers about the political issues at stake in the strike.
By Iqra Qalam, 11 September 2012
More than three weeks after the Marikana massacre, families are still searching for their missing siblings and husbands in hospitals and jails.
By Mike Ingram, 11 September 2012
SEP supporters campaigned at a festival in honor of the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts
By our reporters, 10 September 2012
Unit owners and tenants expressed shock and anger over the tragedy and the poor fire safety measures in the building.
By Tony Colton and Hector Cordon, 6 September 2012
Beginning September 1, the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet) implemented fare increases and cuts in services in order to overcome a $12 million budget shortfall.
By our reporters, 6 September 2012
US Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke at a well-attended meeting at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester, England Tuesday evening.
By Karl Eisner, 30 August 2012
Socialist Equality Party campaigners spoke to farm workers in East Stockton, California.
By a campaign team, 28 August 2012
SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer and a campaign team spoke to Chicago teachers at an informational picket outside of a middle school.
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 August 2012
Workers at the Chrysler Dundee Engine plant in Michigan spoke to WSWS reporters about the sellout local contract they recently rejected by a decisive margin.
By Daniel O’Flynn and Rick Wilson, 20 August 2012
Two thousand protesters massed outside the Ecuadorean embassy in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2012
SEP candidate Phyllis Scherrer along with a team of supporters campaigned this week in the former steel town of McKeesport, about 10 miles south of Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River.
By a reporting team, 18 August 2012
The Con Ed workers’ union reported a wide margin for acceptance of the contract, but a WSWS reporting team found the vote concealed far different views.
By our reporter, 17 August 2012
About 150 supporters of Julian Assange demonstrated outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London yesterday.
By a reporting team, 15 August 2012
While the AFL-CIO organized the rally to promote the Democrats, a number of workers who came voiced opposition to this policy.
By a campaign team, 15 August 2012
SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to workers and young people about the elimination of the General Assistance Program in Pennsylvania.
By our reporters, 15 August 2012
WSWS reporters spoke to strikers on the picket line in Joliet, Illinois
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 August 2012
The WSWS spoke with students who met last week to decide whether to continue their six-month strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s plans to dramatically raise university tuition fees.
By Dan Conway, 14 August 2012
The city of San Bernardino, California, population 210,000, has recently become the second largest city to file for bankruptcy protection in US history.
By a reporting team, 13 August 2012
As word spread about the dramatic cuts threatened at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, workers reacted angrily, and several spoke to reporters for the World Socialist Web Site.
WSWS speaks to victims of police violence in Anaheim, California
By our reporters, 11 August 2012
WSWS reporters spoke to several audience members at the Anaheim city council meeting August 8, including relatives of those killed by police.
By Niles Williamson and Nicholas Russo, 30 July 2012
In just eight days the Socialist Equality Party’s campaign to gain access to the presidential ballot in Wisconsin has garnered more than 3,000 signatures.
By Nicholas Russo and Niles Williamson, 27 July 2012
Workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about record profits for Caterpillar, and in solidarity with workers on strike for three months in Joliet, Illinois.
By Philip Guelpa, 19 July 2012
On Tuesday afternoon, a large rally was held at Union Square in Manhattan in support of 8,500 Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) workers who have been locked out by the company since July 1.
By Dietmar Henning, 3 July 2012
If the management gets its way, the Opel plant in Bochum will close in two rather than four years.
By David Brown, 3 July 2012
SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke with workers in Detroit about the heat wave, their utility bills, and the decaying social infrastructure.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 July 2012
Utility workers at Con Edison are fighting against drastic concession demands, including attacks on pensions and health care benefits.
By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2012
On June 23, the Asian American civil rights group American Citizens for Justice and the Association of Chinese Americans held a commemoration meeting in Madison Heights, Michigan to mark thirty years since the murder of Vincent Chin.
By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2012
James Shimoura, a Michigan attorney who provided legal advice to Lily Chin, the mother of murdered Chinese American draftsman Vincent Chin, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site during the memorial meeting in Madison Heights, Michigan held over the weekend. The meeting marked the 30th anniversary of Chin’s killing.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 June 2012
Campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke with workers and students in Sacramento, California about the party’s presidential election campaign.
By Robert Stevens, 19 June 2012
The World Socialist Web Site discussed with workers and youth in Athens the result of Sunday’s general election as negotiations continued to form a government following the narrow victory of the conservative New Democracy.
By a WSWS reporting team, 19 June 2012
In both Northern and Southern California, campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers and students about budget cuts in the state and Jerry White’s presidential campaign.
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2012
A WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in the district of Aigaleo in west Athens about their attitudes to Sunday’s election.
By our correspondents, 14 June 2012
Students at the main campus of the University of Athens spoke with a World Socialist Web Site reporting team.
By our reporters, 12 June 2012
The small industrial city has lost 14,000 good-paying jobs in a decade.
By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2012
The plans by Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manger Roy Roberts to convert 10 high schools into so-called self-governing schools is provoking opposition from parents and students.
By a WSWS reporting team, 5 June 2012
A new form of protest, “casserole” demonstrations, emerged last month in response to the Quebec Liberal government’s draconian Bill 78.
By Isaac Finn, 5 June 2012
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with teachers and students from “failing” schools targeted for closure under the turnaround model.
By our reporters, 5 June 2012
A WSWS reporting team visited Muskegon Heights and talked with workers, students, and retirees about their reaction to the unprecedented attack on public education.
By a WSWS reporting team, 4 June 2012
Campaign teams in Michigan talk to workers and students in Ypsilanti and Detroit.
Quebec student strike:
By Keith Jones, 24 May 2012
Quebec authorities have begun to make use of the sweeping repressive powers contained in Bill 78—the emergency legislation the provincial Liberal government rushed through the National Assembly late last week to suppress the province-wide student strike
By Alexander Fangmann, 22 May 2012
Protesters at the NATO summit in Chicago have denounced the police state methods employed to crack down on political dissent.
“The only jobs out there are low wage jobs”
By a reporting team, 15 May 2012
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to workers and youth in the Parkchester neighborhood in the Bronx, New York, about the economic situation and the party’s election campaign.
By our reporters, 15 May 2012
Students, teachers and parents rallied to defend pubic education last week.
By our reporters, 12 May 2012
WSWS reporting teams spoke to some of those who participated in Thursday’s strike against government pension cuts.
By a reporter, 12 May 2012
SEP US presidential candidate Jerry White campaigned on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit this week in preparation for a public meeting in Detroit.
By a reporting team, 8 May 2012
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to hundreds of people, including auto workers, teachers, city workers, students, graduates, retirees and the unemployed.
By our correspondents, 7 May 2012
Several hundred Israelis, Iranians and German citizens demonstrated in Berlin on Saturday against US and Israeli preparations for war against Iran.
By Shannon Jones, 7 May 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate received a warm response form workers and young people while campaigning Saturday in southwest Detroit.
By a WSWS reporting team, 7 May 2012
A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke with striking workers at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois, where workers and their families are maintaining a 24-hour picket line.
By Kumaran Ira in Paris, 4 May 2012
On Wednesday WSWS reporters visited Argenteuil, in the northwest Paris suburbs, to interview residents on the presidential elections and social conditions in France.
By our reporters, 2 May 2012
Supporters of the International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site intervened in the Paris May Day march yesterday.
By a WSWS reporting team, 2 May 2012
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to job seekers at the Quicken Loan jobs fair in downtown Detroit on Saturday.
By our reporters, 2 May 2012
Socialist Equality Party campaign teams spoke to students and workers at St. Helens College and in the town centre.
By Alex Lantier in Paris, 26 April 2012
Auto workers at the PSA plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, spoke to WSWS reporters about the French presidential elections.
By Steve Light, 26 April 2012
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans to close 26 schools have provoked a series of angry protests in New York City.
By a reporting team, 24 April 2012
Supporters of the SEP presidential campaign spoke to workers in Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, Michigan about the issues in the 2012 elections.
By a reporting team, 19 April 2012
Residents of the Melrose neighborhood in the South Bronx described police harassment as pervasive.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern in Marseille, 17 April 2012
WSWS reporters interviewed students yesterday outside the Literature School at the University of Aix-en-Provence, north of Marseille.
By Kimie Saito and Ramon Valle, 12 April 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White will be speaking today at a meeting in Maywood, a predominantly Hispanic section of Los Angeles County.
By Andre Damon and C.W. Rogers, 29 March 2012
In this video, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, speak about their son's death and legacy.
By Andre Damon and C.W. Rogers in Sanford Florida, 27 March 2012
Thousands of people took part Monday in a protest in Sanford, Florida, to demand the arrest of George Zimmerman, the killer of South Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
By our reporters, 27 March 2012
Supporters of the SEP campaign for president talked to workers in the predominantly Hispanic town of National City in San Diego County, and to hospital workers and visitors in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
By our reporters, 22 March 2012
President Obama’s 2013 budget calls for the destruction of tens of thousands of postal workers’ jobs, with the elimination of Saturday mail delivery as early as January 2013.
By our reporters, 19 March 2012
Members of the International Students for Social Equality and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned Saturday in Syracuse, a city in upstate New York, for the election of Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer.
By our reporters, 19 March 2012
Campaigns in Detroit and Tampa are part of interventions throughout the country to promote the socialist perspective in the 2012 elections.
By our reporters, 17 March 2012
Plastered on the windows of the unemployment office in the Neos Kosmos district of Athens are posters with slogans denouncing the austerity measures of the unelected government of Lucas Papademos.
By James Brewer and James Brookfield, 17 March 2012
A tornado touched down in Dexter, Michigan on Thursday evening, causing extensive property damage though apparently no serious injuries.
By our reporter, 10 March 2012
Jerry White and supporters concluded a campaign stop in San Diego, California on Friday. Discussions with students at San Diego State University followed a successful public meeting the previous evening.
5 March 2012
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party’s presidential candidate Jerry White are campaigning throughout the country to promote a socialist program in the 2012 elections.
By Hiram Lee and Ryan Rahilly, 5 March 2012
The wave of tornadoes that struck the Midwestern and Southern US on Friday left many communities in eastern Kentucky destroyed. World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with residents of West Liberty about their experiences.
By a WSWS reporting team, 28 February 2012
Socialist Equality Party candidate for Vice-President Phyllis Scherrer won strong support from Pittsburgh area bus drivers and riders as she campaigned for socialism as the alternative to the destruction of public transportation this past weekend.