Interviews and On-the-spot reports
4 June 2009
General Motors workers from Pontiac and Lake Orion, Michigan, two northern suburbs of Detroit, spoke to reporters from the World Socialist Web Site about the impact on their families and communities of the bankruptcy of General Motors and the decades of decline in the auto industry.
By Tom Eley, 2 June 2009
Cities and towns across the US will be devastated by the GM “rescue plan” orchestrated by the Obama administration. At least 18,000 workers will lose their jobs and 2,100 auto dealers will lose their GM franchises.
28 May 2009
The WSWS interviewed GM workers at the Michigan Poletown plant on a new concessions contract agreed by the UAW and GM, with the backing of the Obama administration.
18 April 2009
WSWS reporters spoke to laid off workers who have occupied a parts factory in the UK that supplies Ford Motor Company.
17 April 2009
The WSWS interviewed auto workers in Detroit, Michigan, who spoke out again wage cuts and the threat of bankuptcy.
6 March 2009
A WSWS reporting team speaks to Ford workers during the vote on the concessionary contract amendment supported by the union. The vote, under conditions of an historic crisis in the auto industry, is a direct repudiation of the pro-company policies of the union.
28 February 2009
World Socialist Web Site reporters visited Whittlesea, just north of Melbourne on February 14, to speak with survivors of massive bushfires that swept through Victorian towns and settlements on February 7.
19 February 2009
Speaking to the WSWS, Chrysler workers at the Dodge Truck complex in Warren, Michigan opposed concessions demanded by the Obama administration and Wall Street.
29 January 2009
On Wednesday, January 28, a funeral was held for Marvin Schur, the 93-year-old man who froze to death in his home in Bay City Michigan, after the municipal power company cut off electricity without telling him.
5 January 2009
Tens of thousands protested in London on Saturday against the Israeli attack on Gaza which has claimed the lives of hundreds, including many children. The World Socialist Web Site spoke to participants on the demonstration.
By a reporting team, 5 January 2009
Thousands marched Saturday through New York City, rallying outside the Israeli consulate just as the ground assault on Gaza began.
18 December 2008
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at a Chrysler assembly plant about the pay cuts and plant closings that are being discussed in Washington and by the Big Three auto companies.
By Tom Eley, 10 December 2008
A team of World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with workers at Republic Windows and Doors.
6 December 2008
The WSWS interviews Kurt Metzger, Director of the Detroit Area Community Indicators System, about the rise and decline of Highland Park, Michigan.
27 November 2008
Video: Kandy O'Neill speaks to the WSWS
25 November 2008
Thousands of firefighters from across the United States and Canada joined family members and many concerned residents of Detroit last Friday, November 21, to mourn the death of Walter Harris a much-loved and admired 17-year member of the Detroit Fire Department. The World Socialist Web Site sent reporters to attend the funeral and speak to some of those who were there.
21 November 2008
WSWS interviews Wilmington, Ohio residents on DHL job cuts
17 November 2008
On Thursday, November 13, the World Socialist Web Site sent reporters to Cobo Center in downtown Detroit to interview young workers and social workers attending the Detroit Poverty Summit about the dire conditions that are rapidly worsening in that city and across Michigan.
By the, 1 November 2008
WSWS reporter D'Artagnan Collier spoke to family members and a teacher of one of the victims of the fire in Highland Park, Michigan which killed four people on Wednesday, October 22.
30 October 2008
The following video is part of a series by the World Socialist Web Site reporters on the dire social conditions prevailing former auto production centers in Detroit.
24 October 2008
The World Socialist Web Site sent a reporting team to Highland Park, Michigan, where a house fire killed four people in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 22, 2008. Residents spoke to the WSWS about the terrible social conditions in the city.
5 October 2008
While congress debated the $700 billion bailout of the Wall Street banks, the World Socialist Web Site spoke on the streets of New York to workers and young people who denounced the bailout of the banks and expressed a growing anger about the housing crisis, the loss of jobs and rising tuition for college.
28 September 2008
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White went with a team of supporters to speak with workers at a crowded farmers market in downtown Detroit on Saturday, September 27. Many spoke with the World Socialist Web Site and contributed to the campaign.
10 September 2008
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Dwight Smith, director of Isaiah House, an emergency shelter in Santa Ana, California, about the rise in the number of homeless people, especially among the working poor.
3 September 2008
On September 4, 2008, the World Socialist Web Site published, "High fuel prices impoverish New York City taxi drivers," a report featuring interviews on the difficulties facing cabbies working in the city. Taxi drivers in the US have been among those hit hardest by the steep rise of gasoline prices over the last year. Along with other workers and small business owners in the transportation industry around the world, taxi drivers are now facing a precipitous fall in their standard of living.
26 June 2008
June Mills, a worker for the Long Grass Association which provides care for homeless indigenous people in Darwin, spoke with the WSWS on the impact of the Northern Territory intervention.
25 June 2008
Rodney Barnes was interviewed by the World Socialist Web Site in the Northern Territory town of Tenant Creek.
24 June 2008
Kenny Laughton speaks with the World Socialist Web Site on the conditions facing Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.
19 June 2008
Residents of Aboriginal townships speak to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the state intervention in the Northern Territory.
18 June 2008
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices soar. Larry Porter speaks with Wayne Wells, the president of the Gleaners Food Bank, the largest food distribution organization in the city, about the sharp rise in the need for emergency food aid.
15 June 2008
For several weeks, the World Socialist Web Site has interviewed working people in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices skyrocket. In this segment, our reporters spoke with Ola Horne, 67.
15 June 2008
As part of a series of investigative reports on the social crisis in Detroit, the World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in the city about the worsening conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. Brother Jerry Smith, director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit spoke to the WSWS about the huge need for food in the city.
15 June 2008
As part of a series of investigative reports on the social crisis in Detroit, the World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in the city about the worsening conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. The WSWS spoke with Lon Rubenstein, who is living on a disability payment of just $600.00 per month. He cannot afford to put gas in his car.
15 June 2008
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. In this clip, our reporters spoke with Jada Browning a young mother of three who recently lost her job.
15 June 2008
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. In this clip, Larry Porter speaks with Barbara Johnson, a teacher.
19 May 2008
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with American Axle strikers in Detroit on May 18 and 19 about the wage-cutting agreement signed by the UAW.
18 May 2008
American Axle strikers, who have been on strike for nearly three months, denounced the sellout contract handed down by the UAW today at an informational meeting in Detroit.
30 April 2008
The American Axle strike enters a tenth week. It will soon exceed the length of the historic strike against GM in 1970. This week workers circulated a petition to the UAW requesting an increase in strike pay from $200 per week to $300. The WSWS spoke to workers on the picket lines in Detroit.
24 April 2008
On Thursday, April 24, 2008, auto workers on strike at American Axle rallied in Detroit outside a shareholders meeting of the company where Richard Dauch, CEO, reiterated company demands for pay cuts amounting to more than half the workers wages and benefits. Detroit police were mobilized in force with two dozen squad cars, a bus to transport prisoners, and a special riot control squad armed with firearms and large canisters of mace.
14 March 2008
Several striking auto workers in Detroit were arrested on the picket line at American Axle and Manufacturing on Friday morning, March 14, as the company moved a number of semis through the picket lines. Local police and the local media outlets had been mobilized in force in an obvious, orchestrated effort to provoke a confrontation and force an end to the strike.