Interviews

“Julian has reached a point where he may die”—Assange’s father John Shipton speaks with the WSWS

By Johannes Stern, 5 October 2019

On Thursday the WSWS met John Shipton, Julian Assange’s father, in Berlin to discuss the condition of his son’s jailing in London’s Belmarsh Prison.

“The CEOs and Wall Street are trying to take your wages and benefits… Don’t Give in. Stand your ground!”

Detroit college students support striking GM workers

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 October 2019

Students at Detroit’s Wayne State University discussed the fight of General Motors workers and the strategy needed for them to win their historic strike.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019

An interview with Ladj Ly, director of Les Misérables: “Victor Hugo described the social misery perfectly”

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

The WSWS spoke to French-Malian film director Ladj Ly in Toronto during the film festival.

“The UAW is allowing GM to take us back to before the sit-down strikes”

Striking GM workers on picket line discuss what is at stake in their battle

By our reporters, 30 September 2019

GM workers discussed their fight to overturn decades of UAW-backed concessions, end the exploitation of temporary workers, and support the victimized Mexican GM workers.

Tesla autoworkers in California support striking GM workers, denounce working conditions

By Evan Blake, 30 September 2019

The rise of Tesla is part of a global restructuring of the auto industry to prepare for the production of electronic vehicles, using fewer and more poorly paid workers.

Protesters speak out in defence of Julian Assange

“I think the implications can grow into a stamping out of independent journalism”

By our reporters, 30 September 2019

Protesters outside Belmarsh Prison in London on Saturday spoke in support of jailed WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

“We all face the same thing:” GM strikers in Flint defend Mexican workers fired for making international appeal

By Sheila Brehm and George Kirby, 24 September 2019

The decline of Flint is the product of the policies pursued jointly by the UAW and General Motors.

Australian students and youth speak out at climate strikes

By our reporters, 23 September 2019

“The governments are too scared to do anything because they want to make profits, rather than save the planet.”

GM shuts off healthcare for striking autoworkers, begins to use scabs in attempt to break strike

By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 19 September 2019

Autoworkers are fighting not only General Motors executives, but also Wall Street and powerful global investors who demand further attacks on the working class to fuel the endless rise on the stock markets.

“The union is a company now”

Striking GM autoworkers call for expansion of strike to Ford and Fiat Chrysler, denounce UAW sabotage

By Tom Hall, 19 September 2019

Workers are determined to fight the auto companies but have no confidence in the United Auto Workers to carry out a struggle.

Australian workers and youth back striking US autoworkers

By our reporters, 19 September 2019

“I think there’s a common stream connecting workers all over the world. This is something we are all fighting for.”

Video: Striking GM workers in Flint, Michigan discuss key issues in their fight

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 18 September 2019

GM workers in Flint, the site of the 1936–37 sit-down strike, describe the significance of their battle against the giant corporation and decades of concessions accepted by the UAW.

“Now it’s time to give us back what we deserve”

Striking GM workers speak from the pickets

By Marcus Day, 17 September 2019

Campaign teams for the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke with workers on the pickets Monday about the issues motivating their struggle.

“They’re stealing from us, who have nothing!”

Autoworkers react to UAW betrayal of GM, Ford, Chrysler contract fight

By our reporters, 14 September 2019

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter encountered widespread opposition among workers to the UAW-company conspiracy in the course of campaigns at auto plants on Saturday.

An interview with Hind Meddeb, director of Paris Stalingrad: “It’s not a film about refugees, it’s a film about human beings”

By David Walsh, 11 September 2019

The documentary focuses on the plight of asylum seekers on the streets of the French capital

“It’s our time”: US autoworkers denounce UAW corruption, vow to fight as contract deadline approaches

By our reporter, 3 September 2019

The exposure of widespread corruption in the United Auto Workers leadership has only hardened the resolve of US autoworkers to make gains in the upcoming contract fight.

UK: Protesters condemn Johnson’s proroguing of parliament “We’ll wake up one day and all our rights will be gone if we don’t stand up and fight.”

By our reporters, 2 September 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to those in attendance at anti-Johnson protests in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Bristol.

“The stress in healthcare is at a tipping point”

An interview with nurse scientist Judy Davidson on rising nurse suicides

By Alex Johnson, 2 September 2019

Judy Davidson was part of the psychiatric research team that recently uncovered the high incidence of suicide in the nursing industry.

“We need to be paid back”

Autoworkers vote to strike, denounce UAW treachery ahead of contract deadline with GM, Ford and Chrysler

By our reporters, 27 August 2019

Nearly unanimous votes for strike authorization express the determination of autoworkers to reverse decades of concessions.

Harlan County, Kentucky workers support coal miners’ blockade

By Samuel Davidson, 23 August 2019

Miners blocking shipments of coal from a bankrupt mine have the backing of other workers and residents in eastern Kentucky

Voices from Ferguson, Missouri five years after the police murder of Michael Brown

By Zac Corrigan, 22 August 2019

Residents spoke about life in a country where the police kill with impunity to defend a capitalist social order based on historic levels of inequality.

Socialist Equality Party wins support for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning at Manchester Peterloo Massacre commemoration

By our reporters, 22 August 2019

SEP campaigners distributed WSWS’s call for a worldwide campaign to defend Assange and Manning.

205 Autoworkers react to UAW corruption

19 August 2019

Comments from August 13 SFUSD school board meeting

Supporters of the “Life of Washington” mural in San Francisco speak their minds

By Toby Reese, 15 August 2019

At Tuesday’s meeting of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD Board of Education), numerous speakers eloquently addressed the issues involved in the censorship of Victor Arnautoff’s “Life of Washington” mural.

An interview with historian Brenda Wineapple, author of books on Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson

“Writing is a solitary and private act … I’m going to say what I think is true”

By David Walsh, 13 August 2019

Brenda Wineapple has written a number of intriguing books, including White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson; Hawthorne: A Life; and The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation.

Jennifer Robinson, a leading member of Assange’s legal team, speaks with the WSWS

By our reporters, 9 August 2019

“It speaks volumes about Australia’s position in the world that it’s not willing to take a stand against the United States and protect an Australian citizen.”

Assange’s father speaks to the WSWS: “Julian’s resolve is fierce”

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 August 2019

John Shipton condemned the Australian government’s refusal to raise the issue of Assange with the US, or to take any action in his defence, declaring: “Silence is complicity.”

Interview with advice worker Terry Craven on the DWP review

“The DWP, Amber Rudd and the officers that trawled through the information regarding Stephen have got blood on their hands”

By our reporter, 26 June 2019

Craven represented Stephen Smith during his struggle against the Department of Work and Pensions.

“Water has been made a commodity for profit”—Chennai residents speak out on city’s water crisis

By a WSWS Reporting Team, 25 June 2019

WSWS reporters spoke with workers and other impoverished residents of Chennai about the severe water crisis afflicting India’s fourth largest metropolitan area.

French workers, “yellow vest” protesters support fight to free Julian Assange

By Will Morrow, 19 June 2019

For the last two weeks, the Parti de l’égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday’s public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Protesters speak out at London demonstration against Trump

By our reporters, 5 June 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to some of those who attended Tuesday’s protests in London against US President Donald Trump.

“I felt that sitting behind my laptop just wasn’t enough and so I decided to try and organise something myself”

Valentina Flex, organiser of Edinburgh Assange and Manning protest, speaks to the WSWS

By Steve James, 3 June 2019

Flex organised a protest in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning outside the US Consulate last Saturday.

John Pilger speaks out:

“Today it’s Julian Assange, tomorrow it could be you”

By our reporters, 31 May 2019

Investigative journalist, broadcaster and film maker John Pilger spoke to the media outside the Westminster Magistrates Court about Assange’s case.

WikiLeaks ambassador Joseph Farrell: “Going into prison is a big, ominous, oppressive feeling”

By our reporter, 31 May 2019

The WSWS spoke to Joseph A. Farrell, a WikiLeaks ambassador and a Centre for Investigative Journalism board member.

“We are told that we live in a democratic society, but this proves it’s not the case”

Protesters speak out in defence of Assange

By our reporters, 31 May 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to some of those protesting outside Westminster Magistrates Court against efforts to extradite Julian Assange to the United States.

“They spit on our solidarity”

Lyft cuts drivers’ rates in weeks following global rideshare strike

By Kayla Costa, 24 May 2019

Since rideshare drivers participated in a global one-day strike on May 8 to oppose the billion-dollar market frenzy for Uber’s IPO, Lyft drivers have reported compensation cuts of up to 27 percent.

Former Ecuadorian consul Fidel Narváez denounces search and confiscation of Assange’s possessions

By our reporter, 21 May 2019

The WSWS spoke to Fidel Narváez, former consul at the Ecuadorian embassy, who was among protesters opposing plans for the police to search and confiscate the possessions of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

London meeting to free Assange and Manning

Attendees from Scotland speak out: “Workers have to make their voices heard”

By our reporters, 18 May 2019

Audience members at livestream viewings in Scotland of the SEP’s May 12 London meeting in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning spoke to the WSWS.

“He’s not just a journalist, he’s one of the most significant journalists of all time”

Attendees at London meeting to free Assange and Manning speak out

By our reporters, 15 May 2019

Audience members at last Sunday’s meeting in London in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning spoke to reporters from the World Socialist Web Site .

“This administration clearly wants to go after journalists”

Chelsea Manning restates her refusal to testify against Julian Assange as new grand jury subpoena looms

By Niles Niemuth, 13 May 2019

Speaking on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program just three days after being released from federal detention, Manning made clear that she will resist the new grand jury subpoena, even at the cost of being sent back to prison.

“He should never have been found fit to work in a million years!”

UK advice worker Terry Craven speaks on the terrible death of Stephen Smith

By Margot Miller, 1 May 2019

Smith, from Liverpool, died emaciated on April 15 aged 64, after suffering years of chronic ill health, yet still had been declared fit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions.

“Capitalism is a terrible scheme that robs people of their labor”

As negotiations hit impasse, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians continue strike and free concerts

By Michael Walters and George Marlowe, 20 April 2019

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra management reiterated its demand that musicians give up their traditional pensions and also canceled concerts through the end of April.

Prominent WikiLeaks supporter Somerset Bean speaks out in defence of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 April 2019

“The powers that be want to use the persecution of a successful and effective publisher as a warning to us all not to challenge their power and their crimes.”

Youth at climate rally in Leeds, England speak out to defend Julian Assange

By our reporters, 16 April 2019

WSWS reporters spoke about the arrest and imprisoning of Julian Assange with young people who attended last Friday’s rally against climate change in Leeds, England.

“It seems to be class warfare”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh speaks on musicians strike

By George Marlowe, 15 April 2019

Clarinetist and striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musician John Bruce Yeh spoke on the major issues of the strike as well as broader questions of social inequality and authoritarianism.

New Zealand rally demands freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 15 April 2019

Tom Peters from the Socialist Equality Group (NZ) told the rally that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s life will be in danger if he is extradited from Britain to the US.

Workers and youth speak out at SEP (Australia) rallies in defence of Assange

By our reporters, 15 April 2019

“What they are doing though won’t stop us. We will find a way to free Julian and any other journalists who come under attack.”

Youth and students speak in support of upcoming meetings series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality - US, 5 April 2019

This speaking tour is a major political event and is taking place against the backdrop of a global promotion of extreme right politics by bourgeois parties around the world.

An interview with Mike Leigh, director of Peterloo: “You don’t run out of steam if what you do…is to literally hold the mirror up to nature”

By David Walsh, 5 April 2019

The WSWS spoke to British filmmaker Mike Leigh during the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018.

Swindon Honda workers speak out

“The working class needs to be organised against global capitalism”

By our reporters, 1 April 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to some of those attending last Saturday’s demonstration in Swindon, England, against the threatened closure of Honda’s car plant.

Teacher: One Woman’s Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching

An interview with Australian author Gabbie Stroud

By Sue Phillips, 27 March 2019

“It’s almost as if our system doesn’t need a reformation, it needs a re-creation. It’s like we need to dismantle it and start again from the ground up.”

Two hundred attend meeting on the struggle against fascism at Leipzig Book Fair

By our reporters, 26 March 2019

David North and Christoph Vandreier addressed a Saturday public meeting on “The lessons of the 1930s and the struggle against the far right today,” organised by Mehring Verlag at the Leipzig Book Fair.

“Brexit is a shambles—it will affect so many people in many ways”

By our reporters, 25 March 2019

Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site spoke to demonstrators at Saturday’s anti-Brexit protest in London.

206 Leipzig meeting interviews

25 March 2019

London’s Foyles Bookshop: Attendees discuss UK launch of Why Are They Back?

By our reporters, 20 March 2019

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to attendees at the launch of the English-language edition of  Why Are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany at London’s Foyles bookshop.

“Think of how many lives and families were ruined”

Autoworkers react to new UAW corruption charges

By Marcus Day, 19 March 2019

The announcement of charges against former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell has provoked widespread disgust and anger among workers.

“Yellow vest” protesters support revolutionary movement in Algeria

By our reporters, 19 March 2019

At protests coinciding with the end of Macron’s fraudulent “grand debate,” “yellow vests” supported the developing struggle by Algerian workers and youth.

Victimized Indian autoworker and leader of fight to free framed-up workers speaks to WSWS:

Jailing the Maruti Suzuki workers for life “is meant to encourage the capitalists to further enslave the working class”

By our reporters, 18 March 2019

Jitender Dhankhar—a victimized Maruti Suzuki worker and leader of the fight to free the 13 of his former co-workers at the Manesar car assembly plant who have been jailed for life on frame-up charges—has provided the following interview to the World Socialist Web Site.

Voices at the London Solidarity Vigil in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

“We owe so much to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks”

By our reporters, 13 March 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday’s Solidarity Vigil outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London to demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Algerians in France protest in solidarity with strike wave in Algeria

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 12 March 2019

On Sunday, Algerians organised protests again in Paris and Marseille, a week after a protest of 1,000 Algerians took place in Montreal, Canada.

Workers and young people speak out at Melbourne rally to free Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 12 March 2019

“If Julian doesn’t receive freedom, if Chelsea Manning is not released, then we are going down a slippery slope.”

More voices from the Sydney Free Assange rally and Brisbane Livestream meeting

By our reporters, 6 March 2019

“We need to demand of the government, ‘what are you going to do to assist Julian now?’ We should not be beating around the bush because his life is in danger.”

Workers and youth speak out at Free Assange rally in Sydney

By our reporters, 5 March 2019

“People want to bring him home so he can continue his work of bringing these corporate and government criminals to justice.”

“We always have money for wars but not for public education”

Oakland teachers and students speak as strike reaches critical juncture

By our reporters, 28 February 2019

Teachers, students and other workers expressed their determination to fight on the fifth day of the strike by 3,000 educators in Oakland, California.

Australian workers and youth support March 3 and March 10 rallies demanding freedom for Assange

By our reporters, 28 February 2019

“I’m going on March 3 and I think everyone should come because we need to take action to free Assange and end war.”

“My story belongs to every single human being who has sacrificed and risked their life in search of a better life”

Mexican migrant details harrowing journey across the Sonoran desert following deportation

By Angel Andres and Anthony del Olmo, 20 February 2019

The threats posed by an unforgiving terrain and climate are only a portion of the dangerous landscape that is filled with the Mexican police, cartel thugs and the US border patrol.

Australian youth defend WikiLeaks and support demonstrations to free Julian Assange

By our reporters, 20 February 2019

“I’m going to come to the rally to defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press”—Adam, University of NSW.

Striking Denver teachers speak out

By Rebecca Decario, 13 February 2019

On the second day of their strike, teachers picketing at East High School described the inherent inequalities of merit pay.

“We have to stand up and learn how to be strong on our own”

Workers at February 9 protest discuss fight against GM closings

By our reporters, 12 February 2019

Autoworkers explained why they attended the demonstration and the strategic demands raised by the march, including the fight for rank-and-file committees and the unity of US, Canadian and Mexican workers.

Australian workers and youth support March rallies in defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 5 February 2019

“I support the rally to free Assange. It is important for us to hold this protest to show that we will not tolerate any further attack on our democratic rights.”

Striking Tamil Nadu teachers denounce state and central governments

By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 25 January 2019

Protesting teachers told WSWS that all the parliamentary parties have inflicted similar attacks on pay and conditions.

“It was rushed. It was a farce”

Los Angeles teachers livid over union’s betrayal of strike

By Kimie Saito, 25 January 2019

Teachers spoke out on how the United Teachers Los Angeles pushed through a contract vote on a deal that abandoned their most critical demands.

“The union sold us out”

Chicago UPS drivers angered by Teamsters sellout contract

By George Marlowe, 25 January 2019

UPS drivers and warehouse workers in Chicago are opposed to the pro-company contracts imposed by the Teamsters across the country and are looking to mount a fight.

An Oklahoma teacher speaks on the Los Angeles educators strike

By Andrea Peters, 23 January 2019

“Education is just underfunded,” emphasized an Oklahoma teacher who participated in the strike last April and spoke to the WSWS about her support for LA teachers.

Amid growing calls by workers for an international struggle

Companies, union appeal for federal intervention against strike in Matamoros

By our reporters, 23 January 2019

The ruling class is desperate to prevent millions of workers in the rest of Mexico and internationally from adopting the example of Matamoros.

23 January 2019

23 January 2019

Growing signs of worker resistance to US government shutdown

By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2019

A TSA representative reported Wednesday that increasing numbers are explicitly stating that their refusal to come into work is due to financial hardship.

This walkout should be nationwide

Los Angeles teachers, students and parents speak out on first day of strike

By our reporters, 15 January 2019

Teachers and their supporters denounced the bipartisan attack on public education and supported the call by the WSWS Teacher Newsletter to expand the strike throughout California and the US.

New York City public housing residents in the South Bronx without heat for a decade

By Katy Kinner, 14 January 2019

During the winter months, New York City’s social misery is on full display as public housing residents live without reliable heat or hot water.

Widespread support for Los Angeles teacher strike as unions seek to block statewide struggle

By our reporters, 11 January 2019

Students, parents and workers expressed their support for Los Angeles teachers who are determined to walk out for improved wages and to oppose the drive to dismantle public education.

Portland State University threatens to fire Peter Boghossian for authoring “Grievance Studies” hoax

By Eric London, 10 January 2019

Boghossian has faced threats and intimidation after Portland State found he violated ethical obligations in the October 2018 study exposing the bankruptcy of postmodernism and identity politics.

Sri Lankan plantation workers oppose company-union attempts to impose sell-out

By our reporters, 8 January 2019

There is widespread hostility to the plans for a new collective agreement that would reject workers’ demand for a 100 percent wage rise.

Evacuated Opal Tower residents in Australia express anger and dismay

By our reporters, 8 January 2019

Residents of Opal Tower in Sydney have been living in temporary accommodation since the discovery of large broken concrete panels in the building.

Amazon worker describes brutal conditions at Tracy, California warehouse during Camp Fire

By Evan Blake, 3 January 2019

Amazon workers in Tracy were forced to continue laboring in the smoke-filled air produced by the fire, making working conditions even worse than usual.

Federal worker: “Democrats are just as eager as Republicans to victimize immigrants”

By our reporters, 27 December 2018

The WSWS spoke with federal workers locked out as a result of the US government shutdown.

“I decided that something was wrong with the world and not me”

College loan debt and the life of an adjunct professor

By Nancy Hanover, 27 December 2018

An adjunct community college professor speaks to the WSWS about the impossible situation faced by so many college instructors.

Workers in South Australian city devastated by GM plant closure support US autoworkers’ struggle

By Robert Campion and Mike Head, 21 December 2018

A WSWS reporting team found strong support in Elizabeth for Detroit autoworkers’ decision to fight plant closures.

Central American asylum seekers forced to wait for months at US-Mexico border

By Norisa Diaz, 19 December 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with a number of Honduran immigrants in Tijuana who have fled poverty, extortion, and death threats from gangs in their home country.

UPS workers describe company reign of terror in wake of Teamsters sellout

By Will Morrow, 19 December 2018

It is more than two months since the Teamsters union illegitimately ratified a sellout, five-year national labor contract covering a quarter of a million UPS workers.

UK workers, young people defend Yellow Vest protests in France: “I only wish that we could do it here as well!”

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to workers and youth in Britain who support the Yellow Vest protests in France.

Brazilian auto workers denounce union blackout of GM’s planned factory closures

By WSWS reporting team, 11 December 2018

Workers at Brazil’s oldest functioning auto plant outside of São Paulo expressed concern over the global implications of GM’s restructuring plans.

Autoworkers at Detroit public meeting: “Rank-and-file committees of the working class are the answer”

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

Workers expressed their support for a campaign to build new organizations of struggle, independent of the United Auto Workers, to lead a fight against all plant closures.

Lordstown, Ohio workers condemn GM’s planned factory closures

By our reporters, 7 December 2018

Workers report that the closure of the Lordstown assembly plant will have a devastating impact on an area that has already been hit hard by decades of deindustrialization.

“We stand with you because all of us are in the same fight”

US autoworkers express class solidarity with French workers

By Jerry White, 6 December 2018

The determination of the “yellow vest” protesters in the face of state repression by the French government has inspired workers in the United States and around the world.

San Diego workers and youth speak out in defense of refugees at US-Mexico border

By our reporters, 4 December 2018

American and Mexican citizens alike defended the migrant caravan and condemned the tear gas fired by the Border Patrol.

“Well-paid journalists have become gormless cyphers of the propaganda of war”

John Pilger discusses his “The Power of the Documentary” film festival

By Richard Phillips, 3 December 2018

Veteran journalist and filmmaker John Pilger spoke with the WSWS last week about his film festival and the political issues confronting serious journalists today.

Founder of Kansas City group whose food for homeless was destroyed by health department speaks out

By Josh Varlin, 30 November 2018

Nellie McCool spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about a raid earlier this month by Kansas City, Missouri, police and health officials on a picnic put on by her group Free Hot Soup.

General Motors worker on job cuts: “This is all about corporate greed”

Detroit-Hamtramck autoworkers want to fight against plant closures

By our reporters, 28 November 2018

Workers expressed their contempt for the UAW, which did not even bother to turn up at the plant for the first shift since the announcement.

“Workers in the US, Mexico and Korea should all stand up”

Lordstown GM autoworkers oppose shutdown and mass layoffs

By our reporters, 27 November 2018

Yesterday’s announcement by General Motors that it will slash 14,700 jobs has triggered shock and outrage among workers.