United States

Facebook deploying teams with advanced censorship tools in advance of the US election

By Kevin Reed, 27 October 2020

Citing concerns over election-related “chaos” and “violence,” Facebook is preparing—in collaboration with the US intelligence state—advanced software tools for implementing a censorship regime during November 3 and its aftermath.

999 Trump admin admits to herd immunity policy

27 October 2020

999 Border militia ties to Trump plotting

27 October 2020

Automation drive accelerates in meatpacking industry in response to coronavirus pandemic

By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 October 2020

The drive for automation no doubt has the potential to free workers from laborious and life-threatening tasks, particularly during a pandemic, but the result of automation under capitalism is to increase the exploitation of workers through layoffs, speedup and wage cuts.

999 The New York Times embraces censorship

27 October 2020

Twenty-nine outbreaks reported in K-12 schools as COVID-19 rips through Michigan

By Zac Corrigan, 27 October 2020

Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

A week before the US Presidential election, USPS management pushes forward unprecedented attacks on mail-in balloting

By Shuvu Batta, 27 October 2020

With the US Presidential election one week away, the United States Postal Service, led by GOP mega-donor Louis DeJoy, has ramped up the drive to privatization and to place a cloud over mail-in balloting.

Right-wing recall campaign seeks to remove Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant from Seattle City Council

By Kayla Costa, 27 October 2020

The campaign to recall Kshama Sawant is led by the Democratic Party with the active support of Republican and far-right elements.

Trump escalates coup plotting with swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2020

The installation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, without significant resistance by the Democrats, is a key step in Trump’s plans to hijack the presidential election.

999 AOC subordinates herself to Biden on CNN

27 October 2020

Whose Vote Counts, Explained: Netflix series examines voting rights in America

By Fred Mazelis, 26 October 2020

Like all basic democratic rights, the right to vote can only be defended through the independent political struggle of the working class.

Study of New York City transit workers spotlights pandemic’s ongoing physical and emotional toll

By Daniel de Vries, 26 October 2020

The findings were dismissed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an effort cover up the risk of a full-scale reopening of the city.

White House makes clear, “We’re not going to control the pandemic”

By Benjamin Mateus, 26 October 2020

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” talk show, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made clear that the Trump administration has abandoned any effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I would love to see a national strike.”

Houston teachers speak out on their wildcat sickout strike

By Chase Lawrence, 26 October 2020

In interviews with the WSWS, teachers denounced the return to in-person instruction and spoke in favor of building independent rank-and-file safety committees to halt in-person instruction.

ICE uses torture to pressure African asylum seekers to agree to deportation

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 October 2020

In a blatant violation of international law and the US constitution, ICE officials in the privately run detention center in Mississippi have been forcing asylum seekers from Cameroon to sign their own deportation forms and quickly shipping them back on secret flights.

999 The New York Times embraces censorship

26 October 2020

Mercenary group sued for hiring armed poll watchers for election day in Minnesota

By Kevin Martinez, 26 October 2020

The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota is suing Atlas Aegis for recruiting former Special Operations personnel to patrol polling places.

999 US election developments

26 October 2020

Activist with ties to Ohio Republican legislators plotted to kidnap and kill Governor Mike DeWine

By Eric London, 24 October 2020

Renea Turner is a Trump supporter linked to a group of state legislators who have threatened to impeach DeWine or have him “arrested” for his coronavirus lockdown actions.

With nearly a half-million COVID cases daily, WHO warns world is at a critical juncture

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 October 2020

With daily COVID-19 cases reaching nearly one-half million, the WHO warns if measures are not immediately taken to stem the exponential growth of the pandemic the health crisis will become catastrophic.

Thousands of furloughed US aviation workers see no relief from US Congress

By Steve Filips, 24 October 2020

Tens of thousands of airline workers remain furloughed as relief remains stalled in by US Congress.

As US election approaches, New York Times intensifies its anti-Russia disinformation campaign

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 24 October 2020

The propaganda campaign by the Times and US intelligence agencies is aimed at fighting out conflicts within the ruling class over foreign policy while distracting attention from Trump’s ongoing conspiracies.

Detroit City government insists demolitions go forward, ignoring health dangers and unmet housing needs

By James Brookfield and Debra Watson, 24 October 2020

The City of Detroit is pushing ahead with its home demolition program despite a critical shortage of affordable housing.

As COVID-19 hospitalizations spike by over 80 percent statewide

“Entire healthcare system at risk of another capacity crisis,” warn leading Michigan doctors in open letter

By Zac Corrigan, 24 October 2020

The letter was signed by 28 Chief Medical Officers and Chief Clinical Officers across Michigan, representing 110 of the state’s 137 hospitals.

Protests erupt in Waukegan, Illinois after fatal police shooting of teenager

By Brian Green, 24 October 2020

Protesters in the city north of Chicago are calling for justice and answers after police killed 19-year-old Marcellis Stinette and wounded his girlfriend Tafarra Williams.

Boogaloo adherent charged by FBI with shooting Minneapolis police precinct during George Floyd protests

By Jacob Crosse, 24 October 2020

Ivan Hunter, 26, is charged with inciting a riot; the affidavit also alleges Hunter communicated with several other boogaloo boys currently facing federal prosecution.

Chicago officials plan to reopen schools for 20,000 students

By Michael Walters, 24 October 2020

The plan to shift from online learning to a daily in-person schedule was announced as Illinois’ seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate surpassed five percent for the first time since early June.

Catastrophic job losses continue in the US as nearly 800,000 new unemployment claims reported

By Jacob Crosse, 23 October 2020

Over 65 million claims have been filed since mid-March as state and federal assistance expires for millions.

Support for socialism jumps by nearly 10 percent among US youth amid pandemic depression

By David Fitzgerald and Gabriel Black, 23 October 2020

These statistics quantitatively express a significant shift in political mood and perspective that has occurred over just the last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the US and the world.

Ten years since WikiLeaks and Julian Assange published the Iraq War Logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 October 2020

The publication was an imperishable contribution to the fight against imperialist militarism, for which the war criminals and their political representatives have never forgiven Assange.

“The plant is a powder keg”

Fiat Chrysler covered up dozens of infections and two deaths at Jefferson North Assembly Plant

By Shannon Jones, 23 October 2020

According to a leaked report, there have been about 60 COVID infections at the FCA Jefferson North plant and at least two workers have died since May.

GM announces new investments in electric vehicles as job cuts loom

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2020

General Motors announced a major $2 billion investment plan to build electric vehicles at six US plants last week, stating that the investment will not include new jobs.

Final presidential debate: Candidates silent on Trump threat of political coup

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2020

The candidates made no reference to the plot to assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer or the growing threat of fascist violence encouraged by the White House.

It is all just a metaphor: The New York Times attempts yet another desperate defense of its discredited 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 23 October 2020

In spite of Times editor Jake Silverstein’s deletion of the “true founding” claim and his other word changes, the Times’ essential position remains the same: The American Revolution was a retrograde event in which the defense of slavery was the primary motivation.

Goldman Sachs fined $2.9 billion over role in 1MDB corruption case

By Nick Beams, 23 October 2020

The case involved the embezzlement of billions of dollars from the 1MDB fund, including by two Goldman bankers.

Over 100 teachers launch wildcat sickout strike in Houston

By Chase Lawrence and Evan Blake, 23 October 2020

The drive by Texas Democrats to reopen Houston schools coincides with the platform of the Biden-Harris campaign, which fraudulently claim that this can be done “safely” while the pandemic spirals out of control.

Trump storms out of interview when asked about ties to Michigan conspiracy

By Eric London, 23 October 2020

By walking out of the interview with 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl, Trump revealed that he views the fascist plot as a massive political liability while a new report confirms the threat of fascist election violence.

Record wildfires continue to expand across Colorado

By Anthony del Olmo, 23 October 2020

Colorado erupted this week as the main hotspot for wildfires in the western United States. Firefighting resources are being stretched thin as fires continue to break out late in the season.

Corporate America puts its money on Biden and the Democrats

Part two

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2020

Biden and the Democrats have significantly outraised Trump and the Republicans, with cash from Wall Street and Silicon Valley accounting for much of the difference.

As police continue to disobey orders

Right-wing groups sue Michigan over ban on weapons at polling stations

By Michael Anders, 23 October 2020

Three right-wing organizations have filed a lawsuit to overturn Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s order banning open carry of firearms at polling stations.

Corporate America puts its money on Biden and the Democrats

Part one

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2020

Biden and the Democrats have significantly outraised Trump and the Republicans, with cash from Wall Street and Silicon Valley accounting for much of the difference.

Ten percent of US households face eviction by year’s end

By Katy Kinner, 22 October 2020

As the CDC eviction moratorium order reaches its expiration date on January 1, the eviction and homelessness crisis in the US is heading toward an explosion of unprecedented proportions.

Hundreds of migrant children torn from their families under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy yet to be reunited with parents

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 22 October 2020

More than 500 children who were taken away by the Trump administration as part of its brutal crackdown on undocumented immigrants three years ago are yet to be reunited with their families.

Service employees union shuts down nursing home strike in Detroit suburb

By James McDonald, 22 October 2020

While the details of the agreement have not been published as of this writing, the circumstances in which it was forced through shows it cannot be anything other than a sellout.

Record-breaking Colorado wildfires prompt mass evacuations

By Eddie Haywood, 22 October 2020

The Cameron Peak fire, which ignited on August 13 near Fort Collins, has blazed through more than 200,000 acres, making it the largest wildfire in the state’s history.

Why does Jacobin Magazine downplay the danger of fascist violence?

By Eric London, 22 October 2020

A recent Jacobin article on the Michigan coup plot is aimed at reassuring its readers that there is “nothing to see here.”

Houston schools reopen as COVID-19 surges in Texas

By Emma Arceneaux, 22 October 2020

The push to reopen the largest district in the state, and seventh-largest in the country, takes place as the coronavirus pandemic is raging in Texas, which has over 881,000 confirmed cases and 17,646 deaths, the second highest numbers in the country.

As coronavirus infections spike across Midwest

Excess US deaths during COVID-19 pandemic top 300,000

By Benjamin Mateus, 22 October 2020

The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.

999 Minnesota group recruiting armed militia for poll watching

22 October 2020

999 GM investments

22 October 2020

US Justice Department and eleven states file antitrust lawsuit against Google

By By Kevin Reed, 22 October 2020

The US Department of Justice submitted a lawsuit against Google on Tuesday saying the $1 trillion corporation was in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.

Woman died from COVID-19 on Spirit Airline flight in July

By Chase Lawrence, 22 October 2020

The case was just confirmed this weekend, meaning that the whole cabin, medical crews and many people in the airport were, unbeknownst to themselves, potentially exposed to the deadly pathogen.

Washtenaw County issues stay-at-home order at University of Michigan campus in the wake of campus COVID outbreak

By Jesse Thomas, 21 October 2020

The rise in cases at the University of Michigan follows the shutdown of the graduate student strike last month, which was waged in opposition to the university’s unsafe reopening policy.

Missouri coronavirus infection rates spike, creating havoc in schools, economy

By Cole Michaels, 21 October 2020

As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House’s “herd immunity” policy.

Breonna Taylor grand jury was never given option to indict killer cops

By Jacob Crosse, 21 October 2020

Jurors have begun to come forward to dispute Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s characterization of the grand jury deliberations.

999 Colorado fires

21 October 2020

School nurse dies from COVID-19 as officials in Baltimore–Washington region reopen schools

By Harvey Simpkins, 21 October 2020

The push to reopen Democrat-controlled districts throughout the region is part of a nationwide trend that has been spearheaded in New York City, the largest district in the US.

Fair Wayne Bryant, jailed for life for stealing hedge clippers, granted parole by Louisiana Pardon Board

By Helen Halyard, 21 October 2020

Imprisoned for life at the notorious Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana on one count of attempted simple burglary, he was granted parole by a 3-0 vote of the state Parole Board, after being denied parole on three previous occasions.

Nursing home workers take strike action in Detroit suburb

By Kevin Reed, 21 October 2020

Employees at Four Seasons Rehabilitation and Nursing in Westland, Michigan walked out Monday morning to demand better wages, increased staffing and safe working conditions.

999 Jacobin and Michigan plot

21 October 2020

Northern Virginia Community College faculty and staff speak out about loss of work due to budget crisis

By Dominic Gustavo and Nick Barrickman, 21 October 2020

Professors and student workers in the Virginia Community College System spoke to the IYSSE about their loss of work related to the pandemic

999 Google anti-trust case

21 October 2020

Trump steps up fascist agitation, targeting Fauci

By Barry Grey, 21 October 2020

Fauci has already become a target of far-right Trump supporters. He and his wife have received death threats by email, phone and text message.

Further signs of the “devastating impact” of the pandemic on arts and artists: What are the implications?

By David Walsh, 21 October 2020

The ongoing destruction of the jobs, incomes and aspirations of tens of thousands of artists of every kind in the US and elsewhere has a significance that goes beyond the immediate cultural sphere.

As teachers fight deadly return to school, the DSA runs to the defense of the unions and Democrats

By Tom Hall, 21 October 2020

A recent article in Jacobin magazine makes it clear the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is trying to prevent educators from drawing the necessary conclusion that the fight against unsafe school openings must be organized independently of and in opposition to the unions and the Democratic Party.

999 USPS Update

21 October 2020

999 Fed data show over 100 million Americans out of work

21 October 2020

Federal Reserve data shows over 100 million in US out of labor force

By Jacob Crosse, 21 October 2020

The number reveals that despite claims of a falling unemployment rate, millions remain out of work as Congress refuses to pass coronavirus relief.

Canadian autoworkers’ union rams through job-cutting agreement with Fiat-Chrysler despite strong worker opposition

By Roger Jordan, 21 October 2020

Behind all the hype about jobs “saved,” Unifor is conspiring with the automakers and Canadian and Ontario governments to once again restructure the auto industry at workers’ expense.

Anti-mask zealot arrested after threat to kidnap and kill Democratic mayor of Wichita

By Jacob Crosse, 20 October 2020

Meredith Dowty, 59, was charged with criminal threat after sending text messages to a city official in an attempt to ascertain the mayor’s address to facilitate a kidnapping.

Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 October 2020

Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SUNY Cortland continues pause on in-person instruction following continued outbreak

By Alex Findijs, 20 October 2020

Cortland has already been in a two-week pause after recording more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in a two-week period. School plans to reopen were foiled after a major outbreak days before the end of the temporary pause

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands two-week shutdown to stop coronavirus spread

By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 October 2020

In response to the emergence of a new cluster of coronavirus cases at the factory last week, the Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, founded in August to oppose the spread of the contagion, inhumane working conditions and the systematic victimization of whistleblowers, has issued the following statement.

“COVID is like an active shooter in the building”

New York state teachers describe disaster of school reopening

By Sandy English, 20 October 2020

Three teachers from different parts of New York state spoke with the WSWS about the spread of infections, the stress on teachers and students and indifference of state and local officials.

As threat of militia violence looms

Michigan sheriffs and police refuse to enforce state government ban on guns at polling places

By Eric London, 20 October 2020

Police leaders announced Monday they would not enforce a recent order by the elected secretary of state aimed at preventing fascist militias from interfering with the November election.

US health insurance companies see profits soar while mounting medical bills bankrupt Americans

By Alex Johnson, 20 October 2020

Insurance companies saw their profit margins soar during the first half of this year, while millions of American families are being sent into bankruptcy under the weight of massive medical debts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Support Socialist Equality Party candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz on Colorado ballot

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 20 October 2020

Coloradans have the chance to officially vote for the genuine opposition—SEP candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz.

Democrats call for “patience” as Trump moves forward with coup plot

By Eric London, 20 October 2020

In a position paper issued yesterday, the Democratic Party refused to refer to the ongoing plot against Whitmer and downplayed the threat of dictatorship as “disinformation.”

As outbreaks spread in US, major Democrat-led cities push to reopen schools

By Jerry White and Evan Blake, 20 October 2020

While the Democrats publicly decry President Trump’s blatant indifference to the spread of the virus, in practice they are carrying out the same murderous policy of opening schools amid the raging pandemic.

Socialism and the fight against the pandemic

Labor Notes covers up role of AFT, Democratic Party in betrayal of U of M grad instructors strike

By Judy Ryden and Barry Grey, 20 October 2020

In challenging the back-to-work and back-to-school policy of the university, the grad students entered into what was not simply a trade union but a political struggle. The strike broke out in the midst of the drive by Trump and Democratic governors across the country to reopen the schools and universities.

999 Chrysler-Unifor ratification vote

20 October 2020

Who are the New York Watchmen?

By Alex Findijs, 19 October 2020

The New York Watchmen are a newly formed right-wing militia with close ties to Michael Caputo, the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Trump Administration.

Florida school bus driver dies from COVID-19 weeks before her planned retirement

By Alex Johnson, 19 October 2020

The tragic October 9 death of 66-year old school bus driver Gail Brusseau in Florida has again exposed the homicidal campaign being waged against the working class.

As safety protocols vanish, Fiat Chrysler advises workers “protect your pets from COVID”

By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2020

Management advises workers to protect their pets from COVID-19 as it junks safety measures.

Tennessee educator dies of COVID-19 after governor touts “strong safety measures” in schools

By Our reporters, 19 October 2020

Fifty-three-year old Susan Keener, an educational assistant at Walter Hill Elementary School in Rutherford County, Tennessee, died after being placed on a ventilator due to the contraction of COVID-19 in August.

The Detroit triple murder: What the media doesn’t say

By Jerry White, 19 October 2020

The brutal murders of six-year-old Tai’raz Moore and two other victims in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan shocked residents throughout the metropolitan area.

COVID-19 infections soar in US

By Kate Randall, 19 October 2020

The massive spike in COVID-19 cases is an indication that the US ruling elite’s policy of reopening businesses and schools is already resulting in the surge predicted by public health experts for the fall and winter.

Two US Park Police officers charged in 2017 killing of Virginia motorist Bijan Ghaisar

Nick Barrickman

19 October 2020

Virginia Commonwealth attorneys charged United States Park Police officers Lucas Vinyard and Alejandro Amaya in the fatal shooting.

At Muskegon, Michigan rally

Trump escalates threats of violence and dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2020

In the state where his far-right supporters plotted the assassination of the governor, Trump renewed his appeals to violence and denunciations of socialism.

Forty-three years since the assassination of Tom Henehan (1951-1977)

Tom Henehan: A revolutionary life

By David North, 17 October 2020

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Tom Henehan, a member of the Political Committee of the Workers League—the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party in the US. We are republishing here a tribute delivered by David North at a meeting in 1997.

999 FCA advises workers to social distance from their pets

17 October 2020

999 Trump-Biden town halls

17 October 2020

Alarming spike of COVID-19 infections in Michigan amid ruling class push for “herd immunity”

By Valery Tsekov, 17 October 2020

Several Republican state senators in the Michigan Senate held an online meeting last Saturday, where they discussed steps towards the lifting of mandates to wear masks indoors despite a clear resurgence of the disease.

Twitter and Facebook censor New York Post report on Hunter Biden

By Kevin Reed, 17 October 2020

The social media platforms Twitter and Facebook blocked and suppressed the sharing of links to a news article from the New York Post on Wednesday in a blatant act of online censorship.

Role of Virginia fascists in conspiracy to kill Northam and Whitmer comes into focus

By Eric London, 17 October 2020

Many questions remain as to the possible role of Virginia Boogaloo members and other fascist groups in the expanding plot against Democratic governors.

999 Reports on Insurance profits/medical bills

17 October 2020

Who is Barry County, Michigan Sheriff Dar Leaf?

By Joseph Lorenz, 17 October 2020

The extent of Leaf’s political connections to the fascist groups remain unclear, but his own political history highlights the rise of the far right into the mainstream of US politics and the danger posed by these fascists in the coming period.

US border police attack Native American protest against Arizona border wall

By Adria French, 17 October 2020

Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O’odham lands in southern Arizona.

Democratic Socialists of America goes all in for Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 October 2020

The decision to campaign for Biden violates the decision at the DSA’s own convention to not campaign for any Democratic Party candidate other than Bernie Sanders.

999 USPS update

17 October 2020