United States

Twitter ends suspension of IYSSE account after widespread opposition

By our reporter, 20 November 2020

The effective ban on the youth movement of the Socialist Equality Party was overturned after statements of opposition from prominent defenders of democratic rights, including Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters, along with workers and young people around the world.

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20 November 2020

Peaceful antiwar protesters sentenced to federal prison terms during pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 19 November 2020

Three antinuclear war protesters—members of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven group—were sentenced to between 10-14 months in federal prison last week amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.

“The wolf is at the door”: Missouri hospital heads plead for state action to stem the pandemic

By Cole Michaels and Kristina Betinis, 19 November 2020

As the St. Louis area sees record hospitalizations, local mitigation measures have been partial and limited, and Republican leaders are scheming to prevent workers from suing their employers for COVID-19 exposure.

Vote breakdown shows class interests, not race, drove Trump’s defeat in Midwest “battleground” states

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2020

An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump.

Former Sheriff David Clarke calls for Proud Boys chapter in Wisconsin

By Chase Lawrence, 19 November 2020

Clarke spoke at a Milwaukee County Republican event on Saturday, along with Republican State Senator Chris Kapenga.

999 San Diego educators

19 November 2020

Whitmer keeps Michigan K-8 schools and factories open despite record COVID-19 surge

By Zac Corrigan, 19 November 2020

New restrictions on public gatherings exclude K-8 in-person education as well as all factories and workplaces, all major vectors for the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

States certifying Biden victory despite Trump lawsuits, recount demands

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2020

The effective cutoff date for Trump’s efforts to overturn the election through the courts is Dec. 8, when states submit their lists of presidential electors to the federal government.

Twelve million to lose unemployment benefits in December

By Jacob Crosse, 19 November 2020

Seeking to blackmail workers back into dangerous workplaces, Congress continues to ignore the plight of millions of unemployed people left without aid.

999 Portland homeless to be turned away from winter shelters due to covid

19 November 2020

New York City educators and parents must take control over online learning! Schools must stay closed until the pandemic is contained!

By New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 November 2020

Our committee warns that the closure of schools is a temporary maneuver and we call on educators, parents and students to demand no resumption of in-person learning until a proven vaccine has been verified and distributed free of charge.

Over 800 nurses strike Philadelphia area hospital for improved staffing

By Samuel Davidson, 19 November 2020

The strike by nurses at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is the latest to demand safe staffing levels during the pandemic.

Louisville Metro Police Department and city officials implicated in cover-up of child sexual abuse ring

By Dominic Gustavo, 19 November 2020

The department concealed and then destroyed at least 738,000 records documenting the sexual abuse of minors in a youth program designed for children and teens who aspire to be police officers.

A revealing report on the mid-March financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 19 November 2020

The most significant feature of the crisis was that it struck at the very foundations of the global financial system—the $20 trillion US government bond market—as Treasuries were sold off.

Growing support among workers for shutdown of nonessential production as US death toll tops 250,000

By Jerry White, 19 November 2020

Anger among workers is boiling over as corporations keep operating even though COVID-19 infections are spreading uncontrollably throughout factories and other workplaces.

Vote breakdown shows class interests, not race, drove Trump’s defeat in Midwest “battleground” states

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2020

An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump.

Number of children diagnosed with COVID-19 in the US surpasses one million

By Alex Findijs, 19 November 2020

Most of the infections have come after the reopening of schools, highlighting the dangers of in-person instruction during the pandemic.

Faurecia auto parts workers join calls for national shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives

By Tim Rivers, 18 November 2020

Workers at the Faurecia plant in Saline, Michigan, southwest of Detroit, contacted the World Socialist Web Site over the weekend to expose the way in which their company suppresses information about the spread of disease.

Situation critical as COVID-19 spreads through US auto plants

By Shannon Jones, 18 November 2020

Workers are daily reporting the spread of COVID-19 cases in auto plants, with an apparent major outbreak now reported at the Ford Avon Lake, Ohio facility.

Hunger and evictions surge in the US

By Jacob Crosse, 18 November 2020

As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, food lines snake for miles, and eviction filings increase across the country, Congress refuses to pass emergency jobless aid.

Facebook censors IYSSE online meeting about Trump coup threat

By Kevin Reed, 18 November 2020

The blocking of a meeting about the post-election coup plotting of Donald Trump from being posted on Facebook is an example of the intensification of political censorship being carried out by the social media platforms against left-wing and socialist organizations and publishers.

Second wave of coronavirus pandemic hits New York and New Jersey

By Josh Varlin, 18 November 2020

Amid the worst-hit regions in the world during the spring, COVID-19 is resurging in New York and New Jersey.

999 Interactive map shows workplace outbreaks in Illinois

18 November 2020

Biden recruits unions to keep workplaces open as pandemic surges

By Jerry White, 18 November 2020

Biden held an online discussion Monday with top executives from GM, Microsoft and other corporations, along with the leaders of the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers and other unions.

999 California voters reject affirmative action proposition

18 November 2020

Canada’s union-backed NDP champions close ties with a Biden administration, opposition to China

By Roger Jordan, 18 November 2020

The NDP has signalled its support for expanding Canada’s longstanding military-strategic partnership with US imperialism under a Joe Biden–led Democratic Party administration.

Amid electoral coup plot, Trump threatens catastrophic war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2020

The bombing of Natanz or any other Iranian nuclear facility would be a war crime of world historic proportions.

999 Louisville police hid 750k records on sexual abuse

18 November 2020

Justice Department attorney tells appeals court the government can kill US citizens without judicial review

By Harvey Simpkins, 18 November 2020

The Trump administration’s despotic assertion of the right to kill people, including US citizens, without any judicial review is a continuation and extension of powers asserted and acted upon by the Obama administration.

Homicide investigation under way after weeks of police negligence in the death of black Louisiana teen

By Aaron Murch, 18 November 2020

Quawan Charles, 15, was found dead in a field days after police ignored his family’s please to report him missing.

New York Governor Cuomo keeps schools open despite rising COVID-19 positivity rate

By Alberto Escalera, 18 November 2020

Schools will remain open in New York City Wednesday despite the positivity rate reaching 3.2 percent Tuesday, with the latest data showing a 2.74 percent seven-day rolling average infection rate in the city.

End the coverup of the outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant! Stop nonessential production with full pay for workers to contain the pandemic!

By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 18 November 2020

All non-essential production must stop to contain the current outbreak, which is on pace to be even worse than in the spring.

999 California voters reject affirmative action proposition

17 November 2020

Morenoites dismiss Trump coup attempt, while sowing illusions in Biden

By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2020

The Morenoites’ Izquierda Diaro has lined up with the Democrats in dismissing Trump’s attempt to nullify the US election as of no significance.

As COVID-19 spreads in workplaces, US autoworkers call for emergency action to save lives

By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2020

US auto plants have become major vectors for the spread of COVID-19, yet auto executives, the UAW union and government officials at every level are determined to continue full production no matter what the cost to life.

Windstorm leaves hundreds of thousands without power across the northeastern and midwestern US

By Kathleen Martin, 17 November 2020

The storm wreaked havoc on the country’s shoddy power grid Sunday, leaving masses of people and businesses without electricity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Biden names pro-war think tank and former Pentagon officials to transition team

By Ray Coleman and Nick Barrickman, 17 November 2020

Over one-third of the members of Biden’s defense transition team are drawn from foreign policy think tanks funded by military contractors or are former national security officials.

Johnson government in meltdown after Biden US election victory

By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2020

Johnson’s government was blown apart last week, as the pro-EU Biden’s victory resulted in the departure from Downing Street of the prime minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings and Director of Communications Lee Cain.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos congratulates Biden as the president-elect packs his transition teams with servants of the corporate oligarchy

By Tom Carter, 17 November 2020

Tom Sullivan, Amazon’s director of international tax planning, will sit on Biden’s Department of State team, while Mark Schwartz, an “enterprise strategist” for Amazon Web Services, will serve on the Office of Management and Budget team.

Boeing announces 7,000 additional layoffs

By Steve Filips, 17 November 2020

Boeing intends to make these cuts despite receiving $17 billion in federal bailout money earlier in the year.

999 Biden's economic plan

17 November 2020

With Malabar exercise, Quad emerging as US-led, anti-China military alliance

By Shuvu Batta and Keith Jones, 17 November 2020

The Indian Ocean exercise is a clear signal that the US and its Quad allies—India, Japan and Australia—are now seeking to develop the capacity and expertise for joint military planning and action, including combat, against China.

999 Interactive map shows workplace outbreaks in Illinois

17 November 2020

US food banks and homeless shelters struggle to meet record demand ahead of Thanksgiving

By Alex Findijs, 17 November 2020

The economic disaster triggered by the pandemic has placed an ever increasing burden on food banks and charities to meet the growing demand for food aid.

What would a Biden administration mean for public education?

By Renae Cassimeda, 17 November 2020

An understanding of what a Biden administration would have in store for educators requires a sober appraisal of the record of the Obama-Biden administration, the president-elect’s program and the class interests that Biden and the Democratic Party serve.

Trump adviser calls for people to “rise up” against coronavirus restrictions

By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2020

The top White House coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, called for the people of Michigan to “rise up” against the new public health measures announced by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan university’s ‘Veteran’s Promise’ exploits economic crisis to promote military recruitment

By Luke Galvin, 17 November 2020

In effect, the plan simultaneously throws support behind the parasitic recruitment policies of the US military while attempting to boost enrollment numbers at the school.

Utah teachers stage wildcat sickout to demand COVID-19 testing, online instruction as cases soar

By Kayla Costa and David Fitzgerald, 17 November 2020

Teachers in Utah conducted a sickout strike opposed by the union to demand an end to in-person instruction as the pandemic spreads uncontrolled.

Michigan governor announces emergency measures as COVID-19 surges throughout the state

By Kevin Reed, 16 November 2020

On Sunday evening, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced temporary and limited restrictions in response to the exponential rise in coronavirus cases over the past week across the state.

The pandemic and Trump’s plots

By Joseph Kishore, 16 November 2020

Three events over the past three days cast light on the character of Trump’s post-election conspiracies and the social and economic interests driving them.

A conversation with musician, producer Fabrizio Grossi about the pandemic and its impact: “Short of a global revolution, I don’t see a solution”

By Marc Wells and David Walsh, 16 November 2020

Fabrizio Grossi is a veteran bassist, producer and music consultant, sometimes referred to in the media as “legendary.”

Texas educators demand fully online learning to save lives

By Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 November 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic tears across Texas, teachers, education workers and parents call for a broad struggle to protect their lives and those of students.

999 Interactive map shows workplace outbreaks in Illinois

16 November 2020

As US COVID-19 cases top 11 million, Biden aides reject new lockdown to save lives

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2020

The United States is entering the winter season with coronavirus numbers hitting records in 45 states.

Toledo Coca-Cola workers continue strike over unsafe conditions and rising health care costs

By Katy Kinner, 16 November 2020

While the union wants to limit the strike to a set of minimal and vague demands, anger is growing among workers over low wages, unsafe conditions amidst the pandemic and rising health care costs.

Auto parts company ordered to pay $1.5 million following death of Alabama worker

By Aaron Murch, 16 November 2020

Ajin, a Korean parts manufacturer, was ordered to pay over a million dollars in fines and settlements after a 20-year-old contract worker was killed after safety procedures were blatantly ignored.

After pledging to “defund the police,” Minneapolis City Council votes to increase police funding

By Anthony Bertolt, 16 November 2020

The Democratic Party-dominated Minneapolis City Council voted 7-6 Friday to approve a $500,000 funding increase to hire outside officers to augment the city’s police force.

“If Whitmer were really concerned about COVID-19, she would never have allowed manufacturing to re-open”

Sterling Heights Assembly workers demand shutdown as coronavirus spreads in factories throughout US

By Tom Hall, 16 November 2020

Michigan’s governor announced new lockdowns exempting manufacturing, while new signs emerged of major outbreaks at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights assembly and stamping plants and other Detroit-area factories.

Citing illegal appointment of acting Homeland Security secretary, judge invalidates Trump’s restrictions on DACA program

By Jacob Crosse, 16 November 2020

It is entirely possible that the acting DHS secretary will be confirmed by the Senate and the restrictions he had imposed will be allowed to proceed, paving the way for the deportation of thousands of young people.

Closure of Louisiana’s Shell Convent Refinery will impact 1,100 jobs and create economic hardship

By James Langley, 16 November 2020

The refinery is being closed as part of a corporate-wide restructuring triggered by falling oil demand due to the pandemic.

Prisoners load bodies into mobile morgues in El Paso, Texas as COVID-19 infections skyrocket

By Benjamin Mateus, 16 November 2020

The winter surge in the US is well underway, with fatalities climbing as hospital systems from one region to the next reach capacity.

The Crisis Elections: 1860 & 2020

15 November 2020

An online meeting with historians James Oakes, Richard Carwardine and Tom Mackaman. Moderated by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.

“We’ve got to take matters into our own hands”

Victimized “Teachers Against Dying” Facebook group founder discusses the struggle facing educators

By Evan Blake, 15 November 2020

Michael Hull, the founder of the Facebook group “Teachers Against Dying,” recently spoke with the WSWS about the conditions facing educators and the growing opposition to in-person learning amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

New York City schools likely to close as pandemic surges

By Alberto Escalera, 14 November 2020

With the rise in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths throughout the region, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Friday of a likely suspension of in-person learning at public schools as early as next week.

999 Interactive map shows workplace outbreaks in Illinois

14 November 2020

Sri Lankan government and opposition greet US president-elect Joe Biden

By K. Ratnayake, 14 November 2020

US governments are hostile to the cash-strapped Colombo regime increasingly looking for financial assistance from China.

US health care workers demand strike action to address understaffing, low pay as pandemic crisis deepens

By Alex Johnson, 14 November 2020

Mass resistance among nurses and other health care workers against the criminal policies of hospital conglomerates and governments is erupting across the United States.

Record breaking surge of the pandemic pushing US health care workers to the edge

By Benjamin Mateus, 14 November 2020

The mounting surge in new infections is placing immense strain on health care workers and the health systems as they scramble to manage a rapidly growing number of new admissions to hospitals across the nation.

Another 709,000 file for unemployment in the US as evictions resume, food lines grow and job cuts continue

By Jacob Crosse, 14 November 2020

Massive job losses in education, coupled with the expiration of unemployment benefits, has left millions on the brink of destitution.

Auto parts worker crushed by massive manufacturing mold at plant north of Detroit

By Valery Tsekov, 14 November 2020

Forty-two year old worker David Spano died Tuesday after a massive manufacturing mold fell on him at Romeo RIM in suburban Detroit.

After endorsing neofascist rally in DC

Trump signals continuation of election coup at White House appearance

By Barry Grey, 14 November 2020

Trump’s Rose Garden appearance Friday was meant to signal a continuation of his unprecedented and unconstitutional effort to overturn the results of the presidential election.

999 Defense contractors support a Biden administration

14 November 2020

999 Closure of Shell Convent refinery

14 November 2020

999 What Biden administration would mean for public education

14 November 2020

Corporate damage control: Detroit News parrots management, UAW lies about COVID safety conditions at US auto plants

By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2020

The piece is a shameless attempt at damage control as the real situation, which is being documented by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, is spiraling out of control.

Tropical Storm Eta causes widespread flooding in southeastern US as record-setting hurricane season continues

By J. L’Heureau, 14 November 2020

After devastating large swathes of Central America and Southern Mexico last week, the storm system named Eta, the 28th of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, made two separate landfalls in Florida this week.

999 GVSU military article

14 November 2020

Is Trump plotting a war against Iran?

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2020

Refusing to accept electoral defeat, and having purged the top ranks of the Pentagon, there is a growing danger that the US president will launch a “December surprise” in the form of a war against Iran.

Workers’ lives are worth more than corporate profits!

Workers must stop production to contain coronavirus outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant!

By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 November 2020

At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.

Overwhelming police presence used to intimidate Northwestern University protest

By Andy Thompson, 14 November 2020

Police in riot gear outnumbered protesters by almost two to one.

The mental health of young adults is being ravaged by the pandemic—the suffering needs to stop

By Kate Randall, 13 November 2020

Many months into the pandemic, with a surge in COVID-19 cases affecting virtually every US state, a new study shows that there is a veritable tsunami of depression flooding over the nation’s young adult population.

“COVID-19 is out of control at the Tipton plant”

Workers report dangerous outbreak at Fiat Chrysler transmission factory in Indiana

By Jerry White, 13 November 2020

Workers are reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 which is being covered up by FCA management and the United Auto Workers union.

Immigrant women who accused ICE doctor of forced sterilization deported from the United States

By Kevin Martinez, 13 November 2020

One of the women who spoke to federal investigators was told only hours later by ICE that the hold on her deportation had been removed and that her removal was “imminent.”

Belly of the Beast: The cruelty of forced sterilization in America

By Joanne Laurier, 13 November 2020

Belly of the Beast is a documentary on practices carried out at female penitentiaries in California.

Growing opposition among educators forces closure of schools as pandemic spreads

By Evan Blake, 13 November 2020

Whatever their tactical maneuvers, the Democratic Party is equally beholden to Wall Street and will reopen schools as soon as they deem it politically viable.

999 New York schools and the pandemic

13 November 2020

As San Diego County coronavirus cases surge, schools and non-essential businesses remain open

By Melody Isley, 13 November 2020

While San Diego has entered into California’s supposedly more restrictive ‘purple tier,’ officials are appealing the designation, business owners are pledging to defy orders and schools remain open.

State University of New York publishes spring 2021 semester plans

By Alex Findijs, 13 November 2020

Despite clear signs that SUNY’s policies were not working, the new plan for the spring is hardly an improvement. Most of the core points in the plan have already been in effect or add little to the existing precautions.

Nurses in North Dakota pressured to work despite being infected with COVID-19

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 November 2020

Nurses in North Dakota infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic will be “allowed” to continue working rather than quarantine, regardless of the hazards posed for both patients and nurses.

Trump campaign presses demands to suppress millions of votes

By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2020

The main targets of the phony “vote fraud” complaints are Pennsylvania and Michigan, both won by Democratic candidate Joe Biden by sizable margins.

999 Parts worker crushed to death

13 November 2020

Leading NYPD officer caught posting racist, fascistic messages online

By Shuvu Batta, 13 November 2020

James Kobel, a 28-year veteran of the NYPD, was suspended from his post as head of the NYPD Equal Employment Opportunity Division.

Post-US election rally of US/UK pseudo-left hears praise for dragging neo-liberalism’s corpse “across the finishing line”

By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2020

The British pseudo-left are indifferent to the crisis facing American workers. Their sole interest in the US election is how they can utilise it to justify their own rotten scheming with the Labour Party right-wing.

999 Wrist slap fine four years after auto parts worker death

13 November 2020

State attorney general reports:

Michigan conspirators planned to storm capitol, conduct livestream executions, lock legislators inside and burn building down

By Eric London, 13 November 2020

A Michigan attorney general filing states the plotters planned “to take hostages, execute tyrants and have it televised.”

999 Sunday meeting announcement

13 November 2020

999 Portland homeless to be turned away from winter shelters due to covid

13 November 2020

Trump packs Pentagon with right-wing loyalists

By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2020

The wholesale shakeup in the Pentagon leadership is one of the most ominous features of Trump’s bid to annul the results of the 2020 elections.

UK’s Brexit conflict reignited by US election crisis

By Thomas Scripps, 12 November 2020

Biden is expected to return to America’s traditional approach of pushing its interests within the European Union.