United States

Trudeau leads Canadian establishment in hailing Biden's election victory

By Roger Jordan, 12 November 2020

Unlike political leaders in Europe, who for their own reasons have criticized Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, Trudeau and his ministers continue to avoid all comment on the plans of Trump and his Republicans to nullify the election’s outcome.

Maryland governor re-imposes restrictions as COVID-19 cases reach record levels in the Washington, DC region

By Nick Barrickman, 12 November 2020

Daily COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in the past month throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

Flint, Michigan nurse dies from COVID-19

By Sheila Brehm, 12 November 2020

Santa Staples, an operating room nurse at McLaren Hospital who died Saturday, was much loved and respected by co-workers.

As COVID-19 cases explode, Iowa remains “open for business”

By Will Lowery, 12 November 2020

In a state that has seen a 200 percent increase in cases over the last two weeks, the governor’s new regulations fall short of the most basic precautions established in much of the United States. Iowa is being used by the most craven elements of the ruling class as an experiment in herd immunity.

North Dakota reaches 100 percent hospital capacity, tells health care workers to continue working if infected with COVID-19

By Alex Findijs, 12 November 2020

North Dakota is facing a critical health emergency, with hospitals at full capacity. The state’s herd immunity policy has resulted in a crisis so dire that infected health care workers are being told to continue working to avoid staff shortages

Massachusetts governor pushes for in-person learning as COVID-19 cases surge

By Andrew Timon, 12 November 2020

As Massachusetts reports over 2,000 daily cases for the first time since the spring, Republican Governor Charlie Baker and state officials are continuing their pressure campaign to herd students and teachers back into classrooms.

As Biden popular vote lead hits five million

Trump, Republicans continue campaign to overturn election

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2020

Republican efforts are focused on six states, all won by Biden: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

Federal agents arrest New York man for threatening to “exterminate” Democrats, protesters

By Jacob Crosse, 12 November 2020

Brian Maiorana, 54, in expletive-laden and anti-Semitic online tirades, threatened to kill opponents of Trump, according to a federal affidavit.

Metro Detroit hospitalizations rise sharply as second wave of COVID-19 cases surges across Michigan

By Kevin Reed, 12 November 2020

An alarming surge in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is underway in metropolitan Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan, threatening to overrun the capacity of the health care system.

Mexican president refuses to recognize Biden victory

By Andrea Lobo, 12 November 2020

To the extent that he is hedging his bets on Trump’s staying in power, AMLO’s stance should caution against any skepticism about the threat of a coup to overturn the US election.

New Zealand government promises stronger US ties after Biden elected

By Tom Peters, 12 November 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted that New Zealand had strengthened its alliance with the US during the Trump administration and promised this would continue under a Biden administration.

Citing Trump’s executive order keeping meatpacking plants open, Stampede Meat files suit against shutdown order by New Mexico government

By Cordell Gascoigne, 12 November 2020

The coronavirus is significantly more widespread in the plant than in the surrounding community, with 18 percent of the workforce at Stampede Meat infected compared to 4 percent in Doña Ana County.

West Virginia Kroger workers reject sellout agreement, vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Zac Thorton, 12 November 2020

Under the proposed agreement, Kroger would place a cap on the amount of money it contributes to health care benefits, placing more of the burden on its employees.

Dr. Michael Osterholm, named to the Biden coronavirus taskforce, calls for a national lockdown

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 November 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has refused to call for a national lockdown despite Dr. Osterholm’s declaration that this is the only way to bring the pandemic under control.

Orchestra, opera musicians face severe pay cuts, furloughs, uncertainty in the midst of the pandemic

By David Walsh, 12 November 2020

Management at various orchestras, operas and other cultural organizations are taking full advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to press forward with their demands as part of an offensive for pay and other cuts under way for more than a decade.

Workers’ lives are not expendable! Take action to stop the COVID-19 pandemic!

By Marcus Day, 12 November 2020

Rank-and-file safety committees must be expanded and organized to prepare walkouts to shut down non-essential plants, warehouses and other workplaces.

More than 660 parents of separated immigrant children cannot be located by the US government

By Harvey Simpkins, 11 November 2020

After an ACLU lawsuit last month revealed that the parents of 545 immigrant children could not be located, a lawyer tasked with reuniting families revealed this week that the total has now risen to 666.

Wisconsin man charged with providing assault rifle to Kenosha shooter Rittenhouse

By Kevin Reed, 11 November 2020

Nineteen-year-old Dominick Black has been arrested and charged with intentionally providing a dangerous weapon to Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who shot and killed two protesters with the rifle during protests against police violence in Kenosha on August 25.

US coronavirus hospitalizations hit new peak

By Bryan Dyne, 11 November 2020

The seven-day average of daily deaths in the United States surpassed 1,000 on Monday for the first time since August 22.

COVID-19 cuts through Missouri and Kansas uncontrolled

By Cole Michaels and Kristina Betinis, 11 November 2020

Hospitalizations again hit another high Tuesday at 2,055 across Missouri, and some St. Louis-area hospitals are postponing elective procedures to free up capacity.

NYPD runs amok during post-Election Day protests

By Josh Varlin, 11 November 2020

The NYPD harbors fascistic elements which have brutalized workers in New York City in the days before and after November 3.

US Supreme Court justices signal support for upholding Affordable Care Act

By Kate Randall, 11 November 2020

Most of the justices gave a skeptical hearing to arguments that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety because Congress eliminated the tax penalty for those who did not purchase insurance.

Coronavirus spreading out of control at Sterling Stamping Plant: A case study of infections in the US auto industry

By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 November 2020

There have been at least 26 infections in the plant since March, and infections are rising far faster in the plant than in the surrounding community.

Wall Street and global stocks boosted by news of COVID-19 vaccine

By Nick Beams, 11 November 2020

The surge in the equity markets does not indicate any underlying strength in the economy but is more an expression of the highly speculative character of shifts by Wall Street investors.

Arkansas police chief resigns after calling on social media for execution of “Marxist Democrats”

By Jacob Crosse, 11 November 2020

Lang Holland is the latest high-ranking cop forced to resign after calling for violence against opponents of Trump.

Stop Trump’s conspiracy to nullify the 2020 elections!

By Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 11 November 2020

The events of the past 48 hours have made clear that President Donald Trump is refusing to accept his electoral defeat and is actively engaged in a coup to overturn the elections and establish a personalist dictatorship.

999 Interview with Teachers against dying

11 November 2020

“We are concerned with class sizes and the health and safety of our students”

Teachers and support staff in Streetsboro, Ohio file 10-day strike notice

By Katy Kinner, 10 November 2020

Working under an expired contract for over a year, teachers and support staff voted to strike on November 18 unless a contract deal is reached.

US judge blocks shutdown of TikTok scheduled for November 12

By Kevin Reed, 10 November 2020

A Pennsylvania district court judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by three TikTok users seeking a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s plan to shut down the video sharing app if it is not sold to a US owner by November 12.

Trump escalates defiance of the 2020 election outcome

By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2020

The president is laying the groundwork not merely for scattered legal challenges to tallies in various states but to open repudiation of the entire election result.

Australian political elite rushes to salute Biden and re-affirm US alliance

By Mike Head, 10 November 2020

The statements of the government and opposition Labor Party signalled an unequivocal alignment with Washington’s escalating confrontation with China.

Truck drivers at United Natural Foods vote to strike over lack of pandemic safety measures

By Philip Guelpa, 10 November 2020

UNFI delivers groceries to a number of major retailers in New York City, New Jersey, upstate New York and Connecticut, including Whole Foods Market and Stop & Shop, from its distribution center in Montgomery, New York

Auto parts workers demand full disclosure as COVID-19 cases surge at Indiana Faurecia plant

By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 November 2020

We demand that the company and the IBEW union make public all information, including dates and locations of cases, on the spread of the coronavirus in the plant.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown allows 150,000 students to return to unsafe schools

By Kayla Costa, 10 November 2020

Educators have responded with anger to Oregon’s new guidelines, which will allow one-quarter of the state’s students to resume in-person learning in the next month, amidst a massive spike in coronavirus cases.

Why did some working class regions vote for Trump?

By Eric London, 10 November 2020

A review of social conditions and historic voting patterns in southern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and central Indiana discredits the claim that Trump voters are merely white fascists and racists.

The deliberate sabotage of online learning in the US

Part 2

By Chase Lawrence, 10 November 2020

The underfunded and chaotic implementation of online education is being used to force students back into unsafe classrooms.

As Brazil’s Bolsonaro remains silent, the Workers Party and pseudo-left hail Biden victory

By Tomas Castanheira, 10 November 2020

Aligned with the interests of significant sectors of the Brazilian ruling class, the PT and its pseudo-left supporters enthusiastically celebrated Biden’s election.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pleads for “unity” as Democrats attack the “socialist left”

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 November 2020

Within hours of the declaration of a Biden victory in the 2020 presidential race, the Democratic Party moved to collaborate with the Republicans while launching an attack against its so-called “left” wing.

Potential superspreader event as 10,000 Notre Dame fans storm field after college football game

By Andy Thompson, 10 November 2020

Thousands of college football fans in South Bend, Indiana, stormed the field Saturday night following the home team Notre Dame’s victory in double overtime over Clemson, then the top-ranked program in the country.

Biden coronavirus transition task force to continue back-to-work drive

Panel includes Ezekiel Emanuel, Obamacare advocate of health care rationing

By Kate Randall, 9 November 2020

The Biden-Harris administration’s approach to the pandemic will be based on the drive to reopen schools and businesses, continuing the subordination of the pandemic response to corporate profit interests.

As COVID-19 surges around the world, governments put profits ahead of lives

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2020

This weekend, the world hit 50 million reported cases of COVID-19 and deaths surpassed 1.25 million, as the Americas and Europe faced the worst stage of the pandemic to date.

While Trump continues to deny election defeat

Biden, Democrats prepare right-wing administration

By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2020

In the wake of the election, the Democratic leadership is aiming its fire not against Trump and his fascistic allies but against the “left” in their own party.

Lincoln, the Dakota 38 and the racialist falsification of history

By Renae Cassimeda, 9 November 2020

The WSWS condemns the destruction of the monument to Abraham Lincoln in Portland, Oregon last month and rejects the false narrative put forward by the petty bourgeois promoters of identity politics used to vilify him.

Coronavirus pandemic intensifies humanitarian disaster in Yemen

By Anna Rombach and Marianne Arens, 9 November 2020

In war-torn Yemen the coronavirus pandemic is exhibiting its murderous potential. Doctors report a death rate of 20 to 30 percent among those infected.

Former Mexican military chief pleads not guilty to US drug trafficking charges

By Andrea Lobo, 9 November 2020

The Cienfuegos case has sent shockwaves through the Mexican ruling elite, while raising suspicions about the roles played by the López Obrador government and Washington.

Illinois governor admits factories and other workplaces are center of COVID-19 outbreaks

By Kristina Betinis, 9 November 2020

The list of infected workplaces, which state officials have concealed from the public, includes those owned by Amazon, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Tyson Foods, UPS and other giant corporations.

Hospitalization crisis across the US as coronavirus infections surge

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 November 2020

The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 is rising dramatically across the nation, with 43 states seeing a rise in cases.

The deliberate sabotage of online learning in the US

Part 1

By Chase Lawrence, 9 November 2020

The underfunded and chaotic implementation of online learning is being used to force students back into unsafe classrooms.

Biden appeals to Republicans for “unity” as voters repudiate Trump

By Eric London, 8 November 2020

There is a vast gulf between the sentiments driving millions of workers and youth to vote against Trump and the concerns of the faction of the ruling class represented by the Democratic Party.

Armed Trump supporters arrested at Philadelphia counting site as Republicans echo Trump’s claims of vote fraud

By Jacob Crosse, 7 November 2020

While remaining behind in several key states, Trump continues to claim fraud while seeking to incite his fascistic supporters.

SUNY Cortland suspends in-person classes for rest of semester after seeing continued rise of COVID-19 cases

By Alex Findijs, 7 November 2020

The university in central New York has recorded 604 COVID-19 cases since the semester began. The decision to suspend in-person classes is an admission that it was never safe to return students to campus.

999 Remote learning debacle: Part 1

7 November 2020

“We have the power to save ourselves and our students”

Pennsylvania teacher speaks on the US elections and the crisis in public education

By Samuel Davidson, 7 November 2020

The WSWS spoke with a teacher and mother of two who works in Reading, Pennsylvania, about the political situation and her thoughts on the reopening of schools in the Democrat-led state.

US jobless rates falls but long-term unemployment up sharply as millions remain out of work

By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2020

More than seven months since the start of the pandemic only about one half the 22 million jobs lost earlier in the year have been recovered as the upsurge of new COVID-19 cases is likely to hammer service and retail jobs.

Democrats’ bid to win control of state legislatures collapses

By Barry Grey, 7 November 2020

The inability and refusal of Biden and the Democrats to advance a program for the working class has strengthened the position of the Republican Party in the US Congress and in statehouses across the US.

New York University moves forward with plans to establish segregated residential communities

By John Conrad, 7 November 2020

The establishment of race-based “Themed Engagement Communities” in two NYU dorms is reactionary and part of a broader campaign by the ruling class to divide workers and youth along racial lines.

FBI seizes internet domain names it claims are part of Iranian influence campaign

By Kevin Reed, 7 November 2020

The Justice Department made vague assertions of “covert influence” and “pro-Iranian propaganda,” but presented no evidence of its allegations.

999 Poverty in Silicon Valley

7 November 2020

Educators seeking their legal rights are sandbagged, compelled to return to unsafe buildings

By Nancy Hanover, 7 November 2020

As states and districts controlled by both Democrats and Republicans demand schools reopen for face-to-face instruction, tens of thousands of education workers have attempted to secure workplace accommodations or all-remote work, citing protections ostensibly guaranteed by the law.

Behind the delay in the US election results

By Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2020

There are currently intense discussions behind the scenes over how to resolve the unprecedented political crisis in the United States and the makeup of any future Biden administration.

US schools intensify student surveillance in the COVID-19 era

By Kylie Rose, 6 November 2020

Just last month, the University of Miami was caught using facial recognition technology to track down students who attended a peaceful protest against the school’s reopening plans.

Another 751,000 US workers file for unemployment benefits as job growth slows

By Jerry White, 6 November 2020

The pandemic and the economic and social crisis in America are worsening even as Wall Street celebrates its best week since April.

Michigan K-12 schools see another huge increase in COVID-19 outbreaks

By Zac Corrigan, 6 November 2020

As the disease spreads rapidly through schools in every part of the state, Democrats plow ahead with the deadly return to in-person learning.

Trump falsely claims “fraud” as vote counting erases his leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to win an Electoral College majority Friday, while Trump is making clear that he will refuse to concede.

Social media platforms implement aggressive censorship during the 2020 US elections

By Kevin Reed, 6 November 2020

The major social media platforms took their political censorship operations into high gear on election day, including Facebook placing a fact checking label on every single post by anyone on their platform who is commenting or sharing content about the election in any way.

Post-election protests in US cities met with mass arrests

By Jacob Crosse, 6 November 2020

The National Guard was deployed in Portland, Oregon, while Trump-aligned “poll watchers” harassed election officials in Phoenix and Detroit

New documents show Mueller investigation unable to concoct charges against Assange and WikiLeaks

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 November 2020

The revelations demonstrate that the US state has been seeking to manufacture a criminal prosecution of Assange for years, in response to his exposure of its war crimes and corruption.

UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, corporatist body at the center of union corruption scandal, sold for $34 million

By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2020

The Center for Human Resources and other joint program centers, funded with millions of dollars in corporate cash, epitomized the role of the UAW as a corporatist appendage of the auto companies.

“They are messing with a sleeping giant”

Alabama teacher speaks out against unsafe conditions and schools reopening

By Emma Arceneaux, 6 November 2020

The WSWS spoke to a middle school teacher who participated in last month’s protest by 165 Montgomery, Alabama, teachers against unsafe working conditions.

2020 election results explode the identity politics narrative

By Eric London, 6 November 2020

An examination of the voting results does not support the racial narrative that dominates the politics of the Democratic Party and its political appendages.

German political establishment demands foreign policy “sovereignty” after US elections

By Johannes Stern, 5 November 2020

Representatives of all parties are demanding a more aggressive foreign and military policy that is more independent of the United States.

College student, 20, found dead in dorm room after testing positive for COVID-19

By Usman Khan, 5 November 2020

The young student died in her dorm room while in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and being sent home from the hospital.

“Zero was never a realistic expectation”

Official academics downplay the risks of school reopenings as pandemic rages across the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 5 November 2020

The official bourgeois academics and health experts, as evidenced by the likes of Emily Oster, Ashish Jha and Scott Atlas, place the profit interests of the ruling class above the safety and lives of the working class.

Regulations in the meat industry weaken as coronavirus pandemic strengthens

By Cordell Gascoigne, 5 November 2020

A suit by Pennsylvania meatpacking workers accuse OSHA of weeks of inaction after a worker filed a safety complaint in April, further demonstrating the collusion of the agency with employers to cover up the spread of infections.

As US vote-counting continues into second night

Biden nears narrow Electoral College victory while Republicans lead in Senate

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2020

The states of Wisconsin and Michigan were called for Biden today by the Associated Press and the television networks, including Fox News.

Cases in El Paso, Texas spike as coronavirus hospitalizations surge nationwide

By Bryan Dyne and Marty Robbins, 5 November 2020

There are currently a record 3.2 million active coronavirus cases in the United States, a number that has been steadily growing over the past two-and-a-half weeks.

Breonna Taylor’s mother demands an independent investigation into police killing after exposure of grand jury whitewash

By Steve Filips, 5 November 2020

Tamika Palmer is demanding a new investigation after three jurors revealed that Republican Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron did not follow procedure and present the possibility of six homicide charges against the officers who killed Taylor.

COVID-19 cases spike across US as health care workers struggle with understaffing in hospitals

By Alex Johnson, 5 November 2020

Nurses in California and Connecticut have held protests and strike votes to fight unsafe staffing levels as infections and hospitalizations rise across the US.

Trump’s refusal to concede sets the stage for post-election crisis

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 5 November 2020

While it appears that the Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden is on the verge of winning enough states to be elected president, Trump’s refusal to accept the results will intensify the political crisis.

Autoworkers demand to know: How extensive is the outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant?

By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 November 2020

The committee has independently confirmed two separate outbreaks on opposite sides of the plant, suggesting a larger outbreak may be underway.

Collected Ghazals: Poet Jim Harrison regains spontaneity through a fixed verse form

By Erik Schreiber, 4 November 2020

Harrison’s eclectic approach to the ghazal produced collage-like poems that combine personal and social concerns.

Preliminary observations on the US presidential elections

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2020

As of early Wednesday morning, the US presidential election remains undecided. The fact that it is so close, however, is a devastating indictment of the Democratic Party.

999 Meatpacking update

4 November 2020

Highest one-week increase in US child cases since onset of COVID-19 pandemic

By Genevieve Leigh, 4 November 2020

More than 61,000 children in the US were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, more than in any other week during the pandemic.

999 Nurses protests roundup

4 November 2020

Bipartisan assault on US public education intensifies amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Alberto Escalera, 4 November 2020

The further evisceration of state and local budgets for education will have a devastating impact on education workers and public school students alike.

Trump administration detained over 500,000 immigrant children in three years

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 4 November 2020

New data shows that The Trump administration has detained half a million children, with over 250,000 in 2019 alone. Other revelations point to numerous Central American children being illegally sent to Mexico.

Jewish cemetery in Michigan desecrated with Trump campaign slogans on eve of election

By Jacob Crosse, 4 November 2020

The vandalism comes amidst Trump’s promotion of fascistic militia elements as part of his conspiracy to steal the election.

Google admits to censoring the World Socialist Web Site

By Kevin Reed, 4 November 2020

In an extraordinary public admission, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated during congressional testimony on October 28 that the online search giant has been censoring content from the World Socialist Web Site.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald resigns from the Intercept in protest against censorship

By Andre Damon, 4 November 2020

Glenn Greenwald, the most prominent collaborator of whistleblower Edward Snowden and a world-renowned critic of the US media and intelligence agencies, has resigned from The Intercept, the publication he founded in 2013, in protest against its attempts to stifle his reporting critical of the Democratic Party.

Protests erupt in Vancouver, Washington after police murder of 21-year-old Kevin Peterson, Jr.

By David Fitzgerald, 4 November 2020

The anti-police violence protests just north of Portland, Oregon became the target of far-right forces, including Patriot Prayer.

As millions vote against him, Trump pushes violence and suppression of votes

By Patrick Martin, 3 November 2020

Voter turnout is at record levels, fueled by popular outrage against the Trump administration.

The socialist perspective in the 2020 US elections

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 3 November 2020

Historians will look back at the 2020 elections as both a continuation and a new stage in the protracted crisis of American democracy.

Thirteen-year-old eighth grader in Missouri dies of COVID-19

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 November 2020

The sudden and tragic death of such a young child has sent shockwaves through the community and across the US.

999 Meatpacking update

3 November 2020

Amazon workers discuss the issues raised by the US presidential election

By Our reporters, 3 November 2020

The International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to Amazon workers around the country about the US presidential elections, who voiced broad distrust with both parties and a desire for a genuine alternative.

The New School lays off 122 staff, sparking community protest

By Elliott Murtagh, 3 November 2020

The New York City university’s recent layoffs have created outrage and opposition among students, faculty, and staff looking to push back.

Washington D.C. Public Schools halt reopening plans as teachers mount sickout strike

By Nick Barrickman, 3 November 2020

The halt to reopening comes after 93 percent of Washington D.C. Public School teachers declared a vote of “no confidence” in the Democratic Party-controlled city’s school reopening plan.

Closing remarks from SEP national secretary Joseph Kishore

By Joseph Kishore, 3 November 2020

The WSWS has exhaustively documented and analyzed the political crisis and historical decay of American democracy.

“It’s like their budget is more important than the safety of staff and customers”

Whole Foods worker describes dangers of COVID-19 for US grocery workers

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 November 2020

A new study by Harvard University shows that those Boston-area grocery store workers who caught COVID-19 most likely contracted it through the workplace, not through outside personal activities.