Police kill protesting farmworkers, attack anti-police violence protest in Santiago
5 January 2021
Two farmworkers died in a brutal police assault on their protest over regressive labor legislation, while police repressed a commemoration march over the death of Mauricio Fredes.
Ocasio-Cortez and fellow “progressives” supply votes to reelect Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House
By Jacob Crosse, 5 January 2021
The reelection of Pelosi thanks to the votes of Democratic “progressives” has once again demonstrated the bankruptcy of all claims that the Democratic Party can be transformed into an instrument of progressive change.
5 January 2021
By Alex Lantier, 5 January 2021
Officials of the incoming Biden administration and their European allies denounced the EU–China deal, which they tried to halt before it was signed on December 30.
5 January 2021
By Thomas Scripps, 4 January 2021
A political decision has been reached that upholds the threat to democratic rights represented by the prosecution’s case, leaves Assange in danger of continued persecution, and demands the intensification of the campaign to secure his freedom.
By Andy Thompson, 4 January 2021
A senior at Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfort, Illinois, Sarah Simental was just a few months from graduating in the spring.
By Jacob Crosse, 4 January 2021
In the first documented killing by Minneapolis police since the murder of George Floyd, 23-year-old Somali-American immigrant Dolal Idd was killed in a barrage of gunfire under murky circumstances.
By Jerry White, 4 January 2021
Tens of thousands of students are returning to schools in New York City, Palm Beach, Florida, and many other districts today, provoking widespread concern and opposition from teachers, support staff and parents.
“Every death is a catastrophe. We should be angry about this.”
By Nancy Hanover, 4 January 2021
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed the administrator of a new website tracking educator deaths since the return to school last fall.
Industrial murder at General Motors
By Tim Rivers, 4 January 2021
Mark McKnight, a highly skilled and careful worker, was 57 years old. Everybody liked him, a co-worker commented, “the nicest guy you could ever meet.”
By Douglas Lyons and Samuel Davidson, 4 January 2021
As with hundreds of other colleges and universities around the country, at PASSHE the pandemic has prompted massive shortfalls in revenue, compelling school officials to lay off faculty and staff and reduce educational opportunities for students.
By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2021
The US president demanded Georgia state officials “find” the votes required to overturn the result of the November 3 election, threatening retaliation if they refused.
4 January 2021
4 January 2021
Hospitals overwhelmed and bodies loaded into semi-trailers as California reaches breaking point with COVID-19
By Gabriel Black, 4 January 2021
The flood of coronavirus cases has exposed the underfunded and unprepared health care system in the richest state in the US.
By Julio Patron, 4 January 2021
Mayor Ted Wheeler is using small downtown protests on New Year’s Eve as a pretext to further build up the powers of the police and to suppress growing social opposition.
By Renae Cassimeda, 4 January 2021
The WSWS calls on workers and youth within SFUSD and beyond to fight against the racialist attacks against Lincoln, Jefferson, Madison and Washington in defense of historical truth and democratic rights.
Three-quarters of infected Memphis workers remained on the job after testing positive for coronavirus
By Leon Gutierrez, 4 January 2021
While the study by county health officials does not attempt to explain why so many people continued to work, the fact is that major corporations have continued to operate at close to full capacity during the height of the pandemic, resorting to lies and threats to keep workers on the job under unsafe conditions.
By Benjamin Mateus, 4 January 2021
A new report by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News published last week estimates that over 2,900 health care workers have died in the United States due to COVID-19.
“Our patients are dying like flies, it’s like a warzone”
By Evelyn Rios, 31 December 2020
Every day deaths continue to break one-day records, with 440 deaths on Tuesday, more than half of which are from Los Angeles County.
By Jacob Crosse, 31 December 2020
This political atrocity is part of an ongoing racialist campaign spearheaded by the Democratic Party to promote divisions in the working class and deny the revolutionary history of the United States.
By Bryan Dyne, 31 December 2020
Less than one-fifth of the vaccine doses distributed in the United States have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2020
The Vermont senator has watered down his supposed “political revolution” to a slightly larger pittance for working people.
By Kevin Reed, 31 December 2020
The US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that no federal charges would be brought against the Cleveland police officers who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014.
By Sandy English, 31 December 2020
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that schools were safe and would reopen on January 4, as the pandemic continues to spread throughout the city and the state plans massive cuts to education funding.
By Jerry White, 31 December 2020
Dozens of large urban school districts in the United States—from San Diego, Tacoma and Denver to Chicago, Atlanta and Washington DC—plan to restart in-person schooling in the opening weeks of the new year, even as health experts predict January will see a “surge on top of a surge” of COVID-19 infections and deaths.
By Alexander Fangmann, 31 December 2020
While the district is ordering roughly 5,800 educators to report to schools on Monday as COVID-19 cases in the city remain dangerously high, the Chicago Teachers Union is working to prevent any coordinated and effective fight.
By Benjamin Mateus, 31 December 2020
The New York Times has used Dr. Moore’s tragic death to promote its racialist narrative of American society and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Detroit schools chief Vitti gets pay raise, as unions initial unsafe reopenings and poverty pay for staff
By James Vega and Nancy Hanover, 30 December 2020
Detroit schools are presently set to reopen for face-to-face instruction in the coming weeks, threatening countless lives as the pandemic continues to deepen in the region.
State sees deadliest month of pandemic as cases continue to spike
North Carolina ICU nurse: “There is a general expectation that though things have been bad so far, the worst is still on the horizon”
By James Langley, 30 December 2020
Compounding the health crisis, millions of North Carolinians are out of work and cannot afford basic necessities, while the wealth of North Carolina’s billionaires has soared to new heights.
By Shannon Jones, 30 December 2020
With COVID-19 deaths nearing 350,000, US manufacturing companies, led by the auto companies, have achieved near pre-pandemic output levels with the help of the unions.
By Kevin Martinez, 30 December 2020
The state is now the epicenter of the pandemic in the US, with zero percent ICU capacity at many of its regions’ hospitals.
By Steve Filips, 30 December 2020
Workers at the country’s second largest railroad are threatening to strike after hundreds of railway workers across the industry have contracted COVID-19 and at least 10 have died.
By James Brewer, 30 December 2020
With no central heating and no smoke detectors, a Detroit family suffered an unspeakable disaster on the holiday.
In “major speech” on the coronavirus pandemic
By Barry Grey, 30 December 2020
The Biden administration will continue to force workers into unsafe factories and workplaces and double down on Trump’s efforts to reopen the schools, so as to free working class parents to resume pumping out profits for the corporations.
By Kevin Reed, 30 December 2020
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy ruled in favor of a motion by the sheriff’s office to stop the release of police records about the execution of Portland protester Michael Reinoehl on September 3.
By Luke Galvin, 30 December 2020
After flooding caused by dam failures in May inundated large sections of Midland County, residents face economic and ecological disaster at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Shuvu Batta and Tom Carter, 30 December 2020
Without extreme levels of social inequality, it would not be necessary to rely on the largesse of the billionaires to “donate” the funds necessary to meet critical social needs.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 December 2020
Nearly two years after the 737 Max was grounded, not a single corporate executive or federal regulator has gone to jail for his role in the deaths of 346 people.
29 December 2020
By Marcus Day, 29 December 2020
The worker had been at KCAP over a decade and was employed by a cleaning vendor at the plant, workers said.
By Genevieve Leigh, 29 December 2020
In a new survey released just before Christmas, Forbes magazine reported that at least 50 health care capitalists had entered the ranks of the world’s billionaires in 2020.
By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2020
The veto override, which has the effect of approving a record outlay for the US military machine, had the support of the entire Democratic leadership, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi on down.
By Northern California Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 29 December 2020
Urgent and far-reaching action is needed to prevent the reopening of schools and stop the spread of the pandemic across California this winter. Join our committee now!
Explosion in Nashville, Tennessee leaves thousands without communication, disrupts emergency services
By Our reporters, 29 December 2020
The motive behind the explosion, which occurred in the early hours of Christmas morning, is unclear.
As Wall Street hits record high
By Jacob Crosse, 29 December 2020
The bipartisan measure signed into law by Trump Sunday night provides a mere pittance for the unemployed and millions of others devastated by the pandemic.
By Andre Damon, 29 December 2020
One year after the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in China, December was the deadliest month of the pandemic both in the United States and the world.
Fiat Chrysler forced to abandon plans for 84-hour workweeks for skilled trades at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant
By Tom Hall, 29 December 2020
The company was forced to shelve plans for a longer working week after workers took to the World Socialist Web Site to express their opposition.
By Jessica Goldstein, 29 December 2020
The United Steelworkers continues to isolate the strike of 400 metalworkers at the Constellium aluminum plant in Muscle Shoals, Alabama while the French FTM-CGT union has offered up empty promises of support.
By Kevin Reed, 29 December 2020
As more details about the unprecedented hack of SolarWinds become available, questions continue to mount about the nature of the “supply chain attack” and how it is being presented by the corporate media and the US political establishment.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2020
The extraordinary tension within the Pentagon’s uniformed command has been made clear in a series of reports by media commentators with close ties to the US military-intelligence apparatus.
By James Brookfield, 24 December 2020
Homelessness has been rising across the state of Michigan and is expected to explode in 2021 as the end of the a national eviction moratorium nears and pandemic-related job losses and wage cuts mount.
By Alex Findijs, 24 December 2020
Andre Hill was reportedly visiting a friend to deliver money for Christmas presents when the police arrived in response to a reported disturbance. Hill had barely stepped out of the garage when he was shot multiple times by an officer.
ICUs begin filling up in New York City as Cuomo, de Blasio dither on effective pandemic restrictions
By Josh Varlin, 24 December 2020
Some hospitals are over capacity in their ICUs, presaging a significant increase in deaths in the coming days and weeks.
By Evelyn Rios, 24 December 2020
With the pandemic spreading out of control and California hospitals strained beyond capacity by the flood of nearly 20,000 COVID-19 patients, including at least 3,500 in ICUs, nurses in Southern California have taken a stand to demand safe staffing levels and protections that are critical to save the lives of health care workers and patients alike.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 24 December 2020
However, in spite of the outbreak in the plant and the spread of the virus in the community, Cargill has announced that it plans to reopen on December 29, less than two weeks after the shutdown began and well before the WDG area leaves “red zone” status.
By Robert Milkowski, 24 December 2020
Interviews with the WSWS and comments on social media from rank-and-file educators in Connecticut upend the narrative spun by the corporate media and the teachers unions about incoming Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
By Harvey Simpkins, 24 December 2020
The deal reached last week entails the broad reopening of schools in which teachers could be required to return to in-person teaching.
By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2020
The four mercenaries, all former Marines, killed 14 unarmed Iraqis in 2007 in an unprovoked slaughter in Baghdad.
24 December 2020
Shut down the auto industry to save lives until a vaccine is available to all! Full compensation for all workers!
The Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 24 December 2020
Just as no soldier wants to be the last one shot before a peace treaty, there is no justification for any further deaths to build Jeeps or F-150s while millions of people wait to be vaccinated.
By Nick Beams, 24 December 2020
US companies have borrowed a record $2.5 trillion in the bond market this year, taking debt leverage for investment grade companies to new record highs.
A coronavirus Christmas
By Bryan Dyne, 24 December 2020
“The next 100,000 deaths are baked in,” said Biden coronavirus advisory board member Dr. Atul Gawande to CNBC.
By Emma Arceneaux, 24 December 2020
As the state death toll in Alabama surpasses 4,500, with ICU beds near capacity, Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) sent teachers a menacing memo threatening that they must be prepared to return to unsafe schools January 4.
24 December 2020
By Jacob Crosse, 24 December 2020
The bill includes generous tax breaks for the billionaire owners of NASCAR and international liquor distributors.
24 December 2020
By Erik Schreiber, 23 December 2020
The closure of the Robbinsville, New Jersey facility will last for one week, but the company has not disclosed how many cases have been detected or whether the warehouse will be cleaned.
By Dominic Gustavo, 23 December 2020
The feigned outrage over “revelations” that Hopkins owned slaves serves to obscure the class issues that are the real irrepressible conflict in American society.
By Jacob Crosse, 23 December 2020
Several hundred far-right anti-lockdown protesters, led by the fascist patriot Prayer group, attempted to occupy the Oregon Capitol on Monday, where a closed session of the legislature was discussing measures related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dire warning from CDC on US life expectancy: “A drop of two to three years for 2020 isn’t out of the question”
By Kate Randall, 23 December 2020
The US has not seen a decline in life expectancy of this magnitude since 1943, when World War II pushed the metric down by 2.9 years. The year 2020 is on track to be the deadliest year in US history, with deaths topping three million for the first time.
23 December 2020
Cook County public sector workers carry out one-day strike for hazard pay and safer working conditions
By Alexander Fangmann, 23 December 2020
One of the top demands is hazard pay for all essential frontline workers, as well as an additional $5 per hour for workers directly tasked with caring for COVID-19 patients or working in COVID-19 units.
23 December 2020
23 December 2020
By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2020
While the government spends money like water to prop up big business and the Federal Reserve funnels trillions into the stock market, nothing is being done to spare the working class.
For a general strike to halt nonessential production and alleviate strain on the health care system
By Evelyn Rios, 23 December 2020
With ICUs at zero percent and 100,000 additional hospitalizations expected in January, immediate action must be taken by the working class to save lives.
By Evan Blake, 23 December 2020
While education commissioner in Connecticut, Miguel Cardona has been a forceful advocate of reopening schools, which Biden has stated will be a top “national priority” upon taking office.
By Evelyn Rios, 22 December 2020
Nurses are already expressing fear that the contract will do nothing to improve the dire conditions at three Southern California hospitals in the immediate or near future.
22 December 2020
By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2020
The most important fact about the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill, which was moving through the US Congress Monday night, is that it is grossly inadequate to meet the vast social needs exposed by the pandemic.
By Brian Dixon, 22 December 2020
With health care systems being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases and intensive care units filled to capacity, hospitals are starting to ration care, withholding it from those deemed unlikely to survive the disease.
22 December 2020
Crisis mounts in Chicago as Lightfoot admits lying and an official resigns following brutal police raid
By Alexander Fangmann, 22 December 2020
The resignation of Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner is part of a campaign to deflect attention away from the deeply entrenched lawlessness and violence that has been cultivated in the police through nearly a century of Democratic Party rule.
By Jerry White, 22 December 2020
In line with President-elect Joe Biden’s stated aim to reopen America’s schools, Democratic mayors and governors are moving to resume in-person teaching even as infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continue to reach new highs.
By Alex Findijs, 22 December 2020
Drug overdoses have been rising for decades, but data collected by the CDC shows that overdose deaths accelerated significantly in the first months of the pandemic.
By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 22 December 2020
Social Security Administration data analyzed by the Economic Policy Institute shows the steady upward redistribution of wealth from the working class to the highest tier of income earners over the past 40 years, a trend that continued in 2019.
21 December 2020
By Jessica Goldstein, 21 December 2020
More than 400 metalworkers have gone on an indefinite strike at the Constellium aluminum plant in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, after walking off the job last Tuesday night following an overwhelming strike vote.
21 December 2020
By Jacob Crosse, 21 December 2020
The miserably inadequate social assistance is arousing popular anger. A jobless worker posted a message to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declaring: “$600 stimulus. Thanks for not delivering on what you’ve promised for 8 months. Don’t tell us you care, you don’t.”
“It’s like the frontlines of a war!”
By Diana Green, 21 December 2020
Following decisions in New York City and Oregon, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee has updated the school reopening guidelines for Washington state to allow the return of at least some students in every district, regardless of the rate of infection and death.
21 December 2020
By Carl Bronski, 21 December 2020
While the auto bosses and Unifor union have collaborated to conceal information about the outbreaks from autoworkers, workers began sharing information among themselves about the dangerous situation.
By Nick Beams, 21 December 2020
The decision is another expression of how the financial system operates as an institutionalised mechanism for siphoning wealth to the upper strata in the midst of the worst economic recession in the past-war period.
21 December 2020
By Kristina Betinis and Michael Walters, 21 December 2020
Amid record COVID-19 deaths, the Chicago Teachers Union is working with city leaders to begin bringing teachers back to school buildings January 4.
By Brian Green, 21 December 2020
A report by the Chicago Sun-Times showing 900 COVID-19 infections and eight deaths among Chicago Transit Authority employees since the start of the pandemic underscores the criminal role played by the unions in imposing unsafe conditions.
21 December 2020