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Police kill protesting farmworkers, attack anti-police violence protest in Santiago

Workers Struggles: The Americas

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.

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5 January 2021

EU–US tensions mount after EU signs trade deal with China

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.

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5 January 2021

UK judge rules against US extradition: Release Julian Assange now!

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.

Illinois high school student dies of COVID-19

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.

Minneapolis police terrorize family after murdering their son

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.

Opposition mounts in US over deadly rush to restart in-person schooling

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.”

Curator of Earth Felt the Wound, site tracking US educators’ deaths, speaks to the WSWS

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

Autoworker crushed to death at Marion Stamping Plant in Indiana

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.”

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education lays off educators, closes schools

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.

Tape reveals Trump gangster methods in pursuing election coup

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.

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4 January 2021

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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.

Democratic mayor prepares police crackdown on “violent antifa and anarchists” in Portland, Oregon

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.

Reject the racialist renaming of San Francisco public schools!

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.

Over 2,900 US health care workers have died from COVID-19

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”

Nurses call for help as California hospitals pushed to the brink

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.

Racialist campaign in Boston culminates in removal of statue of Lincoln and emancipated slave

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.

Vaccine distribution fiasco continues in 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.

Sanders’ political stunt over $2,000 stimulus checks fails

By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2020

The Vermont senator has watered down his supposed “political revolution” to a slightly larger pittance for working people.

No federal charges in Cleveland police shooting of Tamir Rice

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.

As COVID-19 spreads, New York City schools prepare to reopen Monday after holiday break

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.

Biden and Democrats rush to reopen schools in new year as COVID-19 death toll climbs

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.

Chicago officials refuse teacher accommodations in order to force school reopenings

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.

The New York Times scapegoats medical workers in the tragic death of Dr. Susan Moore

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.

Worker opposition grows as US manufacturers ramp up production amid pandemic upsurge

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.

California hospitals overwhelmed as COVID-19 cases hit 2 million

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.

Federal judge blocks strike by Union Pacific railroad workers over lack of pandemic protections

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.

Two Detroit children dead in Christmas morning house fire

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

Biden predicts surge in deaths, proposes no measures to stop it, and pledges to reopen the schools

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.

Washington state judge blocks release of public records in the police killing of Michael Reinoehl

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.

Nine months after devastating flooding, Central Michigan residents are left abandoned

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.

The Bezos Earth Fund and the charity of the oligarchs

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.

Boeing’s deadly 737 Max resumes US commercial flights

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.

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29 December 2020

Ford Kansas City Assembly worker dies after testing positive for COVID-19

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.

Pandemic profiteers: Forbes adds 50 health care moguls to its list of global billionaires

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.

House overrides Trump veto of military spending bill

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.

California educators, healthcare and logistics workers: Unite to stop COVID-19 and save lives now!

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

Millions in US face weeks without income due to delay in paltry “relief” bill

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.

One year into the pandemic, 65,000 deaths in the US in one month

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.

French unions and IndustriALL offer cover up for strangling of Constellium strike in Alabama

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.

Unanswered questions in the SolarWinds Orion hack

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.

Pentagon brass on “red alert” over Trump’s coup plotting

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.

As temperatures plummet and pandemic rages, homelessness in Michigan poised to explode

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.

Second fatal policing shooting in Columbus, Ohio in less than a month sparks outrage

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.

Reject the SEIU sellout: Mobilize the working class to defend HCA nurses in southern California!

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.

Canadian Cargill plant closed after more than 80 employees test positive for coronavirus

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.

Connecticut educators denounce right-wing record of Biden’s pick for Education Secretary

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.

Washington D.C. teachers union reaches agreement with Democratic mayor to reopen schools

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.

Trump pardons Blackwater killers for Nisour Square massacre

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2020

The four mercenaries, all former Marines, killed 14 unarmed Iraqis in 2007 in an unprovoked slaughter in Baghdad.

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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.

US Federal Reserve backstops rising corporate debt mountain

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

COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths worldwide reach record highs

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.

Alabama doubles down on school reopenings, as healthcare catastrophe hits the state

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.

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24 December 2020

COVID-19 bill that stiffed workers full of handouts to big business

By Jacob Crosse, 24 December 2020

The bill includes generous tax breaks for the billionaire owners of NASCAR and international liquor distributors.

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24 December 2020

Coronavirus outbreak forces closure of Amazon warehouse in New Jersey

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.

The Johns Hopkins slavery “scandal”

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.

Armed fascists storm Oregon state Capitol building

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.

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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.

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23 December 2020

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23 December 2020

Congress to America’s workers: “Let them eat cake”

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.

Mobilize the working class to defend HCA nurses!

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.

Biden picks Education Secretary committed to opening schools as pandemic rages

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.

Southern California nurses should reject SEIU’s effort to sabotage struggle for safe conditions

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.

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22 December 2020

As the oligarchs make trillions, Congress offers a pittance for the jobless

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.

As pandemic surges, California hospitals move to ration care

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.

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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.

Democrats press to open schools across the US as pandemic surges

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.

CDC reports a record 81,000 drug overdose deaths in the US in a 12-month period

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.

Newly released wage data documents 40-year wealth redistribution to top 0.1 percent

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.

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21 December 2020

Over 400 metalworkers on strike at Constellium aluminum plant in Alabama

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.

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21 December 2020

Bipartisan US “relief” bill stiffs workers and unemployed, gives billions more to business

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!”

Washington educators denounce Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen schools

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.

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21 December 2020

At least five autoworkers test positive for COVID-19 at Windsor, Ontario Fiat-Chrysler plant

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.

Fed gives banks green light to resume share buybacks

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.

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21 December 2020

Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union advance deadly school reopening plans

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.

Eight deaths as hundreds of Chicago transit workers infected by COVID-19

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.

999 (12/20) Louisiana salt mine collapse

21 December 2020