United States

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?

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 to the WSWS relaunch rally

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.

999 Vancouver, Washington police shooting/protests

3 November 2020

999 Breonna Taylor's family demands independent investigation after exposure of grand jury whitewash

3 November 2020

Brookline, Massachusetts educators begin sickout strike as state officials push to keep schools open

By Andrew Timon and Kate Randall, 3 November 2020

The governor and Massachusetts school officials have placed a premium on opening schools despite the dangerous spike in coronavirus infections.

On the eve of the civil war election

The breakdown of democracy and the fight for socialism in the United States

2 November 2020

This was the final election meeting organised by the Socialist Equality Party as part of its campaign in the 2020 US elections.

Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse extradited to Wisconsin

By By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2020

The 17-year-old vigilante was being held in an Illinois juvenile detention facility on charges of gunning down two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August, and wounding a third.

Brazilian armed forces conduct unprecedented military exercises amid US threats to Venezuela

By Gabriel Lemos, 2 November 2020

Bolsonaro’s Foreign Ministry last Friday classified as “secret” cables about Pompeo’s trip to Brazil, which took place during war games in Brazil and Colombia.

999 Vancouver, Washington police shooting/protests

2 November 2020

Omaha, Nebraska school worker dies from COVID-19 as cases spike and teacher anger grows

By James Martin, 2 November 2020

School custodian Greg Petersen became ill as schools reopen and teacher opposition grows to the spread of the deadly virus.

The pandemic and the political record of the SEP in the 2020 election

By David North, 2 November 2020

In his speech opening Sunday’s final public meeting of the 2020 election, Socialist Equality Party Chairman David North stated, “A great historical crisis—and the pandemic is of that magnitude—reveals and puts to the test the perspectives and programs of all parties.” The course of events has vindicated the perspective and program of the Socialist Equality Party.

Missouri hospitals face being overwhelmed in latest surge of COVID-19 infections

By Cole Michaels, 2 November 2020

Hospital administrators across the state are raising the alarm, demanding the governor take action to limit the spread, including mandating masks, even as plans remain to reopen schools.

Amid explosive rise in new COVID-19 cases

White House attacks Fauci for suggesting Trump does not take pandemic “seriously”

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 November 2020

The White House denounced Dr. Anthony Fauci for “playing politics” after the top infectious disease expert warned that Trump’s policies were leading the US into “a whole lot of hurt.”

On the eve of the US election

Trump backs violence against Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2020

The president voiced his approval of an attack by a caravan of his supporters on a Biden-Harris campaign bus in Texas.

Kentucky State Police training documents approvingly cited Adolf Hitler

By Jacob Crosse, 2 November 2020

Exposed last week by a high school student newspaper, the slideshow reveals the mentality and training undergirding police departments across the US and internationally.

Union suppresses Albany, New York nurses’ fight for coronavirus protections

By Erik Schreiber, 2 November 2020

For two years, the New York State Nurses Association has allowed its members to work without a contract while opposing a genuine fight for the minimum safety measures needed to protect nurses against infection.

US Secretary of State insists Sri Lanka lines up against China

By Saman Gunadasa, 31 October 2020

The US has been hostile to China’s influence in strategically important Sri Lanka, as preparations for a US-instigated war against China are escalated.

Pseudo-left apologists for Biden and the bankruptcy of “lesser-evil” politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 31 October 2020

In the final days of the election, the Democratic Party and its affiliates are going all out to insist that workers and youth opposed to Trump must subordinate their struggles to electing Biden.

National Guard deployed in Philadelphia following protests against police murder

By Nick Barrickman, 31 October 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has announced plans to keep the National Guard in the city until after Election Day.

United States rockets past 100,000 daily cases

By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2020

There were more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States over the past seven days, measured both by the daily new case counts and the seven-day running average.

Hurricane Zeta leaves 2.6 million without power, kills six as record breaking US storm season continues

By Alex Findijs, 31 October 2020

Zeta is the twenty-seventh named tropical storm this year, tying the record for most in a single year. It is a stark warning of the damage that can be expected if nothing is done to combat climate change.

AT&T slashes jobs, leaves areas without broadband internet while funneling dividends to Wall Street

By Mark Witkowski, 31 October 2020

The telecom giant slashed 3,500 jobs in the Midwest alone in spite of strong demand for broadband internet access due to large numbers of people working from home.

Mass layoffs in the US as states face unprecedented budget crisis

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2020

Walt Disney, Raytheon and Boeing were among the major corporations announcing huge job cuts this week as the total projected budget shortfall facing state governments has reached $434 billion.

FBI raids neo-Nazi camp in Michigan as national connections of Whitmer plotters emerge

By Eric London, 30 October 2020

The FBI conducted further raids in Michigan Thursday as more details emerge of a national conspiracy involving fascists and police in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Delaware, Texas and Minnesota.

US Senate hearing on Section 230 law devolves into demands for social media censorship

By Kevin Reed, 30 October 2020

The Senate Commerce Committee held a four-hour hearing on Wednesday to discuss the relevance of legal protections for online services that included testimony from three big tech CEOs.

“You are going to have students, employees and the community getting sick and possibly dying.”

Philadelphia educators speak out against the deadly reopening of schools

By Samuel Davidson, 30 October 2020

Educators in the Philadelphia region are speaking out against plans to resume in-person teaching early next month.

“What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections?”

David North and Adolph Reed discuss US political crisis at online forum

30 October 2020

North and Reed discussed and debated their views on the unfolding political crisis in the United States and the way forward for the working class, and responded to audience questions at the forum hosted by the San Diego State University.

As US smashes records for new coronavirus infections, Ford and Fiat Chrysler report blowout profits

By Shannon Jones, 30 October 2020

North American automakers built 4.1 million vehicles in the third quarter, the same number as last year.

Police officer threatened to kill Democratic mayor of Phoenix, Arizona

By Chase Lawrence, 30 October 2020

The threat to kill the mayor of a major American city comes amid the exposure of plotting by fascist militia groups in the lead-up to the election to kidnap and kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and others.

Trump and Democratic governors, mayors ready National Guard and police for election night protests

By Jacob Crosse, 30 October 2020

Several governors have already called up National Guard troops, while Homeland Security agents are being deployed to Washington DC.

San Diego educators and students demand access to COVID-19 outbreak data

San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 30 October 2020

The public must be granted access to proper data and information so that individuals can make informed decisions on their health, and to ensure the proper protection of themselves and their families.

Demonstrations against police violence continue in Washington D.C., federal agents target Philadelphia teacher for protesting

By Jacob Crosse, 30 October 2020

Protesters in D.C. were doused with pepper spray and fired upon with “less-lethal” ammunition, while a Philadelphia social studies teacher was arrested by federal agents for his alleged role in George Floyd protests over the summer.

The explosion of new cases of COVID in the Northern Hemisphere will fuel massive social unrest

By Benjamin Mateus, 30 October 2020

There were more than 500,000 cases of COVID-19 reported globally, with the number of deaths keeping apace.

Trump holds closed-door meeting with Special Forces troops

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2020

Few details were revealed about the meeting, which took place only five days before an election whose results the president has repeatedly threatened to ignore.

Introductory remarks to “What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Election?”

By David North, 30 October 2020

These remarks were delivered October 28 to an online forum sponsored by the San Diego State University Department of Political Science.

The political impact and growing readership of the World Socialist Web Site

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2020

The WSWS represents something completely new. It is the voice of the international working class, conscious of itself and its historical mission.

“Our University is being run like a business”

University of Michigan students denounce administration’s reckless COVID-19 policies

By Jesse Thomas, 29 October 2020

University of Michigan Students speak out against deadly reopening policies.

Nearly 10,000 eviction actions filed across the US since September despite CDC moratorium

By Aaron Murch, 29 October 2020

According to a recent clarification issued by the CDC, landlords can proceed with the legal procedures required for an eviction as long as tenants are not forced out before the end of the year.

US threatens military strikes against Iran and Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2020

Washington has indicated it is prepared to use armed force to prevent Iran from selling weapons to Venezuela, potentially attacking both countries.

Health systems in the United States are facing growing strains with the surge in COVID-19 cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 29 October 2020

The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.

As US vote total surges, Trump, Republicans seek to block counting

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2020

Record numbers of voters have cast early votes or voted by mail, an indication of a growing politicization of the American population.

Tennessee educator speaks out against unsafe conditions and lack of resources

By Our reporters, 29 October 2020

While COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Tennessee, educators are left with little resources and a deliberate lack of information about outbreaks at their schools.

Significant fall on Wall Street amid rising COVID-19 infections

By Nick Beams, 29 October 2020

The market sell-off has not been confined to Wall Street as Europe’s Stoxx 600 index closed down 3 percent, losing 6 per cent since the end of last week, and now at its lowest level since May.

999 Threat to kidnap Phoenix mayor

29 October 2020

“People bring items with them to scan in the bathroom so they can make rate”

Speedup, infections and near-death in freezers at Amazon Fresh warehouse

By Jonathan Burleigh, 29 October 2020

The grocery delivery arm of the online retailer is taking full advantage of high unemployment and lax safety regulation to further exploit its workforce.

999 Comment on AFL-CIO and Trump coup

29 October 2020

Google providing US Department of Homeland Security with tech platform for virtual border wall

By Kevin Reed, 29 October 2020

Documents show that Google has been secretly working with the Trump administration on the development of a high-tech surveillance wall at the US-Mexico border.

Trump defends killer cops and police attacks on protesters in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 29 October 2020

Trump is using protests against the police murder of Walter Wallace, Jr. in Philadelphia to justify repression by federal, state and local forces against the eruption of mass opposition to his planned election coup.

As election approaches, Trump conspires to repudiate popular vote

By Socialist Equality Party Political Committee, 28 October 2020

As Trump conspires to remain in power and overturn the results of an electoral defeat, the Democrats are doing everything they can to disarm and block popular opposition in the working class.

National Guard sent to suppress protests over police murder in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 28 October 2020

The horrific shooting of 27-year-old William Wallace Jr. in front of his mother and brother ignited protests in his West Philadelphia neighborhood.

The New York Times attacks the First Amendment and embraces censorship of “disinformation”

By Kevin Reed, 28 October 2020

An essay published in the October 18 edition of the New York Times Magazine argues that online “disinformation” has rendered First Amendment rights to free speech “inadequate,” requiring government and social media censorship of “unfettered speech.”

The WSWS and the fight to free political prisoners

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 October 2020

The remarks below were given by Oscar Grenfell, a member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national committee.

Online forum with David North and Professor Adolph Reed

What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections?

28 October 2020

The event, hosted by San Diego State University’s Department of Political Science, is taking place Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm Eastern, 4:00 pm Pacific.

Second worker at Nashville’s AT&T office building dies from COVID-19

By Zac Thorton, 28 October 2020

Workers at the landmark office building, who have been confronted with the inhuman choice between their lives and their livelihoods, speak out following the death of another coworker.

New York City workers and students reject school reopenings through mass absenteeism

By Alberto Escalera, 28 October 2020

This week, the New York City Department of Education announced that only 26 percent of its 1.1 million students are attending classes in school buildings, underscoring the massive opposition of parents and students to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school reopening plan.

The World Socialist Web Site strives to raise the cultural level of the working class

By David Walsh, 28 October 2020

The remarks below were given by David Walsh, arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site.

Hunger and social misery soar in Washington D.C. during the pandemic

By Nick Barrickman and Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020

Local charities reported a nearly 300 percent increase in demand in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic.

100,000 under evacuation order as wildfire threatens Irvine, California

By Rafael Azul, 28 October 2020

Southern California Edison announced Tuesday that its equipment may have sparked the wildfire that now threatens thousands in Orange County.

Faceboook moderators forced to return to offices as COVID-19 continues to spread

By Mike Ingram, 28 October 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, Facebook and its contractors are forcing content moderators to return to offices and risk their lives.

Gig workers hired to evict people from their homes as millions struggle to pay rent

By Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020

A new startup is recruiting temporary “gig” workers to evict people from their homes during the most severe housing crisis since the Great Depression.