International Youth and Students for Social Equality

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US) establishes new club at Appalachian State University

By James Langley, 3 March 2021

The IYSSE at ASU is working to bring a socialist perspective to the students and youth at the college and in the surrounding area, and, to turn them to the working class in the region.

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2 March 2021

Australian university workers and students face new wave of job cuts and “commercialisation”

By Mike Head, 28 February 2021

Academics are being forced to fight each other for their jobs via a Hunger Games -style “spill and fill” process.

Restrictions placed on student gatherings after massive COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Virginia

By Dan Goranson, 27 February 2021

Cases have skyrocketed in the two weeks following the reopening of the sprawling University of Virginia campus for in-person learning on February 1.

US universities have cut 650,000 jobs, a 13 percent workforce reduction, since the onset of the pandemic

By Alex Findijis, 26 February 2021

Thousands of adjunct faculty members have seen their courses canceled and their paychecks eliminated as programs are consolidated and courses move online.

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26 February 2021

COVID-19 cases in New York colleges rise as state changes guidelines to keep schools open

By Alex Findijs, 25 February 2021

Facing an impending wave of temporary schools closures due to growing COVID-19 outbreaks, the New York government and the SUNY system have altered university guidelines to keep schools open despite rising case numbers.

Australian universities rush to enrol students and disregard COVID dangers

By Jack Turner, 25 February 2021

With the help of the unions, university managements are returning to face-to-face teaching and expanding class sizes amid the continuing global pandemic.

Macron government doubles down on right-wing attack on French universities

By Alex Lantier, 23 February 2021

Vidal’s proposal highlights the dictatorial nature of the projects of the entire political class and the need for a political mobilisation of the working class.

CUNY breaks faculty and staff contract, withholding promised pay raises

By Elliott Murtagh, 20 February 2021

Depression-like cuts are devastating the largest urban university system in the US.

World governments exploit pandemic depression to recruit youth into their militaries

By Eoin Oisin, 20 February 2021

Economic crises are notoriously fertile grounds for militaries to recruit applicants who would otherwise study or work.

999 Young people turn to the military under pandemic economic crisis

19 February 2021

Join the IYSSE and take up the fight for international socialism!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 17 February 2021

The developments of the past 12 months have proven that students and youth face a future of misery and dictatorship under capitalism. The only alternative is the fight for revolutionary socialism.

SUNY colleges face rapid spread of COVID-19 just weeks into semester

By Alex Findijs, 17 February 2021

Just two weeks since in-person instruction began, more than 1,200 students have tested positive for COVID-19. Such rapid transmission is a stark warning of what may come with the spread of more contagious variants of the virus.

Greek government passes bill allowing police onto campuses for first time since 1982

By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2021

The university police force will be able to arrest those deemed troublemakers by the authorities.

Campus police deployed to UC Berkeley dormitories as administration blames COVID-19 outbreak on students

By George Greene and Gabriel Black, 11 February 2021

Campus administrators seek to divert blame for the latest COVID-19 outbreak onto students and away from themselves.

The Columbia University tuition strike and the fight for socialism

By Elliott Murtagh, 10 February 2021

The tuition strike at Columbia must be broadened and linked up with the struggles facing all sections of the working class.

New York City to open middle schools for face-to-face instruction

By Sandy English, 10 February 2021

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that middle schools (grades 6–8) will open on February 25.

As the new highly contagious COVID-19 variant spreads throughout the region

Media promotes the unsafe reopening of Ann Arbor schools and the University of Michigan

By Jesse Thomas, 10 February 2021

A barrage of articles in the Ann Arbor local news has also recently been published which uncritically echo the false claims promoted in the national media that a return to in-person learning is not only safe, but necessary.

IYSSE online meeting calls for European-wide general strike against school openings

By Marianne Arens, 8 February 2021

Students, educators and workers from throughout Germany participated in the meeting, as well as representatives of Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees in Britain and the US.

UK universities step up jobs cull in collaboration with the trade unions

By Henry Lee, 5 February 2021

The response of the University and College Union to the attack on jobs and the reopening of campuses during the pandemic has been to isolate each dispute and refuse to call unified national strike action.

“They are placing human safety and survival above capitalist interests”

Students speak out in support of Chicago teachers struggle against in-person learning

By Our reporters, 4 February 2021

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality spoke to students throughout the United States on the struggle of the Chicago teachers and found widespread support.

New York Times weaponizes youth suicides to push for school reopenings

By Dominic Gustavo, 2 February 2021

The corporate press in the US is cynically utilizing the mental health catastrophe among youth to promote the ruling class policy of school reopenings.

15,000 students involved in rent strikes in 55 UK universities

By Ioan Petrescu, 1 February 2021

Facing mass opposition, universities and private student accommodation providers have offered a patchwork of rebates and single payments of varying sizes.

Milwaukee school board approves plan to reopen schools

By Michael Walters, 31 January 2021

Under the dangerous proposal, 23,000 Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will return on April 12, 32,000 3rd through 8th graders on April 19, and 19,000 high school students will return on April 26.

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30 January 2021

Osceola County, Florida sheriff’s deputy brutally assaults high school student

By Cordell Gascoigne, 30 January 2021

An eleven-second video posted to Twitter showing a sheriff’s deputy picking up and slamming 16-year-old Taylor Bracey to the ground went viral this week, sparking widespread outrage.

NPA calls to reopen French universities as COVID-19 deaths mount

By Samuel Tissot and Alex Lantier, 30 January 2021

As deaths mount, the petty-bourgeois New Anti-capitalist Party is aligning itself on the murderous “herd immunity” policy of President Emmanuel Macron.

Reopening of Boston colleges threatens escalation of COVID-19 crisis

By Andrew Timon, 29 January 2021

Despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, Boston colleges are recklessly pushing to open universities at even higher capacities than during the fall semester.

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29 January 2021

Australian university cuts to jobs and courses to intensify in 2021

By Mike Head, 29 January 2021

While facing huge revenue losses, university managements are also exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to bring forward restructuring plans.

New COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified at the University of Michigan

By Jesse Thomas, 27 January 2021

Five of six cases of the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, identified in Washtenaw County, Michigan, have been associated with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (UMich) campus.

Oppose the unsafe reopening of colleges and universities!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 January 2021

The reopening of schools amid a raging pandemic is a criminal act that will only add to the already horrific toll of death from the coronavirus.

Facebook escalates attack on socialist left

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 25 January 2021

Facebook is engaged in an escalating campaign of state-backed internet censorship targeting socialist organizations, including the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Sri Lankan IYSSE holds well-attended online lecture on 200th anniversary of Friedrich Engels’ birth

By Our correspondents, 25 January 2021

Students, young workers and others participated in an enthusiastic discussion on the contemporary significance of Engels' fight for scientific socialism.

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25 January 2021

999 Australian workers and youth speak out for Julian Assange

15 January 2021

New data shows that nearly 1400 kids in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have caught COVID-19

By James Vega, Debra Watson and Eboni Davis, 14 January 2021

Since mid-October more than 13,500 people in the U.P. contracted the virus, a three-fold increase since the pandemic began in March.

As students return to Chicago schools, educators face battle against Democrats and the CTU

By Alexander Fangmann, 11 January 2021

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and school officials continue to press bringing children back into classrooms on Monday in the face of widespread opposition among parents, teachers and other educators.

School districts across the US push to reopen as COVID-19 infections and death soar

By Emma Arceneaux, 8 January 2021

With the surge of infections overwhelming health systems across the country, state and local governments led by both Democrats and Republicans continue to restart in-person schooling.

Nineteen-year-old Chicago, Illinois auto mechanic dies of COVID-19

By William Quartermaine, 8 January 2021

Arnold Herrera had just recently been certified as a brakes and electrics specialist before succumbing suddenly to the coronavirus last weekend.

Arts, humanities are first on the chopping block as US state governments face deficits

By Andrew Timon, 8 January 2021

These cuts are just the first expression of what is to come if there is no organized opposition in defense of education and particularly the arts and humanities.

Shippensburg faculty member demands action to save jobs and university education for working-class students

By Douglas Lyons, 8 January 2021

Layoffs, the closing of schools, and academic cuts are being pushed by the new chancellor at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Student protests continue in Turkey in defiance of police-state measures

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 8 January 2021

The mass student protests in Istanbul that started to oppose President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appointment of a new rector to Boğaziçi University, continued yesterday in defiance of police-state measures to suppress the movement.

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.

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.

Macron government refuses calls to cancel school reopenings as pandemic surges

By Will Morrow, 4 January 2021

The Macron government has refused calls by medical specialists and teacher and parent groups for the cancellation or postponement of in-person classes.

“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.

Opening of schools in Germany based on deliberate lies and deception

By Gregor Link, 4 January 2021

The criminality with which the campaign to open schools has been conducted was recently demonstrated by the deliberate suppression of a study from Hamburg showing massive outbreaks were taking place within schools in Germany.

Australian youth speak on their experiences during COVID-19

By Our reporters, 31 December 2020

One health agency reported a 72 percent increase in serious self-harm and suicidal-ideation cases in youth under 18 years during last weeks of Melbourne’s lockdown.

Student rent strikers speak out at UK universities

By Ioan Petrescu, 24 December 2020

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with representatives of the rent strikes that began at the University of London and Goldsmiths University earlier this month.

New Zealand’s border restrictions leave thousands of students stranded

By Tom Peters, 21 December 2020

Around 5,200 international students enrolled in New Zealand have been stuck offshore this year and many are facing significant financial hardship due to the country’s draconian border restrictions.

“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

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.

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19 December 2020

What is the impact of $37,000 of student debt on a worker’s life?

By Emily Ochai, 18 December 2020

Under the current conditions, in which millions of people are unemployed due to the pandemic, student debt becomes even more debilitating for young people in the United States.

US secretary of state incites xenophobic hysteria against Chinese students, denounces “anti-American” universities

By Dominic Gustavo, 17 December 2020

The remarks represent a coming together of the war drive against China and the assault on the exchange of ideas on college campuses.

The deadly impact of US college reopenings in the fall, a balance sheet

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 December 2020

The experience over the last four months in the schools, both K-12 and college campuses, has produced incontrovertible evidence that in-person learning leads to an increase in community spread of COVID-19.

What is the impact of $37,000 of student debt on a worker’s life?

By Emily Ochai, 16 December 2020

Under the current conditions, in which millions of people are unemployed due to the pandemic, student debt becomes even more debilitating for young people in the United States.

Open schools and businesses in Germany are leading to record infections and mass death

By Marianne Arens, 14 December 2020

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the second consecutive daily record of the pandemic on Friday, with almost 30,000 new infections registered in 24 hours and almost 600 COVID-19 patients dying again in one day.

School students in Germany protest and enforce online teaching to combat coronavirus infection

By Gregor Link, 14 December 2020

“With our pupils’ strike, we have achieved more protection against infection with a few hours of preparation than all of the measures taken by Bremen’s politicians in recent months.”

College of Saint Rose in New York slashes programs and tenured faculty positions

By Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2020

By December 2021, 33 of 151 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty positions will be eliminated, as well as eight visiting faculty positions.

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12 December 2020

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11 December 2020

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11 December 2020

Student rent strikes spread across UK universities

By Henry Lee, 11 December 2020

Thousands of students have joined rent strikes at Sussex, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Nottingham, and universities across London.

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10 December 2020

Pupils in Germany resist in-person classes and demand “consistent lockdown”

By Gregor Link, 10 December 2020

The Bremen school strike is part of a growing wave of resistance by students against the herd immunity policies of the European governments.

New study finds young adults vulnerable to developing debilitating long-term complications from COVID-19

By Dominic Gustavo, 9 December 2020

The symptoms reported most frequently by the young adults were impaired concentration, headaches, rhinitis, exercise intolerance, dyspnea, sleep impairment, brain fog, appetite loss, fatigue, and chest pain.

Opposition erupts at San Diego State University following decision to cancel spring break

By IYSSE at San Diego State University, 9 December 2020

The university administration, acting in conjunction with the Democratic Party, has created the conditions for the spread of the virus while providing students with no resources to cope with the stress of school and work amidst a public health emergency.

Over 2,200 students at Columbia University threaten tuition strike amid economic crisis

By Elliott Murtagh, 8 December 2020

Confronting financial difficulty amid the ongoing pandemic, students at Columbia University in New York City are demanding lower cost of tuition and increased financial aid.

Plans by University of Colorado at Boulder to cut 50 tenured jobs evoke opposition

By Chase Lawrence, 8 December 2020

The threat to eliminate tenured faculty positions and hire adjuncts in their place has created a backlash among staff and students at the school.

Student government delegates at the University of Michigan speak out against the administration’s COVID-19 policies

By Jesse Thomas, 7 December 2020

The decision to reopen the university residence halls and conduct in-person learning immediately provoked opposition from the student body, culminating in a nine-day strike in September by graduate student instructors.

More Australian university workers speak out on the loss of jobs and conditions

By Our correspondents, 7 December 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic being exploited by governments and managements to accelerate pro-market restructuring, affected university workers condemn the NTEU’s response.

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5 December 2020

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5 December 2020

Growing protests in Germany against lethal policy of opening schools

By Gregor Link, 5 December 2020

The decision by politicians to keep schools, day-care centres and businesses open under unsafe conditions is costing the lives of hundreds of people every day in Germany alone, who die a completely avoidable and agonizing death.

Leipzig University resorts to authoritarian methods to push through meeting with far-right Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 4 December 2020

The meeting was aimed at bolstering the standing of a professor whose playing down of Nazi crimes and xenophobic incitement against foreigners at universities has provoked huge protests throughout Germany.

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2 December 2020

Sixteen-year-old Wisconsin high school student dies of COVID-19

By Fabian Salgado, 2 December 2020

Even though Isai Morocho’s school was not meeting in person, his father, mother and brother all work in-person jobs, allowing for endless possible encounters with the virus.

14-year-old Michigan youth who was brutally treated by police dies of COVID-19

By Valery Tsekov, 2 December 2020

Fourteen-year-old Honestie Hodges has died from complications of COVID-19 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, two weeks after being hospitalized on her birthday.

Young people speak out about the unprecedented collapse in their living conditions since the pandemic began

By Noah Ryan and Nick Barrickman, 1 December 2020

Over half of all people between the ages of 18 and 29 in the United States have been forced to move in with relatives or friends since the pandemic began in March.

US State Department moves to suppress criticism of Israel

By Dominic Gustavo, 30 November 2020

The Trump administration is seeking to silence all criticism of the Israeli apartheid state by equating all opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism.

UK government pandemic policies lead to several suicides among students

By Danny Knightley, 28 November 2020

As if the stress and fear of living away from family and support networks, many for the first time in their lives, in the middle of a deadly pandemic was not bad enough, students and young people have been targeted by the right-wing media and government as being one of the primary reasons for the spread of COVID-19.

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27 November 2020

COVID-19 death of Ontario youth worker—a tragic outcome of the ruling elite’s criminal school reopening policy

By Omar Ali, 27 November 2020

Ingrid Salt was employed as a child and youth worker at a school in a low-income north-west Toronto neighbourhood.

Amid COVID-19 disaster on university campuses, students must build campus safety committees!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 27 November 2020

Students are being treated as little more than cash cows for a marketised higher education system and scapegoats for a programme of “herd immunity”.

Thousands of US college students return home for Thanksgiving amid surging pandemic

By Alex Findijs, 26 November 2020

After the disastrous reopening of campuses this fall led to hundreds of thousands of cases, countless college students are bringing the coronavirus home with them.

University of Sydney staff hold walk-out, protest sackings of entire departments

By Jack Turner, 24 November 2020

The latest retrenchments include entire departments, taking the attack on jobs and conditions to a qualitatively new level.

Zoom cancels meetings at several universities on Zoom censorship

By John Conrad, 24 November 2020

Zoom’s dramatic escalation of censorship has major implications as schools, academic institutions as well as political organizations have become increasingly dependent on the platform to conduct classes, conferences and meetings.

Australian university union blocks opposition as cuts to jobs and conditions intensify

By Mike Head, 24 November 2020

Every week brings new announcements of retrenchments as the managements exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate pro-business restructuring.

UK universities expose thousands of international students to raging pandemic

By Henry Lee, 23 November 2020

Such are the horrendous conditions, with the Conservative government set to end its national lockdown on December 2, that many international students will contract this deadly disease.

21 November 2020

Binghamton University closes after coronavirus outbreak, University at Buffalo defies guidelines to remain open

By Alex Findijs, 21 November 2020

Binghamton University has switched to remote learning for the second time after recording 100 cases in two weeks. The University at Buffalo, however, has decided to remain open despite reaching the threshold for closure.

San Diego schools continue to reopen as California surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

By Renae Cassimeda, 21 November 2020

San Diego teachers are speaking out in opposition to school districts keeping schools open as cases skyrocket throughout the county.

Youth suicides and mental health disorders on the rise amid pandemic depression

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 November 2020

One of the impacts of the pandemic is a rising mental health crisis, particularly among youth, for which no faction of the ruling class proposes any solution.

As COVID-19 surges, the New York Times demands that schools remain open

By Andre Damon, 20 November 2020

In a series of news articles, editorials, and op-eds, the Times has waged a campaign to oppose the closure of schools to stop the spread of the pandemic.

Students criticize University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel over reckless reopening

By Jesse Thomas, 20 November 2020

A Q&A session Monday night resulted in a debacle for Schlissel as he faced widespread criticism from participating student representatives over the disastrous reopening he has overseen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twitter ends suspension of IYSSE account after widespread opposition

By our reporter, 20 November 2020

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