By Kevin Reed, 1 May 2020
The number of confirmed cases and deaths across the state of Michigan continues rising as Democratic Governor Whitmer and Mayor Mike Duggan push for a rapid reopening of Detroit.
By J. Cooper, 1 May 2020
The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is being hailed as a major victory. The working class deserves far more.
By Debra Watson, 28 April 2020
Two hundred residents along with three nursing home workers had died in the city’s 26 nursing homes.
By Stephen Fuller, 27 April 2020
One-quarter of the residents of the Motor City cannot afford a car and many are forced to ride public buses, which have become a conduit for the spread of deadly disease.
By Kevin Reed, 27 April 2020
Democratic politicians in Detroit and Michigan are collaborating with the Trump administration and the pharmaceutical industry in the rush to find a pandemic “wonder drug.”
By Kevin Reed, 22 April 2020
Michigan’s largest health care provider, Beaumont Health, announced the layoff of 2,475 employees and the permanent elimination of 450 positions at its Detroit-area facilities.
20 April 2020
By Kevin Reed, 18 April 2020
Corporate health care providers in the Detroit area are attempting to impose financial losses associated with the health crisis onto the working class.
Detroit Democratic Mayor Duggan outlines layoffs, wage and service cuts amid exploding city budget crisis
By Kevin Reed, 17 April 2020
The dramatic economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has produced a massive budget crisis in Detroit and the city’s mayor has wasted no time in working out a plan to make city employees and residents pay for it.
By Shannon Jones, 15 April 2020
Orchestras, opera companies, museums and other cultural institutions face severe revenue strains due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are responding with major cuts.
“This is what will bring the people into the streets … this didn’t have to happen”
By Kevin Reed, 13 April 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Mary Coleman, a retired Detroit school bus driver, who spoke about the unfolding crisis and the deaths of five of her former coworkers.
By Stephen Fuller, 11 April 2020
Kenisa Barkai was dismissed for insisting hospital management protect staff and provide the necessary care for the expanding number of coronavirus patients.
By Kevin Reed, 9 April 2020
Nurses throughout the Detroit metropolitan area are fighting to protect themselves from the coronavirus under conditions of shortages of equipment and staff while the number of patients continues to climb dramatically.
Michigan’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surge past 10,000 as Democratic officials attempt to deflect responsibility
By Shannon Jones, 3 April 2020
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan have offered demagogic appeals for unity as the state has solidified its position as one of the epicenters of the pandemic.
By Kevin Reed, 1 April 2020
Given that there is no systematic and mass testing of the public for the presence of the virus, the reported numbers of confirmed cases are very deceptive.
By Kevin Reed, 31 March 2020
The number of deaths increased by 27 on Monday as the coronavirus continued to spread rapidly in Detroit and southeast Michigan.
By Kevin Reed, 30 March 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is exploding in Detroit and surrounding communities as Michigan overtook Washington as the state with the fourth most confirmed cases of the infection.
By Kevin Reed, 27 March 2020
As COVID-19 cases throughout the metro Detroit area soared, the Henry Ford Health system has warned patients that “because of shortages,” patients who are “extremely sick” may be “ineligible for ICU or ventilator care.”
By Kevin Reed, 25 March 2020
The escalating number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan are concentrated in the tri-county area around and especially within the city of Detroit.
20 March 2020
Drivers shut down Detroit bus system with sick-out over health and safety concerns during coronavirus outbreak
By Kevin Reed, 20 March 2020
Bus drivers took matters into their own hands in Detroit on Tuesday morning and shut down the city’s public transportation system to demand sanitary conditions.
Detroit reverses water shutoffs
By Kathleen Martin, 12 March 2020
The Oakland and Wayne County residents are hospitalized and college campuses across the state are moving online as the pandemic spreads through the United States.
By Laura Villon and Tom Hall, 5 March 2020
Opposition is mounting after 38 percent of lecturers received “notices of non-renewal” last month in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Detroit’s Wayne State University.
By James Brewer, 4 March 2020
Mayor Mike Duggan painted a rosy picture of a city which has become a Mecca for cheap labor.
By Shannon Jones, 2 March 2020
The last Chevrolet Impala came off the assembly line Thursday at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant as 800 workers face dislocation due to a planned 18-month retooling of the facility to build electric vehicles.
By James Brewer, 27 February 2020
The Democratic administrations of both the city and the state insist that water shutoffs in Detroit remain as a “collection tool of last resort.”
Four months before 2020 contract fight: Detroit schools superintendent tells teachers “no increases”
By Nancy Hanover, 25 February 2020
Four years after Detroit teachers organized wildcat sickouts, the city’s schools remain on the brink.
By Kevin Reed, 22 January 2020
A public information briefing by state regulators has been scheduled to contain growing public anger over the industrial chemical contamination of the ground and surface water in the Detroit suburb.
By Tyler van Dyke and Tom Hall, 7 January 2020
The family of Damon Grimes, a Detroit teen who died in an ATV crash after police tasered him from a moving vehicle, received a $12 million settlement.
6 January 2020
By Kevin Reed, 31 December 2019
As more details emerge about the oozing of the known carcinogen from the basement of a small metal plating company over the Christmas holiday, it is becoming clear that government environmental agencies are also directly responsible.
By James Brewer, 6 November 2019
The appearance of the toxin in the tap water of diverse communities in Michigan reveals the broad social character of the lead-in-water issue.
By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2019
Conyers spent most of his political career using left rhetoric in an attempt to obscure the rightward evolution of the Democratic Party.
“It would be great for workers from different countries to band together”
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 September 2019
GM workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which is threatened with closure, said they were ready to walk out and expressed support for striking GM workers in South Korea.
Detroit to serve as a cheap labor platform
By Kevin Reed, 20 August 2019
The investment of $4.5 billion by FCA in automotive manufacturing in Detroit is part of a global strategy predicated on further dramatic reductions in labor costs.
By Jerry White, 1 August 2019
The bitter experience of Detroit workers exposes the claims by Sanders, Warren and others that the Democrats represent a genuine alternative to Trump’s reactionary policies.
By Sheila Brehm, 4 July 2019
The decision came in the face of widespread opposition on the Harvard campus, in Flint, Michigan, and nationally.
By Muhammad Khan, 20 June 2019
The fascistic attackers openly carried firearms, which is legal under Michigan’s open carry laws, and threatened festival-goers and pedestrians with violence while police looked on.
By J. Cooper, 16 May 2019
Hundreds of red-shirted teachers demanded to be heard at Tuesday’s school board meeting.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 14 May 2019
Three years ago, Detroit teachers were the first to organize sickouts and protests that exposed the crisis of public education to a national and international audience.
Freep Film Festival 2019 in Detroit—Part 2
Midnight Family from Mexico, The Last Truck and American Factory—about a former GM plant, murderous Detroit police and I Am Richard Pryor: A mixed lot
By Joanne Laurier, 19 April 2019
In some cases, good intentions are mingled with a socially non-committal attitude—in others, an obvious feeling for important issues is marred by middle-class prejudices and conceptions.
Freep Film Festival 2019 in Detroit—Part 1
Glimpses of social life: The Feeling of Being Watched, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool and Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, among others
By David Walsh and Helen Halyard, 17 April 2019
The Detroit film festival organizers made an obvious effort to program works oriented toward contemporary reality and recent social history, including many of their difficult and painful aspects.
January 18, 1952–December 1, 2018
By Helen Halyard, 8 December 2018
It is with great sadness that the World Socialist Web Site reports the recent death of Debra Ann Washington Miller, an active supporter of the Socialist Equality Party in Detroit who played a significant role in mobilizing workers against evictions in the downtown area.
Five years since Detroit bankruptcy
By Debra Watson, 5 December 2018
Moody’s Investors Service has issued major warnings about the ability to meet bond payments and financial shortfalls in the city’s public schools.
By Will Morrow, 14 November 2018
Ded Rranxburgaj, the sole caregiver and provider for his wheelchair-bound wife and two sons, is seeking to prevent his deportation.
6 November 2018
By Lawrence Porter, 22 October 2018
Police raids following an anonymous tip and a lawsuit have uncovered dozens of fetuses, several children’s bodies and hundreds of containers of human remains.
By Lawrence Porter, 12 October 2018
A new report on lead and copper in Detroit schools reveals the acute health dangers facing working class families due to the massive deterioration in education funding.
By Kevin Martinez and Kathleen Martin, 10 October 2018
The determination of workers contrasted sharply with the efforts of UNITE HERE to promote local Democratic Party politicians.
By Will Morrow and Zac Corrigan, 2 October 2018
Neighbors said the house was officially vacant but had been occupied by a homeless man for over two years.
By James Brewer, 21 September 2018
Superintendent Vitti’s claim of his “abundance of caution” in shutting the water off at all 106 schools has been belied by new lead and copper test results showing over half with high levels.
By Shannon Jones, 15 September 2018
The state of Michigan and Detroit city officials appear ready to hand over $250 million to the automaker, which is sitting on a multi-billion dollar cash reserve.
13 September 2018
By Eula Holmes and Patrick Martin, 31 August 2018
The pollution of the water supply is particularly devastating for children, whose brains and bodies are especially at risk from toxins.
By Walter Gilberti, 20 August 2018
The Michigan Department of Education has proposed new social studies standards which remove references to essential democratic rights and aim to censor the study of history.
By Jessica Goldstein, 13 August 2018
According to local news reports, workers initially refused a supervisor’s directive to clean out a dust separator, warning that it posed a safety issue.
By Debra Watson, 7 July 2018
Detroit water shutoffs will resume this week, after a one-week pause, though extremely high temperatures and heat advisories in Detroit are expected to continue throughout the summer.
By Helen Hayes, 9 May 2018
The federal courts and the state government are relinquishing direct control over city operations, entrusting further budget cuts and austerity measures to the administration of Democratic Mayor Mike Duggan.
By a reporter, 17 April 2018
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
By a reporter, 17 April 2018
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
By Jerry White, 22 November 2017
While the fire is still under investigation, authorities are looking at a space heater as the cause of the fatal blaze.
By Tyler Van Dyke, 7 November 2017
With the backing of the city’s major corporations and the Democratic political establishment, incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to be reelected in today’s mayoral election.
By Debra Watson, 27 October 2017
The deplorable conditions faced by low-income renters in the Detroit area highlight the crisis of affordable housing in the United States.
By Shannon Jones, 13 October 2017
Some 1,800 workers at the facility face a six-week layoff starting in mid-November, with the indefinite layoff of 200 workers planned for January.
By Debra Watson, 6 October 2017
As the election approaches, persistent and shocking levels of poverty in Detroit and continuing residential water shutoffs belie claims that the city is making a comeback.
As teachers narrowly ratify concessions deal
By J. Cooper, 2 August 2017
Detroit public schools will lose millions of dollars due to continuing handouts to the city’s billionaire developers.
By Kathleen Martin, 1 August 2017
Data from the Henry Ford Global Health Initiative found that patients are 1.55 times more likely to get a water-borne illness if they live on a block where a water shutoff occurs.
26 July 2017
The SEP and the IYSSE are holding public meetings Thursday in Detroit and Flint, Michigan to review the experience of the Grenfell fire tragedy in London and its broader implications for the working class.
By Phyllis Steele, 3 July 2017
The Detroit Federation of Teachers is attempting to impose yet another round of concessions on teachers who have suffered years of givebacks, layoffs and eroding school conditions.
By Tim Rivers, 29 June 2017
An apparent electrical fire took the lives of an adult and two small children in a working-class neighborhood of Detroit Tuesday.
By Debra Watson, 24 June 2017
Local Democratic administrations have been using what amounts to a scam to fleece homeowners in the Detroit metropolitan area in order to increase tax revenues.
While one in six homes have no running water
By Kathleen Martin, 6 June 2017
The Quicken Loans CEO is raking in cash from the city and the state to fund his real estate development enterprises downtown, two and a half years after Detroit's bankruptcy.
5 June 2017
“This is a new world we’re seeing with Betsy DeVos”
By Debra Watson, 5 June 2017
Teachers at the Southfield, Michigan school learned only last week that Renaissance, which calls itself a school turn-around specialist, has run out of money.
By James Brewer, 1 June 2017
Some 400 households had their water service disconnected in the one-week period following the city’s resumption of water shutoffs earlier this spring.
One third of American households cannot afford water bills
By Kathleen Martin, 29 May 2017
Recent reports show major sustainability issues, with rising costs of water and affordability for millions of US households.
By Phyllis Steele, 22 May 2017
So egregious were the school board’s demands that the Detroit Federation of Teachers executive board could not bring it back to rank-and-file educators.
By Marissa Ross, 20 May 2017
The announcement of unprecedented mass closures sparked outrage among students, parents and educators across the state.
By Kathleen Martin, 15 May 2017
The new biosolids waste facility has violated one-hour EPA sulfur dioxide emission standards over 2,500 times in the last year.
By Jerry White, 15 March 2017
At its peak last week, more than a million homes, schools and businesses in the metropolitan Detroit area and outstate areas had no electricity.
By Kathleen Martin, 13 March 2017
Tens of thousand of residents remain in the dark and without heat in below freezing temperatures following high winds last week that crippled the aging electrical grid in the Detroit area.
By Shannon Jones, 11 March 2017
Michigan residents once again had their lives disrupted by a fairly routine weather event, testifying again to the longstanding neglect of US infrastructure.
By Kathleen Martin, 2 March 2017
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department issued a boil water advisory Tuesday due to concerns over bacterial contamination affecting a large section of the city.
By Shannon Jones, 15 February 2017
Behind the official paeans to the late billionaire Mike Ilitch lies the reality of a city devastated by the ruthless workings of capitalist “free enterprise.”
“There are a lot of struggling people in the Detroit Metro area”
By Shannon Jones, 25 November 2016
As we enter the holiday season, residents of Detroit and surrounding suburbs face continued high levels of unemployment, food insecurity and homelessness.
By Debra Watson, 23 November 2016
Following the rejection of a lawsuit on a moratorium, thousands of Wayne County, Michigan residents may soon face eviction as officials seize properties for back taxes.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 September 2016
Educators greeted the agreement with anger and skepticism in the face of the concerted attempts by the union to derail their struggles over the course of the last year.
By James Brewer, 14 September 2016
The ruling upholding a law used to force Detroit into bankruptcy and switch Flint to a toxic water source was based on the assertion that the population does not have a right to vote.
By Nancy Hanover, 12 September 2016
The American Federation of Teachers is demanding that educators acquiesce to low pay, overcrowded classrooms, unsafe buildings and more school closures.
By Marissa Ross, 8 September 2016
Detroit teachers received contract “highlights” at a mass meeting called by the Detroit Federation of Teachers and will begin voting next week.
After the destruction of the Detroit Public Schools
By Nancy Hanover, 6 September 2016
The reorganization of DPS has established the precedent that debt-ridden schools can be dissolved, reorganized and/or replaced with private entities.
By Marissa Ross and Nancy Hanover, 25 August 2016
In the wake of the dissolution of the DPS and the launching of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, the court case against teacher protests has been wrapped up.
By a WSWS reporting team, 18 August 2016
WSWS reporters uncovered landlord neglect at a government-subsidized retirement building in Southwest Detroit.
By Debra Watson and Catherine Long, 8 August 2016
An acute lack of affordable housing along with deplorable conditions in existing housing stock has left tens of thousands without a safe and healthy place to live out their retirement.
By James Brewer, 30 July 2016
These six indictments bring the number of criminal indictments to nine.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 July 2016
Despite the restructuring of the Detroit Public Schools, the district’s lawsuit against two teachers for “encouraging” last winter’s sickouts remains in the courts.
Judge Rhodes, Democrats try to pacify Detroit teachers
By Nancy Hanover, 27 June 2016
Hundreds of teachers and parents turned out for a town hall informational meeting called by local Democrats to explain the legislative deal which will terminate the Detroit Public Schools.
“Public education is not a business, it is a right”
By a WSWS reporting team, 27 June 2016
Teachers and parents spoke to the WSWS at a public town hall meeting held in the wake of the legislative deal to dissolve the 174-year-old Detroit Public Schools.
27 June 2016
Michigan public school teachers express their support for teachers in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico in the face of last week’s government massacre.
By Nancy Hanover, 18 June 2016
The Michigan legislature uses debt crisis as the pretext to dissolve the district and rewrite the rules governing education in the nation’s largest poor city.