Michigan governor pushes for school reopenings as Ann Arbor school board reverses decision to remain virtual

By Sheila Brehm and James McDonald, 27 February 2021

In a press conference Wednesday, Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer announced that 85 percent of Michigan school districts are currently open for in-person learning and that she is “pleased that 97 percent of the school districts will be reopened by March 1st.”

Democrats push for reopening of Detroit schools as auto companies cite worker shortage

By James Vega and Debra Watson, 10 February 2021

The insistent calls by Democratic politicians for the reopening of the City of Detroit schools continue as auto companies complain that worker shortages have been aggravated by school closures.

Michigan educators call for unity with Chicago educators in fight to close schools

Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 8 February 2021

The Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee expresses its full support for the Chicago teachers’ struggle against the dangerous and indeed criminal drive to resume in-person instruction in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

Behind Donald Trump’s grant of clemency for corrupt former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

By Brady Leonard and Kevin Reed, 3 February 2021

The alignment of the interests of the felon Kilpatrick with the fascistic Trump says much about the decay of American capitalism and the descent of both the Democrats and Republicans into political reaction and open criminality.

999 Kwame Kilpatrick pardon

3 February 2021

City of Detroit files lawsuit attacking protesters’ basic democratic rights

By Kevin Reed and Brady Leonard, 18 January 2021

The city has filed a counter lawsuit against a group of protesters who successfully argued in their own case that police officers used excessive force to crack down on demonstrations last year against police brutality.

999 Detroit countersuing Black Lives Matter protest org over protests

14 January 2021

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.

Michigan high schooler contracts COVID-19 after being forced to take in-person SAT test

By James Vega and Nancy Hanover, 15 December 2020

The girl had repeatedly requested to be excused from the test rather than take the chance of contracting the disease or potentially infecting her at-risk mother.

Temporary halt to Detroit water cutoffs extended until 2022 due to COVID-19

By James Brewer, 15 December 2020

The respite in the city’s cruel water cutoff policy is in no way a commitment by the city’s Democratic Party administration to anything of substance. The tiger has not changed its stripes.

One-quarter of Macomb County Jail inmates test positive for coronavirus

By Eboni Davis, 7 December 2020

The county as a whole has had more than 39,000 cases throughout the year, equal to nearly 4.5 percent of the entire population.

Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations pushing medical facilities to occupancy limits

By Kevin Reed, 28 November 2020

The exponential surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan during the months of October and November has resulted in an alarming increase in the number of patients entering hospitals across the state with 53 facilities at 75 percent or higher bed occupancy.

What UAW President Rory Gamble is really thankful for this Thanksgiving

By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 26 November 2020

Few, if any, workers will read the trite and clichéd Thanksgiving message from United Auto Workers President Rory Gamble, published Wednesday on the UAW's web site. But it is worth mentioning for its sheer hypocrisy.

Michigan governor announces emergency measures as COVID-19 surges throughout the state

By Kevin Reed, 16 November 2020

On Sunday evening, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced temporary and limited restrictions in response to the exponential rise in coronavirus cases over the past week across the state.

Workers’ lives are worth more than corporate profits!

Workers must stop production to contain coronavirus outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant!

The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 November 2020

At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.

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.

Detroit City government insists demolitions go forward, ignoring health dangers and unmet housing needs

By James Brookfield and Debra Watson, 24 October 2020

The City of Detroit is pushing ahead with its home demolition program despite a critical shortage of affordable housing.

Service employees union shuts down nursing home strike in Detroit suburb

By James McDonald, 22 October 2020

While the details of the agreement have not been published as of this writing, the circumstances in which it was forced through shows it cannot be anything other than a sellout.

The Detroit triple murder: What the media doesn’t say

By Jerry White, 19 October 2020

The brutal murders of six-year-old Tai’raz Moore and two other victims in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan shocked residents throughout the metropolitan area.

Transit union shuts down job action by Detroit bus drivers

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2020

The memorandum of understanding signed by the Amalgamated Transit Union does nothing to seriously address the needs of drivers, let alone resolve the deplorable state of public transit in the most impoverished big city in America.

Detroit City Council defies public opposition and renews facial recognition contract

By Kevin Reed, 1 October 2020

A majority of the council of nine Democrats voted to approve a two-year, $220,000 upgrade and maintenance contract with South Carolina-based DataWorks Plus.

Vote “No” on the Detroit Federation of Teachers contract!

Unite educators, students and parents to protect our lives against COVID-19

the Detroit Rank-and-File Educators Safety Committee, 28 September 2020

The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) is seeking to ram through a one-year contract as part of the preparation for a return to full in-person learning.

“We are just numbers on a spreadsheet”

Detroit students organize protest over school reopening plans

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 September 2020

Students are organizing a virtual “sick out,” where students do not log in to online learning for the entire day, to call attention to their demands.

Unite US, Canadian, and Mexican workers against all concessions and job cuts!

A call to action to Canadian Detroit Three autoworkers: Oppose Unifor’s nationalist pro-company strategy!

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 18 September 2020

With their contracts set to expire next Monday, the urgent task before the 17,000 workers employed by the Detroit Three in Canada is to take the struggle into their own hands by building rank-and-file committees independent of the pro-company Unifor.

Dangers mount as Detroit implements a “hybrid” return to school

the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 15 September 2020

The re-opening of schools in Detroit is threatening the lives of teachers, support staff, children and parents.

Oppose unsafe school openings! Follow the science, not greed, say Detroit educators

the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 7 September 2020

The World Socialist Web Site has received an announcement of the formation of the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee.

Memorial on Detroit’s Belle Isle provides sobering tribute to the city’s victims of coronavirus

By Stephen Fuller and Helen Halyard, 4 September 2020

The city declared Monday Detroit Memorial Day and transformed the state park into a large-scale memorial for the 1,500 residents who have died from COVID-19 so far this year.

Police riot in Detroit against peaceful protesters

By Eboni Davis and Kathleen Martin, 26 August 2020

On Saturday night, the Detroit Police Department went on a rampage against peaceful protesters, arresting 44 after tear-gassing and beating people in the streets for unlawful assembly.

Flint’s $600 million water settlement—a pittance to whitewash a massive social crime

By Sheila Brehm, 21 August 2020

The ruling class is eager to finally put the Flint water poisoning behind them and hope the multi-million-dollar payout will appease workers, at least temporarily.

Detroit teachers vote overwhelmingly to strike against unsafe school openings

By Phyllis Steele, 20 August 2020

The 91 percent vote to strike is part of the widespread opposition to the opening of schools in the midst of a pandemic.

“Our lives don't matter to Ford”: Tragic COVID-19 death of young contract worker covered up by management and the UAW

By Shannon Jones, 14 August 2020

The death of a young worker at the Ford Van Dyke transmission plant from COVID-19 is the inevitable outcome of the brutal profit drive of the car companies, aided by the United Auto Workers.

What is the New York Times up to at the Detroit Institute of Arts?

By David Walsh, 27 July 2020

Controversies have emerged at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the remarkable art museum, whose director has been accused of a conflict of interest and “a certain deafness on race.”

Protests erupt after Detroit, Michigan police shoot and kill 21-year-old man

By Stephen Fuller, 11 July 2020

Tensions are high in the city after weeks of protests against police brutality in which hundreds have been arrested and police have rammed into protesters with their vehicles.

Detroit Police SUV plows through protesters, several injured

By Stephen Fuller, 30 June 2020

This incident is the latest in a series of vehicular attacks on protesters by police and right-wing individuals.

Detroit nurses’ lawsuit exposes horrific conditions at Sinai-Grace Hospital as COVID-19 deaths spiked

By Kevin Reed, 25 June 2020

Four nurses who worked at Sinai-Grace Hospital have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Tenet corporation that operates the facility where dozens of people died from COVID-19 due to management’s cost-cutting.

999 Detroit teachers

12 June 2020

Detroit mayor pushes back-to-work agenda as COVID-19 cases rise across Michigan

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.

US appeals court rules literacy is “a fundamental right” in Detroit case

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.

Detroit nursing home residents and care workers infected and dying from COVID-19

By Debra Watson, 28 April 2020

Two hundred residents along with three nursing home workers had died in the city’s 26 nursing homes.

Detroit bus drivers and riders exposed to COVID-19

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.

Behind the clinical test of hydroxychloroquine in Detroit

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.”

Beaumont Health lays off 2,500 and eliminates 450 jobs in Metro Detroit

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.

999 Detroit bus drivers and coronavirus

20 April 2020

Detroit-area hospitals slash jobs and close facilities to cut costs during COVID-19 crisis

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.

Detroit Symphony musicians to take 20 percent pay cut

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”

Interview with a retired Detroit school bus driver about the impact of COVID-19

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.

Detroit nurse fired by Sinai-Grace Hospital for demanding action to improve desperate conditions

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.

Detroit nurses battling to save patients and themselves from COVID-19

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.

As Detroit surges past 2,000 cases, COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout Michigan

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.

Coronavirus death toll rising rapidly in Detroit

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.

Leading epidemiologist says Detroit is facing a coronavirus “tsunami”

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.

Detroit hospitals warn many “extremely sick” patients will be denied lifesaving treatment

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.”

Detroit-area hospitals reach capacity as coronavirus infections in Michigan surge past 2,000

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.

080 Detroit residents without running water

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

Michigan governor declares state of emergency after state’s first two coronavirus cases confirmed

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.

President of Wayne State University calls cops on lecturers protesting layoffs

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.

Detroit State of the City 2020: Pro-capitalist promises, lies and omissions

By James Brewer, 4 March 2020

Mayor Mike Duggan painted a rosy picture of a city which has become a Mecca for cheap labor.

Workers left to scramble as GM closes Detroit Hamtramck plant for 18-month retooling

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.

Water shutoffs continue in Detroit in the face of growing opposition

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.

PFAS contamination found at Detroit-area plating company site leaking cancer causing chemicals

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.

Settlement reached in lawsuit against Detroit killer cops in Damon Grimes case

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.

040 Detroit Police killing settlement

6 January 2020

Hexavalent chromium contamination likely leaking onto Detroit-area freeway since 2016

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.

High lead levels found in many Detroit metropolitan cities

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.

Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90

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”

GM Detroit-Hamtramck workers determined to fight as auto contract deadline approaches

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

Behind Fiat Chrysler’s $4.5 billion investment in the Motor City

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.

The Democrats and Detroit

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.

Amid mounting opposition, former Michigan Governor Snyder withdraws from Harvard fellowship

By Sheila Brehm, 4 July 2019

The decision came in the face of widespread opposition on the Harvard campus, in Flint, Michigan, and nationally.

Video shows neo-Nazis attacking woman at Detroit Pride festival while police look on

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.

Detroit teachers demand action on pay, class sizes and testing

By J. Cooper, 16 May 2019

Hundreds of red-shirted teachers demanded to be heard at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The teachers’ revolt and the fight for social equality

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.

Debra Ann Washington Miller–A fighter for the working class

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

Moody’s warns investors about Detroit’s mounting debt

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.

Albanian immigrant worker, forced to hide in Detroit church for 10 months, fights deportation

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.

220 Detroit teachers statement

6 November 2018

Detroit's reality: Infant corpses found piled up in funeral home

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.

Lead at some Detroit schools 50 times the allowable federal level

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.

Striking workers rally at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit

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.

House fire at vacant property kills two in Hamtramck, Michigan

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.

Questions emerge following shutoff of water to Detroit schools

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.

Ford’s shakedown of Detroit over new tech campus

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.

045 Detroit manufacturing

13 September 2018

As classes begin, Detroit schools shut off drinking water due to high levels of lead and copper

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.

Teacher hostility grows to Michigan Department of Education’s curriculum changes

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.

Fifteen workers hospitalized after explosion at US Steel mill south of Detroit

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.

Detroit water shutoffs to resume in midst of punishing heat wave

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.

Detroit exits bankruptcy, but conditions remain bleak

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.

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs

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.

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs

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.

Twelve-year-old boy dies in Detroit area fire

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.

Corporate interests, racial politics dominate Detroit mayoral election

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.

Some Detroit-area residents left homeless after eviction from condemned low-income motel

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.

Temporary shutdown of GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant signals new threat to auto jobs

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.