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999 Ultra wealthy party in the Hamptons as pandemic rages

29 July 2020

$600-per-week jobless benefit expires for 20 million US workers

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2020

The Trump administration and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are condemning millions of workers to destitution, hunger and homelessness.

White House brands teachers “essential workers” to force reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 27 July 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic raging out of control, the Trump administration is escalating its homicidal campaign to reopen schools across the US.

Over 7,500 children in Tennessee have been diagnosed with COVID-19

By Zac Thorton, 27 July 2020

As the state’s schools move toward reopening, new data has provided a glimpse of the spread of COVID-19 among the state’s school-age children.

Mounting US pressure on Europe to line up against China

By Peter Symonds, 27 July 2020

Pompeo condemned those that “simply don’t have the ability, the courage to stand with us.”

As demonstrations erupt against Trump’s use of federal paramilitary police in Portland

Protester shot and killed in Austin, Texas

By Jacob Crosse, 27 July 2020

Nationwide protests against police violence, which had receded in recent days, reignited in dozens of US cities over the weekend.

Hurricane Hanna hits regions of Texas and Mexico devastated by COVID-19

By Trévon Austin, 27 July 2020

In conjunction with a natural disaster, the coronavirus outbreak in the cross-border region threatens to spiral out of control.

Ohio House Speaker arrested for running a $60 million bribery scheme

By Isaac Finn, 27 July 2020

The FBI arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder for alleged corrupt connections involving the electric company FirstEnergy Corporation.

Stop Trump’s coup d’état! Mobilize the working class against authoritarianism and dictatorship!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 27 July 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of paramilitary forces throughout the United States is a major escalation of the attempt to organize a coup d’état in advance of the November presidential elections.

What is BORTAC and why is it patrolling the streets of Portland?

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 July 2020

The special paramilitary arm of Customs and Border Protection has been deployed to intimidate and terrorize young people and workers amid the greatest health, economic and political crisis in modern American history.

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.”

Facing manpower shortages over COVID-19, UAW president tells workers ‘don’t retire’

By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2020

As auto plants face staffing crises over COVID-19, the UAW chief tells workers considering early retirement, “Don’t do it.”

US secretary of state sets out case for conflict with China

By Peter Symonds, 25 July 2020

By ruling out a return to the policy of “containment,” Pompeo’s speech marks a strategy aimed at regime change in Beijing.

Illinois Democrats embrace Trump’s law enforcement “surge”

By Kristina Betinis, 25 July 2020

Illinois Democratic lawmakers have made public statements aimed at assuaging public fears that the federal forces will crack down on anti-police violence protesters in Chicago, just as they have in Portland.

Canadian medical experts provide ideological justification for homicidal back-to-work drive

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 July 2020

Exploiting their professional qualifications to give their arguments credibility, the experts have fully endorsed the corporate elite’s reactionary dictum: “The cure cannot be worse than the disease.”

As the spread of COVID accelerates, Ford workers in Michigan and Kentucky denounce flouting of safety measures

By Tim Rivers, 25 July 2020

Ford workers in Michigan and Louisville, Kentucky describe the disregard of basic COVID-19 safety protections by management while the UAW works to suppress any opposition.

New York City transit officials prepare to slash jobs and wages

By Daniel de Vries, 25 July 2020

Faced with a financial crisis that threatens its survival, the MTA is planning devastating cuts to jobs and service.

Iowa Department of Health underreported confirmed cases at meatpacking plant by more than half

By Cordell Gascoigne, 25 July 2020

The Iowa Department of Health cover-up occurred at the height of the “back to work campaign” and ongoing meat industry production.

Trump signs executive order on 2020 Census declaring undocumented immigrants are not persons

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 July 2020

The order would affect the distribution of federal funding as well as the apportionment of congressional seats.

Judge orders former Trump enforcer Michael Cohen to be released from prison

By Jacob Crosse, 25 July 2020

In a slap at President Trump and Attorney General Barr, Federal District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein has ordered the release of former Trump confidant and disbarred lawyer Michael Cohen.

“People will not know what they lost until it is gone”

Workers voice opposition to privatization of US Postal Service

By Kayla Costa and Shuvu Batta, 25 July 2020

Postal workers have responded with outrage to leaked memos from USPS management which reveal plans for the accelerated privatization of the Postal Service.

John Deere announces layoffs, salary buyouts for US workers

By George Gallanis, 25 July 2020

The layoffs and dangers posed by the raging coronavirus pandemic require workers to form rank-and-file committees to fight for their lives and safety.

Phoenix, Arizona police release incomplete footage of July 4 shooting

By Chase Lawrence, 25 July 2020

James Garcia, 28, was sitting alone in his car and under no suspicion of any crime when he was killed by police.

Remains of one of Mexico’s missing Ayotzinapa 43 students identified

By Rafael Azul and Don Knowland, 25 July 2020

Mexico’s attorney general has announced that human remains found in Cocula, Guerrero state had been identified as Christian Adolfo Rodriguez Telumbre.

150,000 dead in the US and no end in sight

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2020

The resurgence of COVID-19 is a result of the campaign by the Trump administration—with the assistance of the Democrats and the media—to force workers back on the job as the pandemic continues to rage.

SEP files appeal to Federal Sixth Circuit Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 25 July 2020

The Socialist Equality Party candidates Joseph Kishore for US President and Norissa Santa Cruz for US Vice President have appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for review of the July 8 ruling of Judge Sean Cox rejecting their lawsuit against Michigan ballot access requirements during the pandemic.

US coronavirus hospitalizations surge back to April highs

By Bryan Dyne, 24 July 2020

The spike in hospitalizations is the result of infections surging nationally, including more than 69,000 new cases today, along with 1,150 deaths, bringing the total known case count and death toll to 4.17 million and 147,000, respectively.

As paramilitary police tear gas Portland mayor and protesters

Trump orders federal police to more cities

By Barry Grey, 24 July 2020

The Trump administration is stepping up its unconstitutional moves toward dictatorial rule, tear gassing the mayor of Portland, Oregon and announcing the deployment of federal police to additional cities.

Growing wave of educators’ protests forces Trump to throw a financial sop to schools

By Nancy Hanover, 24 July 2020

Trump’s apparent climbdown from his insistence that schools must “fully” open “ASAP” indicates the deep crisis of the administration and growing fears of the political mobilization of educators, parents and students.

Fourth steelworker in three years dies at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago, Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 24 July 2020

ArcelorMittal is seeking to offset financial setbacks from the pandemic by increasing the exploitation of its global workforce.

Trump, Congress condemn unemployed to starve

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2020

The Democrats and Republicans are allowing the $600-a-week federal unemployment compensation supplement to expire, cutting off a lifeline for millions of jobless workers.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos adds record $13 billion to net worth in a single day

By Jacob Crosse, 24 July 2020

US billionaires continue to profit fabulously off the pandemic while millions face hunger, eviction, and joblessness.

Trump orders hundreds of federal agents into Chicago

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2020

The White House is escalating the drive toward an authoritarian regime in America.

COVID-19 spreading widely in auto plants as Detroit automakers push for more production

By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2020

Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.

New coronavirus cases globally rocket past a quarter million

By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2020

Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.

California: 700 health care workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on five-day strike

By Brian Dixon, 23 July 2020

Workers are protesting understaffing at the hospital, inadequate access to personal protective equipment, and management’s proposal to slash their benefits.

Widespread opposition as union sells out Joliet, Illinois nurses strike

By Alex Johnson, 23 July 2020

The Illinois Nurses Association isolated the courageous two-week strike and then pushed through a deal that does nothing to address dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.

“They have put the needs of the 1 percent over the importance of human life”

NASSCO shipyard worker dies from COVID-19 in San Diego

By Linda Rios, 23 July 2020

Concerns about the lack of safety measures at the shipyard began to surface in late March, when a worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Senate committee gives nod to Trump Fed nominee

By Nick Beams, 23 July 2020

The main qualification of Judy Shelton in Trump’s eyes is that she has changed her economic views in line with changes in the occupancy of the White House.

Bodies of two workers still entombed at collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans nearly one year later

By Aaron Murch, 23 July 2020

Ten months after the partial collapse of the Hard Rock hotel construction site collapse recovery, efforts are finally under way to retrieve the bodies of two workers still buried beneath the rubble.

Death of 14-year-old on the job highlights growth of child labor in Canada

By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 July 2020

Young workers represent more than 50 percent of the workforce at some large corporations such as McDonald’s and Tim Hortons.

US orders closure of China’s Houston consulate, raising the danger of war

By Mike Head, 23 July 2020

The White House, facing a massive domestic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, is seeking to divert internal tensions outward.

Alberta’s right-wing government adopts draconian anti-protest law

By Riksen Stewart and Roger Jordan, 22 July 2020

As it launches a fresh assault on workers’ wages and social rights, the Kenney government has passed a law that could be used to criminalize and suppress virtually any demonstration.

California judge rules that SEP candidates must collect physical signatures during pandemic or be excluded from ballot

By Kevin Reed, 22 July 2020

Federal District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee handed down a ruling on Tuesday against the lawsuit filed by the SEP, which argues that California’s ballot access laws are “effectively impossible” to satisfy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “Strike for Black Lives” protest stunt

By Tom Hall, 22 July 2020

The “strike” was a union-organized stunt endorsed by business, the corporate media and the Democratic Party to divert anger over police violence and unsafe working conditions along racial lines.

Trump administration expands assault on coronavirus testing

By Bryan Dyne, 20 July 2020

There are 14.6 million confirmed cases and 608,000 deaths worldwide, including just under 3.9 million cases and more than 143,000 deaths in the United States alone.

Eighty-five infants infected with COVID-19 in Corpus Christi, Texas

By Chase Lawrence, 20 July 2020

Nueces County, Texas saw the number of new COVID-19 cases skyrocket in July, infecting dozens of babies, and killing a baby less than six months old.

Toledo Jeep workers demand immediate shutdown as COVID-19 continues to spread in auto industry

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 July 2020

Toledo Jeep workers report that there are more than 60 cases at the assembly complex, but FCA and the UAW refuse to halt production

Deaths in ICE custody rise as pandemic rages across the United States

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 July 2020

ICE reported the deaths of two men in custody over the last week, at least one of whom had tested positive for COVID-19 in early July.

More than 3,300 Arkansas meatpacking workers infected with coronavirus

By Cordell Gascoigne, 20 July 2020

At poultry giant Tyson, whose headquarters are located in Springdale, Arkansas, 13 percent of the workforce has contracted the virus.

COVID-19 outbreak hits central Michigan flood recovery migrant workers

By Luke Galvin, 20 July 2020

The workers were housed in cramped hotel rooms, with upwards of five workers per room.

Trudeau government failed to enforce COVID-19 protections for migrant farm workers

By Janet Browning, 20 July 2020

While claiming that temporary migrant farm workers would be safeguarded from COVID-19, the Liberal government stopped all in-person worksite inspections.

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20 July 2020

US hits record 74,987 new daily COVID-19 cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 18 July 2020

The number of daily new cases in the United States has tripled from a month ago amid a massive resurgence of the pandemic.

US moving to ban China-based TikTok social media app

By Kevin Reed, 18 July 2020

There is bipartisan support in Congress for the Trump administration’s aggressive efforts against the Chinese app.

A grim week on federal death row: Three men sent to their deaths in Terre Haute, Indiana

By Kate Randall, 18 July 2020

Dustin Lee Honken was the third prisoner executed in five days after a 17-year de facto moratorium on the gruesome practice at the federal level.

Michigan teen sent to juvenile detention for failing to do her homework

By Will McCalliss and Nancy Hanover, 18 July 2020

Amid the chaotic transition to online learning during the pandemic, a teenage girl has been taken into criminal custody for “failure to submit any schoolwork.”

American Airlines announces 25,000 job cuts

By Steve Filips, 18 July 2020

The unions have not taken any action to fight for safety or defend jobs. Their only response has been to plead for another government bailout for the airlines.

US pushes fabricated claims of Russian hacking of virus research

By Barry Grey, 18 July 2020

The United States is most nakedly pursuing a nationalistic course, aimed at enriching American oligarchs and deploying the vaccine not as a means to save lives, but as a weapon against countries in the crosshairs of US imperialism.

As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants

Build rank-and-file safety committees at every workplace to save lives!

By the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.

Millions of Americans are losing health insurance as joblessness skyrockets

By Alex Johnson, 17 July 2020

The pandemic has left approximately 5.4 million American workers uninsured between February and May, according to an analysis by the Families USA consumer advocacy group.

“Four workers share each bunk bed”

More than two hundred Mexican oil workers at PEMEX have died from COVID-19

By Andrea Lobo, 17 July 2020

The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus.

US posts a one-day high in COVID-19 cases with health systems on the verge of collapse

By Benjamin Mateus, 17 July 2020

Florida, Texas, Arizona and California are the worst hit, as well as other states in the deep South like Alabama.

Two-week strike by Joliet, Illinois nurses in danger

By Benjamin Mateus and Jerry White, 17 July 2020

The nurses have taken a defiant stand not just for themselves but for all health care workers, but the unions are isolating their strike.

US automakers continue cover-up of COVID-19 outbreaks as workers call for action

By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2020

Fiat Chrysler, with the aid of the United Auto Workers and the corporate media, continues to downplay the uncontrolled spread of the virus at the Toledo North Assembly Complex.

White House declares that “science should not stand in the way” of reopening schools

By Evan Blake, 17 July 2020

The principles of public health and science, which are in alignment with the social interests of the working class, stand diametrically opposed to the insatiable drive for profit.

First-time jobless claims in US top 1 million for 17th straight week

By Jessica Goldstein, 17 July 2020

The number of new official jobless claims demonstrate a state of deep economic crisis for US capitalism.

US drug overdose deaths soared to record highs in 2019

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2020

Preliminary data shows that nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, a staggering increase of 5 percent from 2018, and that the toll will be even higher this year.

Dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts hacked in “coordinated social engineering attack”

By Kevin Reed, 17 July 2020

The social media site was the target of a coordinated cyberattack on Wednesday in which the accounts of well-known individuals were taken over as part of a scheme to dupe the public out of their Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Second federal execution in a week goes forward with Supreme Court sanction

By Kate Randall, 17 July 2020

For the second time in as many days, the highest US court vacated a lower court’s order, allowing a federal execution to proceed.

Trump replaces campaign manager as poll numbers plunge

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2020

Brad Parscale seems to have paid the price for the debacle of Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month.

Police body camera footage of George Floyd murder released

By Kevin Martinez, 17 July 2020

New videos showing Floyd’s death at the hand of Minneapolis police were unsealed by a judge on Wednesday, but were only viewable in the courthouse and could not be published by news organizations.

Oklahoma cops tased Jared Lakey over 50 times before he died, video shows

By Jacob Crosse, 17 July 2020

Jared Lakey died last year less than 48 hours after suffering a heart attack after being electrocuted and choked by police officers in Wilson, Oklahoma.

US retail bankruptcies and closures accelerate during COVID-19 pandemic

By Trévon Austin, 17 July 2020

As many as 25,000 stores and half of the malls in the US face closure.

Canada’s largest lingerie and swimwear retailer scraps worker bonuses

By Alexandra Greene, 17 July 2020

La Vie en Rose workers, many of whom are paid minimum wage, are being pressured to show up even when they have coronavirus symptoms and are receiving totally inadequate workplace protection from the company.

SEP candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz respond to California state officials in ballot access lawsuit

By Alan Gilman, 17 July 2020

In a set of court filings Wednesday, the SEP candidates refuted point by point the arguments made by California state officials in an effort to keep them off the November ballot.

Rank-and-file safety committee demands immediate shut down

COVID-19 out of control at Toledo Jeep plant

By Jerry White, 16 July 2020

With at least 40 confirmed cases in the plant, rank-and-file workers are demanding an immediate halt to production and universal testing.

White House in disarray as coronavirus numbers explode

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2020

The one-day total of infections has set a new record of 71,670 and deaths are once again climbing.

Federal agents in Portland, Oregon shoot and critically injure protester

By Hector Cordon and Julio Patron, 16 July 2020

Portland is being used by the Trump administration as a test case for the deployment of heavily armed federal agents to suppress popular protests against police brutality.

Real economy plunges but financial profits surge

By Nick Beams, 16 July 2020

Major US banks are raking in billions of dollars through speculative operations financed by the massive intervention of the Fed into all corners of the financial markets.

Charter schools cash in on “small business” Paycheck Protection Program

By Mitch Marcus, 16 July 2020

PPP has been a boondoggle of monumental proportions, funneling essentially free cash to major corporations.

Canada refuses to repatriate illegally jailed citizens accused of ISIS ties

By Laurent Lafrance, 16 July 2020

Trudeau’s politically motivated refusal to repatriate children and others illegally detained in Kurdish military prisons in Syria is an attack on the citizenship rights of all Canadians.

Trump and Democratic Party establishment retain grip in primary contests

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2020

Air Force helicopter pilot and war veteran Mary Jennings Hegar, a former Republican, will be the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Texas.

Nearly 70,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in US prisons

By Sam Dalton, 16 July 2020

As the virus’s spread in prisons continues unabated, a new study shows the COVID-19 death rate for US inmates is triple the population at large.

Harley-Davidson slashes 700 jobs worldwide as stock price continues to rise

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2020

Harley-Davidson’s restructuring plan will lead to a further casualization of its global workforce and the lowering of their wages.

Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves anti-encryption EARN IT Act

By Kevin Reed, 16 July 2020

The bipartisan vote passed to the floor of the Senate a redraft of the bill which exploits online child sexual abuse as a cover to attack free speech and encrypted electronic communications.

Lawsuit claims Washington, DC police participated in June raid on Lafayette Square protest

By Ray Coleman, 16 July 2020

The latest amendments to the lawsuit filed by the ACLU implicate the Democratic administration of DC Mayor Bowser in the June 1 assault ordered by President Trump.

Markets soar as the corpses pile up

By Andre Damon, 16 July 2020

The massive run-up in stock prices has only one explanation: The capitalist state has put at the disposal of its masters in the financial oligarchy unlimited amounts of money.

Record single-day COVID-19 deaths in Florida, Alabama and Utah

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 July 2020

Hospitalizations are up 43 percent in California. Texas and Arizona are readying refrigerated trucks to store the overflow of bodies from inundated morgues.

US government carries out first execution of federal prisoner in 17 years

By Kate Randall, 15 July 2020

In the modern history of the death penalty in the US, Daniel Lewis Lee’s execution stands out as a particularly egregious affront to due process and basic human rights.

US secretary of state denounces China over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 15 July 2020

The Trump administration formally adopts the 2016 Hague ruling against Chinese claims in the sensitive, strategic waters, as it ramps up US naval provocations there.

Haphazard plans to reopen US schools spur growing opposition among educators

By Renae Cassimeda, 15 July 2020

The reckless move to rapidly reopen schools coincides with the homicidal drive by the ruling class to force workers back on the job amid the deepening COVID-19 pandemic.

Death of Arizona teacher exposes lies about safely reopening schools

By Phyllis Steele, 15 July 2020

Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, 61, died on June 26 after contracting COVID-19 as she and other teachers taught students remotely from a shared classroom.

Judge denies bail for Ghislaine Maxwell, charged with aiding Epstein’s abuse of underage girls

By Kevin Reed, 15 July 2020

Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges that she participated in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring in the 1990s and was denied bail.

COVID-19 outbreak at Battle Creek, Michigan auto parts plant

By Brent Dylan and Joseph Lorenz, 15 July 2020

One worker has died and 13 have been infected by COVID-19 at the DENSO thermal manufacturing plant in Battle Creek, Michigan that supplies parts for Toyota.

USDA food box program fails to deliver significant share of much needed aid

By Alex Findijs, 15 July 2020

The USDA promised to deliver $1.2 billion in food to families in need, but has delivered less than two-thirds of this amount so far.

Southeastern US experiencing harrowing rise in coronavirus infections

By Cordell Gascoigne, 15 July 2020

The Southeastern states have seen sharp spikes in the rates of infection, hospitalization and death due to the coronavirus.

Further details emerge on far-right views of Canadian army reservist who tried to kill Trudeau

By Roger Jordan, 15 July 2020

The political establishment fears an examination of the far-right incubating in the armed forces would cut across plans to dramatically increase military spending and aggression.

Workers on unemployment stunned as Arizona abruptly cuts off payments

By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020

The rescinding of payments by the Arizona Department of Economic Security has affected workers who live out of state but had been employed in Arizona.

Florida sees one-day high of 15,300 COVID-19 cases as pandemic inundates health care infrastructure

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 July 2020

The world has passed 13 million new cases of COVID-19, taking less than five days for an additional million cases.