By Angelo Perera, 27 February 2021
On February 7, the United Educators of San Francisco union reached an agreement to allow “limited instruction.”
By Trévon Austin, 27 February 2021
Visiting Texas eleven days after the onset of a man-made disaster that killed dozens and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, Biden barely took notice of the mass suffering while offering a political amnesty to the Republican state government.
By Chase Lawrence, 27 February 2021
The infrastructure problems, which led to the near total collapse of the state’s power grid earlier this month, developed well before deregulation and have been known for decades.
By Jacob Crosse, 27 February 2021
Biden seized on a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian as the pretext to abandon an increase in the federal minimum wage.
“Since school has been remote, no teachers have died.”
By Emma Arceneaux, 27 February 2021
The district’s announcement, and the CDC guidelines they cite, blatantly ignore one of the most important factors in determining the safety of a building: ventilation and air quality.
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.
By Trévon Austin, 27 February 2021
Black Lives Matter organizations have been promoted and financially backed by sections of the ruling class as part of the effort to promote racial division and undermine class unity.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 February 2021
Ten-year-old quadruple amputee Dae’Shun Jamison from Shelby, Michigan is just one of more than 2,000 children in the US to develop Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children after catching COVID-19.
Delays to Big Three auto companies’ vaccination program highlight profit motive driving pandemic response
By Jessica Goldstein, 27 February 2021
The question raised is why has the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines been left up to private corporations who are driven primarily by profit considerations?
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.”
A wonderful year for the elite: Top 25 hedge fund managers earned record $32 billion in 2020 as millions plunged into misery
By Kevin Reed, 27 February 2021
During a year in which tens of millions of people lost their jobs and hundreds of thousands died from the coronavirus pandemic in the US, super-wealthy investors collectively increased their earnings by 50 percent over 2019.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2021
The act of aggression against Syria and the global escalation of US militarism constitute the foundation of bipartisan unity between Biden and the Republican Party.
By Harvey Simpkins, 27 February 2021
The return to schools follows separate announcements by the governors of Virginia and Maryland calling on all schools to reopen in March.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 February 2021
Thomas Webster, a former US Marine and 20-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, now retired, has been charged with violently assaulting a D.C. police officer during the storming of the Capitol.
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.
By Jacob Crosse, 26 February 2021
At a House subcommittee hearing into the attack on Congress, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman gave opaque and contradictory testimony.
By Evan Blake, 26 February 2021
The purpose of Kristof’s article is to pollute popular consciousness and pressure local Democrats tasked with enforcing the homicidal policy of reopening schools.
“Workers fought so hard to get these rights”
By Shannon Jones, 26 February 2021
The drive by management and the UAW to impose a 12-hour, seven-day rotation for skilled trades is facing near unanimous opposition.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 February 2021
Despite opposition from parents and the community, the San Diego Unified School District is planning to reopen schools by April.
By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2021
William J. Burns is a veteran of decades of skullduggery for American imperialism, in the course of a three-decade career at the State Department.
By Tony Jackson, 26 February 2021
A disproportionate amount of preventable human suffering fell on the oldest, most isolated, and most dependent members of society.
San Francisco school board pauses reactionary school renaming campaign to focus on forcing schools open
By Renae Cassimeda, 26 February 2021
Despite widespread transmission of COVID-19 and news of more infectious and deadly variants of the virus within San Francisco, the school district alongside the educator and school worker unions are pushing ahead with reopening plans.
By James Clayton and David Walsh, 26 February 2021
Gorman rose from almost total obscurity to the cover of Time magazine in the space of a single month.
By The WSWS Editorial Board, 25 February 2021
Facebook has labeled the WSWS Perspective column, "Washington Post’s 'Wuhan Lab' conspiracy theory stands exposed,” as “misinformation” and blocked users from sharing it.
By Benjamin Mateus, 25 February 2021
A new variant of the coronavirus was discovered in California, dubbed CAL.20C. The mutation, L452R, appears to make the virus more contagious.
By Sandy English, 25 February 2021
A feature essay in the New York Times Magazine claims that the study of ancient Greece and Rome is the font of “whiteness” in contemporary culture, and that colleges should “get rid of classics.”
By Alan Gilman, 25 February 2021
The 45-year-old has narrowly escaped with his life, to the relief of his millions of fans.
By Trévon Austin, 25 February 2021
Prude died last March after police handcuffed him, put a hood over his head and pushed him into the cold pavement.
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 25 February 2021
We demand that every individual, politician and corporation responsible for the social disaster in Texas be criminally prosecuted and that all workers be made whole.
By Marcus Day, 25 February 2021
The layoff of 150 workers at Belvidere Assembly is an opening shot in what will inevitably be an attempt by the automaker to increase its profitability through mass job cuts, factory closures and other brutal cost-cutting measures.
By Josh Varlin, 25 February 2021
The real scandal is not the Cuomo’s alleged “bullying,” but the massive death toll in nursing homes.
By Nick Barrickman, 25 February 2021
On the third anniversary of the historic 2018 West Virginia teachers’ strike, the state senate passed a punitive bill codifying anti-strike measures into state law.
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.
By Jacob Crosse, 25 February 2021
At a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Republicans sought to equate the January 6 coup attempt with protests against police violence.
By Helen Halyard and Fred Mazelis, 25 February 2021
The December 4, 1969, assassination was one of the most brazen crimes ever carried out by the US ruling class.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 February 2021
Despite the dire conditions facing workers, President Joe Biden has already given numerous indications that the meager minimum wage increase proposal will likely be stripped from the bill.
By Bryan Dyne, 24 February 2021
The rover also returned the first audio recorded on Mars.
By Nick Beams, 24 February 2021
Outlining monetary policy—the central concern of Wall Street—the Fed chair emphasised that the present ultra-loose regime would continue even if inflation began to rise and there was a tightening in the labour market.
By Alexander Fangmann, 24 February 2021
While local reporters and the Chicago Teachers Union maintain a wall of silence over the dangers facing educators and students, schools have become the number one potential exposure locations in the state, according to contact tracing.
Michigan teachers, students face double threat from school reopenings: contaminated water and COVID-19
By Sheila Brehm and James MacDonald, 24 February 2021
With the Democratic Whitmer administration pushing for a March 1 reopening date for public schools, teachers and students face not only the danger of the coronavirus, but lead and legionella bacteria from unflushed water systems.
By Ben Oliver, 24 February 2021
Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, without a contract since November 2019, on February 10 gave their overwhelming approval for strike action for safer working conditions and patient outcomes.
By Peter Ross, 24 February 2021
Officials in Los Angeles announced on Monday that some in-person instruction will resume next week, with a full reopening planned for next month. The announcement comes amid reports that a more contagious variant of COVID-19 has become the dominant strain in California.
Philadelphia teachers union endorses bogus claims of school renovations as cover for reopening schools
By Douglas Lyons, 24 February 2021
The PFT, while posing as “concerned” about certain elements of the reopening plans, claims falsely that schools can be made safe through updates to decrepit school buildings, in particular, improved ventilation systems.
By Roger Jordan, 24 February 2021
Endorsed by an all-party coalition, the provocative motion is part of a propaganda offensive aimed at providing a bogus human rights justification for Canadian imperialism’s ever more prominent role in Washington’s military-strategic offensive against Beijing.
By Andre Damon, 24 February 2021
The Washington Post’s claims that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab have been totally discredited by the findings of the World Health Organization.
By Trévon Austin, 24 February 2021
The total value of losses is still being tallied, but the severity and geographic scope of the storm has meant that the total cost could exceed the $19 billion in damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
By Melody Isley, 24 February 2021
Despite the capitalist propaganda, parents have expressed overwhelming support for online learning, which they know prioritizes the health of their families, school workers and educators.
By Fred Mazelis, 24 February 2021
The deathbed confession of former undercover NYPD officer Raymond Wood points to an official cover-up.
By Kevin Reed, 24 February 2021
The Department of Health and Human Services is reactivating the Carrizo Springs Child Migration Detention Facility for detaining up to 700 teenagers in the coming days and weeks.
By Frank Anderson, 24 February 2021
The restored 1951 film version of Wright’s Native Son paints a lacerating picture of social life in America’s second city.
By Jacob Crosse, 24 February 2021
In the first public congressional hearing on the January 6 coup attempt, police chiefs and politicians sought to blame faulty or undelivered intelligence for the breach of the US Capitol.
By Benjamin Mateus, 23 February 2021
Freezing temperatures and mass power outages resulted in widespread disruption of COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Texas.
With a 12-hour, seven-day schedule at Sterling Heights Assembly, UAW repudiates long battle for eight-hour day
By Shannon Jones, 23 February 2021
With the announcement of an April 5 start day for a grueling 12-hour, seven-day schedule at the Stellantis Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP), the UAW has repudiated rights that workers fought and died for over the course of well over 100 years.
Montgomery, Alabama schools moves forward with plans to convert public schools into privately-operated charter schools
By Shelley Connor, 23 February 2021
The Montgomery Public School Board, a focal point of months of protests by teachers over COVID-19 deaths, is turning over three schools to charter operators.
By Trévon Austin, 23 February 2021
The lawsuit accuses the energy companies of gross negligence and placing profits ahead of the welfare of the population by failing to follow long-standing recommendations to winterize the power grid and misleading residents about how long blackouts would last.
Half a million dead in the US from coronavirus pandemic: Catastrophe, crime and historical turning point
By Joseph Kishore, 23 February 2021
The catastrophic loss of life in the US is the outcome of deliberate decisions made by the ruling class and its political representatives to prioritize profit over lives.
By Jerry White, 21 February 2021
The Biden administration, the corporate media and the teachers unions have ganged up against educators who are refusing to risk their lives.
By William Quartermaine, 21 February 2021
In addition to the social crisis brought on by the storm in the United States, the populations of Mexico and Canada saw the extreme cold and snow knock out power and strain critical infrastructure.
By Tom Carter, 21 February 2021
The Texas catastrophe lays bare the real state of class relations in the richest country in the world and makes clear why essential infrastructure can no longer be entrusted to the capitalist oligarchs.
By Kayla Costa and David Fitzgerald, 21 February 2021
Following a similar series of events in California cities, Kroger has announced the closure of two QFC grocery stores in Seattle, Washington in retaliation against the City Council imposing a $4 hourly wage increase for the remainder of the pandemic.
Reports of spread of British B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in Michigan
Phyllis Steele, 21 February 2021
Michigan Democrats, backed by the corporate media, are ramping up pressure to reopen schools by March 1.
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 February 2021
It has been one year since the first death from COVID-19 in the US. The scale of death in that one year is unprecedented in US history.
California Republicans claim 1.7 million signatures on petition to recall Democratic Governor Newsom
By Dan Conway, 21 February 2021
The right-wing petition drive against California Governor Gavin Newsom, organized by the state Republican Party, is on track to reach the 1.5 million signature threshold required to force a recall election later this year.
By Aaron Murch, 21 February 2021
The city’s mayor reported late last week that there is no definite timetable for whenwater service will return for thousands of city residents, who must now rely on bottled water.
By Jacob Crosse, 21 February 2021
Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is investigating “Stop the Steal” organizers and promoters, including Alex Jones, Roger Stone and Ali Alexander.
Opposition to relocation of toxic metal recycling plant to Chicago’s working-class South Side raises political questions
By George Gallanis, 21 February 2021
While there is widespread opposition to the relocation of the General Iron plant to Chicago’s working-class South Side, the politics of the opposition must be scrutinized.
By Bryan Dyne, 20 February 2021
If society operated on the principle of rationality and human need, not the insatiable greed of the rich, the scientific advancements that made possible the Mars rover would be used to end the many ills that plague humanity.
By David Walsh, 20 February 2021
Frances McDormand plays Fern, a 60-year-old woman at economic and personal loose ends. She lived for decades in Empire, Nevada, a company town owned lock, stock and barrel by the United States Gypsum Corporation.
By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2021
An odious presence on American radio for more than three decades, Limbaugh specialized in bullying women, gays, blacks and other minorities, while glorifying American imperialism.
By Kevin Reed, 20 February 2021
The sudden discovery of a large number of cases of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant in the Michigan prison system is a warning that the pandemic is moving into a new, more infectious and lethal stage.
By Jacob Crosse, 20 February 2021
Press reports on those charged in the January 6 attack on Congress reveal that a substantial number are current or former police and active or former members of the military, many of whom are linked to far-right militias.
By Elliott Murtagh, 20 February 2021
Depression-like cuts are devastating the largest urban university system in the US.
By Eoin Oisin, 20 February 2021
Economic crises are notoriously fertile grounds for militaries to recruit applicants who would otherwise study or work.
By Chase Lawrence, 20 February 2021
The phrase “too little, too late” does not even begin to scratch the surface of the essentially non-existent and frankly ridiculous response of the Biden administration to a still unfolding catastrophe which has killed dozens of people.
By Jacob Crosse, 20 February 2021
The October 2020 report to the House and Senate Armed Service Committees provides details of the extent of far-right forces within the US military.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2021
Biden’s attempt to assert US leadership under the false banner of “democracy” received a chilly reception from Washington’s NATO allies.
Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 February 2021
The effort to reopen schools in Chicago was aimed at setting a precedent for reopening districts everywhere and shifting the relationship of class forces in the US as a whole.
Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 February 2021
Our committee unequivocally demands a stop to the drive to reopen the Philadelphia public school system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Trévon Austin, 19 February 2021
Texas residents on variable rate electricity plans have been hit with electricity bills for tens of thousands of dollars after the market price of electricity soared this week amid a collapse of the power system.
Another 861,000 US workers file for unemployment as corporations exploit pandemic to restructure operations
By Jerry White, 19 February 2021
A new McKinsey Global Institute report predicts that the decline in business travel and increase in working from home will lead to fewer jobs at hotels, restaurants, mass transit and retail, while corporations employ new labor-saving technologies in factories.
UAW and Stellantis set April 5 start date for 12-hour, seven-day schedule for skilled trades at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant
By Shannon Jones, 19 February 2021
The new schedule, based on four rotating crews alternating over two weeks, represents a further major assault on the eight-hour day.
By Kate Randall, 19 February 2021
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in the first half of 2020, life expectancy dropped by more than one year as COVID-19 ripped through the population.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2021
The most urgent issue confronting NATO, a May 1 deadline for withdrawing 10,000 troops from the two-decades-old war in Afghanistan, was left undecided.
By Hong Jian, 19 February 2021
Despite the fact that over the past week Los Angeles County averaged 2,339 new cases and 123.1 new deaths per day, officials throughout the region are pressing to reopen schools.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 February 2021
Winter storm Uri has thrown Texas into a temporary dark age. Health systems are grappling with the loss of power, potable water, and burst water mains. People are crowding warming centers and emergency rooms.
By Chase Lawrence, 19 February 2021
Republican Senator and coup conspirator Ted Cruz, in an act of complete indifference, flew to Cancun, Mexico with his family for a vacation while a disaster unfolded across Texas, leaving dozens dead.
By Kevin Reed, 19 February 2021
Congressional Democrats introduced the Biden administration’s new immigration legislation on Thursday while admitting in advance it has little chance of passing the Senate.
By Douglas Lyons, 18 February 2021
The decision to push back reopening is an indication that both the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the school district recognize they need more time to bring the opposition of teachers under control.
By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2021
Millions have been without power for days in the state that produces more electricity than any other in the United States.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 February 2021
In spite of four teacher deaths and strident opposition, the state of Georgia is denying educators vaccinations and sending them back to unsafe schools.
By Nick Beams, 18 February 2021
The bitcoin speculation mania is only the most egregious example of what is taking place throughout the financial system.
By Tom Carter, 18 February 2021
Amazon filed a lawsuit in federal district court Friday demanding a ruling that it is not required to comply with New York safety laws and regulations, while New York authorities filed a complaint against Amazon on Tuesday that paints a devastating picture of the callous disregard for workers’ lives by the $1.6 trillion global conglomerate throughout the pandemic.
CDC school opening guidelines ignore the critical role of ventilation and infection control in classrooms
By Benjamin Mateus, 17 February 2021
The CDC has downplayed the role of ventilation in making schools safe for reopening. Efficiently operating HVAC systems are an important part of infection control for airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2.
By Douglas Lyons, 17 February 2021
The PFT is hoping to stymie any opposition from educators and parents who have compelled the district to backpedal in reopening several times already.
Los Angeles Police Department officers and employees caught circulating Valentine’s Day image of George Floyd captioned “You take my breath away”
By Shawn Velia and John Andrews, 17 February 2021
The LAPD issued several statements via Twitter confirming that a police officer had filed a personnel complaint regarding a valentine making fun of the 2020 Minneapolis police killing.
By Jerry White, 17 February 2021
Sweeney’s “insurgent” campaign in 1995 was aimed at heading off the collapse of the AFL-CIO after more than a decade during which the US labor federation betrayed strikes and colluded in the destruction of millions of jobs.
By Marcus Day, 17 February 2021
As with all significant technological advances under capitalism, the shift to EVs is not being directed at the betterment of society or the improvement of working conditions, but rather is being used to intensify the exploitation of the working class.
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.
Prosecutors announce new charges against Proud Boys in connection with January 6 assault on US Capitol
By Jacob Crosse, 17 February 2021
In the wake of the Senate impeachment trial debacle and continuing revelations of ties between the far-right groups that led the insurrection and Trump’s closest allies, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she would push for the creation of a 9/11 Commission-like bipartisan body to investigate the attempted coup.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 17 February 2021
More than 20 deaths have been linked to Winter Storm Uri, including a woman and her three elementary-school-age grandchildren who died in a house fire around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday in Sugar Land, Texas.