United States

COVID-19 cuts a swath through official Washington

By a reporter, 8 October 2020

The coronavirus is cutting a swath through official Washington, hitting dozens of White House aides, the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff and well over a hundred members of Congress and their staff.

“We need to take away the children”: Top Justice Department officials drove Trump’s anti-immigrant family separation policy

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 October 2020

While the specific officials mentioned in the report are no longer leading the department, the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants has continued unabated.

With more than 1 million dead, who have been the victims of the coronavirus pandemic?

Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 October 2020

More than 1 million people globally have succumbed to COVID-19. The working class has faced the brunt of this pandemic, with all indications that the worst is still to come.

SUNY students face budget gap in Excelsior Scholarship program

By Alex Findijs, 8 October 2020

With a $62 billion budget gap, some SUNY students have been charged full tuition and are unsure when their scholarship credits will be applied.

US secretary of state lashes out against China at Quad meeting

By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2020

The US has been pushing for the transformation of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue involving Japan, India and Australia into a formal military alliance as part of its escalating war drive against China.

Opposition parties seize power in Kyrgyzstan amid growing geopolitical rivalry in the region

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 8 October 2020

The current seizure of power marks the third removal of a sitting president since 1991 in a poverty-stricken country that is dominated by oligarchic politics and geopolitical rivalries.

Former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder of George Floyd released on bail

By Nick Barrickman, 8 October 2020

Floyd’s killing by Derek Chauvin and three other officers on May 25 set off mass protests around the world against police violence.

Thirteen arrested in far-advanced pro-Trump conspiracy to murder Michigan’s governor and overthrow the state government

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2020

The ultra-right conspiracy in Michigan is part of a national plot inspired by the US president to defy the election results and stay in power.

“They want the schools to remain open at all costs”

Tennessee educator speaks out on unsafe conditions in schools

By Our reporters, 8 October 2020

While the state’s governor proclaims schools are safe, the teacher reveals how her school has been unable to contain the spread of the virus and the impact this has had on educators and students alike.

Appalachian State University faculty and students demand action after death of healthy student from COVID-19

By Aaron Murch, 8 October 2020

Following the death of 19-year-old Chad Dorrill, students and professors have spoken out against the poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the university’s administration.

Global billionaire wealth tops $10 trillion as COVID-19 deaths mount

By Jacob Crosse, 8 October 2020

The unprecedented surge in wealth takes place amidst a global pandemic that has killed more than one million people worldwide, including more than 215,000 in the United States alone.

At vice presidential debate

Harris refuses to oppose Trump’s planned 2020 election coup

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2020

The Democratic candidate was asked what her party’s response would be to Trump seeking to remain in office in defiance of the voters.

US safety agency undermines federal oversight of COVID-19 workplace spread

By Shannon Jones, 7 October 2020

The workplace safety agency revised wording on its website to state that employers must only report a hospitalization if it occurs within 24 hours of exposure, a near impossibility that effectively abolishes any requirement that companies notify OSHA of severe cases.

With COVID-19 rates rising, Massachusetts officials push to reopen schools and businesses

By Andrew Timon, 7 October 2020

Last Thursday marked the opening of public schools in Boston, Massachusetts, for in-person learning for high need students, despite rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city and state.

Trump escalates political conspiracy despite White House pandemic

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 7 October 2020

Trump’s decision to return to the White House from the Walter Reed Medical Center Monday night was intended to get his plot to overturn the election back on track.

Teachers unions stifle opposition to Louisiana school reopenings

By Emma Arceneaux, 7 October 2020

After receiving widespread complaints from teachers across East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about the conditions in their schools, the teachers union organized a one-day “day of action” sickout strike on Monday in an effort to let off steam among educators.

Trump breaks off talks on pandemic stimulus bill

By Barry Grey, 7 October 2020

Trump’s announcement is a savage attack on the working class under conditions of a worsening pandemic, a rising tide of permanent layoffs, soaring hunger and tens of millions of looming evictions and home foreclosures.

Faculty strike looms at Youngstown State University after trustees reject fact-finding report

By Isaac Finn, 7 October 2020

If the strike vote passes it would be the first strike called by the YSU-OEA in 15 years

Tens of thousands laid off as major exhibitor Cineworld closes movie theaters in US and UK

By Matthew MacEgan, 7 October 2020

The world’s second-largest movie theater chain announced that it will close over 600 locations this week, resulting in the loss of employment for 45,000 workers.

Nurses and health care workers at three California hospitals begin 5-day strike

By David Brown, 7 October 2020

Health care workers in the East Bay confront chronic understaffing, lack of PPE and attacks on wages while serving on the front line against the pandemic.

Service workers at University of Illinois hospital vote on contract after nurses union pushes through sellout

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 October 2020

After a 10-day strike by 4,000 workers last month, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is attempting to force through concessions on the heels of a similar sellout by the Illinois Nurses Association last week.

Republican operatives indicted in voter suppression scheme in Michigan

By Jacob Crosse, 7 October 2020

Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl are alleged to have orchestrated a mass robo-call voter suppression campaign that targeted minority voters in Detroit.

Academic promoted by Jacobin to campaign for reopening schools meets with Trump officials

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 October 2020

Martin Kulldorff, who was interviewed and endorsed by Jacobin to support the reopening of schools, met Monday with top Trump officials to discuss the policy of “herd immunity.”

Texas police officer charged with murder after shooting and killing unarmed black man

By Alex Findijs, 7 October 2020

Jonathan Price intervened to prevent a fight inside a convenience store. When police officer Shaun Lucas attempted to detain Price, he stunned him with a Taser and shot him three times.

US-Mexico border wall cutting through Native American tribal lands

By Adria French, 7 October 2020

Trump’s border wall is being constructed through culturally important sites, including Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Tohono O’Odham lands in southwestern Arizona.

Trump copies Hitler

6 October 2020

A video tweeted by President Trump depicting his return to the White House on October 5, 2020 after being hospitalized with COVID-19 was clearly modeled after Hitler's arrival at the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in the Nazi film Triumph of the Will.

Allina health care workers begin limited two-day strike over safety conditions amidst pandemic

By Matt Rigel, 6 October 2020

One month after voting to authorize a strike over safety conditions, medical and tech workers at Allina healthcare in the Minneapolis area have begun a two-day walkout.

Despite COVID outbreaks, NFL season continues in front of tens of thousands of spectators

By Andy Thompson, 6 October 2020

Despite COVID-19 outbreaks of two NFL teams, the professional football season continues.

Third wave of COVID-19 expected to sweep across the United States

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 October 2020

Health officials reviewing the case reports from across the country are concerned that the trends indicate another wave is on the horizon, bringing with it rising hospitalization rates and an increase in the number of deaths.

Grayzone questions US intelligence claim of “Russian influence campaign” run by PeaceData

By Kevin Reed, 6 October 2020

An article published by Grayzone shows that the website PeaceData—which US intelligence claims was part of a Russian misinformation campaign—was likely a false flag operation aimed at linking left-wing websites with the Moscow government.

An interview from 2016 with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 5 October 2020

We are reposting today an interview we conducted with Victoria Bynum in July 2016 at the time of the release of Free State of Jones, which is now available again on Netflix.

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.

Partial closures in New York City as infections spread throughout US schools

By Renae Cassimeda, 5 October 2020

With at least 39,000 COVID-19 infections and 30 deaths of K-12 educators since schools began reopening in the US in late July, the full resumption of in-person learning in large cities across the country will vastly accelerate the spread of the pandemic.

US FBI officials trained Australian Federal Police “foreign interference” squad

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 October 2020

The revelation demonstrates that the US state has a central hand in the campaign against supposed “foreign interference” in Australia.

Trump mobilized Republican-state army to suppress DC protests in June coup attempt

By Nick Barrickman, 5 October 2020

An investigation conducted by the Washington Post details how Trump utilized a legal loophole to deploy National Guard troops from various states on the streets of Washington D.C. to suppress protests on June 1.

Leaked FBI report warns of far-right “Boogaloo” violence in advance of election

By Jacob Crosse, 5 October 2020

The leaked report follows earlier intelligence assessments that far-right militia violence remains the greatest domestic terrorist threat.

Trump’s illness and the Democrats’ call for unity

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 5 October 2020

The response of the Democratic Party to Trump’s illness is determined, as always, by the class interests that it represents and its fear of working-class opposition from below.

Wildfires continue to rage across western United States

By Alexa Castro, 3 October 2020

The raging wildfires in the western part of the United States continue to threaten the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands, while setting the stage for an even greater crisis of homelessness.

COVID-19 rampaging across the US Midwest

By Kristina Betinis and Cole Michaels, 3 October 2020

Wisconsin infection rates are rising sharply, placing hospitals at risk of being overwhelmed, while Missouri hit a record rate Friday after schools opened to in-person instruction.

Trump falls victim to his own “herd immunity” policy

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2020

While the short-term political consequences are highly unpredictable, the Trump diagnosis does not alter the fundamental trajectory of the social and political crisis of American capitalism.

Border Wall threatens extinction of numerous endangered species

By Adria French, 3 October 2020

The ongoing construction increased an already tragic rate of migrant deaths, destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and now threatens the extinction of more than 100 endangered species on the border.

“As far as the rich are concerned everybody has got to get back to work and if someone dies, so be it.”

Detroit bus drivers stop work again over ongoing safety issues

By Kathleen Martin, 3 October 2020

On Friday morning, Detroit bus drivers staged a job action, citing safety concerns over exposure to COVID-19 and tensions related to the social crisis in the city.

Two charged in Massachusetts nursing home catastrophe that left 76 veterans dead from COVID-19

By Alex Johnson, 3 October 2020

Both indictments represent the first criminal case in the country brought against administrators at nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 20,000 US Amazon and Whole Foods workers have been infected with COVID-19

By Tom Carter, 3 October 2020

The increase in Amazon’s market capitalization since the start of the year amounts to $34 million for each worker who got sick.

Former coal boss Robert Murray, who fought coal-dust standards, files for black lung benefits

By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2020

Former mining company executive Robert Murray, notorious for opposing mine safety standards, is now seeking black lung benefits.

Malign neglect in New York schools: The politics of the SUNY Board of Trustees

By Alex Findijs, 3 October 2020

The Board of Trustees for the State University of New York is packed with members and strategists of the Democratic Party.

US deploys missile destroyer off coast of Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2020

The military provocation has come amid a wave of new sanctions against both Venezuela and Iran, which is supplying the South American country with vital fuel supplies.

Ninth COVID-19 death reported at California poultry processor Foster Farms

By Cordell Gascoigne, 3 October 2020

The poultry processor in Merced County, California bitterly resisted all efforts at regulation despite the unchecked spread of the deadly virus at the facility.

“It’s not safe to have students in the classroom”

Arizona teacher speaks on the death of her colleague from COVID-19 and contracting the virus herself

By Renae Cassimeda, 3 October 2020

Angela Skillings spoke to the WSWS about the loss of her coworker, the dangers of schools reopening, and the necessary fight by educators to keep schools closed.

Drop in September job growth shows slowdown in US recovery

By Kevin Reed, 3 October 2020

The September employment report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the economic recovery—largely based on the CARES Act infusion of government money into Wall Street and corporate America—is stalling, as millions of workers remain unemployed and a new round of corporate layoffs is being carried out.

“I think teachers need to organize like they did in West Virginia”

Tennessee governor Bill Lee hails “strong safety measures” in schools amid growing anger from teachers

By Isaac Finn, 3 October 2020

On Monday, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee praised “very strong safety measures” in schools in Knox County, despite over a thousand students and staff in quarantine.

Biden-Harris campaign demands increased censorship by Facebook before 2020 election

By Kevin Reed, 3 October 2020

The Biden-Harris campaign has issued an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding that Trump campaign posts be removed from the social media platform.

Breonna Taylor police murder grand jury proceedings released by Kentucky court

By Matthew MacEgan, 3 October 2020

In an extraordinary development, over 20 hours of previously sealed audio recordings have been released after an unidentified juror disputed the explanation given for why no one was charged over Taylor’s killing.

The pandemic Depression: Bailed-out US airlines slash tens of thousands of jobs

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 October 2020

Millions of workers are being forced to choose between putting themselves at risk of catching the deadly virus and putting food on the table for their families.

Trump presses threats of violence, voter suppression

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2020

The Republican Party is emboldened in its attacks on working people by the cowardice of the Democrats and the Biden campaign.

Nineteen-year-old North Carolina university student in “tremendous shape” dies from COVID-19

By Harvey Simpkins, 2 October 2020

Chad Dorrill contracted the virus after his return to Appalachian State University for fall classes.

After teacher dies of COVID-19 in rural Michigan, Detroit educators call for unified fight against unsafe school openings

By The Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 2 October 2020

“We pledge to step up our fight to unify educators across the state around demands that put the well-being of our children, co-workers and communities first.”

“It was a slice of heaven... That was my sanctuary.”

Evacuees describe devastation as California fires rage

By Linda Rios, 2 October 2020

So far this year over 8,100 fires have erupted throughout California, scorching close to 4 million acres. Five of the six largest fires in state history have occurred this year alone.

Sudden forced eviction of Tennessee encampment leaves 50 homeless inhabitants struggling to find shelter

By Zac Thorton, 2 October 2020

Despite having lived at the site for years, the Chattanooga camp’s inhabitants received no notice of the impending evictions, leaving them desperate and scrambling to find shelter this week.

Former UAW President Dennis Williams pleads guilty to embezzlement, facing slap-on-the-wrist sentence

By Shannon Jones, 2 October 2020

The charges Dennis Williams pled guilty to are mild considering the pervasive nature of the corruption and swindling that he oversaw during his long tenure as UAW secretary treasurer and later president.

Cleveland-Cliffs announces takeover of ArcelorMittal’s US operations

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 October 2020

The announced deal will position Cleveland-Cliffs as the top producer of flat-rolled steel and iron ore pellet in North America and intensify the restructuring of the global steel industry.

Major wildfires force tens of thousands to evacuate in Northern California

By Peter Ross, 1 October 2020

Two more rapidly growing wildfires have torn across Northern California since Sunday, in what has already been an unprecedented and devastating fire season across the US West Coast.

United Steelworkers isolate steelworker strike near Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 1 October 2020

The USW is preparing to betray the 450 workers who have been on strike against NLMK since August 22.

Bailed-out US airlines escalate attack on jobs

By Jacob Crosse, 1 October 2020

After receiving billions in grants, no-interest loans and Fed bond purchases through the bipartisan CARES Act, major US airlines and aerospace companies are moving forward with tens of thousands of layoffs.

The ultra-right background of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

By Alan Gilman, 1 October 2020

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a protegée of arch-reactionary Antonin Scalia, would significantly shift the court in the direction of religious obscurantism and political repression.

Trump administration prepares anti-immigrant raids in Democratic Party-led “sanctuary cities” ahead of November election

By Trévon Austin, 1 October 2020

The latest maneuver in Trump’s war on immigrants cannot be separated from his effort to carry out a coup d’état and establish a presidential dictatorship.

Evasions, anti-Russian demagogy at Comey hearing before US Senate

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2020

The former FBI director claimed dozens of times not to be aware of the details of the initial stages of the 2016 investigation into Trump and Russia.

Safety committee denounces reopening of New York City schools

Stop the spread of COVID-19! Build rank-and-file safety committees to save lives! Prepare a nationwide strike to close unsafe schools!

By the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 October 2020

Hundreds of thousands of middle and high school students in New York City are being sent back to classrooms for in-person instruction today as the pandemic continues to spread throughout the school system and the city.

The deadly outcome of school reopenings:

Four US school employees and two college students killed by COVID-19 this week

By Renae Cassimeda, 1 October 2020

At least 30 school teachers and staff have died from COVID-19 since late July, when schools began to reopen en masse, sending millions back into unsafe classrooms across the US.

Massive fire at Ohio auto parts plant threatens jobs and livelihoods of workers

By Katy Kinner, 1 October 2020

Employees were able to evacuate safely but many now face uncertain employment.

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.

Trump’s Operation Dictatorship: What the debate exposed

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 October 2020

The White House is the center of a fascistic conspiracy to overturn the Constitution and establish a presidential dictatorship.

Trump uses debate to incite fascist violence

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 30 September 2020

Trump renewed his call for supporters—that is, right-wing vigilante organizations—to monitor polling places and not accept the results of the election.

Coronavirus surges across US Midwest

By Bryan Dyne, 30 September 2020

The sharpest rise in new cases is in Wisconsin, where nearly one in five of those tested for the coronavirus tests positive.

Judge orders release of recordings in Breonna Taylor grand jury proceedings

By Kevin Reed, 30 September 2020

The Kentucky Attorney General's exoneration of the police officers who shot Taylor is being exposed as part of a cover-up that began when she was killed in her apartment on March 13.

Desperation swells among millions of unemployed in the US as layoffs mount and aid dries up

By Jacob Crosse, 30 September 2020

Audits conducted within the last month in California, Wisconsin, Florida and Nevada reveal that millions of calls to unemployment agencies have gone unanswered.

“They view soldiers as expendable”: Mother speaks out on son’s suicide at Fort Hood Army base

By Chase Lawrence, 30 September 2020

Patrician Troyan explained that her son, Pfc. Logan Castello, was isolated and neglected by the Army before his tragic death at the Texas military base in late 2019.

A wave of teacher protests spark staffing shortages and school closures across the US

By Emma Arceneaux, 30 September 2020

In addition to protests and work actions, states across the US are facing severe teacher and substitute shortages.

A tale of two leaks

NYT hailed for publishing Trump’s tax returns, Assange pilloried for exposing DNC-Clinton corruption in 2016

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 September 2020

The New York Times, having led the chorus against WikiLeaks for its exposure of Clinton and the Democrats in 2016, has discovered the virtues of the fearless publication of leaked documents in the 2020 election.

New York City resumes in-person schools as COVID-19 infections continue to rise

By Alberto Escalera, 29 September 2020

The reopening of the nation’s largest school district threatens to produce a catastrophe in a city where nearly 25,000 have already succumbed to the deadly virus.

Teacher protests surge in Southern California as schools reopen

By Kimie Saito and Marc Wells, 29 September 2020

In Orange County, California, educators in at least four school districts are taking part in courageous protests against returning to work under unsafe conditions in defiance of their own unions’ recommendations.

New wildfires cause mass evacuations in California’s Napa Valley

By Rafael Azul, 29 September 2020

There are currently 27 major wildfires in California. In some areas, evacuations are barely staying ahead of the spreading flames.

US military suicides spike 20 percent in 2020

By Chase Lawrence, 29 September 2020

US Army leaders have suggested that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a part in the sharp rise in suicides this year.

Federal district judge blocks President Trump’s TikTok download ban

By Kevin Reed, 29 September 2020

A US district court judge blocked Trump’s emergency ban of the video sharing app on Sunday, saying it violates the exchange of “information and informational materials” protected by the constitution.

Jacobin magazine pleads with Biden and the Democrats to fight Trump

By Genevieve Leigh, 29 September 2020

One could hardly have a more inane analysis of American politics than that offered by Jacobin, which explains the unwillingness of the Democrats to oppose Trump’s coup plotting as the product of “learned helplessness.”

The world has reached the grim milestone of one million COVID-19 deaths

By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2020

With some 33 million infected out of nearly eight billion people, “herd immunity” remains a distant prospect and winter could bring conditions for a rapid resurgence of the pandemic.

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

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

By 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.

US governors told in February that pandemic would get “much worse,” but did not alert public

By Kevin Reed, 28 September 2020

In a secret meeting, 25 US governors were told: “The coronavirus outbreak is going to get much, much worse before it gets better.”

US political warfare escalates with New York Times release of Trump tax returns

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2020

While it is not clear whether Trump is even nominally a billionaire, he is certainly one of the great tax cheats of the 21st century.

Police respond to demonstrations across the US with vicious assaults on protesters and journalists

By Jacob Crosse, 28 September 2020

Abetted by the police, far-right Trump supporters, Proud Boys and neo-Nazis assaulted and provoked anti-police violence protesters throughout the weekend.

Michigan State University pushes forward with football amid a mass spike in COVID-19 cases

By Luke Galvin, 28 September 2020

Since August 24, there have been 1,250 cases of COVID-19 linked to the reopening of the university.

Trump’s Operation Legend prepares local police forces to suppress opposition

By Alex Findijs, 28 September 2020

Tens of millions of dollars have been provided to local police forces to hire more officers, upgrade crowd control equipment and develop surveillance operations.

Nearly 40,000 US airline workers could lose jobs on October 1

By Jerry White, 28 September 2020

The new job cuts come on top of the 100,000 temporary furloughs and forced retirements and buyouts implemented by United, American, Delta and other major US carriers.

US hits leading Chinese chip maker

By Nick Beams, 28 September 2020

The latest decision instigated by the Pentagon is aimed at crippling China’s ability to make high-tech advances.

More evidence of management spying on Amazon workers’ political activities

By Tom Carter, 28 September 2020

A whistleblower inside Amazon sent a message last week to a number of internal company listservs, warning fellow workers that the company is monitoring opposition on those forums.

PG&E shuts off power to tens of thousands as West Coast wildfires continue to rage

By Kevin Martinez, 28 September 2020

The shutoff of power on Sunday came in advance of an expected heat wave which will heighten the danger of more fires.

Is Trump preparing an “October Surprise”?

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2020

With the US presidential election barely five weeks away, Washington is stoking conflicts across the globe, first and foremost with China.

Washington D.C. proposes to remove the names of Jefferson, Franklin and others from public places

By Dominic Gustavo, 28 September 2020

While the mayor of the US capital prepares to delete the names of revolutionaries and abolitionists, she recently renamed a building after disgraced former mayor Marion Barry.

As Trump nominates ultra-right jurist

Biden downplays danger of election coup

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2020

In an interview with MSNBC, the Democratic presidential nominee sought to spread complacency about Trump’s threat of dictatorship.

“State of Emergency” declared in three states as protests continue over cover-up of Breonna Taylor slaying

By Jacob Crosse, 26 September 2020

Courageous multiracial demonstrators continue to defy curfews, police rampages and vehicle assaults in cities across the US to protest the state-sanctioned murder.