United States

As pandemic surges, White House presses ahead with back-to-work campaign

By Kate Randall and Andre Damon, 13 June 2020

It is now indisputable that the Trump administration’s campaign to prematurely reopen businesses has led to a surge in COVID-19 infections throughout the United States.

In response to protests over police violence

Sanders opposes “defunding” police, calls for increased pay for cops

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 June 2020

Sanders’ position boils down to an absolute defense of the police, which are an instrument of class rule.

COVID-19 cases spike across the United States

By Jacob Crosse, 12 June 2020

Twelve US states—Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Delaware and Hawaii—have all seen a 25 percent or more spike in average cases within the last week.

“They treat us like we are slaves”

Detroit Flex-N-Gate workers denounce sweatshop conditions

By J. Cooper, 12 June 2020

Workers are facing intolerable conditions after the reopening of the auto parts plants.

Biggest fall on Wall Street since March meltdown

By Nick Beams, 12 June 2020

The S&P 500 dropped by 5.9 percent after it had risen by 45 percent and returned to previous highs as a result of the boom in stocks following the injection of trillions of dollars into financial markets by the Fed.

“Make no mistake, the union supports ramping up production”

UAW threatens job losses at Ford Kentucky Truck Plant over COVID-19-related absences

By Marcus Day and Jessica Goldstein, 12 June 2020

The UAW’s threats came the same day that Ford’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Farley, announced that the company expects production to return to pre-pandemic levels by July 6.

Questions persist over official jobless tally

Mass layoffs continue as 1.5 million file new US unemployment claims

By Shannon Jones, 12 June 2020

The continuing historically high weekly numbers of new filings for jobless benefits show that the economy is hemorrhaging jobs, even as workers are being recalled from temporary layoff as states reopen.

National Guard fired the shot that killed David McAtee in Louisville during protest against police violence

By Kevin Reed, 12 June 2020

Laboratory tests have determined that McAtee was shot and killed by a member of the Kentucky National Guard during an assault on protesters last week.

Would-be führer Trump steps up coup plotting

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2020

The president is seeking to manufacture a pretext for violent repression and the establishment of an authoritarian regime in America.

Homecoming, Season 2: The menacing “giant” that is the US military-industrial complex

By David Walsh, 12 June 2020

The second season of Homecoming, the web television series about US corporate-military criminality, premiered on Amazon Prime Video on May 22.

Growing anger among US workers as COVID-19 rips through workplaces

By Tom Hall and Jerry White, 11 June 2020

As plants and factories have become major centers of COVID-19 transmission, meat processing workers in Utah and sanitation workers in Philadelphia have protested to demand safe working conditions.

As company becomes world’s most valuable automaker

Six Tesla workers test positive for coronavirus at Bay Area factories

By Jonathan Burleigh, 11 June 2020

Less than a month after Tesla strongarmed local government into allowing a premature restart of production, six factory workers have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Arizona reactivates hospital emergency plans as COVID-19 infections rise in 19 states

By Benjamin Mateus, 11 June 2020

The pandemic in the United States sees surges in southern and western states as stay-at-home orders have been rescinded and back-to-work campaigns pushed through.

More cases of US police brutality emerge as protests continue against murder of George Floyd

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 11 June 2020

In recent days, Albuquerque police shot and critically injured a man in his mid-20s, New Jersey authorities released video of the fatal shooting last month of Maurice Gordon and Austin police released video of the 2019 murder of Javier Ambler.

Fed to keep interest rates near zero indefinitely

By Nick Beams, 11 June 2020

The Fed forecast the US economy would contract by 6.5 percent this year and unemployment would be 9.3 percent with the decline in second quarter GDP “likely to be the most severe on record.”

Debacle in Georgia primary casts doubt on US elections

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2020

Voters described waits as long as four hours, a lack of machines and precincts running out of ballots.

Massachusetts teacher denounces cuts to Randolph and Brookline schools

By Nancy Hanover, 11 June 2020

A high school teacher in a nearby Massachusetts school district reached out to the World Socialist Web Site to voice his support for the struggle in defense of public education in Randolph and Brookline.

A timeline of abuse by the New York Police Department

By Sam Dalton, 11 June 2020

A peaceful protester arrested in New York City tells the WSWS about her experience

Trump asserts emergency powers to gut environmental protections

By Daniel de Vries, 11 June 2020

An executive order Thursday directs agencies to ignore environmental requirements to expedite infrastructure projects.

George Floyd laid to rest as nationwide protests over police violence continue

By Niles Niemuth, 10 June 2020

The murder of Floyd, caught on bystander cellphone video in excruciating detail, has served as a catalyst for the largest nationwide and international outpouring of political opposition in decades.

COVID-19 eruptions increasing in US meatpacking plants, logistics centers

By Shannon Jones, 10 June 2020

As all levels of government abandon any attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, workplaces are increasingly becoming vectors of transmission.

Bridgestone tire defends safety “playbook” as infections rise at Iowa plant

By Jacob Crosse, 10 June 2020

Working with United Steelworkers Local 1301, Bridgestone has continued production despite rising infections among workers and the surrounding community.

COVID-19 spreads in US auto plants as officials hide information from workers

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 June 2020

Three new cases of coronavirus were confirmed among workers at General Motors’ assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri, in recent days.

Bakersfield, California protester dies after being run over by neo-Nazi

By Adam Mclean, 10 June 2020

The driver, Timothy Moore, was defended by police and subsequently released without charge after he rammed Robert Forbes.

Proponents of racial politics react with hostility to multi-racial protests against police murder of George Floyd

By Nick Barrickman, 10 June 2020

Democratic Party officials and their black nationalist supporters have denounced white “outside agitators.”

The fate of international students in the US in the era of COVID-19

By Sam Dalton, 10 June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic deepens the crisis of American society, US colleges and international students face a precarious future.

A reality check on the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic

By Bryan Dyne, 9 June 2020

More than 400,000 men, women and children have lost their lives from COVID-19 and the lives of countless millions more remain in danger as the number of cases continues to grow.

Thousands pay respects to George Floyd as Minneapolis cop is arraigned on murder charges

By Kevin Reed, 9 June 2020

Protests demanding justice for Floyd and against police violence continued on Monday for the fourteenth day in a row.

Democrats announce toothless police reform bill

By Barry Grey, 9 June 2020

The “Justice in Policing” bill, a collection of minor reforms that has no chance of being passed by the Senate and signed by Trump, is aimed at containing and dissipating mounting social protest.

“Our system is so broken, it needs to be broken down and rebuilt”

Health care workers join mass protests against racism and police violence, and explain why

By Clara Weiss, 9 June 2020

The WSWS spoke to health care workers in Illinois and Kentucky who have joined the protests or are working to organize protests themselves.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette censors accurate reporting of protests against police brutality

By Samuel Davidson, 9 June 2020

The newspaper’s management has barred two black reporters from covering the protests on the grounds they are too sympathetic to the demonstrators.

Johnson government falls in behind Washington’s economic war with China

By Jean Shaoul, 9 June 2020

The “Get Brexit Done/Global Britain” perspective has been exposed as a chimera.

Health care worker layoffs surge in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota

By Gary Joad, 9 June 2020

Essentia Health of Duluth, Minnesota, is engaging in job destruction to cover the impact of the pandemic on its bottom line and the losses incurred with the nosedive of a building project.

35,000 sign petition to provide full funding to Randolph schools in Massachusetts

By Evan Blake and Will McCalliss, 9 June 2020

Randolph Public School District, in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts region, has laid off all of their arts, music, and PE teachers, resulting in a mass outcry.

New York Times editor James Bennet resigns over fascist op-ed

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2020

The last straw was the publication of a column by Senator Tom Cotton calling for military intervention to suppress the protests against police violence.

Millions march in cities and towns in every part of the US to oppose racism and police violence

By Kevin Reed, 8 June 2020

The demonstrations over the weekend to protest the police murder of George Floyd, among the biggest nationwide mobilizations of workers and youth in US history, signaled a new stage in the movement of the American working class.

Trump, Barr continue threat to deploy military against nationwide protests

By Barry Grey, 8 June 2020

The political situation in the US remains on a knife edge as Trump’s fascistic cabal continues to plot against the Constitution.

Buffalo, New York mayor protects police in attack on 75-year-old

By Jacob Crosse, 8 June 2020

The Democratic mayor’s comments follow another week of vicious police assaults against peaceful protesters across the country.

Bolsonaro government attempted to censor Brazil’s coronavirus case count and death toll

By Bryan Dyne, 8 June 2020

There are now more than 7 million officially confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, an increase of one million cases in nine days, and more than 400,000 dead.

“The cops have no concern for the people they’re shooting at”

Amazon workers declare support for mass protests as management imposes pay cut

By Tom Carter, 8 June 2020

Amazon workers expressed solidarity with the protests, even as the company, which provides facial recognition software to police departments, feigned concern over racism and inequality.

Reopening of New York City threatens a new surge in transit worker deaths

By Sam Dalton and Daniel de Vries, 8 June 2020

Transit workers fear that 130 deaths in their ranks is just the beginning

New Jersey health department whistleblowers’ letter highlights criminality of state’s pandemic response

By Erik Schreiber, 8 June 2020

A letter by anonymous officials makes clear that thousands of deaths were the result of deliberate policy decisions.

Trump confers with Modi over explosive India-China border dispute

By Shuvu Batta and Keith Jones, 8 June 2020

Intensifying the US strategic offensive against China, the Trump administration has publicly sided with India, and is goading New Delhi on in its border standoff with Beijing.

Encouraged by Trump, police rampage leaves protesters dead and wounded across the US

By Jacob Crosse, 6 June 2020

Demonstrators have been teargassed, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets and beanbags, and beaten by rampaging police.

“He is trying to be a dictator and he can’t be allowed to be one”

US autoworkers denounce police violence, Trump’s moves to impose military dictatorship

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 June 2020

The multi-ethnic, multi-racial protests against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have evoked widespread sympathy among autoworkers.

“I didn’t receive one warning”

Protester explains how he was brutally assaulted by Secret Service officials in Washington, D.C.

By Nick Barrickman, 6 June 2020

The demonstrator explained how federal officials provoked and then assaulted peaceful demonstrators outside the White House last weekend as protests against police brutality swept the country.

Police kill unarmed 22-year-old man in Vallejo, California

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 6 June 2020

Sean Monterrosa was on his knees with his hands held up when police officers shot five bullets into him through the windshield of their unmarked cruiser.

Four Tacoma, Washington police officers put on administrative leave three months after killing Manuel Ellis

By Julio Patron, 6 June 2020

Ellis, a father of two, could be heard on dispatcher radio calling out “I can’t breathe” after being brutally detained and handcuffed by the police.

Workers in Detroit and across Michigan support anti-police violence protests

By Stephen Fuller and Kevin Reed, 6 June 2020

Michigan workers, including 200 health care workers from Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, demonstrated against police violence this week.

Trump hails dubious May jobless report to boost stock market, back-to-work drive

By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2020

An unexpected decline in the unemployment rate in May is being used by the White House to declare the pandemic-fueled economic crisis over.

US colleges and universities continue jobs bloodbath as they press to open in the fall

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 June 2020

Colleges and universities are responding to severe budget shortfalls with mass layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts.

Plummeting vaccinations in the US and globally put millions of children at risk

By Katy Kinner, 6 June 2020

WHO experts warn that at least 80 million of the world’s children under the age of one are at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio due to a massive decrease in routine immunizations.

The police murder of George Floyd sparks mass protests throughout the world

By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

New York Times in crisis over op-ed backing military takeover

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2020

In publishing a fascistic diatribe by Senator Tom Cotton, headlined, “Send in the troops,” the Times editorial page tacitly sided with a military takeover of the United States.

Ten thousand people have been arrested across the US as protests against police violence continue to expand

By Kevin Reed, 5 June 2020

Protests have taken place in more than 500 cities and towns across the US over the past ten days in the face of the deployment of riot police, the National Guard and Trump's threat of military intervention.

Trump administration deploys unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.C.

By Zac Thorton, 5 June 2020

The appearance of largely unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.C., has underscored the growing threat of a military takeover in the United States.

Inmate dies after being pepper sprayed by guards at Brooklyn federal detention center

By Sam Dalton, 5 June 2020

Jamel Floyd was declared dead shortly after guards responded to an incident in his cell and subdued him with a noxious chemical agent.

New details emerge in hearing for three charged in murder of Ahmaud Arbery

By Matthew MacEgan, 5 June 2020

The judge in the Arbery case found probable cause against all three defendants and declared that all of their cases would move forward to trial.

New US weekly unemployment claims near 2 million as foreclosures, hunger loom

By Shannon Jones, 5 June 2020

The economic meltdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving into a deep and long economic slump.

Trump intensifies campaign to brand domestic opposition as terrorism

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2020

The White House’s planned use of anti-terrorism units to apprehend “agitators” is aimed at criminalizing opposition to police violence and the policies of the oligarchy.

US colleges prepare full opening of campuses in the name of football

By Andy Thompson, 5 June 2020

Over the past several decades college sports has become a multibillion-dollar industry and has made athletics the center of revenue and funding plans in most major US universities.

Zambia’s bid for IMF rescue deal thwarted by Washington’s anti-China campaign

By Jean Shaoul and Stephan McCoy, 5 June 2020

Zambia has been caught in the crosshairs of US President Donald Trump’s reckless campaign to undermine China, which he views as a threat to US global dominance.

Austin, Texas police critically injure young protesters with “less lethal” beanbag rounds

By Matthew Taylor, 5 June 2020

College student Justin Howell was hospitalized on Sunday with a fractured skull and brain damage after being shot in the head while participating in a demonstration against police violence.

UAW withholds information six days after Louisville Ford worker tests positive for COVID-19

By Steve Filips, 4 June 2020

Workers were outraged at the United Auto Workers union for concealing information about the spread of the deadly disease at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

After more than a week of nationwide protests, new charges announced against George Floyd’s murderers

By Jacob Crosse, 4 June 2020

Attorney General Keith Ellison tempered any expectations of justice as thousands continued to defy police and military repression in marches across the country

“The rich are concerned with keeping their power and keeping the race thing going”

American workers voice support for mass protests against police brutality

By Evan Blake, 4 June 2020

The WSWS spoke with a cross-section of American workers, all of whom voiced immense support for the protests, while denouncing the criminal response of the Trump administration.

Anger over US police assault on Australian journalists in Washington DC

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 June 2020

Had the attack occurred in a country such as China or Iran, the muted response from the Australian political establishment would undoubtedly have been very different.

European media outlets fear bitter class struggles in the US

By Peter Schwarz, 4 June 2020

The European press and ruling elite are not especially troubled by Trump’s plan to erect a presidential dictatorship. Rather, they fear the president could provoke class struggles that would endanger the capitalist system and spread to Europe.

Canadian establishment shrugs off Trump’s authoritarian power grab, voices “horror” over mass protests

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 4 June 2020

The Canadian elite, like the US Democratic Party, fears a mass upsurge of the working class against Trump far more than it does his bid to establish a presidential dictatorship.

Use of tear gas by US police may exacerbate COVID-19 pandemic

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 4 June 2020

Tear gas directly attacks the lungs, and its corrosive effects could make people far more susceptible to respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.

White supremacist congressman Steve King defeated in Republican primary

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2020

Steve King fell out of favor with his party by saying too blatantly what Trump and his cronies really think.

Anger grows over refusal to bring charges in killing at Omaha protest

By Kristina Betinis, 4 June 2020

The Douglas County attorney reversed himself Wednesday to call for a grand jury investigation into the murder of James Scurlock by a bar owner during a demonstration this weekend.

Georgia police officers charged after brutal assault on college students returning from protest

By Dan Conway, 4 June 2020

The students were viciously assaulted returning from protests against the murder of George Floyd on Saturday night despite doing nothing to provoke the officers or arouse suspicion.

US Federal Bureau of Prisons implements full lockdown amid mass protests across the country

By Sam Dalton, 4 June 2020

Amidst a worsening COVID-19 outbreak and protests over police violence, fears of brewing rebellions lead to the rapid lockdown of federal prisons this week.

Disgraced former UAW President Gary Jones pleads guilty to corruption charges

By Tom Hall, 4 June 2020

Jones’ guilty plea brings the UAW corruption scandal to a new stage.

US nurses speak on dangers of COVID-19 exposure at their workplaces

By Katy Kinner, 4 June 2020

WSWS reporters spoke to nurses across the US who shared their anger and frustration over governmental and employer neglect throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

As protests grow, corporate CEOs hypocritically declare opposition to “racism and injustice”

By Jerry White, 4 June 2020

Tech billionaires, Wall Street bankers and auto executives all issued statements this week in hopes of shoring up the battered image of American capitalism.

Protesters defy Trump’s threats, expand nationwide movement against police killings

By Jacob Crosse, 3 June 2020

Curfews, mass arrests and police terror have not quelled the powerful movement of youth and workers of all races and ethnicities in response to the police murder of George Floyd.

Democratic Governor Whitmer lifts major COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan

By Kevin Reed, 3 June 2020

The announcement rescinds the stay-at-home order, along with a series of other restrictions even though most of the state remains in the “flattening” phase of the pandemic.

Microsoft to replace MSN news production workers with artificial intelligence

By Mike Ingram, 3 June 2020

Dozens of workers will be replaced with artificial intelligence software that will automatically select content and manage news production.

Democrats cover for Trump’s coup d’état

By Andre Damon, 3 June 2020

In contrast to the heroism of the demonstrators, the Democrats have responded to Trump’s dictatorial measures with their typical display of fecklessness, cowardice and complicity.

Trump administration deploys military to the capital as nationwide protests continue

By Jacob Crosse, 2 June 2020

Trump’s dictatorial moves to quash protests against the police murder of George Floyd signal an escalation of state violence.

Nurses at HCA Healthcare across the US protest job cuts and lack of PPE

By Alex Johnson, 2 June 2020

Nurses protests are erupting under conditions where hospitals across the country are denying access to personal protective equipment in the pandemic and have already laid off thousands of health care workers.

COVID-19 outbreaks continue surge in meatpacking plants following forced reopenings

By Christopher Davion, 2 June 2020

Meatpacking plants continue to be a major source of COVID-19 transmission in US Midwestern states.

Nearly half of all teachers in Brookline, Massachusetts receive pink slips

By Will McCalliss, 2 June 2020

With a maximum $6.3 million deficit looming, Brookline lays off $20 million’s worth of teachers in the name of “flexibility.”

Flooding in central Michigan exposes decades of Dow Chemical’s environmental crimes

By Luke Galvin and Lily Zhao, 2 June 2020

A major health crisis threatens residents of central Michigan after last week’s flooding that displaced more than 10,000 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Washington, DC area begins reopening as coronavirus infections top 100,000

By Nick Barrickman, 2 June 2020

Public officials throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area are rushing to reopen the region’s businesses, even as medical experts warn of the dangers of resuming normal economic activity.

Tennessee government to stop sharing information on known COVID-19 infections

By Warren Duzak, 2 June 2020

The Republican governor Bill Lee’s decision will place first responders such as paramedics, police and social workers at risk of catching the deadly infection.

Coup d’état in Washington: Trump declares war on the Constitution

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 2 June 2020

In a series of politically criminal acts, Trump is establishing a presidential dictatorship based on the military and police.

SpaceX launch of astronauts marks new stage of the privatization of space exploration

By Bryan Dyne, 2 June 2020

The fact that the event was so heavily promoted by SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk, the American media and President Donald Trump should give the excitement around the launch pause.

Thousands of retail jobs eliminated in Sprint and T-Mobile telecom merger

By Kevin Reed, 2 June 2020

The merger of the wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile has already resulted in the loss of 6,000 retail jobs as the combined firm is moving aggressively to close down as many as 2,000 Metro prepaid phone stores across the country.

Protests in Louisville continue day after local restaurant owner killed

By Jerry White, 2 June 2020

Claims that David McAtee was killed after police and National Guard troops “returned fire” from protesters fell apart after the Louisville mayor declared there was no body camera footage of the incident.

Video: Police on nationwide rampage

1 June 2020

Throughout the country, police attacked nonviolent protestors and journalists with batons, tear gas, rubber bullets, and even vehicles.

Nationwide protests continue over police murder as state violence mounts

By Jacob Crosse, 1 June 2020

In scenes repeated across the country, youth and workers were clubbed, gassed and attacked with rubber bullets by police.

“They are willing to trade lives for auto parts”

As full operations resume, North American auto companies keep silent on spreading COVID-19 cases

By Shannon Jones, 1 June 2020

Full production resumed Monday at many auto plants even as major companies seek to suppress information on the spread of COVID-19 in the plants.

“The system is suffocating the life out of the working class”

Autoworkers denounce police murder of George Floyd, express support for protesters

By our reporters, 1 June 2020

Autoworkers rejected efforts to brand the protesters as “violent” and said the real violence was being perpetrated by police and National Guard troops.

US universities and colleges appeal for legal immunity from coronavirus lawsuits as campuses plan to reopen in fall

By Anthony del Olmo, 1 June 2020

The American Council on Education appealed to Congress to grant colleges and universities immunity from lawsuits from students and faculty that may contract COVID-19.

Workers sickened after Amazon sprays industrial strength chemicals to disinfect warehouse

By Samuel Davidson, 1 June 2020

At least three Amazon workers in Ohio fell sick after management sprayed industrial strength chemicals while workers were still inside.

US telecoms see opportunity to cut jobs, boost profits in pandemic

By Mark Witkowski, 1 June 2020

Telecoms are directing employees to work from home during the pandemic as they seek ways to impose job cuts and cost savings.

Major League Baseball plans to open season in midst of pandemic

By Alan Gilman, 1 June 2020

As baseball finalizes its reopening plan, the monetary interests of the owners continue to supersede the health and welfare of the players, their families and their communities.