International Youth and Students for Social Equality

New data shows that nearly 1400 kids in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have caught COVID-19

By James Vega, Debra Watson and Eboni Davis, 14 January 2021

Since mid-October more than 13,500 people in the U.P. contracted the virus, a three-fold increase since the pandemic began in March.

As students return to Chicago schools, educators face battle against Democrats and the CTU

By Alexander Fangmann, 11 January 2021

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and school officials continue to press bringing children back into classrooms on Monday in the face of widespread opposition among parents, teachers and other educators.

School districts across the US push to reopen as COVID-19 infections and death soar

By Emma Arceneaux, 8 January 2021

With the surge of infections overwhelming health systems across the country, state and local governments led by both Democrats and Republicans continue to restart in-person schooling.

Nineteen-year-old Chicago, Illinois auto mechanic dies of COVID-19

By William Quartermaine, 8 January 2021

Arnold Herrera had just recently been certified as a brakes and electrics specialist before succumbing suddenly to the coronavirus last weekend.

Arts, humanities are first on the chopping block as US state governments face deficits

By Andrew Timon, 8 January 2021

These cuts are just the first expression of what is to come if there is no organized opposition in defense of education and particularly the arts and humanities.

Shippensburg faculty member demands action to save jobs and university education for working-class students

By Douglas Lyons, 8 January 2021

Layoffs, the closing of schools, and academic cuts are being pushed by the new chancellor at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Student protests continue in Turkey in defiance of police-state measures

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 8 January 2021

The mass student protests in Istanbul that started to oppose President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appointment of a new rector to Boğaziçi University, continued yesterday in defiance of police-state measures to suppress the movement.

Illinois high school student dies of COVID-19

By Andy Thompson, 4 January 2021

A senior at Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfort, Illinois, Sarah Simental was just a few months from graduating in the spring.

Opposition mounts in US over deadly rush to restart in-person schooling

By Jerry White, 4 January 2021

Tens of thousands of students are returning to schools in New York City, Palm Beach, Florida, and many other districts today, provoking widespread concern and opposition from teachers, support staff and parents.

Macron government refuses calls to cancel school reopenings as pandemic surges

By Will Morrow, 4 January 2021

The Macron government has refused calls by medical specialists and teacher and parent groups for the cancellation or postponement of in-person classes.

“Every death is a catastrophe. We should be angry about this.”

Curator of Earth Felt the Wound, site tracking US educators’ deaths, speaks to the WSWS

By Nancy Hanover, 4 January 2021

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed the administrator of a new website tracking educator deaths since the return to school last fall.

Opening of schools in Germany based on deliberate lies and deception

By Gregor Link, 4 January 2021

The criminality with which the campaign to open schools has been conducted was recently demonstrated by the deliberate suppression of a study from Hamburg showing massive outbreaks were taking place within schools in Germany.

Australian youth speak on their experiences during COVID-19

By Our reporters, 31 December 2020

One health agency reported a 72 percent increase in serious self-harm and suicidal-ideation cases in youth under 18 years during last weeks of Melbourne’s lockdown.

Student rent strikers speak out at UK universities

By Ioan Petrescu, 24 December 2020

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with representatives of the rent strikes that began at the University of London and Goldsmiths University earlier this month.

New Zealand’s border restrictions leave thousands of students stranded

By Tom Peters, 21 December 2020

Around 5,200 international students enrolled in New Zealand have been stuck offshore this year and many are facing significant financial hardship due to the country’s draconian border restrictions.

“It’s like the frontlines of a war!”

Washington educators denounce Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen schools

By Diana Green, 21 December 2020

Following decisions in New York City and Oregon, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee has updated the school reopening guidelines for Washington state to allow the return of at least some students in every district, regardless of the rate of infection and death.

Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union advance deadly school reopening plans

By Kristina Betinis and Michael Walters, 21 December 2020

Amid record COVID-19 deaths, the Chicago Teachers Union is working with city leaders to begin bringing teachers back to school buildings January 4.

What is the impact of $37,000 of student debt on a worker’s life?

By Emily Ochai, 18 December 2020

Under the current conditions, in which millions of people are unemployed due to the pandemic, student debt becomes even more debilitating for young people in the United States.

US secretary of state incites xenophobic hysteria against Chinese students, denounces “anti-American” universities

By Dominic Gustavo, 17 December 2020

The remarks represent a coming together of the war drive against China and the assault on the exchange of ideas on college campuses.

The deadly impact of US college reopenings in the fall, a balance sheet

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 December 2020

The experience over the last four months in the schools, both K-12 and college campuses, has produced incontrovertible evidence that in-person learning leads to an increase in community spread of COVID-19.

Open schools and businesses in Germany are leading to record infections and mass death

By Marianne Arens, 14 December 2020

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the second consecutive daily record of the pandemic on Friday, with almost 30,000 new infections registered in 24 hours and almost 600 COVID-19 patients dying again in one day.

School students in Germany protest and enforce online teaching to combat coronavirus infection

By Gregor Link, 14 December 2020

“With our pupils’ strike, we have achieved more protection against infection with a few hours of preparation than all of the measures taken by Bremen’s politicians in recent months.”

College of Saint Rose in New York slashes programs and tenured faculty positions

By Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2020

By December 2021, 33 of 151 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty positions will be eliminated, as well as eight visiting faculty positions.

Student rent strikes spread across UK universities

By Henry Lee, 11 December 2020

Thousands of students have joined rent strikes at Sussex, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Nottingham, and universities across London.

Pupils in Germany resist in-person classes and demand “consistent lockdown”

By Gregor Link, 10 December 2020

The Bremen school strike is part of a growing wave of resistance by students against the herd immunity policies of the European governments.

New study finds young adults vulnerable to developing debilitating long-term complications from COVID-19

By Dominic Gustavo, 9 December 2020

The symptoms reported most frequently by the young adults were impaired concentration, headaches, rhinitis, exercise intolerance, dyspnea, sleep impairment, brain fog, appetite loss, fatigue, and chest pain.

Opposition erupts at San Diego State University following decision to cancel spring break

By IYSSE at San Diego State University, 9 December 2020

The university administration, acting in conjunction with the Democratic Party, has created the conditions for the spread of the virus while providing students with no resources to cope with the stress of school and work amidst a public health emergency.

Over 2,200 students at Columbia University threaten tuition strike amid economic crisis

By Elliott Murtagh, 8 December 2020

Confronting financial difficulty amid the ongoing pandemic, students at Columbia University in New York City are demanding lower cost of tuition and increased financial aid.

Plans by University of Colorado at Boulder to cut 50 tenured jobs evoke opposition

By Chase Lawrence, 8 December 2020

The threat to eliminate tenured faculty positions and hire adjuncts in their place has created a backlash among staff and students at the school.

Student government delegates at the University of Michigan speak out against the administration’s COVID-19 policies

By Jesse Thomas, 7 December 2020

The decision to reopen the university residence halls and conduct in-person learning immediately provoked opposition from the student body, culminating in a nine-day strike in September by graduate student instructors.

More Australian university workers speak out on the loss of jobs and conditions

By Our correspondents, 7 December 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic being exploited by governments and managements to accelerate pro-market restructuring, affected university workers condemn the NTEU’s response.

Growing protests in Germany against lethal policy of opening schools

By Gregor Link, 5 December 2020

The decision by politicians to keep schools, day-care centres and businesses open under unsafe conditions is costing the lives of hundreds of people every day in Germany alone, who die a completely avoidable and agonizing death.

Leipzig University resorts to authoritarian methods to push through meeting with far-right Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 4 December 2020

The meeting was aimed at bolstering the standing of a professor whose playing down of Nazi crimes and xenophobic incitement against foreigners at universities has provoked huge protests throughout Germany.

Sixteen-year-old Wisconsin high school student dies of COVID-19

By Fabian Salgado, 2 December 2020

Even though Isai Morocho’s school was not meeting in person, his father, mother and brother all work in-person jobs, allowing for endless possible encounters with the virus.

14-year-old Michigan youth who was brutally treated by police dies of COVID-19

By Valery Tsekov, 2 December 2020

Fourteen-year-old Honestie Hodges has died from complications of COVID-19 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, two weeks after being hospitalized on her birthday.

Young people speak out about the unprecedented collapse in their living conditions since the pandemic began

By Noah Ryan and Nick Barrickman, 1 December 2020

Over half of all people between the ages of 18 and 29 in the United States have been forced to move in with relatives or friends since the pandemic began in March.

US State Department moves to suppress criticism of Israel

By Dominic Gustavo, 30 November 2020

The Trump administration is seeking to silence all criticism of the Israeli apartheid state by equating all opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism.

UK government pandemic policies lead to several suicides among students

By Danny Knightley, 28 November 2020

As if the stress and fear of living away from family and support networks, many for the first time in their lives, in the middle of a deadly pandemic was not bad enough, students and young people have been targeted by the right-wing media and government as being one of the primary reasons for the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 death of Ontario youth worker—a tragic outcome of the ruling elite’s criminal school reopening policy

By Omar Ali, 27 November 2020

Ingrid Salt was employed as a child and youth worker at a school in a low-income north-west Toronto neighbourhood.

Amid COVID-19 disaster on university campuses, students must build campus safety committees!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 27 November 2020

Students are being treated as little more than cash cows for a marketised higher education system and scapegoats for a programme of “herd immunity”.

Thousands of US college students return home for Thanksgiving amid surging pandemic

By Alex Findijs, 26 November 2020

After the disastrous reopening of campuses this fall led to hundreds of thousands of cases, countless college students are bringing the coronavirus home with them.

University of Sydney staff hold walk-out, protest sackings of entire departments

By Jack Turner, 24 November 2020

The latest retrenchments include entire departments, taking the attack on jobs and conditions to a qualitatively new level.

Zoom cancels meetings at several universities on Zoom censorship

By John Conrad, 24 November 2020

Zoom’s dramatic escalation of censorship has major implications as schools, academic institutions as well as political organizations have become increasingly dependent on the platform to conduct classes, conferences and meetings.

Australian university union blocks opposition as cuts to jobs and conditions intensify

By Mike Head, 24 November 2020

Every week brings new announcements of retrenchments as the managements exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate pro-business restructuring.

UK universities expose thousands of international students to raging pandemic

By Henry Lee, 23 November 2020

Such are the horrendous conditions, with the Conservative government set to end its national lockdown on December 2, that many international students will contract this deadly disease.

Binghamton University closes after coronavirus outbreak, University at Buffalo defies guidelines to remain open

By Alex Findijs, 21 November 2020

Binghamton University has switched to remote learning for the second time after recording 100 cases in two weeks. The University at Buffalo, however, has decided to remain open despite reaching the threshold for closure.

San Diego schools continue to reopen as California surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

By Renae Cassimeda, 21 November 2020

San Diego teachers are speaking out in opposition to school districts keeping schools open as cases skyrocket throughout the county.

Youth suicides and mental health disorders on the rise amid pandemic depression

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 November 2020

One of the impacts of the pandemic is a rising mental health crisis, particularly among youth, for which no faction of the ruling class proposes any solution.

As COVID-19 surges, the New York Times demands that schools remain open

By Andre Damon, 20 November 2020

In a series of news articles, editorials, and op-eds, the Times has waged a campaign to oppose the closure of schools to stop the spread of the pandemic.

Students criticize University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel over reckless reopening

By Jesse Thomas, 20 November 2020

A Q&A session Monday night resulted in a debacle for Schlissel as he faced widespread criticism from participating student representatives over the disastrous reopening he has overseen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twitter ends suspension of IYSSE account after widespread opposition

By our reporter, 20 November 2020

The effective ban on the youth movement of the Socialist Equality Party was overturned after statements of opposition from prominent defenders of democratic rights, including Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters, along with workers and young people around the world.

Facebook censors IYSSE online meeting about Trump coup threat

By Kevin Reed, 18 November 2020

The blocking of a meeting about the post-election coup plotting of Donald Trump from being posted on Facebook is an example of the intensification of political censorship being carried out by the social media platforms against left-wing and socialist organizations and publishers.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands schools and campuses close to halt the spread of the pandemic

By Our reporter, 18 November 2020

“Lessons have to be drawn, any orientation to the labour and trade union bureaucracy will be a death trap,” said teacher and meeting moderator Tania Kent.

COVID-19 drastically impacts Bangladesh students and youth

By Wimal Perera, 18 November 2020

Students, like other poor sections of the society, have been ignored by the Awami League government.

Homicide investigation under way after weeks of police negligence in the death of black Louisiana teen

By Aaron Murch, 18 November 2020

Quawan Charles, 15, was found dead in a field days after police ignored his family’s please to report him missing.

Student strikers in the Philippines demand government action on COVID-19 and typhoon devastation

By John Malvar, 17 November 2020

A student petition declared that the “The national government must act now” to address the devastation caused by the pandemic and massive typhoons, “or step down from their positions. No compromises.”

Michigan university’s ‘Veteran’s Promise’ exploits economic crisis to promote military recruitment

By Luke Galvin, 17 November 2020

In effect, the plan simultaneously throws support behind the parasitic recruitment policies of the US military while attempting to boost enrollment numbers at the school.

Students, workers, and artists denounce censorship

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters condemns Twitter’s suspension of IYSSE account

By Gabriel Black, 16 November 2020

The censoring of the IYSSE, at a time of growing interest in a genuine socialist perspective among young people has been met with an outcry and statements of protest.

UK Universities step up job cuts with connivance of the University and College Union

By Ioan Petrescu, 16 November 2020

The UCU finalised a sell-out agreement in its dispute with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, just one day before strike action was to commence.

New York City schools likely to close as pandemic surges

By Alberto Escalera, 14 November 2020

With the rise in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths throughout the region, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Friday of a likely suspension of in-person learning at public schools as early as next week.

Herd immunity policy in German schools leads to explosion of coronavirus infections

By Marianne Arens, 14 November 2020

Even the prospect of a breakthrough regarding a COVID-19 vaccine does not impel capitalist politicians to pursue a sensible, safe pandemic policy.

Students at Manchester University occupy accommodation block as rent strike continues

By Henry Lee, 14 November 2020

Rising rents, as well as the fact that many students were made to pay in the previous academic year for accommodation they were leaving empty, have triggered a number of protests across the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Overwhelming police presence used to intimidate Northwestern University protest

By Andy Thompson, 14 November 2020

Police in riot gear outnumbered protesters by almost two to one.

Stop online censorship: Restore the Twitter account of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)!

By Kevin Reed, 13 November 2020

In an act of online political censorship, Twitter has suspended the account of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in the US.

Growing opposition among educators forces closure of schools as pandemic spreads

By Evan Blake, 13 November 2020

Whatever their tactical maneuvers, the Democratic Party is equally beholden to Wall Street and will reopen schools as soon as they deem it politically viable.

State University of New York publishes spring 2021 semester plans

By Alex Findijs, 13 November 2020

Despite clear signs that SUNY’s policies were not working, the new plan for the spring is hardly an improvement. Most of the core points in the plan have already been in effect or add little to the existing precautions.

Workers Party pushes back-to-school campaign amid warnings of second COVID-19 wave in Brazil

By Eduardo Parati, 13 November 2020

The reopening being carried out by state governors and the precarious conditions faced by the majority are creating the perfect conditions for an even deadlier coronavirus surge.

IYSSE meeting calls for a European-wide school strike against the policy of herd immunity

By our reporters, 12 November 2020

Speakers at Monday’s online meeting addressed the perspective of a continent-wide school walkout in the context of the growing resistance of the working class against their governments’ murderous policies.

German schools become coronavirus hotspots: 300,000 students in quarantine

By Gregor Link and Markus Salzmann, 12 November 2020

Although studies show that the closure of schools, day-care centres and non-essential businesses effectively slow down the increase of infections, governments in Germany and Europe generally reject such closures.

Young people hit hard by UK jobs massacre

By Margot Miller, 11 November 2020

More than one in 10 people aged 16-25 have lost their jobs, and just under six in 10 have seen their earnings fall since the coronavirus pandemic began.

As wildcat teacher strikes continue

French government escalates cover-up of COVID-19 infections in schools

By Samuel Tissot, 11 November 2020

Two government ministries published contradictory figures amid a state campaign to suppress public knowledge of COVID-19 transmission in French schools.

Face-to-face teaching resumed at Australian universities, despite continuing COVID-19 cases

By Carolyn Kennett, 10 November 2020

Despite the clear dangers, the trade unions covering university workers—such as the National Tertiary Education Union—have mounted no opposition to the return to campuses.

For a general strike to close schools! Form rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, parents and students!

By Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France), 10 November 2020

Thousands of French teachers will join a nationwide strike today, as strikes voted by local staff meetings have shut dozens of schools since holidays ended Monday.

The deliberate sabotage of online learning in the US

Part 1

By Chase Lawrence, 9 November 2020

The underfunded and chaotic implementation of online learning is being used to force students back into unsafe classrooms.

SUNY Cortland suspends in-person classes for rest of semester after seeing continued rise of COVID-19 cases

By Alex Findijs, 7 November 2020

The university in central New York has recorded 604 COVID-19 cases since the semester began. The decision to suspend in-person classes is an admission that it was never safe to return students to campus.

New York University moves forward with plans to establish segregated residential communities

By John Conrad, 7 November 2020

The establishment of race-based “Themed Engagement Communities” in two NYU dorms is reactionary and part of a broader campaign by the ruling class to divide workers and youth along racial lines.

Manchester University students tear down 7-foot fence put up around their accommodation blocks

By Henry Lee, 7 November 2020

The protest on Thursday evening was a response to the fencing-in of students, seen as the last straw by residents fed up with the contemptuous and authoritarian treatment they have faced from university authorities.

US schools intensify student surveillance in the COVID-19 era

By Kylie Rose, 6 November 2020

Just last month, the University of Miami was caught using facial recognition technology to track down students who attended a peaceful protest against the school’s reopening plans.

College student, 20, found dead in dorm room after testing positive for COVID-19

By Usman Khan, 5 November 2020

The young student died in her dorm room while in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and being sent home from the hospital.

Thirteen-year-old eighth grader in Missouri dies of COVID-19

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 November 2020

The sudden and tragic death of such a young child has sent shockwaves through the community and across the US.

The New School lays off 122 staff, sparking community protest

By Elliott Murtagh, 3 November 2020

The New York City university’s recent layoffs have created outrage and opposition among students, faculty, and staff looking to push back.

The role of the World Socialist Web Site in educating a new generation of revolutionaries

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 November 2020

Young people looking for answers to all of the pressing questions of today are coming to find that there is no greater resource than the WSWS.

For a European-wide school strike against the pandemic

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 31 October 2020

If non-essential businesses, schools, and day-care centres are not immediately closed, the overloading of health care systems and the premature death of millions of people is inevitable.

“Our University is being run like a business”

University of Michigan students denounce administration’s reckless COVID-19 policies

By Jesse Thomas, 29 October 2020

University of Michigan Students speak out against deadly reopening policies.

Online forum with David North and Professor Adolph Reed

What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections?

28 October 2020

The event, hosted by San Diego State University’s Department of Political Science, is taking place Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm Eastern, 4:00 pm Pacific.

Gig workers hired to evict people from their homes as millions struggle to pay rent

By Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020

A new startup is recruiting temporary “gig” workers to evict people from their homes during the most severe housing crisis since the Great Depression.

Eighteen-year-old University of Dayton freshman, Michael Lang, dies of COVID-19

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 October 2020

Lang, a healthy first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the university in western Ohio, died Thursday after weeks of battling the virus.

Australia: University of Melbourne IYSSE holds successful AGM despite anti-democratic measures

By Our correspondent, 24 October 2020

Held amid a COVID-19 lockdown, the meeting reflected the growing radicalisation among youth and students.

Support for socialism jumps by nearly 10 percent among US youth amid pandemic depression

By David Fitzgerald and Gabriel Black, 23 October 2020

These statistics quantitatively express a significant shift in political mood and perspective that has occurred over just the last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the US and the world.

UK parent speaks out about catastrophic “herd immunity” policy of Johnson government

By Our reporter, 23 October 2020

“Achieving herd immunity properly means protecting people through vaccination. It has never been shown that herd immunity can be achieved by allowing people to catch a virus and die.”

Washtenaw County issues stay-at-home order at University of Michigan campus in the wake of campus COVID outbreak

By Jesse Thomas, 21 October 2020

The rise in cases at the University of Michigan follows the shutdown of the graduate student strike last month, which was waged in opposition to the university’s unsafe reopening policy.

Northern Virginia Community College faculty and staff speak out about loss of work due to budget crisis

By Dominic Gustavo and Nick Barrickman, 21 October 2020

Professors and student workers in the Virginia Community College System spoke to the IYSSE about their loss of work related to the pandemic

SUNY Cortland continues pause on in-person instruction following continued outbreak

By Alex Findijs, 20 October 2020

Cortland has already been in a two-week pause after recording more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in a two-week period. School plans to reopen were foiled after a major outbreak days before the end of the temporary pause

Student council at Leipzig University opposes invitation to German right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski

By Noah Windstein, 17 October 2020

It is particularly cynical for Baberowski to speak on the issue of peace in light of his trivialisation of the Holocaust and the arson attacks by neo-Nazis on refugee centres.

Thai students continue protests in face of government repression

By Ben McGrath, 17 October 2020

The demonstrators have three core demands: the prime minister’s resignation, a new constitution, and an end to the suppression of government critics; as well as the reform of the monarchy.

New York University defies state COVID-19 guidelines and continues in-person classes

By John Conrad, 16 October 2020

The decision to not immediately halt in-person classes and work at NYU amid a resurgence of the pandemic underscores the recklessness of the university administration.

San Diego educators launch rank-and-file safety committee to halt school reopenings and save lives

San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 October 2020

Our committee answers directly to the interests of the working class, not to the major corporations, their political representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties, or the teachers unions which have facilitated school reopenings.

Faculty union abruptly ends strike at Youngstown State University

By Isaac Finn, 16 October 2020

The faculty union at YSU announced a shutdown of a three-day strike after an “understanding” was reached with the administration.

University of Michigan cafeteria workers oppose reopening of dining halls as coronavirus continues to spread on campus

By Jesse Thomas, 16 October 2020

In the weeks following the sellout of the graduate student strike, multiple COVID-19 clusters have been confirmed on campus, demonstrating the complete inadequacy of the university’s testing regime.

State-orchestrated anti-Semitism witch-hunt extended to UK university campuses

By Thomas Scripps, 16 October 2020

Williamson’s letter is the latest move in a five-year conspiracy of the Conservative government, the Labour Party, and Zionist organisations aimed at criminalising vast swathes of the political left.