International Youth and Students for Social Equality
Unite educators, students and parents to protect our lives against COVID-19
By 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.
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.
By Harvey Thompson and Robert Stevens, 28 September 2020
The collapse in the number of jobs and apprenticeships meant that by July one in 13 of the seven million UK workers aged between 16 and 24 years was claiming Universal Credit.
By Simon Whelan and Barry Mason, 26 September 2020
The former regional director for public health in northwest England, Professor John Ashton, said it was “almost inevitable” that the return of students would lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
By Genevieve Leigh, 26 September 2020
While the demands laid out by the students are limited to immediate measures, there is no doubt that they are motivated by much broader issues.
By Alex Johnson, 26 September 2020
Students say their calls for adequate support and transparency, quality education, reduced costs and licensing accommodations have been met with indifference and hostility from university administrators.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 September 2020
Throughout the course of the strike, many students admirably asserted that their fight was not only about the health and safety of themselves, but of the community as a whole.
IYSSE at UC Berkeley condemns Philippine Stalinist “slanders and falsehoods” against Dr. Joseph Scalice
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at UC Berkeley, 25 September 2020
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison has accused Dr. Scalice of being a “CIA agent.” This pathetic lie is aimed at distracting workers and youth from Dr. Scalice’s exposure of the Stalinists’ support for president Rodrigo Duterte and other bourgeois politicians.
“We are just numbers on a spreadsheet”
By Genevieve Leigh, 24 September 2020
Students are organizing a virtual “sick out,” where students do not log in to online learning for the entire day, to call attention to their demands.
By Samuel Davidson, 24 September 2020
California University of Pennsylvania student Jamain Stephens Jr. died September 9 from a blood clot in his heart after he contracted COVID-19.
By Renae Cassimeda and Evan Blake, 23 September 2020
Starting Monday, 276 Kenosha teachers engaged in a sickout strike in opposition to increasing COVID-19 outbreaks and deadly conditions in the school district.
By Robert Stevens, 23 September 2020
Anger is erupting among youth in Greece at being forced back to school amid a raging pandemic of COVID-19.
By Will McCallis, 23 September 2020
The letter warns that non-compliance with the “school reopening guidance" will be met with a potential loss of state funds.
By Andy Thompson and Fabian Salgado, 23 September 2020
To oppose the sellout being prepared, striking hospital workers must follow the examples of auto workers and educators by forming rank-and-file committees.
By Genevieve Leigh, 22 September 2020
Underlying the reckless drive to reopen schools is a broader policy of “herd immunity” adopted by every major capitalist country around the world.
By Melody Isley, 22 September 2020
Adding insult to injury, students, many of whom who are frontline workers and therefore unable to escape exposure, are being blamed for the explosion of cases on college campuses.
By Jesse Thomas, 22 September 2020
The possibility that the university administration delayed the public announcement of the cases until after the strike was officially smothered cannot be discounted.
By Jack Turner, 22 September 2020
These supposed “socialists” are seeking to keep workers trapped within the industrial and political straitjacket of the trade unions.
By Melody Isley, 21 September 2020
As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, San Diego County supervisors are lobbying to artificially lower case numbers by excluding the recent outbreak at San Diego State University.
By Brian Brown and James Martin, 21 September 2020
An examination of the university's Board of Trustees shows the political forces arrayed against the nearly 5,000 nurses and university workers who have gone on strike.
By the Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 September 2020
The Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee has been established to protect the district’s students, teachers and staff from the deadly virus.
By Eric Ludlow, 21 September 2020
The student union’s demands will serve only to disaffiliate clubs, compounding the destructive impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cultural and political life on campus.
As American Federation of Teachers shuts down UM graduate student strike
By Joseph Lorenz, 19 September 2020
The decision to open campuses is part of the drive by governments everywhere in line with so-called "herd immunity" policies.
By Alex Findijs, 19 September 2020
The campus in upstate New York is the second state university to be forced into a temporary shutdown this month due to the spread of COVID-19 cases.
By Andrew Timon and Will McCalliss, 18 September 2020
Colleges and universities across the Greater Boston area have made the reckless, profit-driven decision to reopen their campuses, endangering the lives of not only university students, faculty and staff, but area residents.
By our reporters, 18 September 2020
Bill de Blasio, the “progressive” mayor of New York City, announced a new date for a ‘’phased reopening” of the city’s public schools.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at UM, 17 September 2020
Now is not the time to back down! The struggle must be broadened to include undergraduates, staff, faculty and workers in a common struggle.
By our reporters, 17 September 2020
The end of the strike occurred less than 24 hours after the American Federation of Teachers assumed control of negotiations and produced an agreement that was virtually identical to the one overwhelmingly rejected just a week ago.
“We’re going to keep fighting”
Opposition mounts as thousands of University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continue strike
By Kylie Rose, 17 September 2020
The university administration and the Democratic Party are increasingly nervous over the support striking workers have elicited.
By Brian Green, 17 September 2020
The affected students were given the choice of returning to their families or remaining on campus in the crowded and COVID-infested residence halls.
By Matthew Brennan, 16 September 2020
With threats of a court injunction and the taking over negotiations by the American Federation of Teachers, the strike by more than 1,200 graduate students is in danger.
Defying injunction threats, striking University of Michigan grad students call for “larger mobilization of working people”
By our reporters, 16 September 2020
Striking graduate students at the University of Michigan are continuing their walkout in defiance of the strikebreaking threats by top administrators.
By Matthew Brennan, 16 September 2020
The governing body of the University of Michigan is a nexus of powerful political, military and corporate interests
Strike by University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continues, as Illinois Democratic governor threatens to decimate state budget
By James Martin and Kristina Betinis, 16 September 2020
A virtual blackout of the strikes at UIC and its hospital in the national press indicates the growing fear in ruling circles over the development of working class opposition.
By Tom Pearce and Julie Hyland, 16 September 2020
With Labour Party support, the National Education Union is complicit in abandoning its 450,000 members and those they teach to the government’s policy of “herd immunity”.
San Diego State University seeks to shift blame to students for coronavirus outbreaks following reopening
By Melody Isley and Norissa Santa Cruz, 16 September 2020
As the virus spreads on campus, students have watched in horror as peers are taken away to isolation dorms by staff dressed in hazmat gear.
University of Michigan president seeks court injunction to force graduate student instructors back to work
By Sam Wayne and Genevieve Leigh, 15 September 2020
The University of Michigan is responding with a new round of threats and intimidation to the overwhelming vote Sunday by graduate students to extend their strike.
The University of Iowa and Iowa State University students and staff unite to oppose in-person learning
By Andy Thompson, 15 September 2020
The demands of those involved in the protest are to end all in-person classes and have all learning be done online until the pandemic is under control.
By John Harris, 15 September 2020
In Newcastle, as around the country, the trade union is stepping up its collaboration with the employers to impose deep cost-cutting measures.
University of Michigan graduate students vote to extend strike as opposition erupts at campuses throughout the US
By Genevieve Leigh, 14 September 2020
The reopening of campuses is driving an expansion of the coronavirus pandemic, with 19 of the 25 largest outbreaks in communities with colleges that have started in-person learning.
“A general strike is a must to stop this back-to-work and back-to-school madness”
By our reporters, 14 September 2020
Like the herding of workers into the auto factories, the drive to reopen schools and colleges even as the pandemic continues to rage is entirely driven by profit interests.
By Kylie Rose and Andy Thompson, 14 September 2020
Workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have gone on strike against low wages and unsafe conditions as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly through college campuses.
By Chase Lawrence, 14 September 2020
A UT Austin spokesperson confirmed that only 1,198 attendees were tested before the game. Out of these, 95 tested positive, or nearly 8 percent.
Infected students denounce administration guidelines, amidst rising COVID-19 cases at Southern California universities
By Melody Isley and Emiri Ochiai, 12 September 2020
Infected students report callous treatment from school administration, being thrown into isolation rooms without bed sheets, food or sanitizing equipment.
By Elliott Murtagh, 12 September 2020
The establishment of the center at NYU, a university with close ties to the state, reflects the ruling class’s increasing concerns over the political effects of social media.
By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 12 September 2020
Opposition to the resumption of classes at the University of Michigan is part of a broader struggle of workers against the homicidal policy of the ruling class related to the pandemic.
By Alex Findijs, 11 September 2020
Refusing to take any responsibility for this catastrophe, the SUNY system is on a crusade to punish groups of students for gathering and lay the ground for further police repression on campuses.
By Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 11 September 2020
Opposition to the resumption of classes at the University of Michigan is part of a broader struggle of workers against the homicidal policy of the ruling class related to the pandemic.
US universities emerge as battlegrounds as students and faculty fight back against reckless reopening plans
By Genevieve Leigh, 11 September 2020
Students and university workers are being thrust into a fight as outbreaks of COVID-19 spread across US campuses.
By Sheila Brehm, 11 September 2020
On Wednesday, graduate students rejected an offer from the university that met none of their demands and voted to continue their strike in the face of threats of retaliation.
University of California, San Diego students, staff and faculty issue open letter opposing reckless reopening plan
By Peter Ross, 11 September 2020
The appeal calls on the university to cancel in-person classes, limit campus housing to those with no other viable options and cancel layoffs and furloughs.
“We have lit a match that could unite a global wave”
University of Michigan grad students reject administration offer, continue strike against unsafe conditions
By Jerry White, 10 September 2020
Striking graduate student instructors voted by more than 700 to 400 to reject the blackmail proposal from the administration and continue their strike to demand the shutdown of in-person learning amidst the pandemic.
The University of Michigan graduate student strike: A significant step forward for workers and students
By Matthew Brennan and Luke Galvin, 9 September 2020
On Tuesday morning, approximately 1,000 graduate student workers went on strike in opposition to the dangerous health and working conditions they face in the pandemic.
By Valery Tsekov, 9 September 2020
Ignoring the advice of Michigan’s chief medical executive, the Democratic governor suspended her executive order banning high school contact sports.
Two decades of US “war on terror” responsible for displacing at least 37 million people and killing up to 12 million
By Jacob Crosse, 9 September 2020
A new report from Brown University estimates the number of people who have fled from US military operations since September 2001 to be as high as 59 million.
“It’s not safe for my kids but they are forcing me to send them to school”
By our reporter, 9 September 2020
Teachers and parents from Britain and internationally attended the initial meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Committee.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 8 September 2020
Over 10,000 students, faculty and staff have been tested for COVID-19 and are now returning to the buildings and classrooms in the city this week.
By Matthew Taylor, 5 September 2020
The forced reopening of schools across Florida is producing a catastrophe, with already over 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at dozens of schools.
By Evan Blake, 4 September 2020
In a growing number of countries around the world, the drive to reopen schools has become the focal point of the class struggle.
New York deploys COVID-19 “SWAT Team” to SUNY Oneonta after six percent of students test positive for virus
By Alex Findijs, 3 September 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo dispatched a team of contact tracers to Oneonta after 105 students tested positive just one week into classes. The outbreak is clear indication that the drive to reopen schools across the US will be a deadly disaster.
Youth and students: Oppose the deadly reopening of schools! Take a stand on the side of the teachers and the working class!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 3 September 2020
The IYSSE calls on students and young people in middle school, high school and college to organize opposition to the deadly campaign to reopen schools!
By Chase Lawrence, 2 September 2020
Despite major outbreaks, many of these schools are still resisting pressure from students, parents, and workers to switch to online learning.
By Rafael Azul, 2 September 2020
Photos circulated on social media this week showing children sitting in a parking lot in order to use their internet to do homework.
By E. Cohen and Andy Thompson, 2 September 2020
The number of new daily cases at the school—home to more than 30,000 students—has remained in triple digits but the university continues to hold 25 percent of classes face to face.
By Niles Niemuth, 2 September 2020
Responding to the outpouring of public opposition triggered by the WSWS’s exposure of plans for separate housing for black students, the Washington Square News published a defense of the initiative Monday.
By Luke Galvin, 31 August 2020
Shorty after the opening of the fall semester CMU has seen 117 new COVID-19 cases as a result of the reckless decision to move ahead with in-person classes.
University of Florida graduate residents expose plans to quarantine COVID-19 victims in family housing
By Charles Sutter and Matthew MacEgan, 31 August 2020
The university management plans to quarantine people in family housing complexes in secret while pursuing a “herd immunity” strategy on campus.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 August 2020
The SEP’s National Congress resolved to build the IYSSE among working-class youth, as well as university and high school students, on the basis of the revolutionary traditions of Trotskyism.
By Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 28 August 2020
The Florida Department of Health issued a mandate Tuesday censoring COVID-19 data within Duval public schools while state officials threatened the jobs of educators who oppose the deadly school openings.
Fraudulent Associated Press “fact-check” targets WSWS article on student housing segregation project at NYU
By the WSWS Editorial Board, 26 August 2020
The AP’s “fact-check” of the WSWS is a dishonest piece of hack journalism aimed at discrediting an accurate account of New York University’s plans to accept segregated student housing.
By Matthew MacEgan, 26 August 2020
Since reopening in-person instruction, the University of Alabama has reported 566 new cases of COVID-19 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 646 new cases.
By Renae Cassimeda, 26 August 2020
A teacher from Fort Collins was recently fired for raising safety concerns as school openings in Colorado unfold in dangerous and piecemeal fashion, while the state now has 55,700 COVID-19 cases and 1,926 deaths.
By Jerry White, 26 August 2020
More than 150 teachers, school employees and other workers from around the US and internationally participated in a call-in meeting to organize opposition to the unsafe opening of schools.
By Will McCalliss, 24 August 2020
The project is being initiated by the Broad Institute in Cambridge, which is associated with the Broad Foundation, best known for its school privatization efforts around the country.
By Karsten Schneider, 24 August 2020
Calls for race-based student housing stem not from a desire to improve the lives of all students and youth, but to advance the interests of a small layer of the population.
By James Mullan, 22 August 2020
The strike action was spontaneously organized in response to the university’s reckless reopening plans that left RAs with larger workloads than in pre-pandemic semesters.
By Trévon Austin, 22 August 2020
The lawsuit is a cynical provocation by an administration that seeks to stir the pot of racial antagonisms.
By Matthew MacEgan and Genevieve Leigh, 20 August 2020
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence and the most recent experiences of school like UNC-Chapel Hill and Notre Dame, many schools are still pushing forward with reopening plans.
By Stephen Hunter, 20 August 2020
Access to university education is to be closed off for working class students, with the axing of courses and the forced bankruptcy of poorer universities.
By Evan Blake, 19 August 2020
Barring the independent mobilization of educators, parents and the broader working class to halt the reopening of schools, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate.
UNC Chapel Hill, Notre Dame and Michigan State University forced to revert to online learning after COVID-19 outbreaks
By Matthew MacEgan, 19 August 2020
UNC Chapel Hill reported 130 new student cases of COVID-19 during its first week, far more than the ten it reported on campus during the week prior to reopening.
By Jerry White, 17 August 2020
Phoenix area teachers forced the closure of the first day of school today as protests against the unsafe opening of schools spread across the country.
By Alex Johnson, 17 August 2020
School districts and teachers in Florida have been forced to resume in-person learning while COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to surge throughout the state.
By Gregor Link, 17 August 2020
With the beginning of mandatory school attendance, the number of COVID-19 infections is increasing.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 August 2020
As plummeting enrollment at day cares during the spring forced many to close, the beginning of grade school classes in the fall will compound the crisis.
By Zac Corrigan, 14 August 2020
Schools across the US continued to reopen for in-person classes this week, leading to the exposure of thousands of teachers and students to the deadly virus.
“We need to be the ones making the decision about when and how to reopen”
By Mitch Marcus and Phyllis Steele, 12 August 2020
Teachers across the state have reacted with disgust and anger at this week’s re-opening, which threatens to produce an explosion of new infections and deaths.
By Sam Wayne and Usman Khan, 12 August 2020
Colleges and K-12 schools across the US have sent letters to parents and students, requiring liability waivers be signed before students can return for in-person classes.
By Andy Thompson, 12 August 2020
The sudden reversal by the two conferences came after growing opposition by players, which may have been a decisive factor in their decision to postpone the season.
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 August 2020
The science is clear: the reopening of schools under the current conditions will lead to countless deaths among students, parents, teachers, and more broadly in the working class.
Georgia teachers and students force temporary closure of North Paulding High School over COVID-19 outbreak
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2020
The cluster of COVID-19 cases at the school emerged as a direct consequence of the decision to reopen schools for in-person instruction amid a surge in infections.
By Brian Green, 10 August 2020
Most recently Reed opposed Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget that starves schools of resources while flooding the Police Department with billions of dollars.
No masks, crowded hallways
By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020
Two students from Georgia’s North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.
By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020
Despite their completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because they are unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.
By Alex Johnson, 6 August 2020
These harrowing deaths come a month after a 9-year-old, Kimora Lynum, from Putman County, became the youngest child added to Florida’s COVID-19 death toll.
By Andy Thompson, 6 August 2020
In order to protect billions in revenue, US universities are resorting to threats and cover-ups to keep their plans to play football in the fall on track.
“How war and dictatorship are prepared at universities”
By our reporters, 4 August 2020
“The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is one of the centres of German war weapons research,” IYSSE candidate Gregor Kahl told the meeting.
By Trévon Austin, 1 August 2020
Universities are hoping the personal responsibility of students will be sufficient enough to contain outbreaks on campuses.
By Eric Ludlow, 30 July 2020
Many international students lost their casual jobs as a result of limited social distancing measures introduced in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
By our reporters, 30 July 2020
One student said that he lives “hand to mouth. I cannot save anything. I pay so much for the fees at university and there are no jobs.”