North America

Markey wins Massachusetts Democratic primary with “progressive” masquerade

By Kate Randall, 3 September 2020

The pillar of the Democratic establishment for 40 years, who voted for the Iraq war, postured as a “left” using the support of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ford to slash 1,400 jobs as auto industry cuts widen

By Tim Rivers, 3 September 2020

Ford and other major corporations are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to advance major restructuring measures, shedding jobs and ratcheting up the exploitation of those who remain.

GE Appliances workers in Louisville, Kentucky vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Zac Thorton, 3 September 2020

The company, which has remained highly profitable throughout the pandemic, is demanding the elimination of pensions and the maintenance of the two-tier wage system.

Protests continue in Los Angeles after police kill unarmed 29-year-old man

By Dan Conway, 3 September 2020

On Monday, deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department stopped Dijon Kizzee over an alleged vehicle code violation while riding a bicycle leading to his murder after a brief foot chase.

Alberta government’s reopening policies lead to spike in COVID-19 cases

By Janet Browning, 3 September 2020

The trade unions are playing a critical role in demobilizing working class opposition to the Kenney government’s drive to reopen the economy.

The New York Times slanders left-wing opposition to Biden as “Russian propaganda”

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2020

The American intelligence agencies are at it again, instigating anti-Russian propaganda in the US media with reckless and entirely unsubstantiated claims that Moscow is intervening in the 2020 presidential election.

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!

As protests against police violence continue across the US

Trump visits Kenosha to defend killer police and vigilantes

By Barry Grey, 2 September 2020

Trump’s efforts to project an image of authoritarian strength during his visit were belied by the extraordinary security measures taken to wall him off from the population.

US-China conflict over TikTok intensifies as Trump’s forced divestiture deadline approaches

By Kevin Reed, 2 September 2020

The drive to force the Chinese-owned video sharing app to be sold to a US company was countered by Beijing’s imposition of export restrictions on software components of the platform.

Teachers union and Democrats agree to resume in-person learning in New York City schools

By Jerry White, 2 September 2020

The deal that delays the opening by a week is aimed at countering the growing demands by teachers in the city and around the country for a nationwide work stoppage.

Second call-in meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee attracts large audience across the US

By Renae Cassimeda, 2 September 2020

Educators and workers from New York, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and many other states, as well as Britain, Germany, and South Korea participated in the meeting.

With over 26,000 COVID-19 cases at more than 750 US colleges, campus opposition erupts

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.

Elementary school students forced to use Taco Bell parking lot for internet in Salinas, California

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.

Hundreds at University of Iowa stage sickout as COVID-19 cases skyrocket

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.

Canadian Detroit Big Three autoworkers give strong strike mandate for upcoming contract fight

By Carl Bronski, 2 September 2020

Autoworkers are ready to wage a militant struggle in defence of jobs, wages, and working conditions, but they will need to break organizationally and politically from Unifor.

Trump administration considered using “heat ray” microwave weapon on migrants crossing the US-Mexico border

By Carlos Reed, 2 September 2020

What was deemed too inhumane to be deployed in war has been discussed in the highest government circles for use as an anti-immigrant weapon.

New York City transit workers and the COVID-19 pandemic: A timeline of criminal inaction and union betrayal

By Daniel de Vries and Sam Dalton, 2 September 2020

As transit workers face the dual threat of a second wave of coronavirus and budget disaster, the lessons must be drawn from the death of 146 colleagues.

The profits of August

By Nick Beams, 2 September 2020

This August, amid mass death, hunger and poverty, Wall Street recorded its biggest increase for the month since 1986.

Student paper defends plan for segregated living spaces at New York University

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.

The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open

Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2020

The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic toward a second, potentially larger, wave.

With thousands of new cases in US, opposition mounts against unsafe school and college reopenings

By Jerry White, 31 August 2020

Over the last three weeks, there have been at least 12,000 infections at public schools, universities and colleges in the US.

New York City teachers union holds strike authorization vote amidst mass opposition to school reopening

By Tim Avery, 31 August 2020

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) aims to block rank-and-file educators from taking independent initiative against the policy or reopening schools.

US military will not be involved in election crisis, top general claims

By Patrick Martin, 31 August 2020

The extraordinary statement by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came in response to a letter from two Democratic congresswomen.

Fear and uncertainty dominate Jackson Hole central bankers’ meeting

By Nick Beams, 31 August 2020

The key initiative announced at the gathering was the decision by the US Fed’s policy-making body to maintain interest rates at ultra-low levels for an indefinite period.

Central Michigan University faces COVID-19 outbreak as campus opens

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.

California Governor Newsom continues murderous policies as COVID-19 cases in state reach 700,000

By Peter Ross, 31 August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly spread through California, with over 6,000 new infections per day, including 1,500 in Los Angeles County alone.

Fifty-six-year-old Tennessee resident evicted from her home after contracting COVID-19

By Patrick Smith, 31 August 2020

Leslie Nelson reportedly suffered an epileptic seizure as her belongings were thrown into her yard under the close watch of the police.

Amid cross-Canada protests against back-to-school drive, Trudeau announces $2 billion to fund school reopenings

By Roger Jordan, 31 August 2020

The prime minister stressed that reopening schools is “critical to restarting the economy.”

Mounting social and health disaster in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura

By J. L'Heureau, 31 August 2020

Three days after the most powerful hurricane to hit the state since 1856, the scale of destruction and accompanying social crisis is coming into sharp relief.

EU refuses to accept hundreds of refugees rescued in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 31 August 2020

More than 400 refugees are waiting in the central Mediterranean Sea off Sicily to be assigned to a safe haven.

MGM Resorts to lay off 18,000 workers

By Adam Mclean, 31 August 2020

The Culinary Workers Union is not opposing the layoffs, demanding only that the fired workers be given the right to be re-hired at some point in the future.

New York transit agency threatens draconian cuts and fare hikes

By Alan Whyte, 31 August 2020

The MTA is considering reducing New York City bus and subway service by 40 percent as well as cutting commuter railroads service by 50 percent.

GM workers in Silao, Mexico, report eighth death from COVID-19, as corporation fires vulnerable workers

By Andrea Lobo, 31 August 2020

GM and the corporate-controlled Confederation of Mexican Workers have refused to provide workers with any information about COVID-19 cases in the plant.

Trump incites vigilante violence against peaceful protests in Wisconsin

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 31 August 2020

The murders in Kenosha are the first major attempt to use right-wing vigilante groups to carry out violent attacks on domestic opposition within the United States.

Republicans defend Kenosha gunman as nationwide protests continue

By Jacob Crosse, 29 August 2020

The Democrats and the media are covering up the direct line that can be drawn between the fascistic statements of Trump and the vigilante killings in Kenosha perpetrated by Kyle Rittenhouse.

COVID-19 outbreaks continue unabated at US schools, putting millions at risk

By Renae Cassimeda, 29 August 2020

The past week has seen a deepening of the disastrous crisis surrounding the reopening of schools, with significant outbreaks occurring in schools across the country.

“They should shut everything down again until they get the virus under control”

Mississippi bus drivers walk out as schools push ahead with unsafe reopenings

By Emma Arceneaux, 29 August 2020

Deplorable working conditions and an immediate reduction of hours and pay impelled 45 percent of school bus drivers in Columbus, Mississippi to walk out on Monday.

Classes resume at University of Iowa amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Brian Brown, 29 August 2020

Over 600 students tested positive for COVID-19 within the first week of in person classes as cases surge in Iowa.

False “glimmers of hope” as California continues to burn

By Linda Rios, 29 August 2020

Nearly two dozen major fire complexes are still burning, along with hundreds of smaller ones, including a new fire that started in the early hours of Friday.

US government executes only Native American prisoner on federal death row

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 August 2020

Under the pro-death penalty, law and order administration of President Trump, the federal government has executed more inmates this year than in all previous 56 years combined.

Canada’s Conservatives choose Erin O’Toole as leader in further shift right

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 29 August 2020

O’Toole has pledged to “take back Canada” from the “radical left,” aggressively confront China, and make Canada more investment friendly.

Social crisis, class struggle and the 2020 election

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2020

The 2020 election is taking place against the backdrop of the greatest social, economic and political crisis in the modern history of the United States.

Trotsky’s Last Year

Part Four

By David North, 29 August 2020

An appraisal, on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination, of the work of the great theoretician and strategist of World Socialist Revolution during the final year of his life.

Reddit moderators censor WSWS article on Trump’s speech at Republican convention

By Kevin Reed, 29 August 2020

After the article appeared on the front page of Reddit with over 9,000 upvotes, moderators removed it on the grounds that the WSWS is an “unacceptable source.”

100 years since the birth of jazz master Charlie Parker

By John Andrews, 29 August 2020

Today, fans throughout the world are celebrating the centenary of the birth of Charlie Parker, an inventor of bebop and one of the greatest figures in the history of jazz.

The Kill Chain: A new era of world war

By Shuvu Batta, 29 August 2020

The Kill Chain exposes US imperialism’s advanced war preparations against China, with Silicon Valley playing a critical role.

Trump runs for Führer

By Jacob Crosse and Andre Damon, 28 August 2020

Trump delivered a fascistic tirade from the White House lawn Thursday night, painting his reelection as the last bastion against “agitators” and “socialists.”

Boycott by professional athletes expands in second day of protests against police violence

By Kevin Reed, 28 August 2020

The boycott among professional athletes expanded on Thursday in response to the brutal police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Fed resets monetary policy framework to meet Wall Street’s demands

By Nick Beams, 28 August 2020

The effect of the changes is to assure the financial oligarchy that the ultra-low interest rate regime, so essential to its wealth accumulation, will continue indefinitely.

Hurricane Laura, strongest to hit Louisiana in 150 years, brings damaging winds

By J. L'Heureau, 28 August 2020

The storm made landfall near Lake Charles early Thursday as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, with sustained winds reaching 150 miles per hour.

Renewed heat and lightning increase fire danger in California

By Rafael Azul, 28 August 2020

State authorities are warning that fire conditions are still very dangerous and have warned evacuees not to return to their homes until allowed to do so.

Former UAW President Dennis Williams charged with embezzlement

By Shannon Jones, 28 August 2020

The indictment of Williams follows the conviction of former UAW President Gary Jones for stealing over $1 million from the union treasury for his own personal use.

New US jobless claims once again exceed one million

By Jerry White, 28 August 2020

Despite President Trump’s claims about a “super-V” shaped recovery, more than 27 million workers are collecting unemployment benefits and millions face the prospect of eviction and utility shutoffs.

US and Russian military units clash in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2020

The northeastern region of Syria has become a tinderbox after Washington revealed its plans to bring in a US company to exploit Syrian oil.

Ontario’s teachers unions facilitate right-wing Ford government’s reckless back-to-school drive

By Matthew Richter, 28 August 2020

Teachers, students, and their families are being forced to risk their lives in unsafe and under-resourced school buildings amid a raging pandemic.

Trump administration sabotages COVID-19 testing

By Marcus Day, 28 August 2020

The change in CDC testing guidelines pushed through by the White House will fuel the further spread of the pandemic throughout workplaces, homes and communities, killing untold numbers.

Full transparency on COVID-19! Hands off Florida educators! Close schools now!

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.

The Republican National Convention: A frightened ruling class incites fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2020

The convention, dominated by hysterical threats against left-wing political opposition, took place against the backdrop of a shooting of demonstrators by a right-wing vigilante.

Far-right militia member arrested for fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 27 August 2020

Video posted on social media shows friendly interaction between Kenosha police and armed militia members just prior to the murderous assault on demonstrators.

Players shut down NBA playoffs in protest over Jacob Blake shooting

By Alan Gilman, 27 August 2020

The refusal of the Milwaukee Bucks to take the court for their Wednesday playoff game forced professional basketball to postpone all of Wednesday’s games.

Wildfires continue to rage across California amidst heat wave and pandemic

By Anthony del Olmo, 27 August 2020

Northern California residents have suffered more than a week of wildfires caused by lightning strikes and a historic heat wave in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under pressure from the White House, CDC issues guidelines for less COVID-19 testing

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 August 2020

The change in guidelines has been met with a barrage of anger and dismay among various health experts and physician groups who have repeatedly stated that the key to suppressing the infection is broad, mass testing of the population.

“We refuse to lay down our lives for profit or participate in a poorly designed, underfunded, deadly experiment”

Florida educators launch rank-and-file committee to oppose unsafe school openings

By Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 August 2020

Teachers and their supporters have set up a rank-and-file safety committee in Duval County, Florida, which includes Jacksonville, the sixth largest school district in Florida, the state with the highest per capita infection rate in the US.

New York City’s school reopening plan: Anatomy of a crime

By Alberto Escalera, 27 August 2020

Mayor de Blasio, a self-proclaimed “progressive,” has proven just as willing to carry out the homicidal policy of school reopening amidst the pandemic as his most reactionary Republican counterparts.

Markets focus on Fed chair’s Jackson Hole speech

By Nick Beams, 27 August 2020

The key question concerning financial elites around the world is how the Fed and other central banks intend to continue the stimulus to markets.

Top US official in Taiwan attends military commemoration

By Ben McGrath, 27 August 2020

The commemoration of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in 1958 last weekend signals closer military cooperation between Washington and Taipei directed at Beijing.

TikTok files federal lawsuit against the Trump administration

By Kevin Reed, 27 August 2020

TikTok, the massively popular social media platform owned by China-based ByteDance, has filed a lawsuit seeking to block President Trump’s executive order banning the app and forcing its sale to a US owner.

Low-income Canadians twice as likely to be hospitalized due to self-harm than the wealthiest

By Alexandra Greene, 27 August 2020

A recent study found that 25,000 Canadians were either hospitalized or died due to self-harm last year, the equivalent of about 70 self-harm incidents per day.

Trump continues assault on democratic norms at Republican convention

By Barry Grey, 26 August 2020

The event marks the evolution of one of the two major parties of American capitalism into an instrument for the development of a personalist and authoritarian movement with increasingly fascistic characteristics.

After receiving $5.8 billion through the CARES Act

American Airlines announces 19,000 to be laid off starting October 1

By Jacob Crosse, 26 August 2020

As temporary layoffs become permanent, airline executives and their stockholders, with the invaluable assistance of the trade unions, are consigning thousands to destitution.

New COVID-19 cases skyrocket at University of Alabama and University of North Carolina

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.

Colorado teacher fired for raising concerns about school reopenings speaks to the WSWS

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.

New York City preparing to lay off 400 EMS workers in advance of looming second wave of pandemic

By Ali Elhassan, 26 August 2020

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, is preparing to place the burden of the pandemic-triggered budgetary crisis on workers, including frontline health care workers.

Seven dead and 170,000 displaced as massive wildfires continue to burn in Northern California

By Peter Ross, 26 August 2020

As of Tuesday morning, 937 structures have been destroyed and 251 damaged, and the fires continue to threaten some 30,500 additional structures.

Police riot in Detroit against peaceful protesters

By Eboni Davis and Kathleen Martin, 26 August 2020

On Saturday night, the Detroit Police Department went on a rampage against peaceful protesters, arresting 44 after tear-gassing and beating people in the streets for unlawful assembly.

“These same conditions exist all over the world”

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee defends immigrant workers at Indiana parts plant, opposes back-to-school drive

By Tim Rivers, 26 August 2020

Workers at the plant are refusing leadership positions on the shop floor and others are leaving the factory in response to forced overtime and the disregard of medical work restrictions.

Canadian autoworkers demand Unifor release tentative contracts with Detroit Three in full prior to ratification votes

By Carl Bronski, 26 August 2020

The petition, already signed by around 1,300 autoworkers, is a sign of mounting worker opposition to Unifor but its initiators promote the dangerous illusion that the union can be reformed.

Police violence continues unabated three months after the murder of George Floyd

By Niles Niemuth, 26 August 2020

The latest incident to produce an eruption of angry protests is the attempted murder of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African American father of six, shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Who are the Republican spymasters and war criminals who have endorsed Biden?

By Isaac Finn, 26 August 2020

Republican former security officials, virtually all of whom were involved in war crimes and domestic spying, have announced that they will be voting for the Democratic presidential nominee.

Democrats leave 20 million unemployed in the lurch

By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2020

The House of Representatives convened for a Saturday session to vote on funding the Postal Service, but Democratic leaders declined to take any action on federal supplemental unemployment benefits, which expired July 31.

States and counties across US conceal COVID-19 outbreaks at schools

By Evan Blake, 24 August 2020

The policy of concealing cases has become the modus operandi across industries and serves as a mechanism for implementing the homicidal return-to-work campaign of the ruling class.

Florida court set to rule on lawsuit challenging in-person schooling

By Alex Johnson and Matthew MacEgan, 24 August 2020

The court is set to decide on a challenge by the Florida Education Association to Governor Ron DeSantis’s edict for face-to-face instruction.

Private schools in Massachusetts to get rapid COVID-19 testing

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.

“I have nothing but a bunch of ashes”

Hundreds of thousands displaced, six dead as 600 fires rip across California

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 24 August 2020

The two largest fires, now the second and third largest in the state’s history, are forcing hundreds of thousands to flee from deadly situation to another.

Postmaster General testifies before a Senate Committee on mail crisis

By Shuvu Batta, 24 August 2020

Louis DeJoy spoke before a Senate Committee on the bipartisan manufactured crisis of the United States Postal Service and possible election fraud.

Democratic Party leads nationwide purge of Green Party candidates from November ballots

By Jacob Crosse, 24 August 2020

State election boards and judges have issued last minute rulings blocking third party candidates from appearing on the ballot

Police misconduct database reveals top NYPD brass guilty of abuse of authority

By Josh Varlin, 24 August 2020

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and his predecessor James O’Neill, along with other top NYPD officials and 11 percent of active cops, have substantiated abuse complaints against them.

New York University moves to implement racial segregation in student dorms

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.

Corpus Christi, Texas pipeline explosion kills two workers

By Chase Lawrence, 24 August 2020

A collision between a dredging vessel and a pipeline caused an explosion and fire, injuring six crewmen and leaving two dead and two still missing.

Canada’s Liberal government slashes COVID-19 emergency aid

By Roger Jordan, 24 August 2020

By reducing by 20 percent the aid given to workers rendered jobless by the pandemic, the Liberal government is trying to goad them into returning to work under unsafe conditions.

The socialist answer to the paltry $600 million Flint settlement

By Joseph Kishore—SEP Presidential Candidate, 24 August 2020

Only through the development of the class struggle can the working class make right the years of bipartisan social crimes against the working class of Flint, Michigan.

Online panel examines what would happen if Assange is extradited to the US

By Kevin Reed, 24 August 2020

The expert panelists made clear that Assange would be held in the most draconian conditions, treated as a terrorist and denied due process.

“They are killing people to save money”

Fiat Chrysler, UAW conspire to keep workers on the job after exposure to coronavirus

By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2020

In order to cut costs and boost profits, management and the UAW are seeking to eliminate the limited and inadequate safety protocols put in place in May.

Coronavirus testing remains at reduced levels in the US

By Bryan Dyne, 22 August 2020

To fully map spread of the pandemic, and contain the disease, the US should be doing 6–10 million tests per day. It currently does about 700,000.

Facebook censors anti-fascist and anarchist groups, falsely linking them with extreme-right violence

By Kevin Reed, 22 August 2020

Facebook has adopted positions put forward by the Trump administration and US Justice Department targeting left-wing opposition in the latest expansion of its political censorship regime.

Cornell residential advisors hold one-day strike over coronavirus safety as school reopens

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.

Wayne State University administration announces pay freezes and layoffs

By Valery Tsekov, 22 August 2020

The Wayne State University administration is using the crisis to push through long sought after “cost-cutting” attacks on workers and students.

Justice Department accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian American and white students

By Trévon Austin, 22 August 2020

The lawsuit is a cynical provocation by an administration that seeks to stir the pot of racial antagonisms.

Special prosecutor appointed in the case of Hannah Fizer, unarmed Missouri woman slain by police

By Jacob Crosse, 22 August 2020

Fizer’s family has been stonewalled at every turn by investigators and police for more than two months.