America’s Brutal Society
Another 861,000 US workers file for unemployment as corporations exploit pandemic to restructure operations
By Jerry White, 19 February 2021
A new McKinsey Global Institute report predicts that the decline in business travel and increase in working from home will lead to fewer jobs at hotels, restaurants, mass transit and retail, while corporations employ new labor-saving technologies in factories.
By Kate Randall, 19 February 2021
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in the first half of 2020, life expectancy dropped by more than one year as COVID-19 ripped through the population.
By Chase Lawrence, 19 February 2021
Republican Senator and coup conspirator Ted Cruz, in an act of complete indifference, flew to Cancun, Mexico with his family for a vacation while a disaster unfolded across Texas, leaving dozens dead.
January jobs report shows ongoing economic disaster as US Senate strips minimum wage increase from the relief bill
By Shannon Jones, 6 February 2021
Senate Democrats agreed to remove an immediate increase in the federal minimum wage from the Biden administration’s economic relief package as economic figures from January show almost no jobs growth.
By Matthew Taylor, 5 February 2021
Body camera footage showed the officer firing upon Hill, who was unarmed, and then failing to perform first aid while he lay dying.
By Claude Delphian, 5 February 2021
The housing crisis is more critical than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite their negative impact on public health, evictions across the country continue to add to the growing numbers of homeless people in the population.
By Ray Coleman, 30 January 2021
Tonisha Lashay Barker, who leapt to her death from a Tennessee overpass holding her infant son on January 4, had recently been laid off from her job at a state-run COVID-19 testing site.
By George Gallanis, 30 January 2021
Investigators have said the likely cause of the fire was a space heater, a common source of many home fires and deaths, primarily used by poor working families.
By Shannon Jones, 29 January 2021
In stark contrast to the stock market frenzy, the government reported this week that US GDP fell 3.5 percent in 2020 while new claims for jobless benefits continued at historically unprecedented levels.
By Angelo Perera, 29 January 2021
In the heart of Silicon Valley, there are 25-30 eviction hearings a week despite the ongoing pandemic and an extended federal moratorium on evictions.
By Isaac White, 23 January 2021
The cuts will cause untold misery among the most vulnerable layers of the population.
By Jacob Crosse, 22 January 2021
Despite the urgent need for additional stimulus, reports indicate that another relief bill will not be passed until March.
By Kate Randall, 16 January 2021
The US government executed two prisoners Thursday night and early Saturday as the Trump administration continued its killing spree in advance of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president on January 20. The US Supreme Court allowed both executions to proceed.
By Chase Lawrence, 16 January 2021
Patrick Warren, Sr. was shot multiple times in the front yard of his home as his family watched in horror.
By Chase Lawrence, 15 January 2021
The US Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Lisa Montgomery at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, despite clear evidence of her mental incompetency.
By Kevin Reed, 15 January 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse, the right-wing vigilante who shot three anti-police violence protesters in Kenosha on August 25—two of them to death—was photographed celebrating at a bar with members of the fascist Proud Boys shortly after his January 5 arraignment and not guilty plea.
By Tom Hall, 9 January 2021
The disastrous Labor Department report did not halt the speculative orgy on Wall Street, where the run-up in share values is driven by an endless flow of free money from the Federal Reserve.
By Shannon Jones, 8 January 2021
Weekly unemployment claims remained steady at just under 790,000 for the week ending January 2, as economic data pointed to a net loss of jobs in December after months of gains.
By Bryan Dyne, 6 January 2021
The unfolding nightmare in the city of 4 million people is the direct result of the ongoing drive to reopen schools and non-essential businesses.
By Jacob Crosse, 4 January 2021
In the first documented killing by Minneapolis police since the murder of George Floyd, 23-year-old Somali-American immigrant Dolal Idd was killed in a barrage of gunfire under murky circumstances.
By Kevin Reed, 31 December 2020
The US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that no federal charges would be brought against the Cleveland police officers who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014.
Explosion in Nashville, Tennessee leaves thousands without communication, disrupts emergency services
By Our reporters, 29 December 2020
The motive behind the explosion, which occurred in the early hours of Christmas morning, is unclear.
Dire warning from CDC on US life expectancy: “A drop of two to three years for 2020 isn’t out of the question”
By Kate Randall, 23 December 2020
The US has not seen a decline in life expectancy of this magnitude since 1943, when World War II pushed the metric down by 2.9 years. The year 2020 is on track to be the deadliest year in US history, with deaths topping three million for the first time.
By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2020
While the government spends money like water to prop up big business and the Federal Reserve funnels trillions into the stock market, nothing is being done to spare the working class.
By Alex Findijs, 22 December 2020
Drug overdoses have been rising for decades, but data collected by the CDC shows that overdose deaths accelerated significantly in the first months of the pandemic.
By Kate Randall, 19 December 2020
The staggering totals for infections and deaths show that the ruling elite’s policy of “herd immunity” is even more concentrated within prison walls, where prisoners are confined to close quarters and social distancing is nearly impossible.
By Jacob Crosse, 18 December 2020
Combined state and federal new unemployment claims exceeded 1.3 million last week, the highest since September, even as Congress looked to pass another giveaway to the super-rich.
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.
By Alexander Fangmann, 16 December 2020
City lawyers tried to suppress a CBS newscast depicting the brutal and illegal 2019 night-time raid on the home of social worker Anjanette Young and are seeking to sanction the victim.
By Isaac Finn, 14 December 2020
More than 200 protesters gathered in front of the state capitol on Saturday to demand justice for the 23-year-old African-American man gunned down by a sheriff’s deputy on December 4.
By Benjamin Mateus, 12 December 2020
A recent report by the US Department of Health and Human Services showed that as many as 200 hospitals had reached full capacity last week. One-third of all hospitals reported their ICU occupancy was above 90 percent.
By Kate Randall, 12 December 2020
Trump’s Justice Department is proceeding with a blood-thirsty disregard for life that is in keeping with the administration’s homicidal “herd immunity” policy, which is taking the lives of thousands of people a day as millions are forced into COVID-ridden workplaces and dangerously unsafe schools.
By Jacob Crosse, 11 December 2020
Unprecedented job losses coupled with deliberate congressional indifference spell misery and hunger for up to 50 million people.
By Chase Lawrence, 11 December 2020
The disciplinary actions were one of the single largest taken by the Army in history, indicating that the Pentagon is well aware of deep disillusionment and anger within the ranks.
By Alex Findijs, 11 December 2020
Hunger in the US has risen considerably during the pandemic. In 2019, an estimated 34 million people suffered from food insecurity. That number is expected to rise to 54 million by the end of the year.
Democratic mayor green lights police assault on protesters opposing family’s eviction in Portland, Oregon
By Kayla Costa, 10 December 2020
The police are preparing a brutal crackdown on hundreds of protesters who have occupied the area in front of the home of the Kinney family in opposition to their eviction.
By Eboni Davis, 7 December 2020
The county as a whole has had more than 39,000 cases throughout the year, equal to nearly 4.5 percent of the entire population.
Trump administration plans five federal executions before January 20, authorizes use of firing squads, electric chair and asphyxiation
By Kate Randall, 5 December 2020
The rush to carry out these executions in the weeks leading up to inauguration, and the regulation permitting various barbaric forms of putting prisoners to death, are in line with the violence being promoted by fascistic forces in and around President Trump following his electoral defeat.
As US stocks set record highs
By Jacob Crosse, 5 December 2020
As daily infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continued to explode, Friday’s US employment report showed a disastrous drop in new jobs and a dramatic increase in long-term unemployment. Wall Street celebrated with record highs on all major stock indexes.
By Jacob Crosse, 4 December 2020
Historic job losses coupled with the out-of-control spread of COVID-19 have left millions of workers on the brink while Wall Street continues to set record highs
“I just have been in a fog since the incident”
By Linda Rios and Alexa Castro, 3 December 2020
While environmental conditions, such as strong winds and low humidity, factored into the severity of the disaster, the event was largely due to negligence by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the utility company which provides electricity to northern California.
“We are not criminals”
By Erik Schreiber, 30 November 2020
Nine immigrants held at Bergen County Jail in Hackensack are demanding release from the rat-infested facility where social distancing is not possible.
By Jacob Crosse, 28 November 2020
Citing COVID-19 state mandated shelter-in-place orders, families and activists with Reclaim and Rebuild our Community attempted to take up residence in vacant publicly owned homes.
By Josh Varlin, 24 November 2020
Hundreds of people, mostly victims of the pandemic, have been stored in freezer trucks in Brooklyn for months as city authorities struggle to identify their next of kin and make funeral arrangements.
By Kate Randall, 21 November 2020
The Trump administration aims to carry out at least three more executions before Inauguration Day, including that of the first federal woman prisoner in almost seven decades.
By David Fitzgerald, 21 November 2020
The city has resorted to urgently asking the general public for help in locating structures that can shelter the homeless from the cold while protecting them from COVID-19.
By Jacob Crosse, 21 November 2020
The bail money was raised by defense attorneys and generously supported by Republican party donors.
Louisville Metro Police Department and city officials implicated in cover-up of child sexual abuse ring
By Dominic Gustavo, 19 November 2020
The department concealed and then destroyed at least 738,000 records documenting the sexual abuse of minors in a youth program designed for children and teens who aspire to be police officers.
North Dakota reaches 100 percent hospital capacity, tells health care workers to continue working if infected with COVID-19
By Alex Findijs, 12 November 2020
North Dakota is facing a critical health emergency, with hospitals at full capacity. The state’s herd immunity policy has resulted in a crisis so dire that infected health care workers are being told to continue working to avoid staff shortages
By Harvey Simpkins, 11 November 2020
After an ACLU lawsuit last month revealed that the parents of 545 immigrant children could not be located, a lawyer tasked with reuniting families revealed this week that the total has now risen to 666.
By Kevin Reed, 11 November 2020
Nineteen-year-old Dominick Black has been arrested and charged with intentionally providing a dangerous weapon to Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who shot and killed two protesters with the rifle during protests against police violence in Kenosha on August 25.
By Bryan Dyne, 11 November 2020
The seven-day average of daily deaths in the United States surpassed 1,000 on Monday for the first time since August 22.
By Josh Varlin, 11 November 2020
The NYPD harbors fascistic elements which have brutalized workers in New York City in the days before and after November 3.
By Jacob Crosse, 11 November 2020
Lang Holland is the latest high-ranking cop forced to resign after calling for violence against opponents of Trump.
“Zero was never a realistic expectation”
By Benjamin Mateus, 5 November 2020
The official bourgeois academics and health experts, as evidenced by the likes of Emily Oster, Ashish Jha and Scott Atlas, place the profit interests of the ruling class above the safety and lives of the working class.
By Genevieve Leigh, 4 November 2020
More than 61,000 children in the US were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, more than in any other week during the pandemic.
“You are going to have students, employees and the community getting sick and possibly dying.”
By Samuel Davidson, 30 October 2020
Educators in the Philadelphia region are speaking out against plans to resume in-person teaching early next month.
Demonstrations against police violence continue in Washington D.C., federal agents target Philadelphia teacher for protesting
By Jacob Crosse, 30 October 2020
Protesters in D.C. were doused with pepper spray and fired upon with “less-lethal” ammunition, while a Philadelphia social studies teacher was arrested by federal agents for his alleged role in George Floyd protests over the summer.
By Aaron Murch, 29 October 2020
According to a recent clarification issued by the CDC, landlords can proceed with the legal procedures required for an eviction as long as tenants are not forced out before the end of the year.
By Benjamin Mateus, 29 October 2020
The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.
By Jacob Crosse, 29 October 2020
Trump is using protests against the police murder of Walter Wallace, Jr. in Philadelphia to justify repression by federal, state and local forces against the eruption of mass opposition to his planned election coup.
By Nick Barrickman and Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020
Local charities reported a nearly 300 percent increase in demand in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 October 2020
In a blatant violation of international law and the US constitution, ICE officials in the privately run detention center in Mississippi have been forcing asylum seekers from Cameroon to sign their own deportation forms and quickly shipping them back on secret flights.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 October 2020
The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota is suing Atlas Aegis for recruiting former Special Operations personnel to patrol polling places.
As police continue to disobey orders
By Michael Anders, 23 October 2020
Three right-wing organizations have filed a lawsuit to overturn Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s order banning open carry of firearms at polling stations.
As coronavirus infections spike across Midwest
By Benjamin Mateus, 22 October 2020
The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.
By Jacob Crosse, 21 October 2020
Jurors have begun to come forward to dispute Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s characterization of the grand jury deliberations.
Fair Wayne Bryant, jailed for life for stealing hedge clippers, granted parole by Louisiana Pardon Board
By Helen Halyard, 21 October 2020
Imprisoned for life at the notorious Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana on one count of attempted simple burglary, he was granted parole by a 3-0 vote of the state Parole Board, after being denied parole on three previous occasions.
By Jacob Crosse, 21 October 2020
The number reveals that despite claims of a falling unemployment rate, millions remain out of work as Congress refuses to pass coronavirus relief.
By Jacob Crosse, 20 October 2020
Meredith Dowty, 59, was charged with criminal threat after sending text messages to a city official in an attempt to ascertain the mayor’s address to facilitate a kidnapping.
As threat of militia violence looms
By Eric London, 20 October 2020
Police leaders announced Monday they would not enforce a recent order by the elected secretary of state aimed at preventing fascist militias from interfering with the November election.
By Jerry White, 19 October 2020
The brutal murders of six-year-old Tai’raz Moore and two other victims in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan shocked residents throughout the metropolitan area.
By Adria French, 17 October 2020
Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O’odham lands in southern Arizona.
Questions surround role of presidential adviser Stephen Moore
Trump calls Whitmer “dictator” as evidence emerges of involvement of Wisconsin militia in Michigan coup plot
By Eric London, 16 October 2020
A transcript of a preliminary hearing held Tuesday in the federal case against conspirators in the Michigan coup plot makes clear that only a fraction of the details have yet been exposed.
By Shannon Jones, 9 October 2020
Airlines began mass layoffs and furloughs this week as new claims for unemployment remain at historically unprecedented levels amidst ever widening destitution.
By Alex Findijs, 7 October 2020
Jonathan Price intervened to prevent a fight inside a convenience store. When police officer Shaun Lucas attempted to detain Price, he stunned him with a Taser and shot him three times.
Sudden forced eviction of Tennessee encampment leaves 50 homeless inhabitants struggling to find shelter
By Zac Thorton, 2 October 2020
Despite having lived at the site for years, the Chattanooga camp’s inhabitants received no notice of the impending evictions, leaving them desperate and scrambling to find shelter this week.
By Chase Lawrence, 30 September 2020
Patrician Troyan explained that her son, Pfc. Logan Castello, was isolated and neglected by the Army before his tragic death at the Texas military base in late 2019.
By Chase Lawrence, 29 September 2020
US Army leaders have suggested that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a part in the sharp rise in suicides this year.
By Alex Findijs, 28 September 2020
Tens of millions of dollars have been provided to local police forces to hire more officers, upgrade crowd control equipment and develop surveillance operations.
By Jacob Crosse, 25 September 2020
Four months of largely peaceful protests against police violence have been answered with violent repression and judicial cover-ups.
Louisville police chief declares “state of emergency” in advance of state’s decision on charges against policemen who killed Breonna Taylor
By Kevin Reed, 22 September 2020
Federal police agencies have been requested by U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman to provide protection for the courthouse and three other buildings in downtown Louisville in anticipation of protests this week.
By Douglas Lyons, 15 September 2020
The killing of Ricardo Munoz, who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, sparked protests by hundreds of residents Sunday in the city of 80,000.
By John Andrews, 15 September 2020
After the shooting of two deputy sheriffs by an unknown gunman in Compton, California, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva threatened anti-police violence protesters and deputies roughed up and arrested a local reporter.
By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2020
Sought for the shooting of a fascist vigilante in Portland, Oregon, Reinoehl was walking to his car when four policemen opened fire on him without warning, riddling him with bullets.
Federal prosecutors request halt to “Jane Doe” civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein estate
By Kevin Reed, 11 September 2020
The US Justice Department—which has charged Ghislaine Maxwell with six offenses in connection with Jeffrey Epstein’s criminal sex-trafficking operation—is arguing in court that a parallel civil lawsuit against her must be halted.
By Andre Damon, 11 September 2020
While Trump is the first US official to admit to having deliberately lied to the American population about the dangers posed by the pandemic, he did not act alone.
By Kevin Reed, 10 September 2020
New details on the September 3 killing of Michael Reinoehl by a task force led by federal Marshals confirm that the Portland protester was executed in a hail of police bullets.
By Jacob Crosse, 10 September 2020
Linden Cameron was shot by a Salt Lake City, Utah police officer after his mother called emergency services to report that her son was experiencing a mental health crisis and needed help.
By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2020
While Trump seeks to mobilize fascistic elements, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden condemns “looting and rioting” and directs his main appeal to big business and the military.
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.
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.
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.
Wisconsin Governor deploys National Guard to Kenosha after protests break out in wake of brutal police shooting
By Jacob Crosse, 25 August 2020
Protests against police violence erupted Sunday after an officer was caught on video shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back at point blank range.
By Joseph Lorenz, 18 August 2020
The role of the police during the fascist attack Saturday in Kalamazoo contrasts sharply with the repressive response to protests against police violence in early June.
By Kate Randall, 12 August 2020
A new analysis shows that the number of deaths from the coronavirus has likely been undercounted by 37 percent.
By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2020
Barr made a political amalgam connecting the Democratic Party, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and terrorism.
The brutality of capitalist justice
Louisiana Supreme Court denies review of Fair Wayne Bryant’s life sentence for allegedly stealing a pair of hedge clippers
By Helen Halyard, 11 August 2020
This horrific experience demonstrates the true face of justice in America, with one set of rules for the poor and oppressed and another set of rules for the wealthy.