America's Brutal Society
Tens of thousands protest mass shootings in New York, Michigan, Boston and the southern United States
By Tom Hall, 27 March 2018
IYSSE members and supporters spoke to demonstrators at a large number of demonstrations throughout the country.
“This can be turned around by people who want to build a new society”
By our reporters, 27 March 2018
The large turnout in the most populous US state reflects a political shift, as a new generation of young people are being thrust into politics for the first time.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 26 March 2018
Around 80 immigrant men have been subjected to horrific physical abuses, alleged hate crimes, and sexual abuse, according to a report recently cited by the Intercept.
By Sandy English, 26 March 2018
Nicanor Ochisor killed himself after a dramatic decline in his income due to the deregulation of Uber and other e-hailing services in the city.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 March 2018
The simultaneous development of a movement among workers and student youth portends a major eruption of social and class conflict in the United States and internationally.
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By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2018
There is a growing awareness that something is deeply amiss with the present social order.
By Niles Niemuth, 23 March 2018
Police officials announced that 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt confessed on video to the string of package bombings that killed two and wounded five others, but no apparent motive has been determined.
By Kevin Martinez, 23 March 2018
Opening arguments were heard in the trial of a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed 16-year-old Mexican Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez for allegedly throwing rocks near the US-Mexico border in 2012.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 March 2018
The most recent school shooting comes just days before Saturday’s scheduled “March for Our Lives” protests in Washington, DC and across the United States.
By Trévon Austin, 20 March 2018
After the latest explosion, police believe a serial bomber is behind the incidents.
By Alec Andersen, 17 March 2018
Two successive executions by lethal injection Thursday night followed the announcement that death row prisoners in Oklahoma would soon be killed through asphyxiation.
By Trévon Austin, 16 March 2018
While the Austin police agree that the bombings over the last two weeks are related, they have yet to suggest a motive or a suspected perpetrator.
By Genevieve Leigh, 16 March 2018
While Democrats and the media have sought to restrict the protests to calls for gun control, there are much broader issues behind the politicization of young people in the US.
By Genevieve Leigh and Kayla Costa, 15 March 2018
Students participated in thousands of demonstrations in the United States and around the world to mark the one-month anniversary of the Parkland high school massacre.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 14 March 2018
The framework of the official debate over the horrific regularity of mass shootings like that in Parkland, Florida obscures the underlying causes: social inequality and war.
By Alec Andersen, 13 March 2018
Albert Cheung Wong, a 36-year-old veteran of the war in Afghanistan, has been identified as the man who allegedly killed three hostages at the veterans care facility Friday.
By Alec Andersen, 9 March 2018
Although the beating of Johnnie Rush occurred in August, the public was not informed until police body camera footage was leaked to a local newspaper this week.
Alabama death row inmate’s lawyer: “This was clearly a botched execution that can only be accurately described as torture”
By Kate Randall, 28 February 2018
Doyle Hamm was subjected to about two-and-a-half hours of torture Thursday night in Alabama’s death chamber before prison officials called off the execution.
By Zachary Thorton and Warren Duzak, 27 February 2018
Tennessee is seeking to fast-track the executions of eight death row inmates before the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs expires.
By Kate Randall, 26 February 2018
What is not being addressed in the official debate are the social issues that lie at the root of repeated eruptions of mass violence in America.
By Kate Randall, 24 February 2018
Despite briefs filed by a group of former judges, Florida Supreme Court justices and other professionals, the US Supreme Court denied a stay of execution.
By Eric London, 23 February 2018
Thousands of students have joined demonstrations in the aftermath of the latest eruption of homicidal violence. But to stop the killings, they need to understand the deeper social and political roots of these tragedies.
By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2018
Thousands of students took part in demonstrations and school walkouts from coast to coast, while a delegation of survivors of the Parkland massacre visited the White House.
By Kate Randall, 21 February 2018
Protesting students have aimed their fire at local politicians, the US Congress and President Trump over their failure to do anything to stop school shootings.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 21 February 2018
The systematic separating of children of undocumented immigrants from their parents is part of a conscious policy to “discourage border crossings.”
By Trévon Austin, 19 February 2018
Cruz’s counselor told the Florida Department of Children and Families that he was reported to have “an emotional behavioral disability” and was diagnosed with autism.
By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2018
The FBI admitted that it had received two separate warnings about the Nikolas Cruz, the second, only six weeks ago, suggesting he was likely to target a school.
By Patrick Martin, 16 February 2018
The horrifying frequency of mass killings in the United States testifies to the advanced state of societal breakdown.
By Barry Grey, 15 February 2018
The mass shooting in Parkland is the latest in an endless series of violent incidents at schools in America.
By Guillaume Garnier and David Brown, 14 February 2018
A fire that burned down the tents of roughly 20 people in a semi-official encampment was followed by a blaze in a separate camp that killed one man.
By Dan Conway, 9 February 2018
A lawsuit is being brought against a Tennessee sheriff after footage revealed him encouraging other officers involved in a car chase to kill the man they were pursuing.
By Leslie Murtagh and Philip Guelpa, 3 February 2018
The planned closure of Rikers Island will do nothing to stem police brutality and abuse of prisoners in New York City.
By Kate Randall, 26 January 2018
The US Supreme Court issued a stay of execution in the case of Alabama death row inmate Vernon Madison 30 minutes before the scheduled lethal injection.
By Tom Eley, 25 January 2018
Media and politicians dare not confront the most glaringly obvious question: Why do these attacks happen with such horrifying regularity in the United States?
By Kate Randall, 19 January 2018
Anthony Allen Shore, 55, was killed by a lethal injection of one dose of pentobarbital, a short-acting barbiturate.
By George Gallanis, 27 December 2017
The killing of thousands in the span of a few years is an indication of growing fear and hatred of the working class in ruling class circles.
Horrific death at Ohio meatpacking plant
By Jerry White, 18 December 2017
A 62-year-old immigrant worker is the latest victim in a wave of industrial fatalities in the US. On-the-job injuries claim nearly 5,000 lives every year.
By Eric London, 18 December 2017
A statement by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston details the nightmarish conditions faced by tens of millions of impoverished Americans and condemns the US government for human rights abuses.
By Naomi Spencer, 16 December 2017
After three homicides in the span of as many hours Thursday night, the city at the heart of West Virginia’s heroin epidemic stands on the verge of military occupation.
By Norisa Diaz, 16 December 2017
According to a Department of Homeland Security report, inhumane treatment, lack of health, food, and safety provisions are rampant at both government and for-profit detention centers.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 December 2017
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic painkiller that has been linked to a substantial number of drug overdoses throughout the US.
By Alec Andersen, 8 December 2017
Between 2012 and 2016, in the city with the two richest men in America, the rate of homelessness among public school students skyrocketed.
By Kate Randall, 18 November 2017
A state district judge called the case against Wilbert Jones “weak, at best,” and said authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated him in 1974.
By Kate Randall, 17 November 2017
Alva Campbell’s execution-gone-wrong casts a grim light on all that is repugnant about capital punishment and how it is practiced in 21st century America.
By Hector Cordon, 15 November 2017
Apparently picking out victims at random, the gunman opened fire at houses, cars and in several locations, including an elementary school.
“We have to make sure Jacoby Hennings didn’t die in vain”
By Jerry White, 15 November 2017
The death of the 21-year-old Ford worker amid a rash of suicides in the industry is an indictment of the United Auto Workers union, which long ago abandoned the defense of workers’ interests.
By John Marion, 13 November 2017
Based on an erroneous tip about another crime, police provoked a high-speed traffic chase that ended in their firing some 40 bullets into a pickup truck and killing Joseph J. Santos.
By Trévon Austin, 9 November 2017
Ruben Ramirez Cárdenas was executed late Wednesday night via lethal injection after a last-minute appeal by his attorneys to the US Supreme Court was rejected.
By Kate Randall, 8 November 2017
The high court reversed a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the death sentence of Vernon Madison, 67, who suffers from dementia and memory impairment.
By Kate Randall, 7 November 2017
Although the perpetrators of mass shootings are invariably deranged individuals, there are always deeper societal issues at work.
By Trévon Austin, 6 November 2017
Officials say nearly everyone inside the church was injured, including children and pregnant women.
By Warren Duzak, 25 October 2017
At a recent public meeting, the Metro Nashville Public Defender reviewed the arcane practice of bail bonding and its impact on working class and poor defendants.
By Shelley Connor, 21 October 2017
Some pharmacologists have suggested that as many as one in four executions where midazolam is used are botched.
By Kate Randall, 13 October 2017
The execution of the 38-year-old who spent more time in prison than the outside world is a horrific crime. “One day there won’t be a need to hurt people,” he said in his final statement.
By Harvey Simpkins, 9 October 2017
The plight of Carlton O. Harris is yet another example of the class-based US legal system and the erosion of fundamental democratic rights.
A week on America’s death row
By Kate Randall, 7 October 2017
Michael Lambrix was executed Thursday night in Florida, while Jeffrey Borden was issued a last-minute state of execution in Alabama.
By David Walsh, 4 October 2017
US politicians and the American media are displaying their usual obtuseness and ignorance in the face of this terrible tragedy, that has ruined hundreds, if not thousands of lives.
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2017
The worst mass shooting in American history has left 59 people dead and at least 527 wounded.
By Warren Duzak, 19 September 2017
Gerald Melton, was shot August 26 after he allegedly objected to the sound of loud music and exhaust fumes coming from a Porsche driven by Katie Quackenbush, 26.
By Niles Niemuth, 15 September 2017
The deaths in Hollywood, Florida have exposed the incompetence and indifference of the American ruling class, which bears ultimate responsibility for this social crime.
By Shelley Connor, 15 September 2017
In January, a federal appeals court responded to litigation by several death row inmates over the use of midazolam by halting executions in Ohio.
By Marcus Day, 9 September 2017
The US Department of Transportation declined to sanction United Airlines for having Dr. David Dao violently dragged from a flight in April.
By Kate Randall, 25 August 2017
Asay was the first person executed by a new protocol that includes the anesthetic etomidate, whose use in lethal injections was condemned by the drug manufacturer.
By Kate Randall, 23 August 2017
Williams’ attorneys argue that he is innocent, and that DNA tests of the murder weapon produced “conclusive scientific evidence that another man committed this crime.”
By Adam Soroka, 15 August 2017
The footage came just a week after a previous video showed an officer planting a bag of pills under a pile of garbage in an alley as two other officers looked on.
Reports of women shackled in labor
By Jay James, 8 August 2017
Pregnant women and new mothers in Massachusetts women’s prisons are being subjected to humiliating and dangerous practices, such as shackling during labor, transportation in vehicles with no seatbelts, and denial of nutritional needs.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 August 2017
Davino Watson was denied payment for damages on the grounds that the statute of limitations had passed while he was still being wrongfully detained.
Video released of 2013 incident
By Genevieve Leigh, 1 August 2017
No punitive measure was ever brought against the officers, and both remain employed by Customs and Border Protection in San Diego.
By Katy Kinner, 1 August 2017
Bronx honor student Pedro Hernandez was arrested last year for a crime he did not commit. Faced with a $255,000 bail, he was forced to await his trial in prison.
By Kate Randall, 29 July 2017
The US Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal on TaiChin Preyor’s behalf, allowing the lethal injection to proceed.
US Supreme Court clears way for lethal injection
By Kate Randall, 27 July 2017
There are three more death row prisoners set to die this year in Ohio and an additional 23 executions scheduled from 2018 through 2019.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 July 2017
The corporate media is saying nothing about the government officials, business interests and politicians who bear the overriding responsibility for these deaths.
By Isaac Finn, 22 July 2017
The order is a return to the ultra-reactionary eugenics policies of an earlier era, as a supposed solution to the immense poverty and ongoing opioid crisis in the US.
Notes on police violence
By Matthew MacEgan and Niles Niemuth, 20 July 2017
Minneapolis police officers claim they thought they were being “ambushed” when they shot the 40-year-old yoga teacher through the door of their cruiser Saturday night.
Notes on police violence
By Aaron Murch and Tom Hall, 19 July 2017
In yet another egregious display of police violence in the US, a sheriff’s deputy in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana shot and killed 27-year-old father of three DeJuan Guillory earlier this month.
By Anthony Bertolt, 18 July 2017
Justine Damond was gunned down by police officer Mohamed Noor in an alleyway after calling 911 to report a suspected assault.
Virginia Democratic governor defies international protests to oversee execution of mentally ill prisoner
By Kate Randall, 8 July 2017
Governor McAuliffe’s overseeing of the execution of a highly delusional prisoner highlights in grim fashion the Democratic Party’s support for the barbaric practice of capital punishment.
By Isaac Finn, 1 July 2017
Dr. Henry Bello opened fire Friday on his former coworkers at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital after being fired from his job two years ago.
By Kathleen Martin, 29 June 2017
Michael Morrison, 46, died after falling from a catwalk at the Little Caesars sports arena currently under construction in Detroit.
Notes on police violence
By Josh Varlin, 22 June 2017
Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown shot Sylville Smith as he was running away, the fatal shot coming when Smith was on the ground and unarmed.
By Christopher Davion, 16 June 2017
The brutal killing of Terry Williams is one of numerous acts of police terror and repression that have occurred under the direction of fascistic Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Jr.
By Eric London, 16 June 2017
The tragedy of Hodgkinson’s life is that he saw no way out from a political system dominated by the super-rich and no way to address his grievances through the existing organizations.
By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2017
The 66-year-old man, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was reportedly opposed to President Trump and the Trump administration.
By Evan Blake, 15 June 2017
The shooting was the 154th mass shooting in the US so far this year, and is yet another reflection of the profound social crisis gripping the country.
By Niles Niemuth, 10 June 2017
The details of Melson’s case point to the state sanctioned murder of an innocent man on the basis of a police frame-up.
By Kate Randall, 7 June 2017
Monday’s deadly attack came a week before the city marks one year since the Pulse nightclub massacre, when a lone gunman shot and killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.
Oregon Republican appeals to far-right militias
By Toby Reese, 1 June 2017
Jeremy Joseph Christian was arrested for stabbing three individuals with a knife, killing two, after the victims intervened to defend two girls targeted by Christian's anti-Muslim tirade.
After 34 years on death row, eight execution warrants
By Kate Randall, 27 May 2017
Thomas Arthur, 74, had spent 34 years on death row and had seven previous death warrants served against him. The US Supreme Court denied his petition for a stay of execution.
By Nick Barrickman, 26 May 2017
The cuts would be phased in over a period of 10 years and are of a piece with the broader budget, which would inflict an unprecedented $3.6 trillion in austerity.
By Eric London, 20 May 2017
There are many young people in the US who know a veteran who “came back crazy” with “nobody to help them,” as Rojas’ friends put it.
By Kate Randall, 17 May 2017
J.W. Ledford Jr.’s lethal injection began at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday after the US Supreme Court denied a stay of execution.
By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2017
The passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives sets the pace for devastating cuts in health care for working people, to fund a windfall for the financial oligarchy.
By Eric London, 6 May 2017
The Trump administration used the case to whip up anti-immigrant hysteria, but prosecutors now say that the charges cannot be sustained because of “substantial inconsistencies.”
By Kate Randall, 28 April 2017
Kenneth Dwayne Williams’ death brought to a grisly end the push by Arkansas authorities to execute a group of death row inmates before their supply of the sedative midazolam expired.
By Kate Randall, 25 April 2017
The world looked on in horror last night as two death row inmates were put to death in the first double-execution since 2000.
By Kate Randall, 24 April 2017
Arkansas authorities have vowed to carry out the remaining three executions on their “assembly line” schedule
US Supreme Court clears way after 5-4 ruling on lethal injection drug
By Kate Randall, 22 April 2017
Ledell Lee saw some four-and-a-half torturous hours pass between his originally scheduled 7 p.m. execution and the time he was marched into the execution chamber.
By Gary Joad, 22 April 2017
The number of homeless persons 55- to 80-years-old in the state increased by 45 percent between 2012 and 2015.
By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2017
This month marks the beginning of an annual spring offensive by utilities across the US targeting the poorest and most vulnerable sections of the population for service disconnection.
By Alan Gilman, 21 April 2017
On the day that his former teammates were being honored at the White House, former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell.