America's Brutal Society
By Kate Randall, 19 February 2016
Travis Hittson was the second inmate put to death in Georgia so far this year.
By Kate Randall, 17 February 2016
The last legal act of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was denial of a stay of execution for Gustavo Julian Garcia.
By Genevieve Leigh, 16 February 2016
The families charge HSBC with providing “material support” to the killers by laundering drug money.
By Tom Carter, 16 February 2016
The sickening tributes across the official US political and media spectrum to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly on Saturday at the age of 79, are a barometer of the putrefaction of American democracy.
By Philip Guelpa, 13 February 2016
After two days of deliberations, New York police officer Peter Liang was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct in the shooting death of Akai Gurley.
By Andre Damon, 9 February 2016
Retired truck drivers and delivery workers said in a hearing in Detroit Monday that they had been notified their pension benefits would be reduced by between 50 and 70 percent.
By D. Lencho, 9 February 2016
Last September, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies fired over 50 rounds of pepper balls at 88-year-old great-grandfather Fidencio Duran.
By Kate Randall, 4 February 2016
The Supreme Court denied a last-minute request for a stay, clearing the way for Brandon Astor Jones’ lethal injection early Wednesday morning.
Notes on the housing crisis
By Robert Fowler, 1 February 2016
As the number of homeless reaches new heights in New York City, more and more apartments owned by absentee, super-wealthy owners stay empty for most of the year.
By Andre Damon, 28 January 2016
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights the slashing of funds for public infrastructure to pay for war and the enrichment of the financial elite.
By Fred Mazelis, 28 January 2016
The incident, in November 2014, followed soon after the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.
By Kate Randall, 27 January 2016
The pair from the Center for Medical Progress were indicted on felony charges, while Planned Parenthood was cleared of any wrongdoing.
By Naomi Spencer, 26 January 2016
Four young people, the youngest just 11 years old, have killed themselves in the small town of Anadarko in the past few weeks.
By Jerry White, 20 January 2016
In a State of the State address, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sought to cover up and evade responsibility for the poisoning of an American city.
By Kate Randall, 19 January 2016
Rising mortality rates among young white adults, ages 25-34, have risen to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago.
By James Brewer, 13 January 2016
Three deadly house fires occurred in Detroit since the weekend, resulting in three deaths.
By Kate Randall, 9 January 2016
Oscar Ray Bolin’s execution was delayed for more than four hours as the US Supreme Court considered Bolin’s final appeal. The justices denied the appeal just before 10 p.m.
By James Brewer and Jerry White, 8 January 2016
The poisoning of the population in the former manufacturing center for General Motors—and the cover-up by state officials—highlights the socially destructive character of American capitalism.
By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2016
Obama professes to mourn for children killed by gun violence while presiding over a never-ending escalation of military violence around the world.
By Douglas Lyons, 6 January 2016
2014 has eclipsed all other recorded years as the most deadly, with nearly 48,000 drug overdose deaths.
By Niles Williamson, 5 January 2016
A group of armed right-wing militia members, led by the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, seized control of a building at a national wildlife refuge to protest restrictions on federal lands.
By Tom Carter, 14 December 2015
Primary responsibility for the increasing attacks on Muslims rests with the entire American political establishment, including both political parties, the Obama administration and the media.
By Andre Damon, 11 December 2015
A study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center called the collapse of middle-income households in the US “a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point.”
By Kate Randall, 10 December 2015
It took an hour for the nurse assigned to Brian Terrell’s execution to get IVs inserted into both of the condemned man’s arms.
By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2015
Obama’s speech Sunday night from the White House reflected the growing political crisis in his administration, amidst mounting calls for an expansion of the US war drive in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2015
Within barely a day of the attack, US politicians moved to exploit the killings as a means of scapegoating immigrants.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 December 2015
The mass killing at the Inland Regional Center is only the latest in a long string of tragedies that point to the deeply diseased and dysfunctional state of American society.
By Tom Carter, 30 November 2015
Responsibility for the deadly attack in Colorado Springs on Friday rests with the ringleaders of the ultra-right campaign against Planned Parenthood.
By our reporter, 28 November 2015
Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of reproductive health care for women in the US, has been repeatedly targeted by right-wing political forces for performing abortions.
By Kate Randall, 21 November 2015
In January 2015, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development counted 564,708 homeless in the US, a quarter of them children.
By Eric London, 14 November 2015
Every social problem in the United States is treated as a police question, an occasion to increase the powers of the state and its bodies of armed men.
By David Brown, 13 November 2015
Increasingly, children in the United States are being charged and incarcerated for serious crimes they have no competency to commit.
By Adam Mclean, 13 November 2015
The state authorities are working to legitimize capital punishment after a nine-year suspension.
By David Walsh, 9 November 2015
The supposed murder of Joseph Gliniewicz of the Fox Lake, Illinois Police Department, the massive manhunt it generated and the exposure of his death as a suicide is a telling episode.
By Andre Damon, 31 October 2015
The implication of Comey’s argument is that those who expose police brutality serve to promote violent crime and should be suppressed.
By Naomi Spencer, 21 October 2015
On October 20, fire engulfed a section of 175-year-old row houses in Maysville, Kentucky, killing a mother, her three children and an elderly neighbor.
By Naomi Spencer, 21 October 2015
With coal tax revenue “in free fall,” Governor Earl Ray Tomblin abruptly enacted $100 million in budget cuts by executive order.
By Kate Randall, 7 October 2015
The prisoner was 18 at the time of the murder and had lived a life dominated by violence at home and on the street.
By Niles Williamson, 3 October 2015
The killing of nine students in Oregon on Thursday is the latest in a wave of mass shootings that reflects something deeply dysfunctional in American society.
By Kate Randall, 3 October 2015
The execution of Alfredo Rolando Prieto came as Oklahoma suspended executions over lethal drug mix-up. Executions are also planned in Missouri and Texas.
By Gabriel Black, 2 October 2015
Multiple students were killed and many more injured after a young man opened fire at Umpqua Community College.
By Ed Hightower, 1 October 2015
The state killing has only been delayed by Governor Mary Fallin, not forestalled.
Notes on police violence
By Sandy English and John Marion, 22 September 2015
Prison authorities claimed that Harrell died of an overdose of synthetic marijuana, but an autopsy has shown that he had no chemical substances in his body.
By Kate Randall, 17 September 2015
The court set a new execution date of September 30 to consider material supporting Richard Glossip’s claim of innocence.
By Kevin Martinez and Fred Mazelis, 12 September 2015
Poverty and hopelessness are the main contributors to increases in violent crime.
By Bryan Dyne, 11 September 2015
Prosecutor Shawn Sant maintained that the three police officers felt threatened because Antonio Zambrano-Montes may have been “armed with a rock.”
By Evan Blake, 4 September 2015
The steady growth in the practice of solitary confinement, long recognized as a form of torture, has created a social nightmare for tens of thousands imprisoned in the American gulag system.
By David Walsh, 28 August 2015
The fatal shooting of news reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward in Moneta, Virginia Wednesday morning on live television was a shocking and dreadful event.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 August 2015
There is something especially and horribly revealing about the mix of delusional self-promotion and homicidal violence in this case.
By Evan Blake, 27 August 2015
In direct service to the world’s largest private prison corporations, the Obama administration has fought relentlessly to keep family detention centers from closing.
By Evan Blake, 24 August 2015
The growth of extreme poverty is rooted in decades of deindustrialization in America’s former manufacturing hubs.
By Kevin Martinez, 21 August 2015
The imprisoned whistleblower was sentenced to 21 days of restrictions but was spared indefinite solitary confinement following public outrage over the trial.
Notes on Police Violence in America
By Evan Blake, 20 August 2015
As a crowd began to gather immediately after the shooting, numerous backup police arrived in full SWAT gear and with an armored vehicle, denying protesters the right to assemble.
By D. Lencho, 19 August 2015
A judge ruled Tuesday in favor of trying two Albuquerque Police Department officers for the shooting death of James Boyd in March 2014.
By Andre Damon, 18 August 2015
The media has maintained near-total silence on last week’s revelation that prisoners were tortured in Upstate New York with the apparent involvement of governor Andrew Cuomo.
By Evan Blake and Patrick Martin, 18 August 2015
The long-time political prisoner was killed only two weeks after he was released into the general prison population after more than 40 years of solitary confinement.
By Kate Randall, 15 August 2015
The state court’s 4-3 ruling declared that in the modern age the death penalty meets the definition of cruel and unusual punishment.
By Kate Randall, 14 August 2015
Daniel Lopez was considered a death penalty “volunteer,” having written letters to a federal judge pleading for his execution to move forward.
By Eric London, 12 August 2015
Prison guards tortured and beat dozens of inmates following the escape of two prisoners in June, hanging one with a plastic bag until he lost consciousness.
By Tom Hall, 25 July 2015
The mass shooting at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, at least the third such incident in the United States in little more than a month, is symptomatic of a deep social crisis.
By Tom Hall, 18 July 2015
Twenty-four-year-old Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on a military recruitment office before attacking a Naval Reserve facility in Tennessee.
By Kate Randall, 15 July 2015
David Zink’s execution was the first carried out nationwide since the US Supreme Court’s June 29 ruling on Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol.
In wake of US Supreme Court ruling
By Kate Randall, 11 July 2015
The high court ruling upholding Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol, which uses the sedative midazolam, allows state-sanctioned killings to resume.
Three decades on death row
By Niles Williamson, 8 July 2015
Ford, who died last week at his home in New Orleans, spent the previous 30 years on death row in solitary confinement at Angola prison—for a crime he did not commit.
By Tom Carter, 24 June 2015
The Supreme Court decided it was “harmless” for Hector Ayala’s attorney to be excluded from hearings that eliminated all of the black and Hispanic jurors from the jury pool.
By D. Lencho, 24 June 2015
The reduced charge of second degree murder gives the judge discretion to suspend the sentence if a conviction is reached.
By David Brown, 23 June 2015
Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine people last week in Charleston, South Carolina, cited the writings of the Council of Conservative Citizens in his online manifesto.
By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2015
The wave of mass shootings in the United States can be understood only in the context of the unending violence perpetrated by the US government around the world.
By David Walsh, 19 June 2015
The impact of endless war and militarism on backward layers of the population in the US is a central driving force behind horrific episodes like the Charleston bloodbath.
By Kate Randall, 19 June 2015
Gregory Russeau was the ninth Texas inmate to be sent to death, making the state the most active executioner in the US so far this year.
By David Walsh, 18 June 2015
The horrific mass killing took place Wednesday evening. A young white man allegedly opened fire during a prayer meeting, killing six women and three men.
By Kate Randall, 15 June 2015
Albert Woodfox has spent the vast majority of the last 43 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana State Penitentiary.
By Barry Grey, 15 June 2015
The privatization of education is profoundly antidemocratic and alien to the basic principles and conceptions that animated the American Revolution and founding of the republic.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 June 2015
Lester Bower, 67, who maintained his innocence throughout the trial and appeals process, was the oldest prisoner executed since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.
By Jake Dean, 29 May 2015
The move by the US state takes place amid growing popular opposition to capital punishment following a string of gruesome “botched” executions.
By Shelley Connor, 28 May 2015
Alabama sentences more people to death and executes more people per capita than any other state in the US.
By Nick Barrickman, 16 May 2015
The death sentence is the barbaric culmination of a trial that has excluded any examination of the fundamental political issues raised by the Boston Marathon bombing.
By Zaida Green, 15 May 2015
The mentally ill are often locked in solitary confinement, spending only three to five hours a week of “recreation” alone in caged enclosures.
By Kate Randall, 13 May 2015
The US Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal on Derrick Charles’s behalf despite clear signs of his intellectual disability.
By Tyler Van Dyke, 9 May 2015
Some 25,000 households are scheduled to receive shutoff notices beginning May 11.
By Kate Randall, 30 April 2015
Oklahoma and other states are preparing backup methods, including firing squads and nitrogen gas, should the high court ban the use of lethal injections to execute people.
By Jerry White, 29 April 2015
Despite claims by the state’s national guard chief that “this is not martial law,” the city of 622,000 is under siege by heavily armed troops, military vehicles and helicopters.
By Matthew Taylor and Matthew MacEgan, 29 April 2015
Palm Beach County, Florida is falling in line behind other school districts in the state by giving its new school superintendent a CEO-style compensation package.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 April 2015
Defense attorneys had argued that the execution should be stayed in light of the state’s refusal to disclose the source of the drug cocktail to be used in the execution.
By Evan Blake, 13 April 2015
The funeral of Walter Scott took place the same day as a report that only eleven police officers had been convicted in connection with the thousands of police killings since 2005.
By Gabriel Black, 11 April 2015
The execution took place the same day that Oklahoma passed a law allowing prisoners to be killed by nitrogen gas asphyxiation.
By Shannon Jones, 9 April 2015
The punitive and vindictive proposals aim to sharply limit public aid benefits going to the poorest and most vulnerable sections of the working class.
One year into the administration of Mayor de Blasio
By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2015
A growing number of people are being forced into city homeless shelters or onto the streets as the demand for luxury condominiums pushes rents ever higher.
By Seraphine Collins, 8 April 2015
Recent exhibitions and ongoing projects examine human rights abuses throughout the US prison system, focusing on the sentencing of juveniles to life in prison without parole.
By Tom Carter, 6 April 2015
Alabama authorities spent nearly three decades trying to execute Anthony Ray Hinton for a crime he did not commit.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 27 March 2015
Floyd Dent was grabbed from his car and savagely beaten during a routine traffic stop in January.
By Barry Grey, 26 March 2015
The revival of execution methods most people had long considered relics of a more barbaric past exposes the real state of class relations in America.
By Evan Blake, 25 March 2015
The Justice Department’s report on the Philadelphia Police Department is the latest in a series of documents revealing rampant police violence in cities throughout the country.
By Kate Randall, 20 March 2015
The political establishment’s continued support for state-sanctioned killing reflects the barbaric and exploitative character of social relations in the United States.
By Kate Randall, 19 March 2015
Cecil Clayton was put to death despite overwhelming evidence of intellectual disability caused by a sawmill accident more than four decades ago.
By Tom Eley, 17 March 2015
Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, detained as a “material witness,” has been in jail since March 16, 2012.
By Andre Damon and Niles Williamson, 12 March 2015
In this video, students and workers in Madison speak about the significance of the ongoing wave of state-sanctioned police killings in the United States.
By Charles Bogle, 12 March 2015
This collection offers two films by Fritz Lang and two by William Castle that reveal different sides of each director’s canon.
By Niles Williamson and Andre Damon, 11 March 2015
On Monday, a Georgia police officer shot and killed 27-year-old Anthony Hill, who was naked and unarmed at the time, and was apparently suffering from a mental illness.
As Obama whitewashes Ferguson police killing
By Zaida Green and Andre Damon, 9 March 2015
The same day that President Obama declared his “complete confidence” in the decision not to charge Darren Wilson, another young man was killed by a police officer in Madison.