The Social Crisis in America
By Kevin Martinez, 23 March 2015
After removing tents and shelters from the park, authorities also want to ban sleeping in boxes, tents and pods on city streets.
By Andre Damon, 21 March 2015
As many as 28,000 households in America’s poorest large city face having their water service shut off.
By Shelley Connor, 17 March 2015
The surge in food stamp use coincides with a sharp decline in the percentage of people working full-time.
By Nick Barrickman, 16 March 2015
Without subsidies, the typical family of four in the bottom fifth tier of households spends 80 percent of its yearly earnings on housing.
By Evan Blake, 10 March 2015
The findings of a new report serve as a barometer of the current conditions of life in America, and expose one of the many symptoms of the decay of capitalist society.
By Evan Blake, 21 February 2015
There have been 576 fatalities from house fires so far this year, often caused by the use of unsafe heating methods to reduce costs amidst record cold weather.
By Jeff Lusanne and Evan Blake, 20 February 2015
A record cold spell across the Eastern half of the United States has caused dozens of deaths among the most vulnerable sections of society: the homeless, the poor, and the elderly.
By Kevin Martinez, 20 February 2015
Over 80,000 people languish in solitary confinement in the country’s penitentiaries, sometimes for years or decades at a time.
By Khara Sikhan, 19 February 2015
The source of the fire is not yet known, though house fires are often caused by space heaters or other unsafe heating devices.
By Jason Melanovski, 19 February 2015
16.2 percent of Rochester's population lives in extreme poverty, more than any other mid-sized city in the US.
By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2015
The 69-year-old Vietnam veteran was found huddled under blankets next to a space heater.
By Samuel Davidson, 14 February 2015
The death toll is rising steadily as utility costs and cold temperatures force many people to use dangerous space heaters to keep warm.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 February 2015
Homelessness in New York City soared to an all-time high last year.
By Nick Barrickman, 7 February 2015
Media figures and politicians hailed the latest US jobs report as evidence of an economic turnaround, ignoring the thousands of store closings and layoffs announced in recent days.
By Evan Blake, 5 February 2015
In the United States, seventy-seven percent of people from wealthy families obtain bachelor’s degrees by the time they turn 24, compared with only 9 percent of those from low-income families.
By Mike Ingram, 31 January 2015
A number of deaths have been attributed to the storm that dumped record levels of snow across much of New England this week.
By Andre Damon, 30 January 2015
In the period between 1979 and 2007, every state in the US saw the income share of the top 1 percent grow by at least 25 percent.
By Isaac Finn, 21 January 2015
The cop who killed Gurley last November was conducting a “vertical patrol,” a regular NYPD tactic, with his gun drawn.
By Tom Hall, 21 January 2015
Landrieu’s claim, part of a nationwide initiative by Michelle Obama, comes as the city government criminalizes the city’s homeless population.
Reports on deadly Metro accident show poor maintenance and negligence in Washington, DC transit system
By Joe Williams, 21 January 2015
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is facing a growing backlash as details emerge of its inept response to the terrifying accident.
By Andre Damon, 20 January 2015
As the global financial oligarchy descended on Davos, Switzerland this week, the Oxfam charity released new figures on the colossal growth of social inequality.
By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2015
Amid rising homelessness and a dearth of affordable housing, de Blasio’s programs favor real estate interests and the wealthy elite.
By Clement Daly, 13 January 2015
The wave of mine closures and layoffs in the US coal industry continued throughout the second half of 2014.
By Gabriel Black, 10 January 2015
Although the official unemployment rate fell in December, workers’ wages declined and the labor force participation rate fell to the lowest level in 38 years.
By Muhammad Khan, 9 January 2015
Cold weather across the United States this week has revealed the dire social conditions facing millions of Americans.
By Zac Corrigan, 7 January 2015
More than 60,000 Detroit homes have been served foreclosure notices as part of a plan to squeeze more from the city’s low-income residents to pay off wealthy bondholders.
Figure hits $4.1 trillion
By Andre Damon, 3 January 2015
The wealth of the global financial elite soared last year amid surging stock markets fueled by cash infusions from central banks.
By Juan Rodriguez and Matthew Taylor, 3 January 2015
Florida’s minimum wage is increasing from $7.93 per hour to $8.05 per hour, a difference of merely 1.5 percent.
By Samuel Davidson, 29 December 2014
Increasing numbers of working class families are forced to use unsafe electric or kerosene space heaters in an effort to save money.
By Nick Beams, 27 December 2014
The ever-widening gap between financial markets and the real economy is creating the conditions for economic turmoil and the eruption of social and political struggles.
By Tom Hall, 27 December 2014
The AP report, which covers a six-year period, states that the government does a “terrible job” of accounting for child deaths.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2014
A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that the median net worth for low-income US families has fallen by nearly 50 percent since 2007.
By Evan Blake, 9 December 2014
Authorities in San Jose shut down the largest homeless encampment in the United States last Thursday.
By Niles Williamson, 6 December 2014
While the latest US jobs report continues the trend of moderate job growth, American workers’ wages remain flat, with wage increases barely outpacing inflation.
By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2014
The fall in sales reflects the fact that the disposable incomes of working-class households continue to stagnate and decline.
By Tom Hall, 17 November 2014
The reduction in aid has taken place even as the need for assistance has increased.
By E.P. Bannon, 6 November 2014
A recent report released by Bloomberg listed the 50 most unequal cities in the United States.
By Sandy English, 1 November 2014
The resignations follow revelations of widespread violence, neglect and torture at the prison.
By Andre Damon, 27 October 2014
A report published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that nearly one in four US children lives in poverty, and a similar proportion do not get enough to eat.
Hundreds mourn victims in a candlelight vigil
By Samuel Davidson, 25 October 2014
Fire officials have yet to release the cause of the tragic fire that swept through an old wood-frame house in McKeesport, killing four children and two adults.
By Tom Hall, 23 October 2014
Jailers in Madison County, Alabama deliberately denied health care to inmates with treatable illnesses in order to cut costs, according to three recently filed lawsuits.
By Andre Damon, 22 October 2014
A related study found that “nearly two-thirds of New York City residents struggled to make ends meet.”
By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 20 October 2014
In the worst such tragedy in recent history, four children and two adults were killed in a fire early Saturday morning in the city of McKeesport.
By John Marion, 20 October 2014
The state’s Department of Public Utilities has caved in to National Grid, the main private supplier of electricity.
By Andre Damon, 18 October 2014
Whatever the pretense of “one person, one vote,” the fact is that the top 0.1 percent dictates policy and essentially selects the personnel tasked with carrying it out.
By Mark Witkowski, 18 October 2014
Immigrant workers and others try to make a living in the city’s tourist mecca.
By Andre Damon, 17 October 2014
Hypothetically, if the growth of inequality were to proceed at last year’s rate, the richest one percent would control all the wealth on the planet within 23 years.
“The rich are getting richer and they don’t care about the poor”
By Michelle Ryan, 13 October 2014
The upstate New York city’s 50.6 percent child poverty rate ranks third worst in the nation, behind Detroit (59 percent) and Cleveland (54 percent).
By Andre Damon, 8 October 2014
Six years since the 2008 bank bailout, the wealth of the 400 richest people in the United States has nearly doubled.
By Andre Damon, 6 October 2014
The net worth of the Forbes 400 grew thirteen percent this year amidst a soaring stock market and record corporate profits.
By Philip Guelpa, 3 October 2014
Rikers Island is one of the most notorious examples of the national policy of mass incarceration.
By Fred Mazelis, 27 September 2014
Cuts in the Section 8 voucher program are being used to threaten families and force them into substandard conditions.
By Kate Randall, 23 September 2014
While the US accounts for about 5 percent of the world’s population, it incarcerates about one-quarter of all prisoners on the planet.
By Andre Damon, 17 September 2014
Figures released by the Census Bureau Tuesday showed that the number of people in poverty remained at the highest level on record, while household incomes stagnated last year.
By Kevin Martinez, 15 September 2014
The City Council has moved to criminalize the homeless in order to maintain its beaches as a tourist attraction.
By Andre Damon, 9 September 2014
The Fed report is only the latest in a series of studies on the continuing growth of poverty and social inequality in the midst of what is billed as a recovery from the crash of 2008.
New Federal Reserve report
By Andre Damon, 6 September 2014
The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, released Thursday, shows that the income of a typical US household has fallen by 12 percent in just six years.
By Andre Damon, 27 August 2014
Two weeks after the eruption of protests in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the police murder of Michael Brown, the Obama administration is hoping to bury popular opposition to its policies together with the young man’s body.
“Folks just can’t afford water, rent, lights, gas and food”
By Zac Corrigan and Tim Rivers, 26 August 2014
In this video, Detroit residents attending a sham “water affordability fair” denounce the city’s policy of cutting off water to those who are too poor to pay for it.
By Matthew MacEgan, 23 August 2014
A recent study has shown that rehabilitating homeless people is actually more cost effective than keeping them on the streets and arresting them.
By Steve Light, 22 August 2014
A 33-story luxury building under construction will have a separate back entrance for those who live in its “affordable” apartments.
By Jake Dean, 22 August 2014
New reports continue to expose worsening economic conditions for millions.
By Shannon Jones, 19 August 2014
Fourteen percent of Americans rely on food pantries to feed themselves and their families.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2014
Hundreds of agricultural workers, including many child laborers, die in farming accidents across the US each year, making it the most dangerous occupation in America.
By Josh Varlin, 13 August 2014
The rapid growth of economic inequality since the 2008 financial crisis is underscored by the growth in sales of multi-million-dollar yachts, luxury cars and other baubles for the super-rich.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 August 2014
Mayor Mike Duggan's “10-point plan” is part of political maneuvers being orchestrated by Detroit’s political establishment to dampen popular outrage over mass water shutoffs
By Andre Damon, 12 August 2014
While Obama and the political establishment proclaim economic “recovery,” new reports show that the majority of US households are worse off now than they were five years ago.
By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2014
A new report proposes a much more aggressive Pentagon policy, including preparing for war against nuclear-armed opponents.
By Gabriel Black, 4 August 2014
An algae bloom caused by fertilizer run-off has poisoned Toledo, Ohio’s water supply, cutting 400,000 off from tap water.
By Todd Mason, 25 July 2014
A new report documents the steep rise in social inequality that has developed in Washington, DC since the economic crisis of 2008
By Andre Damon, 23 July 2014
A report published Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation notes that 16.3 million children live in poverty in the US.
By Niles Williamson, 17 July 2014
The destruction of manufacturing jobs in America’s “Rust Belt” has left Milwaukee’s workers fighting high unemployment, poverty and food insecurity.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 July 2014
Child poverty in the DC area has increased by nearly 25 percent since the recession began, from 8.2 to 10.7 percent today.
By Sandy English, 7 July 2014
The fire was so fast-moving that neither neighbors nor firefighters, who arrived on the scene within three minutes, were able to rescue the four victims.
“We are talking about kids who are going to be affected, and the elderly”
By Khara Sikhan and Zac Corrigan, 2 July 2014
The city’s drive to shut off water service to three thousand households every week is in full swing, spelling catastrophe for the approximately 150,000 Detroit households with overdue water bills.
By Shannon Jones, 30 June 2014
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is backing a brutal shutoff policy aimed at residents who are behind in their water bills.
By Gabriel Black, 30 June 2014
Bill Clinton has made millions of dollars speaking before Wall Street bankers.
By Gabriel Black, 27 June 2014
A report by a group of University of Michigan researchers documents that inequality has nearly doubled in the US since 2003, with the median American household losing 36 percent of its wealth.
By Andre Damon, 25 June 2014
Bill and Hillary Clinton have earned more than $100 million in speaking fees from corporations and business foundations.
By Steve Light, 17 June 2014
The tragedy is the latest in a string of house fires claiming multiple lives in urban areas scarred by poverty, cuts to city services and poor housing conditions.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 June 2014
The deaths of two workers employed at warehouses owned by online retailer Amazon.com reveal the harsh working conditions faced by millions across the US.
By Marko Leone, 13 June 2014
The Center on Policy Initiatives published a report on the wages needed to subsist without public or private assistance in San Diego County.
By Hector Cordon and Patrick Martin, 10 June 2014
The measure adopted June 2, even more restrictive than the plan initially proposed a month before, legalizes a permanent sub-minimum wage for youth.
By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2014
Federal Reserve figures show total US net worth rising to a record $81.8 trillion at the same time that the vast majority of working people are struggling to make end meets.
By Andre Damon, 29 May 2014
The median compensation of chief executives of US corporations listed on the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index has grown by more than 50 percent since 2010.
By Chris Davion, 27 May 2014
WSWS reporters recently spoke to Chicago-area residents about the impact of the tens of billions in food stamp cuts implemented over the past two years.
By Eric London, 26 May 2014
A report from the National Research Council details the devastating social impact of mass incarceration.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2014
An Associated Press investigation revealed that two inmates recently died from horrific squalor and neglect at the prison.
By Andre Damon, 24 May 2014
This week marks the 50th anniversary of US President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” speech, the high water mark of post-war Democratic Party liberal reformism.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 May 2014
A recent study details the link between rising executive pay, deepening student debt, and the reliance on low-wage adjunct faculty in US universities.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 May 2014
The protests were the latest in a series of stage-managed affairs aimed at shoring up the dues base of the unions and channeling opposition behind the Democratic Party.
By Hector Cordon and Jerry White, 12 May 2014
The Seattle City Council to consider a complicated $15 minimum wage ordinance.
By Steve Filips and Don Barret, 12 May 2014
The low-income workers in Syracuse, NY are left little choice but to live in substandard housing.
By Andre Damon, 30 April 2014
The destruction of decent-paying jobs and employee benefits has radically changed American society.
By Andre Damon, 29 April 2014
While the jobs lost in the 2008 crisis were primarily higher and medium-wage, a disproportionate amount of new jobs pay less than about $13 per hour, according to a report issued Monday by the National Employment Law Project.
By Danielle DeSaxe, 28 April 2014
McDonald’s workers in Southern California spoke to the WSWS about the conditions they face.
By Julien Kiemle, 22 April 2014
Larry Ellison, the highest paid CEO in the US, exemplifies the parasitism of today’s super-rich.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 April 2014
The Washington, DC region added only 4,800 jobs in the twelve months ending in February.
By Andre Damon, 21 April 2014
The pervasiveness of hunger in the United States is an indictment of the capitalist system.
By Andre Damon, 19 April 2014
Feeding America released its annual report on local food insecurity Thursday, showing that there are dozens of counties in the US where a third of children do not get enough to eat.