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On-the-spot coverage from Greece

Greek students describe social crisis facing youth

By our reporters, 26 January 2015

The economic crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of Greek workers and young people to leave the country in search of jobs and better prospects.

Brooklyn workers and young people condemn police violence

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 December 2014

Workers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about police violence and social conditions for the working class.

Protesters condemn exoneration of cop who killed Michael Brown

By WSWS reporting teams, 26 November 2014

At demonstrations around the country, workers and youth spoke out on the police murder in Ferguson, Missouri and the destruction of democratic rights.

Australia: Protestors denounce police raids and anti-Muslim hysteria

By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2014

The corporate media response to last night’s protest was aimed at silencing any criticism or opposition to the police operations or the anti-terror laws.

“I believe they are trying to move toward martial law”

Protesters denounce police killing of Michael Brown

By our reporters, 15 August 2014

On Thursday, demonstrations and vigils were held across the United States to denounce the police killing of Brown and the military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri.

Family of murdered Indian mine worker speak out

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 21 March 2014

WSWS reporters visited the town of Neyveli in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to interview the family of 31-year-old worker Rajkumar who was murdered by a paramilitary security guard on Monday, March 17.

Residents speak on continued water problems in West Virginia

By Clement Daly, 3 March 2014

Following the disastrous release of toxic chemicals into the water supply, residents of Charleston, West Virginia spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at one of many water distribution sites that has run out of clean water.

Video: Attendees speak on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

By Jeff Lusanne, 27 February 2014

In this video, workers and youth reflect on the content of the Inquiry, its significance and the way forward in the fight to defend the rights of working people.

London Underground workers outraged at unions’ suspension of strike

By our reporters, 13 February 2014

Workers on the London Underground were angry and concerned upon hearing that Tuesday’s scheduled 48 hour strike was called off by the trade unions.

Detroit firefighters speak on Workers Inquiry

By Thomas Gaist, 11 February 2014

With less than a week before the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions, the World Socialist Web Site spoke with Detroit firefighters about the Inquiry.

Liverpool residents condemn Australia’s growing social divide

By our reporters, 25 January 2014

The WSWS interviewed people in Liverpool’s shopping mall about the increasingly obvious inequality in Sydney.

Detroit retirees denounce attack on pensions, health care

By our reporting team, 24 January 2014

Over 23,000 retired City of Detroit workers face a devastating cut in pensions and health care benefits under the bankruptcy restructuring plan being prepared by the city’s emergency manager.

“Detroit is being used as a milestone for every city”

Detroit workers, retirees oppose pension cuts

By our reporters, 28 September 2013

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to firefighters and retirees about the impact of planned pension cuts announced by Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

Australian voters oppose US-led war against Syria

By our reporters, 10 September 2013

Voters who spoke to WSWS reporters outside election polling stations last Saturday opposed the impending US-led attack on Syria and Australia’s support for it.

Chrysler Warren Truck workers oppose war with Syria

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 September 2013

A WSWS campaign team speaking to auto workers encountered strong opposition to the prospect of US involvement in another war.

Workers at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington speak about Obama, war and inequality

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 August 2013

Workers attending the demonstration expressed disgust with the current political establishment.

Residents, visitors denounce plan to sell treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Tim Rivers, 26 August 2013

Many people the WSWS spoke to Saturday in downtown Detroit expressed outrage over the threat to sell precious works from one of the world’s great museum collections.

Detroit workers speak out against NSA spying

By David Brown, 15 June 2013

Workers in Detroit spoke to the WSWS about Edward Snowden and the leaks that have revealed massive government surveillance.

SEP campaigners oppose Detroit home evictions

By a campaign team, 24 May 2013

Supporters of Socialist Equality Party Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier spoke this week to residents facing eviction at the Henry Street apartments.

University of California medical workers strike

By Norisa Diaz, 24 May 2013

Workers at UC Medical Centers across California went on a two-day strike this week

Pontiac, Michigan school crisis provokes outcry from parents, teachers

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2013

The district has agreed to massive budget cuts as a condition for receiving state aid.

California hospital workers vote overwhelmingly to strike

By a reporting team, 14 May 2013

13,000 workers are set to strike against University of California austerity measures.

Germany: Opel Bochum workers denounce union sellout

By our correspondents, 11 May 2013

GM Opel workers are incensed over the betrayal carried out by the IG Metall trade union.

Unions, ministers organize protest in Detroit over fast-food worker pay

By Shannon Jones, 11 May 2013

The Detroit protests held Friday at locations across the city shut down several fast-food restaurants.

Free health screening in Detroit draws thousands

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 May 2013

Both the uninsured and underinsured turned out at the event held this week at Cobo Convention Center.

American GM worker supports German Opel workers

By Jerry White, 2 May 2013

In August 2010, workers at General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, Indiana rebelled against the efforts of the United Auto Workers to push through a 50 percent wage cut to entice a new owner to buy the plant, which was being shuttered by GM. With the support of the World Socialist Web Site , workers organized a rank-and-file committee independent of the UAW to oppose the wage cut and threatened factory closure.

University of California medical workers hold strike vote

By Norisa Diaz, 1 May 2013

Medical workers at a UC Medical Center spoke to the WSWS about the alarming conditions facing both workers and patients.

SEP mayoral campaign in Detroit wins strong support in first week

By Lawrence Porter, 24 April 2013

The campaign to place D’Artagnan Collier, a city worker and member of the Socialist Equality Party, on the ballot for mayor of Detroit has gotten off to a strong start.

Homeless in San Diego, California

Life on the street in “America’s Finest City”

By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 18 April 2013

San Diego, California ranks third in the nation for the number of homeless, with estimates of 10,000.

Newark, New Jersey students protest education cuts

By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013

Hundreds of high school students in Newark, New Jersey walked out of class Tuesday to protest millions of dollars in education cuts.

Common Core: A California kindergarten teacher’s experience

By our reporter, 11 April 2013

A kindergarten teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the Common Core curriculum.

Tensions high at Chrysler Warren Stamping in wake of victimization

By Shannon Jones, 28 March 2013

Skilled trades worker Alex Wassell was fired for opposing the Alternative Work Schedule, recently implemented at the plant.

On eve of emergency manager take-over

Unions move to ram through concessions against Detroit workers

By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2013

The sweeping concessions demanded from teachers and the city’s municipal employees give a picture of the draconian measures planned for the entire working class.

Parents, teachers and students oppose New York City school closings

By Steve Light, Alan Whyte and and A. Woodson, 14 March 2013

More New York City school closings and co-locations were approved by the Bloomberg-controlled Panel on Educational Policy, in defiance of the views of the majority of parents and teachers.

“I see this as an attack on public education.”

New York City workers and students express support for school bus strikers

By Bryan Dyne, 14 February 2013

The strike by 9,000 school bus workers has generated popular support among workers and youth in New York City.

Bloomberg presses attack on striking New York City school bus drivers

By Jerry White, 7 February 2013

The strike by nearly 9,000 New York City school bus workers entered its fourth week today with the Bloomberg administration preparing to accept bids from private school bus contractors without long-standing job and wage protections.

Union officials offer to end NY school bus strike and negotiate concessions

By a reporting team, 31 January 2013

The union representing school bus drivers and matrons made an offer to end the strike and negotiate concessions, but the Bloomberg administration rejected it out of hand.

Philadelphia parents and teachers reject school closures

By a reporting team, 22 January 2013

Community members expressed outrage at a public forum on the plan of the Philadelphia school board to consolidate schools.

New York school bus drivers walk picket lines for second day

By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2013

New York City school bus drivers and matrons are fighting against a plan to destroy job protections that were won more than 30 years ago.

New York: Continuing misery in Rockaways in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2012

Conditions in the Rockaways section of New York in the wake of the storm reveal the underlying social reality that is otherwise ignored.

Detroit bankruptcy threats escalate as bonds are downgraded

By Shannon Jones, 30 November 2012

A major credit rating agency further downgraded Detroit’s debt as city officials advance new proposals for cuts.

Washington, D.C. parents and teachers oppose school closings, charter schools

By Ed Hightower and Nikolai Barrickman, 30 November 2012

Parents, students and teachers have reacted in anger to a plan to close 20 public schools in Washington, D.C.

Belgium: 20,000 protest against closure of Ford plant in Genk

By our reporters, 13 November 2012

The closure will throw 4,600 workers at the factory and more than 5,000 employees in related industries out of work.

SEP candidate Phyllis Scherrer campaigns among Brooklyn College students

By our reporting team, 6 November 2012

Socialist Equality Party vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to students at Brooklyn College Monday about the need for socialist policy for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“The two parties are both beholden to Wall Street”

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2012

Workers and young people discuss with the World Socialist Web Site the issues raised by the conference “Socialism and the 2012 Elections” in Detroit.

Food shortages in Brooklyn public housing in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2012

Residents of Red Hook Brooklyn lined up for food and water Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy flooded the New York City neighborhood

SEP campaigns for November 3 regional conference in New York City

By Sandy English, 30 October 2012

SEP supporters campaigned over the weekend in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx, the second-largest private housing development in the US.

Workers and students discuss upcoming SEP conference in Los Angeles

By our reporters, 24 October 2012

The WSWS spoke to workers and students in Los Angeles about the regional conference of the Socialist Equality Party on October 27.

“We’re the one’s who are suffering—the poor, the working class”

By our reporters, 23 October 2012

Workers attending the Trades Union Congress demonstration in London spoke to the World Socialist Web Site.

Jerry White addresses workers and students in New York City

By our reporters, 9 October 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White concluded an East Coast campaign swing with a meeting in New York City on Sunday.

Los Angeles free clinic clients, volunteers discuss crisis of US health care

By our reporters, 4 October 2012

September 30 was the final day of Care Harbor’s annual free clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Striking Detroit water workers defy federal judge, union officials

By Jerry White, 2 October 2012

Workers at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s waste treatment plant are continuing their strike despite a temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge Monday. The walkout, which began on Sunday, involves 950 workers at the facility in the southwest side of Detroit.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks in South Carolina

By our reporter, 27 September 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, spoke at a public meeting held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Tuesday. The meeting was well attended by students and members of the community who were enthusiastic about a genuine alternative to the two big business parties.

Australia: After Bankstown apartment fire, residents demand answers

By our reporters, 18 September 2012

Residents are asking why the apartment block was approved with fire safety flaws.

SEP candidate Jerry White speaks to transit workers on Chicago teachers strike

By Bryan Dyne, 18 September 2012

Socialist Equality presidential candidate Jerry White campaigned among transit workers and firefighters Monday, discussing the significance of the Chicago teachers strike.

Australia: Hundreds of Bankstown fire survivors remain locked out

By Mark Church, 14 September 2012

Hundreds of residents evacuated after a fatal fire in a Sydney apartment block have been left without homes or government support.

“The conditions for students are horrible”

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to Chicago teachers

By an SEP campaign team, 13 September 2012

During her second day of campaigning among striking Chicago teachers, SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer continued discussing the political issues of the strike.

Striking teachers speak out in Chicago

By Kristina Betinis, 11 September 2012

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Chicago teachers about the political issues at stake in the strike.

South African miners speak on Marikana massacre

By Iqra Qalam, 11 September 2012

More than three weeks after the Marikana massacre, families are still searching for their missing siblings and husbands in hospitals and jails.

SEP campaigns at Lawrence, Massachusetts textile strike commemoration

By Mike Ingram, 11 September 2012

SEP supporters campaigned at a festival in honor of the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Australia: Residents denounce lack of fire safety

By our reporters, 10 September 2012

Unit owners and tenants expressed shock and anger over the tragedy and the poor fire safety measures in the building.

Portland, Oregon increases transit fees

By Tony Colton and Hector Cordon, 6 September 2012

Beginning September 1, the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet) implemented fare increases and cuts in services in order to overcome a $12 million budget shortfall.

US Presidential candidate Jerry White addresses Manchester audience

By our reporters, 6 September 2012

US Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke at a well-attended meeting at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester, England Tuesday evening.

Stockton workers support SEP presidential campaign

By Karl Eisner, 30 August 2012

Socialist Equality Party campaigners spoke to farm workers in East Stockton, California.

SEP candidate campaigns among Chicago teachers

By a campaign team, 28 August 2012

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer and a campaign team spoke to Chicago teachers at an informational picket outside of a middle school.

Dundee, Michigan Chrysler workers denounce sellout agreement

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 August 2012

Workers at the Chrysler Dundee Engine plant in Michigan spoke to WSWS reporters about the sellout local contract they recently rejected by a decisive margin.

Thousands mass outside Ecuadorean embassy to support Assange

By Daniel O’Flynn and Rick Wilson, 20 August 2012

Two thousand protesters massed outside the Ecuadorean embassy in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

SEP vice presidential candidate speaks to temp workers in McKeesport, Pennsylvania

By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2012

SEP candidate Phyllis Scherrer along with a team of supporters campaigned this week in the former steel town of McKeesport, about 10 miles south of Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River.

Con Ed workers disgusted as union reports contract ratification

By a reporting team, 18 August 2012

The Con Ed workers’ union reported a wide margin for acceptance of the contract, but a WSWS reporting team found the vote concealed far different views.

“Julian has shown us things that really needed to be known”

By our reporter, 17 August 2012

About 150 supporters of Julian Assange demonstrated outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London yesterday.

Workers in Philadelphia speak out against the two big business parties and union betrayals

By a reporting team, 15 August 2012

While the AFL-CIO organized the rally to promote the Democrats, a number of workers who came voiced opposition to this policy.

SEP campaigns in Pittsburgh against cuts in social programs

By a campaign team, 15 August 2012

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to workers and young people about the elimination of the General Assistance Program in Pennsylvania.

Joliet Caterpillar strikers speak out

By our reporters, 15 August 2012

WSWS reporters spoke to strikers on the picket line in Joliet, Illinois

Quebec students debate whether to continue their strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 August 2012

The WSWS spoke with students who met last week to decide whether to continue their six-month strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s plans to dramatically raise university tuition fees.

San Bernardino residents speak on bankruptcy filing

By Dan Conway, 14 August 2012

The city of San Bernardino, California, population 210,000, has recently become the second largest city to file for bankruptcy protection in US history.

Detroit water and sewage workers speak out against cuts

By a reporting team, 13 August 2012

As word spread about the dramatic cuts threatened at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, workers reacted angrily, and several spoke to reporters for the World Socialist Web Site.

“The police defend the wealthy”—brother of murdered man

WSWS speaks to victims of police violence in Anaheim, California

By our reporters, 11 August 2012

WSWS reporters spoke to several audience members at the Anaheim city council meeting August 8, including relatives of those killed by police.

Widespread support as SEP concludes Wisconsin petition drive

By Niles Williamson and Nicholas Russo, 30 July 2012

In just eight days the Socialist Equality Party’s campaign to gain access to the presidential ballot in Wisconsin has garnered more than 3,000 signatures.

South Milwaukee Caterpillar workers speak out in support of Joliet strikers

By Nicholas Russo and Niles Williamson, 27 July 2012

Workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about record profits for Caterpillar, and in solidarity with workers on strike for three months in Joliet, Illinois.

Con Ed workers rally against lockout

By Philip Guelpa, 19 July 2012

On Tuesday afternoon, a large rally was held at Union Square in Manhattan in support of 8,500 Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) workers who have been locked out by the company since July 1.

German Opel worker: “For nearly 10 years, it’s all been downhill”

By Dietmar Henning, 3 July 2012

If the management gets its way, the Opel plant in Bochum will close in two rather than four years.

Detroit workers speak with SEP vice presidential candidate about heat wave

By David Brown, 3 July 2012

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke with workers in Detroit about the heat wave, their utility bills, and the decaying social infrastructure.

New York City: Con Ed workers locked out for second day

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 July 2012

Utility workers at Con Edison are fighting against drastic concession demands, including attacks on pensions and health care benefits.

Michigan meeting marks 30th anniversary of murder of Vincent Chin

By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2012

On June 23, the Asian American civil rights group American Citizens for Justice and the Association of Chinese Americans held a commemoration meeting in Madison Heights, Michigan to mark thirty years since the murder of Vincent Chin.

James Shimoura, attorney for the mother of Vincent Chin, speaks to WSWS

By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2012

James Shimoura, a Michigan attorney who provided legal advice to Lily Chin, the mother of murdered Chinese American draftsman Vincent Chin, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site during the memorial meeting in Madison Heights, Michigan held over the weekend. The meeting marked the 30th anniversary of Chin’s killing.

SEP campaigns against budget cuts in California

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 June 2012

Campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke with workers and students in Sacramento, California about the party’s presidential election campaign.

Athens workers and youth discuss Greek election result

By Robert Stevens, 19 June 2012

The World Socialist Web Site discussed with workers and youth in Athens the result of Sunday’s general election as negotiations continued to form a government following the narrow victory of the conservative New Democracy.

SEP campaigns in California

By a WSWS reporting team, 19 June 2012

In both Northern and Southern California, campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers and students about budget cuts in the state and Jerry White’s presidential campaign.

Greece: WSWS interviews Athens workers and youth

By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2012

A WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in the district of Aigaleo in west Athens about their attitudes to Sunday’s election.

Greece: University of Athens students speak to WSWS

By our correspondents, 14 June 2012

Students at the main campus of the University of Athens spoke with a World Socialist Web Site reporting team.

SEP campaigns in Ypsilanti, Michigan for meeting on US elections

By our reporters, 12 June 2012

The small industrial city has lost 14,000 good-paying jobs in a decade.

Opposition grows to school privatization scheme in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2012

The plans by Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manger Roy Roberts to convert 10 high schools into so-called self-governing schools is provoking opposition from parents and students.

“Casserole” protests in support of Quebec students spread across Canada

By a WSWS reporting team, 5 June 2012

A new form of protest, “casserole” demonstrations, emerged last month in response to the Quebec Liberal government’s draconian Bill 78.

New York City high school students speak on school closings

By Isaac Finn, 5 June 2012

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with teachers and students from “failing” schools targeted for closure under the turnaround model.

Muskegon Heights, Michigan residents speak on conversion of public schools to charters

By our reporters, 5 June 2012

A WSWS reporting team visited Muskegon Heights and talked with workers, students, and retirees about their reaction to the unprecedented attack on public education.

SEP campaigners in Michigan discuss Obama’s drone assassinations

By a WSWS reporting team, 4 June 2012

Campaign teams in Michigan talk to workers and students in Ypsilanti and Detroit.

Quebec student strike:

Police begin to apply draconian Bill 78

By Keith Jones, 24 May 2012

Quebec authorities have begun to make use of the sweeping repressive powers contained in Bill 78—the emergency legislation the provincial Liberal government rushed through the National Assembly late last week to suppress the province-wide student strike

NATO protesters denounce police violence

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 May 2012

Protesters at the NATO summit in Chicago have denounced the police state methods employed to crack down on political dissent.

“The only jobs out there are low wage jobs”

Bronx workers speak to SEP campaigners on the jobs crisis in America

By a reporting team, 15 May 2012

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to workers and youth in the Parkchester neighborhood in the Bronx, New York, about the economic situation and the party’s election campaign.

Thousands rally against education cuts in Portland, Oregon

By our reporters, 15 May 2012

Students, teachers and parents rallied to defend pubic education last week.