Interviews and On-the-spot reports

GM workers speak out on concessions contract

28 May 2009

The WSWS interviewed GM workers at the Michigan Poletown plant on a new concessions contract agreed by the UAW and GM, with the backing of the Obama administration.

UK Visteon workers speak on occupation

18 April 2009

WSWS reporters spoke to laid off workers who have occupied a parts factory in the UK that supplies Ford Motor Company.

GM and Chrysler workers oppose more concessions

17 April 2009

The WSWS interviewed auto workers in Detroit, Michigan, who spoke out again wage cuts and the threat of bankuptcy.

Ford workers: “Now the fight is with our own union.”

6 March 2009

A WSWS reporting team speaks to Ford workers during the vote on the concessionary contract amendment supported by the union. The vote, under conditions of an historic crisis in the auto industry, is a direct repudiation of the pro-company policies of the union.

Australian bush fire survivors speak with the World Socialist Web Site

28 February 2009

World Socialist Web Site reporters visited Whittlesea, just north of Melbourne on February 14, to speak with survivors of massive bushfires that swept through Victorian towns and settlements on February 7.

Video: Chrysler workers oppose pay cuts, concession demands

19 February 2009

Speaking to the WSWS, Chrysler workers at the Dodge Truck complex in Warren, Michigan opposed concessions demanded by the Obama administration and Wall Street.

Funeral for Michigan man frozen following utility shut-off

29 January 2009

On Wednesday, January 28, a funeral was held for Marvin Schur, the 93-year-old man who froze to death in his home in Bay City Michigan, after the municipal power company cut off electricity without telling him.

Video: London demonstrators protest Israeli assault on Gaza

5 January 2009

Tens of thousands protested in London on Saturday against the Israeli attack on Gaza which has claimed the lives of hundreds, including many children. The World Socialist Web Site spoke to participants on the demonstration.

Thousands march through New York City as Israel invades Gaza

By a reporting team, 5 January 2009

Thousands marched Saturday through New York City, rallying outside the Israeli consulate just as the ground assault on Gaza began.

Video: Michigan Chrysler workers denounce pay cuts

18 December 2008

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at a Chrysler assembly plant about the pay cuts and plant closings that are being discussed in Washington and by the Big Three auto companies.

Republic Windows and Door workers speak on their struggle

By Tom Eley, 10 December 2008

A team of World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with workers at Republic Windows and Doors.

The rise and fall of Highland Park, Michigan

6 December 2008

The WSWS interviews Kurt Metzger, Director of the Detroit Area Community Indicators System, about the rise and decline of Highland Park, Michigan.

Video: Kandy O'Neill speaks to the WSWS

27 November 2008

Video: Kandy O'Neill speaks to the WSWS

Thousands mourn Detroit Firefighter

25 November 2008

Thousands of firefighters from across the United States and Canada joined family members and many concerned residents of Detroit last Friday, November 21, to mourn the death of Walter Harris a much-loved and admired 17-year member of the Detroit Fire Department. The World Socialist Web Site sent reporters to attend the funeral and speak to some of those who were there.

WSWS interviews Wilmington, Ohio residents on DHL job cuts

21 November 2008

WSWS interviews Wilmington, Ohio residents on DHL job cuts

WSWS interviews workers at Detroit “poverty summit”

17 November 2008

On Thursday, November 13, the World Socialist Web Site sent reporters to Cobo Center in downtown Detroit to interview young workers and social workers attending the Detroit Poverty Summit about the dire conditions that are rapidly worsening in that city and across Michigan.

WSWS speaks with family members of Michigan fire victims

By the, 1 November 2008

WSWS reporter D'Artagnan Collier spoke to family members and a teacher of one of the victims of the fire in Highland Park, Michigan which killed four people on Wednesday, October 22.

Detroit residents denounce social decay in fire deaths

30 October 2008

The following video is part of a series by the World Socialist Web Site reporters on the dire social conditions prevailing former auto production centers in Detroit.

Highland Park, Michigan residents speak on deadly fire

24 October 2008

The World Socialist Web Site sent a reporting team to Highland Park, Michigan, where a house fire killed four people in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 22, 2008. Residents spoke to the WSWS about the terrible social conditions in the city.

WSWS: New York workers denounce Wall Street bailout

5 October 2008

While congress debated the $700 billion bailout of the Wall Street banks, the World Socialist Web Site spoke on the streets of New York to workers and young people who denounced the bailout of the banks and expressed a growing anger about the housing crisis, the loss of jobs and rising tuition for college.

SEP presidential candidate speaks with workers in Detroit

28 September 2008

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White went with a team of supporters to speak with workers at a crowded farmers market in downtown Detroit on Saturday, September 27. Many spoke with the World Socialist Web Site and contributed to the campaign.

WSWS interviews director of homeless shelter in LA

10 September 2008

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Dwight Smith, director of Isaiah House, an emergency shelter in Santa Ana, California, about the rise in the number of homeless people, especially among the working poor.

High fuel prices impoverish New York City taxi drivers

3 September 2008

On September 4, 2008, the World Socialist Web Site published, "High fuel prices impoverish New York City taxi drivers," a report featuring interviews on the difficulties facing cabbies working in the city.  Taxi drivers in the US have been among those hit hardest by the steep rise of gasoline prices over the last year. Along with other workers and small business owners in the transportation industry around the world, taxi drivers are now facing a precipitous fall in their standard of living.

Darwin resident explains impact of Northern Territory intervention

26 June 2008

June Mills, a worker for the Long Grass Association which provides care for homeless indigenous people in Darwin, spoke with the WSWS on the impact of the Northern Territory intervention.

Northern Territory intervention: Life for Aborigines in Tenant Creek

25 June 2008

Rodney Barnes was interviewed by the World Socialist Web Site in the Northern Territory town of Tenant Creek.

Northern Territory intervention: Comments from an Aboriginal town camp

24 June 2008

Kenny Laughton speaks with the World Socialist Web Site on the conditions facing Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

Aboriginal people denounce Northern Territory intervention

19 June 2008

Residents of Aboriginal townships speak to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the state intervention in the Northern Territory.

Social crisis in Detroit: Food banks struggle to meet need

18 June 2008

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices soar. Larry Porter speaks with Wayne Wells, the president of the Gleaners Food Bank, the largest food distribution organization in the city, about the sharp rise in the need for emergency food aid.

Social crisis in Detroit: "I'm 67, and it's impossible"

15 June 2008

For several weeks, the World Socialist Web Site has interviewed working people in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices skyrocket. In this segment, our reporters spoke with Ola Horne, 67.

Social crisis in Detroit: "A half-million meals a year"

15 June 2008

As part of a series of investigative reports on the social crisis in Detroit, the World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in the city about the worsening conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof.  Brother Jerry Smith, director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit spoke to the WSWS about the huge need for food in the city.

Social crisis in Detroit: "I've got to use a bicycle to get around"

15 June 2008

As part of a series of investigative reports on the social crisis in Detroit, the World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in the city about the worsening conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. The WSWS spoke with Lon Rubenstein, who is living on a disability payment of just $600.00 per month. He cannot afford to put gas in his car.

Social crisis in Detroit: "Some weeks we have less meals"

15 June 2008

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. In this clip, our reporters spoke with Jada Browning a young mother of three who recently lost her job.

Social crisis in Detroit: "We don't take that Sunday drive"

15 June 2008

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. In this clip, Larry Porter speaks with Barbara Johnson, a teacher.

Detroit American Axle Workers Speak on UAW Sellout

19 May 2008

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with American Axle strikers in Detroit on May 18 and 19 about the wage-cutting agreement signed by the UAW.

American Axle strikers denounce UAW sellout contract

18 May 2008

American Axle strikers, who have been on strike for nearly three months, denounced the sellout contract handed down by the UAW today at an informational meeting in Detroit.

Tensions mount as American Axle strike enters 10th week

30 April 2008

The American Axle strike enters a tenth week. It will soon exceed the length of the historic strike against GM in 1970. This week workers circulated a petition to the UAW requesting an increase in strike pay from $200 per week to $300. The WSWS spoke to workers on the picket lines in Detroit.

American Axle strikers rally outside shareholders' meeting

24 April 2008

On Thursday, April 24, 2008, auto workers on strike at American Axle rallied in Detroit outside a shareholders meeting of the company where Richard Dauch, CEO, reiterated company demands for pay cuts amounting to more than half the workers wages and benefits. Detroit police were mobilized in force with two dozen squad cars, a bus to transport prisoners, and a special riot control squad armed with firearms and large canisters of mace.

Arrests on American Axle picket line in Detroit

14 March 2008

Several striking auto workers in Detroit were arrested on the picket line at American Axle and Manufacturing on Friday morning, March 14, as the company moved a number of semis through the picket lines. Local police and the local media outlets had been mobilized in force in an obvious, orchestrated effort to provoke a confrontation and force an end to the strike.