By Oscar Grenfell, 17 September 2020
“The attempt by the State to control information is at the heart of the charges against Assange. Its physical manifestation is there every day in the court.”
Defying injunction threats, striking University of Michigan grad students call for “larger mobilization of working people”
By our reporters, 16 September 2020
Striking graduate students at the University of Michigan are continuing their walkout in defiance of the strikebreaking threats by top administrators.
By Sasi Kumar and V. Gnana, 15 September 2020
WSWS reporters interviewed workers in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu on the situation facing Indian workers during the pandemic.
By Brian Brown and Andy Thompson, 11 September 2020
University of Iowa faculty and students continue to protest against the administration’s reluctance to transition to 100 percent online learning, despite an additional 220 students who tested positive for COVID-19 in one day.
By an Albion College student, 25 August 2020
Albion College in south-central Michigan promised a safe return, but one student’s experience reveals a different picture, one of unsanitary rooms, a lack of sanitization supplies, failing protocols, and a testing regime full of holes.
“Teachers want to strike, but the unions are doing nothing”
“Refuse to Return” Facebook group cofounder describes explosion of opposition to unsafe school openings
By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 18 August 2020
The “Refuse to Return” group in Colorado has attracted 9,469 members and helped inspire the formation of at least 35 other groups across the US, with tens of thousands of members in total.
By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 11 August 2020
Teachers and students spoke to the WSWS to express their opposition to New York state Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to allow all schools to reopen in the coming weeks.
By Jacob Crosse, 5 August 2020
Congress continues to quibble over a new bill as the crisis deepens for millions of workers and their families.
“A lot of people really don’t think we should be working right now”
By James Tatsch, 5 August 2020
Last week saw the highest number of new recorded cases for the Kansas City metro area since the start of the pandemic.
By Jacob Crosse, 4 August 2020
Millions of American workers don’t know how they’ll pay rent or where their next meal will come from.
Brook Park, Ohio autoworker describes conditions leading to rising COVID-19 infections at Ford Engine plant
By Katy Kinner, 31 July 2020
While Ford has told employees that they are following cleaning and safety protocols, rank-and-file workers have exposed the real dangers.
By our reporters, 30 July 2020
One student said that he lives “hand to mouth. I cannot save anything. I pay so much for the fees at university and there are no jobs.”
“They have put the needs of the 1 percent over the importance of human life”
By Linda Rios, 23 July 2020
Concerns about the lack of safety measures at the shipyard began to surface in late March, when a worker tested positive for COVID-19.
By a correspondent, 22 July 2020
“People are worried that on top of the hardship they have already gone through, they would face more unknown, long-term, and negative consequences from the pandemic.”
“We’re just cannon fodder. This is a policy about economics not safety.”
By our reporters, 16 July 2020
The Johnson government plans to fully reopen schools nationally in September despite the heightened risks from COVID-19 transmission.
Transport for London downplayed COVID-19 dangers to bus, rail and tube workers in critical early months
By Laura Tiernan, 16 July 2020
New documents reveal that TfL focused on operational efficiency at the expense of workers’ lives.
By Tom Pearce, 15 July 2020
The Facebook site of the group has created a map of school closures due to outbreaks, which is a powerful source of information for parents.
By Sue Phillips, 15 July 2020
Teachers and educators speak out against the state Labor government’s order to reopen schools despite a COVID-19 surge in Melbourne.
By Eric Ludlow, 13 July 2020
The brutal state Labor government operation failed to curb the spread of COVID-19 throughout the public housing estates.
“The decision to reopen schools shouldn’t be political. It should be made by medical experts.”
By Mitch Marcus and Kimie Saito, 11 July 2020
The WSWS spoke with two teachers about the dangerous push by the Trump administration to reopen schools in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control.
“This is going to kill us—not coronavirus, but how broken the health care system is”
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 July 2020
The nurse spoke to the WSWS after being furloughed for speaking out against a hospital’s corporate policies that discriminated against low-income patients during the pandemic.
An interview with Ed Achorn, author of Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020
In a recent conversation with the WSWS, Achorn discussed his book on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address and weighed in on efforts to slander the president who won the Civil War and destroyed slavery in the United States.
“I’ve been made to feel like a criminal, but I haven’t done anything wrong”
By Eric Ludlow, 9 July 2020
Kat, a working-class mother, spoke with the WSWS about the conditions in the locked-down public housing towers, home to some of the most oppressed sections of the working class.
“It’s back to the way it was before I made things public,” says whistleblower
By Steve Filips, 2 July 2020
Even as the pandemic continues to surge, airlines continue to push for increased flights. American Airlines has resumed booking its flights to capacity on July 1. United Airlines, which never blocked out seats or limited capacity, will be adding 25,000 flights in August.
Respiratory therapist at New York’s Elmhurst Hospital describes horrors during COVID pandemic:
“The patients in March didn’t have to die like this, if we would have had more staff and better equipment to work with”
By Clara Weiss, 2 July 2020
At poor community hospitals like Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, patients were up to three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than they were in facilities in the richest parts of Manhattan.
As COVID-19 spreads in Minnesota, Wisconsin warehouses
By Nick Barrickman, 25 June 2020
Seeking to take time off after breaking his wrist in a fall, the worker was denied access to his jobsite and had his identification card deactivated.
Former Amazon worker Jana Jumpp says the nearly 1,600 COVID-19 cases she has counted in warehouses are “just the tip of the iceberg”
By Tom Carter, 22 June 2020
Jana Jumpp has tracked cases across 244 locations worldwide, including 236 in the US, and she has counted at least nine Amazon worker deaths.
By our reporter, 19 June 2020
The SEP was contacted by an overseas nurse from the south of England, urging support for a petition demanding permanent residence for non-EU National Health Service migrant workers.
By our reporters, 17 June 2020
The young people expressed concern over attacks on democratic rights, the acute economic distress facing youth, and imperialist war among other issues.
By Kate Randall, 17 June 2020
The WSWS spoke to Dr. Mona Masood about her experience setting up a support line of psychiatrists serving the mental health needs of physicians during the coronavirus pandemic.
“This government has decided that disabled people are better off dead”
By Alice Summers, 16 June 2020
The WSWS spoke to disability rights campaigners last weekend about the impact of coronavirus pandemic and the Johnson government’s “herd immunity” policy on the lives of disabled people.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 June 2020
A high school teacher in a nearby Massachusetts school district reached out to the World Socialist Web Site to voice his support for the struggle in defense of public education in Randolph and Brookline.
By Sam Dalton, 11 June 2020
A peaceful protester arrested in New York City tells the WSWS about her experience
“Our system is so broken, it needs to be broken down and rebuilt”
By Clara Weiss, 9 June 2020
The WSWS spoke to health care workers in Illinois and Kentucky who have joined the protests or are working to organize protests themselves.
By our reporters, 9 June 2020
“America claims to be the ‘land of the free,’ but protesters are being denied their First Amendment rights”
“The cops have no concern for the people they’re shooting at”
By Tom Carter, 8 June 2020
Amazon workers expressed solidarity with the protests, even as the company, which provides facial recognition software to police departments, feigned concern over racism and inequality.
“He is trying to be a dictator and he can’t be allowed to be one”
By Jessica Goldstein, 6 June 2020
The multi-ethnic, multi-racial protests against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have evoked widespread sympathy among autoworkers.
By Clara Weiss, 5 June 2020
Protests by health care workers expanded significantly Thursday, with more demonstrations planned for Friday and Saturday.
“The rich are concerned with keeping their power and keeping the race thing going”
By Evan Blake, 4 June 2020
The WSWS spoke with a cross-section of American workers, all of whom voiced immense support for the protests, while denouncing the criminal response of the Trump administration.
An interview with a university mental health professional
By Renae Cassimeda, 3 June 2020
The WSWS spoke with a university psychotherapist on the psychological impact of the pandemic on college students.
The “experience of the pandemic has made me more aware that it comes down to capitalism”
Impact of COVID-19 and George Floyd killing on artistic life: An interview with a young artist-actor in Brooklyn, New York
By Clare Hurley, 2 June 2020
Artist and actor Bamoozie (his artist moniker) spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the pandemic on his economic situation, artistic work and political perspective, as well as his thoughts on the police murder of George Floyd.
By Samuel Davidson, 1 June 2020
At least three Amazon workers in Ohio fell sick after management sprayed industrial strength chemicals while workers were still inside.
By Matthew MacEgan, 29 May 2020
Merritt spoke to the WSWS Wednesday about developments in the Arbery case and what has been exposed about the efforts of the police and prosecutors to whitewash the killing.
“The company is covering up the situation to keep the plant from closing, while they are killing us”
By Andrea Lobo, 25 May 2020
A worker from a US-owned battery charger factory told the WSWS that management is forcing them to work despite a contagion outbreak at the facility.
By Helen Halyard and Kevin Reed, 22 May 2020
The WSWS spoke with Karissa, 27, about her experiences over the past eight weeks since she and her fiancé lost their jobs when the coronavirus pandemic hit the Detroit area.
“I am not going to die for this company that only thinks about the millions they have in the bank”
By Marcus Day, 16 May 2020
New cases of the virus have already emerged at FCA’s Sterling Heights Assembly this week, even before the plants officially reopen Monday.
By our reporters, 9 May 2020
The UK has registered the highest number of fatalities in Europe from the virus, including at least 200 health and social care workers.
“The company is not disclosing any information about sickness and deaths”
By our reporters, 7 May 2020
UPS drivers and sorters are working without proper PPE and health benefits, while management and the Teamsters union are concealing information about the spread of the virus, which has killed at least two workers.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 May 2020
There is increasing uncertainty about when live concert performances will resume, a demonstration of how culture is threatened by the criminal policy of malign neglect.
“The central and state governments, as well as the opposition parties, don’t really care for human lives”
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 1 May 2020
Millions of workers, particularly those in the so-called informal sector, have been left without any income to purchase food and other basic items.
By Zac Thornton, 24 April 2020
Workers describe a regime in the plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee where they are intimidated into silence over lax enforcement of health and safety even as COVID-19 is spreading widely.
By Miles Driver and Laura Tiernan, 24 April 2020
Drivers told the WSWS about the unsafe working conditions being enforced by the Johnson government, private bus operators, Transport for London and London Labour Party Mayor Sadiq Khan, in collaboration with the unions.
“I got no action to support me from the union”
By Janet Browning, 23 April 2020
Kelly Green, an Edmonton Transit Service bus driver, has been fired for demanding personal protective equipment to safeguard transit workers and passengers from COVID-19.
By Elliott Murtagh, 22 April 2020
The closure of college campuses around the country last month due to social distancing protocols upended students’ lives, including those of international students.
By our reporters, 20 April 2020
“Governments are providing billions and even trillions of dollars to the banks and corporations. Why nothing for us?”
“We have the technology and knowledge, but it won’t work under capitalism”
By Janet Browning, 16 April 2020
“Politicians,” said Dr. Wijesooriya, “talk endlessly about the economy, stock markets and oil price. Meanwhile, the hospitals are understaffed.”
By our reporters, 15 April 2020
“If they ask me what is needed before the lockdown measures are lifted, I would definitely say health,” a Quebec construction worker told the WSWS.
By Mike Ingram, 13 April 2020
As COVID-19 spreads through nursing homes across New England, inspections reveal that two out of three Massachusetts facilities broke rules for preventing outbreaks.
By Margot Miller, 10 April 2020
“Doctors have to explain to patients over 70, with no underlying health issues, that the doctor has to make a decision to sign a do-not-resuscitate order, because there are no ventilators”—NHS doctor
By Laura Tiernan and Michael Barnes, 10 April 2020
London bus drivers told the World Socialist Web Site that the lack of basic safety being enforced by the private bus operators, Transport for London, and the unions is putting lives at risk.
“Managers, directors and council leaders should be held to account if people become ill or die”
By our correspondent, 9 April 2020
The WSWS spoke to a children’s social worker in a Local Authority in northern England about the conditions she and her clients face amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A devastating blow financially and emotionally”
By Elliott Murtagh, 9 April 2020
The deepening crisis has left musicians and DJs across the United States, most of whom are part of the gig economy, reeling.
By Benjamin Mateus, 6 April 2020
Miguel, a third-year resident in internal medicine at a community hospital in the Bronx, spoke to the WSWS on the experiences of health care workers and patients.
By Benjamin Mateus, 3 April 2020
Four doctors who went through the worst of the COVID-19 epidemic in China recently spoke with the WSWS about their experiences and the lessons for the wider world.
By our reporter, 3 April 2020
“Now we face this COVID-19 pandemic which demonstrates tragically that the armored tanks of the police and warships of the Navy are incapable of saving lives.”
“We should be the ones deciding how this could be run to be safe for us”
By Douglas Lyons and Samuel Davidson, 31 March 2020
Workers at the JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island, New York walked out Monday to protest the prevailing conditions.
“This is a worldwide medical emergency and we shouldn’t put our frontline NHS staff at risk” UK doctor in forensic pathology speaks to WSWS
By our correspondent, 31 March 2020
The doctor raised concerns about the Johnson government’s failures in combating the virus, including a lack of personal protective equipment and its impact on the safety and morale of National Health Service workers in Britain.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The WSWS spoke to three physicians as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate in the United States.
By Tom Hall, 24 March 2020
The order exempts “critical manufacturing” as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security, setting the stage for a return to work in the plants weeks before the lockdown order expires.
Florida residents on COVID-19 pandemic: “There is no way we can go longer than a month at this rate.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 March 2020
Workers and students spoke with the WSWS about lack of supplies, limited testing, and growing concerns over the economic, social, and health impact on their families and friends.
Retired UK welfare advice worker Terry Craven: “If they are going to build a herd immunity, they already know it’s going to kill thousands of people”
By our reporters, 20 March 2020
Retired welfare advice worker Terry Craven contacted the WSWS to express his concerns about the lack of provision for people in the UK on social security benefits showing symptoms of Covid-19.
By Kathleen Martin, 18 March 2020
Millions of predominantly low-wage workers across the US find themselves suddenly without a source of income and must figure out how to survive without any emergency savings.
“They will keep doing this unless we stop production on our own”
By Tom Hall, 17 March 2020
Autoworkers continued to flood the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter with comments denouncing the decision by the companies and the UAW to maintain full production in the midst of a deadly pandemic.
By our reporters, 17 March 2020
Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site spoke to two medical doctors on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting Britain’s National Health Service and their concerns for the future.
70th Berlin International Film Festival
An interview with Vanessa Lapa, director of Speer Goes to Hollywood: “We have to take the danger of rewriting history very seriously.”
By Verena Nees, 11 March 2020
The WSWS spoke to Vanessa Lapa, whose film documents the career of Hitler’s favorite architect, Albert Speer, and dispels the mythology that still surrounds him.
By our reporting team, 29 February 2020
“It’s time for all workers—teachers and workers from the railway and the banks—to fight together and not be divided by their professions or trade unions.”
“If you are not cheating, you are not doing your job” – Amazon manager
By Ed Hightower, Kranti Kumara and Hiram Lee, 28 February 2020
A WSWS reporting team travelled to Spartanburg and met with several Amazon workers, past and present, to discuss their reactions the coverage by the WSWS of conditions at the Amazon warehouse in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Interviews from SEP (UK) public rally
“The working class needs to demand that Assange is released, not that the ruling class do it on their behalf”
By our reporters, 28 February 2020
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending the public rally held by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in defence of Julian Assange on Sunday in London.
“They would privatize everything if they could.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 24 February 2020
“We can’t teach lessons anymore because class sizes and conditions have gotten so bad,” said a veteran teacher with 27 years’ experience who participated in Friday’s mass rally outside the Ontario legislature.
By Robert Stevens, 19 February 2020
Claire Mercer is leading a fight to end the use of “smart motorways” after her husband, Jason, was tragically killed on a smart motorway near Sheffield, on June 7, 2019.
18 February 2020
John Fea interviewed Mackaman on his podcast “The Way of Improvement Leads Home.”
Interview with international model Andreja Pejic: “I think standing behind Assange and Manning is where we should all be”
By Sue Phillips and Will Marshall, 7 February 2020
The WSWS spoke with Andreja Pejic about the campaign to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and broader political issues.
By our reporters, 3 February 2020
Residents from New South Wales’ South Coast and Blue Mountains areas praise volunteers, and describe the struggle to rebuild after the fires.
By Sue Phillips, 30 January 2020
“It is very difficult to understand the complexities of a classroom until you’ve been in and taught in that classroom and you’ve tried to manage perhaps 28 or 32 students, all with varying needs.”
the editorial board, 27 January 2020
The 95-year-old Esther Bejarano was among the few who survived the living hell of Auschwitz.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 January 2020
Norwood Jewell will spend 15 months in a cottage in a minimum security prison nicknamed “the University.”
By Trévon Austin, 17 January 2020
“We know who war benefits. It benefits the rich, and it’s always the poor and the working class who suffer the consequences. My father fought in World War II and the Korean War and it totally destroyed him.”
By our reporters, 17 January 2020
“Governments are definitely not looking after us—there’s too many hidden agendas—and things are not being done to make sure we’ve got adequate power or water.”
By our reporters, 16 January 2020
“Volunteers are dwindling in numbers and the average age is increasing. You can’t go flogging these people for 11 weeks of fire fighting.”
“Why should we follow these politicians who want us to kill each other for corporate profits?”
By our reporters, 15 January 2020
Three decades of disastrous wars have produced popular skepticism to the official propaganda machine and opposition to the launching of new wars.
”We don’t trust any government institution”
By Kayla Costa, 15 January 2020
Workers and youth spoke to the WSWS about the relation of government negligence to widespread corruption, the similar response after Hurricane Maria, and the defense of profit interests before human need.
By our correspondents, 14 January 2020
Striking workers discussed with the WSWS the central political issues in the struggle against the Modi government and its program of austerity and communal reaction.
Australia: Kinglake residents speak on government inaction 11 years after Black Saturday blaze killed 173
By our reporters, 14 January 2020
One resident stated: “I don’t care which party they are from—Labor, Liberal, whatever—these politicians only look after their pockets.”
“Everyone is saying this government has to go”
By Margaret Rees, 10 January 2020
“The amount of money they spend on submarines and fighter planes. It should be spent on internal water bombers and resources.”
By our reporters, 9 January 2020
One resident of Balmoral, a village in NSW, stated: “We’ve been through tough times before but nothing like this. The size of fires is unprecedented. All the resources are stretched to breaking point.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 28 December 2019
Thousands of Tamil Nadu residents demonstrate across the south Indian state in defiance of government and police repression.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 December 2019
Workers, students, teachers and “yellow vest” protesters came to support the strike, which has lasted since December 5 and shut down rail transport across France.
“Reinventing the past to suit the purposes of the present”
By Tom Mackaman, 20 December 2019
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with Professor Reed at his University of Pennsylvania office.
20 December 2019
“The Socialist Equality Party has one goal and that’s what I feel most inclined toward, the class struggle”
By our reporters, 11 December 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to some of those who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s general election rally in London on Sunday.