Failed by the State co-director Daniel Renwick: “Every day I meet people who have been politicised and have a deeper consciousness”
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Daniel Renwick about the making of Failed by the State, a documentary on the Grenfell fire, and the attack launched against it by the Daily Beast and right-wing newspapers in Britain.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 February 2018
Beyond the derisory 1 percent wage increase, untenable social conditions and health care costs are motivating teachers to take up picket signs for the first time in three decades in West Virginia.
The unquiet death of a young Ford worker
By Jerry White, 12 February 2018
Nearly four months later, the circumstances surrounding the violent death of the 21-year-old temporary part-time worker remain unexplained.
A conversation with film historian Max Alvarez: How the #MeToo campaign echoes the McCarthyite witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s
“The climate is chillingly similar in terms of the massive capitulation and conformity”
By David Walsh, 8 February 2018
It is “Scoundrel Time” again in Hollywood, complete with denunciations, anonymous informants, humiliating “confessions,” trial by media and the banning of prominent performers.
“They chew you up and spit you out”
By our reporters, 6 February 2018
Workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant reacted to the continuing revelations in the UAW corruption scandal and denounced abuses by the union and management.
“The Conservatives don’t care how many people die so long as they line their pockets”
By our reporters, 5 February 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday’s demonstration in London to defend the NHS.
”You cannot disperse communities and expect people to be fine with that”
By our reporters, 19 January 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those protesting the gentrification plans being carried out in the Elephant and Castle area of south London.
“This is an outrage! The marshal should be arrested for assault”
By Nancy Hanover, 12 January 2018
The arrest and jailing of Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave has prompted outrage throughout the US and internationally.
An interview with Javier Luengo-Garrido, Coordinator at ACLU-Massachusetts’ Immigrant Protection Project
By Julian James, 10 January 2018
Luengo-Garrido is a coordinator at the ACLU’s Immigrant Protection Project in Northampton, Massachusetts. He spoke to the WSWS about the recent announcement by the Trump Administration to deport over 200,00 Salvadorans over the next 18 months.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 January 2018
WSWS reporters spoke with several striking bus workers in Chennai who are engaged in the bitter struggle with the Tamil Nadu state government for higher wages.
“The government got to do whatever it wanted to do”
An interview with Mark Flessner, attorney for Davino Watson, US citizen illegally imprisoned by ICE for more than three years
By Nick Barrickman, 5 January 2018
Watson was denied damages from the US government on the grounds that a two-year statute of limitation for suing the government had elapsed while he had been detained.
By Tim Rivers, 29 December 2017
The worker welcomed the rebellion against the Romanian union bureaucrats, stating, “I am sure that up and down the line, the whole union chain of command was bought and paid for.”
“The government has done nothing”
By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 28 December 2017
The economic devastation of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria continues to escalate three months after the storm made landfall in late September.
By Eric London, 27 December 2017
“We have a corrupt union that works for the company.”
By our reporters, 20 December 2017
A diverse cross-section of workers, students and young people attended Socialist Equality Party meetings [link] in Sydney and in Wellington, New Zealand, last week, entitled “100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today.” A number spoke to reporters from the WSWS.
By our reporters, 9 December 2017
When reporters for the International Amazon Workers Voice interviewed part-time Amazon workers in Baltimore to discuss their attitude toward Bezos’ ill-gotten fortune, they were met with a torrent of disgust and calls for sharing the wealth.
By our reporters, 7 December 2017
“People can’t afford to live in today’s world, and this is something that needs to be changed… fighting for socialism is not a lifestyle, it’s a fight for survival.”
“Management tells the UAW what to do and they say, ‘Okay!’”
By Marcus Day, 5 December 2017
Ford Chicago Assembly workers denounced the grueling working conditions of TPTs which had led to the death of 21-year-old Coby Hennings six weeks ago at Woodhaven Stamping near Detroit.
“The Bolshevik Revolution liberated art and artists”
By Paul Mitchell, 30 November 2017
Curator Peter Waldron spoke to the WSWS about the Radical Russia: Art, Culture and Revolution exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich and the Royal Fabergé exhibition running in parallel.
By our correspondents, 27 November 2017
At voting stations in working class Inala, people spoke about the conditions they face and their distrust in the political system.
“It’s like organized crime”
By Nick Rodriguez, 17 November 2017
The profits of auto parts makers are based on the super-exploitation of a layer of low-wage workers, many of whom pay dues to the United Auto Workers.
“The sad thing is that there are so many people like me in that system”
By Nick Barrickman, 4 November 2017
Watson has been denied the right to sue for damages incurred while he was illegally imprisoned by ICE for over three years.
By Michelle Stevens, 26 October 2017
”People are often embarrassed that they need help.”
By David Walsh, 23 October 2017
Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, has had many bitter experiences with the Democratic Party.
By Joanne Laurier, 19 October 2017
Natalie Gregorarz, a 27 year-old artist from the Detroit area, was one of the artists involved in the making of Loving Vincent.
By David North, 6 October 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges talks with the WSWS about the anti-Russia campaign, the attack on democratic rights, and the role of the capitalist media.
By our reporters, 3 October 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to those attending Saturday’s anti-austerity protest in Manchester.
By a WSWS reporting team, 2 October 2017
Working people at a South Bronx event to collect aid for people in the US territory spoke to the WSWS about their anger over the Trump administration’s lack of response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which struck nearly two weeks ago.
“We need help and the politicians are ignoring us”
By Jerry White, 2 October 2017
Residents of Arroyo on the southeastern shore of the island described the lack of water, electricity and other basic necessities.
“The contract should be null and void”
By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2017
Workers at Fiat Chrysler in Detroit reacted angrily to revelations that top UAW officials received illegal payouts from management to keep them “fat, dumb and happy.”
By Norisa Diaz, 28 September 2017
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at the US/Mexico border during the closure last weekend of the busiest border crossing in the world.
By our correspondents, 27 September 2017
The speeches to the Berlin meeting by leading members of the Fourth International from Germany, Britain, France and the US were closely followed by the audience and found a very positive response.
“Dad, mom, the police are here”
By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017
The WSWS spoke to immigrants and witnesses of an ICE raid at a migrant labor camp in Western Michigan.
Interview with attorney for family of Anthony Lamar Smith:
By Ed Hightower, 25 September 2017
“The whole package of justice in this case, not just the criminal case but in the civil remedies… was compromised.”
By our reporter, 18 September 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.
By Matthew Taylor, 15 September 2017
The storm knocked out power for 60 percent of the city, some 288,000 homes, according to the Jacksonville Electrical Authority, the utility company that provides power for the region.
By Tom Hall reporting from Houston, 14 September 2017
Houston’s business community is eager to move evacuees out of the city’s convention centers as quickly as possible in order to resume their lucrative tourist operations.
By our reporters, 11 September 2017
The Department of Homeland Security will not accept any more applications for deportation protection, while those already enrolled will begin losing coverage in six months.
Miles of devastation along Braes Bayou in Houston
By Charles Abelard, 7 September 2017
A reader who has lived in Houston for four decades surveys some of the damage left behind by unprecedented flood waters along the Braes Bayou.
By our reporters, 6 September 2017
Demonstrators marched throughout the US Tuesday to protest the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and defend an estimated 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants.
By our reporters, 6 September 2017
“As long as the rich people, special interests and the establishment are ruling, then there will always be a cover-up.”
“I grew to call the oil industry the rape, pillage and plunder industry”
Former Shell Oil civil engineer and Berkeley Professor Emeritus Robert Bea speaks on Hurricane Harvey
By Barry Grey, 1 September 2017
Robert Bea, a retired civil engineer, has had a long career in the fields of flood control and risk assessment and management.
By our reporters, 25 August 2017
A number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire attended and spoke at the August 19 public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in London.
Worker at SEP public meeting on the Grenfell Tower fire: “We are working class and we always suffer. A few people who are rich, they call the shots.”
By our reporters, 24 August 2017
Delroy, from Wembley in northwest London, spoke to the WSWS following the August 19 public meeting on Grenfell Tower.
Grenfell Tower fire: “I believe that it is social cleansing, and we are now seeing the result of it”
By our reporters, 18 August 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to residents of Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire and the SEP’s public meeting to be held Saturday.
By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2017
The WSWS spoke to protesters outside a campaign-style rally addressed by President Donald Trump last week.
By our reporters, 4 August 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to former Grenfell Tower residents about Kensington and Chelsea’s rehousing offer.
“You have to be rich to have a voice”
By our reporters, 1 August 2017
Workers and young people spoke out about the parallels between the fire in London and unsafe building practices in Australia.
“This is a crime of capitalism against the working class”
By our reporters, 19 July 2017
People attending the local fundraising event in West London for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.
AmazonFresh worker reveals: Amazon illegally keeps workers in a freezer for over two hours at a time
By Alex González, 18 July 2017
A worker reported that Amazon’s food delivery service forces many of its employees to work in sub-freezing temperatures for longer than legally allowed.
By our reporters, 17 July 2017
Coolaroo and Dallas residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters, denouncing government and environmental protection authorities over their response to the SKM Recycling plant fire last Thursday.
By our reporters, 12 July 2017
“Fire safety is more important than the façade of a building,” building inspector says.
By our reporters, 12 July 2017
The WSWS spoke to train commuters in New York City about the dangers and frustrating conditions that have overwhelmed the mass transit system in recent months.
Camden residents: “You cannot trust them now because of Grenfell. It’s never going to be the same again”
By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to tenants in the Blashford tower block about the Grenfell fire and the situation they face.
“It is so difficult to bear the uncertainty of the future”
By Genevieve Leigh, 7 July 2017
WSWS reporters speak with a recently deported Mexican immigrant about his experiences in detention facilities and life after deportation.
By our reporters, 6 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to London residents on Bramley Road, near Grenfell Tower.
By our reporters, 5 July 2017
Residents at Lancaster West spoke about the tragedy, their disbelief in the official death toll, and the conditions workers throughout the area have faced since the deadly inferno.
“There are people who died in there—and they’re not telling us who they are.”
By our reporters, 4 July 2017
Residents of the Lancaster West housing estate near Grenfell Tower talked to the World Socialist Web Site about the June 14 fire in London.
“People died because they used cheap cladding. It’s like war between rich and poor”
By our reporters, 3 July 2017
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed some of those participating in Saturday’s anti-austerity demonstration. Dominating the thoughts of those who attended was the Grenfell Tower inferno and its implications.
By our reporters, 3 July 2017
Those who spoke to the WSWS drew parallels between the London fire and the undermining of building regulations in Australia.
By our reporters, 3 July 2017
Subway workers and passengers spoke about the dangers due to decay of the transit system.
"The rich want families with low income out”
By our reporters, 28 June 2017
Residents near the burnt-out Grenfell Tower spoke about the gaping social divide in London and the responsibility of the Tories and Labourites for this horrific loss of life.
By Sheila Brehm and Phyllis Steele, 28 June 2017
Residents in Flint, Michigan, said the Grenfell Tower fire, like the lead poisoning of their city, was the result of politicians subordinating the needs of the population to private profit.
Lawyer for framed up Maruti Suzuki workers: The court “committed violence” to the “principles” of law
By our correspondents, 27 June 2017
Rebecca John, who represented the Maruti Suzuki workers in the final stages of their four-and-a-half-year-long court case, spoke with the WSWS last month as she completed work on an appeal.
By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 20 June 2017
Reporters for the WSWS spoke to young people and other attendees at the People’s Summit.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 10 June 2017
Spectrum workers in the third month of a strike in New York and New Jersey are being isolated by the unions, whose strategy is based on useless appeals to the Democratic Party.
By our reporters, 10 June 2017
A former “picker” was given little training and did not meet Amazon’s required time targets, so he was fired.
By our reporters, 20 May 2017
“I feel as though we’re teaching to a test, and not spending enough time on building our relationship with our students, and building on their strengths.”
By our reporters, 18 May 2017
Teachers who attended recent delegates meetings on the new enterprise agreement voiced support for a “No” vote.
“There is an air of worker rebellion in India and China”
By Jerry White, 4 May 2017
Brooklyn College Professor Immanuel Ness, who has written extensively on the class struggle in India, was part of a team that investigated the persecution of the Maruti Suzuki workers.
“The politicians in Flint, Lansing and Washington—they’re all for capitalism”
By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2017
A retired autoworker reflects on three years of the Flint water crisis.
People get “melted into burning pools of fat”
By Bryan Dyne, 27 April 2017
Michael Mills has spent nearly a decade modeling the climatic effects of what the US military would consider a “limited nuclear war.”
“In a nuclear war between the US and Russia, everybody in the world would die”
By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 15 April 2017
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with Steven Starr and Greg Mello, both experts on the consequences of nuclear war.
By our correspondents, 11 April 2017
Workers in Chennai spoke out in defence of the jailed auto workers.
By our reporters, 24 March 2017
Brazil’s unions and pseudo-left are attempting to channel growing social discontent with the Temer government’s anti-working class measures towards the 2018 elections.
By Warren Duzak, 21 March 2017
Trump’s visit to Nashville attracted long lines of supporters together with some 2,500 demonstrators protesting his attacks on health care, education and immigrants.
By Dietmar Henning and Daniel Woreck, 14 March 2017
A WSWS reporting team visited the Dutch town of Venlo in the run-up to Wednesday’s national election.
By Phyllis Steele, 13 March 2017
Public school teachers are being scapegoated for the school problems produced by poverty and decades of educational cutbacks.
By our reporters, 6 March 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those attending Saturday’s protest in defence of the National Health Service.
By our reporters, 28 February 2017
Workers and young people who attended the meetings spoke about the dangers of a nuclear conflict, the developing political radicalization in the US and internationally, and the need for a socialist movement of the working class.
By Zac Corrigan and Kevin Martinez, 13 February 2017
An undergraduate student at San Diego State University tells of the effect on her family of President Trump’s executive orders targeting refugees and immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries.
By our reporters, 6 February 2017
Protesters were animated by opposition to the persecution of refugees, the eruption of militarism and war and the growth of far-right movements around the world.
By our reporters, 1 February 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to anti-Donald Trump protesters at Monday evening’s demonstrations across Britain.
An interview with scientist and anti-nuclear activist Steven Starr
By Bryan Dyne, 19 January 2017
The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Steven Starr, an expert on the dangers of nuclear war.
By our reporting team, 18 January 2017
Transit workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site after the Transport Workers Union announced a deal for a new four-year agreement covering 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
By our reporters, 16 January 2017
The latest measures are part of a decades-long assault on energy workers in the Latrobe Valley and nationally with the collaboration of the unions.
“The union is not for us”
By Shannon Jones, 14 January 2017
With layoffs scheduled for March 5, workers are facing temporary plant closures that play havoc with their lives and finances.
By our reporters, 19 December 2016
The Socialist Equality Party spoke to some of those attending the lecture by WSWS Chairman David North on “The causes and consequences of Trump’s election: Where is America going?”
By our reporters, 13 December 2016
Those attending the SEP meetings voiced their concerns about Trump’s extreme-right political agenda and the social and political issues confronting workers in the US and internationally.
New study of American novelist
By David Walsh, 1 December 2016
Tony J. Williams has written a new study of the American novelist, James Jones (1921–77), best known for From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, The Thin Red Line and the posthumously published Whistle.
By our reporters, 15 November 2016
Many noted that Trump’s victory was a product of the deepening social crisis and a breakdown of American democracy.
By Zac Hambides, 10 November 2016
Protest organisers made futile appeals to the Turnbull government and Labor, the very agencies responsible for the escalating persecution of the asylum seekers.
By our reporters, 7 November 2016
Many spoke out against Trump and Clinton, who they correctly see as representatives of the banks and big business.
By Evan Winters, 3 November 2016
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on the importance public access to arts, especially in schools, after a Halloween-themed concert to support striking orchestra musicians. Over sixty musicians played to an enthusiastic audience of 350.
By Phyllis Steele, 18 October 2016
Teachers rejected a contract backed by the unions and the entire political establishment that would accelerate the attack on public education.
By our reporters, 3 October 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to teachers during a September 22 rally called by the APEOESP (Sao Paulo’s State School Teachers Union) and the CUT (the Confederation of Workers).
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2016
Faculty and students spoke with the WSWS about LIU’s lockout of 400 faculty members at the beginning of the fall semester.
By Ron Jorgenson, 6 September 2016
Nurses in Minneapolis are fighting against management demands that would cut their own health benefits and make it more difficult for them to provide quality health services.
By Eric London, 1 September 2016
Novelist Roy Scranton spoke with the WSWS about his debut novel, War Porn, and the role of art in opposing war.
By Max Newman, 29 August 2016
More than 100 ex-staff members have risked lengthy jail sentences to protest against the treatment of asylum seekers incarcerated on remote Pacific islands.