By an SEP campaign team, 24 September 2012
Prior to Saturday’s meeting in Los Angeles, Scherrer and SEP supporters campaigned among working class and youth in the area.
Toronto International Film Festival 2012—Part 1
By David Walsh, 22 September 2012
The Toronto International Film Festival screened some 372 films this year from 72 countries. This year’s festival and the general state of the film world present a sharper contradiction than ever.
By Patrick Martin, 22 September 2012
Life expectancy is falling for significant sections of the working class in the United States, and in some cases has reverted to levels not seen in half a century.
By Alex Lantier, 22 September 2012
US officials believe the Benghazi attack is the work of Al Qaeda-linked forces backed by Washington during last year’s war in Libya.
Amid renewed signs of economic slump
By Andre Damon, 22 September 2012
Bank of America, one of the largest retail banks, plans to lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.
By John Andrews, 22 September 2012
President Obama has filed an appeal to overturn a lower court ruling that invalidated on constitutional grounds the recently enacted law authorizing the indefinite military detention of alleged terrorists.
By Samuel Davidson, 22 September 2012
The 44,000 communication workers should reject the tentative contract negotiated between Verizon, the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Oppose the Ford “pattern” of two-tier wages and concessions:
By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 22 September 2012
Workers at the Canadian operations of the Detroit Three should reject the sell-out contracts that the CAW has reached with Ford and GM, launch strike action and fight for the industrial and political mobilization of auto workers across North America.
By Jerry White and Joseph Kishore, 21 September 2012
Chicago teachers returned to work on Wednesday after the House of Delegates voted to end their strike. For nine days, the 26,000 teachers waged a courageous struggle in defense of public education. The fight pitted teachers not only against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but the Obama administration, both big business parties and, most importantly, the Chicago Teachers Union itself.
By Shannon Jones, 21 September 2012
According to a survey just published by Forbes magazine, the net wealth of the richest Americans rose by 13 percent in 2012 at the same time that median wealth for households is plummeting
By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2012
Washington has stepped up threats to cut off aid to Iraq over its alleged complicity in Iranian arms shipments to Syria.
By Bryan Dyne, 21 September 2012
The Obama administration has ruled that young undocumented immigrants approved for its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will not be eligible for federal health care benefits.
By Samuel Davidson, 21 September 2012
In making the announcement, the company stated that it plans to shift production from less profitable thermal coal to the more profitable metallurgical coal.
By Andre Damon, 20 September 2012
American Airlines, the third-largest US airline, announced Tuesday that it plans to send layoff notices to over 11,000 mechanics, ground workers and other support personnel as part of its bankruptcy court-mediated restructuring.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 September 2012
Chicago teachers returned to work on Wednesday, one day after the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) succeeded in passing a motion to end the strike at a House of Delegates meeting.
By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2012
In the wake of mass anti-US protests in the Muslim world, American cable and broadcast news programs have largely dropped coverage of the war in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2012
An explosion that ripped through a Patrollers Mexicanos (PEMEX) gas facility in northeastern Mexico near the US border has left as many as 34 workers dead and dozens more injured.
By Alan Gilman, 20 September 2012
The National Football League lockout of its on-field officials continues into the third week of the NFL season.
By our reporters, 20 September 2012
Phyllis Scherrer began her West Coast campaign by addressing a meeting of workers and students at San Diego State University.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 September 2012
The Chicago Teachers Union succeeded in obtaining a vote by 800 delegates who met Tuesday evening to end the nine-day strike.
By Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2012
This statement was distributed outside of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meeting on Tuesday, called to decide whether to continue the strike.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2012
A steady escalation of so-called insider attacks has forced the Pentagon to suspend joint patrols and combat training with Afghan security forces.
By Carl Bronski, 19 September 2012
The tentative agreement the Canadian Auto Workers has reached with Ford locks in all the cuts agreed to in 2009 and contains major new concessions.
By Barry Grey, 19 September 2012
The video of a Mitt Romney fundraiser posted Monday has provided a revealing glimpse of what the financial magnates think and what they say to one another in the privacy of their board rooms and mansions.
By our reporters, 19 September 2012
The Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for vice-president, Phyllis Scherrer, campaigned in San Diego this week, the first of a series of cities she will visit on the West Coast.
By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2012
The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates is set to vote today on continuing or ending the strike, with city officials holding out the threat of a court injunction.
By Jerry White, 18 September 2012
The Chicago teachers’ strike, which entered its second week on Monday, has laid bare the social and political dynamic of the United States.
By Sandy English, 18 September 2012
The New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested nearly 200 protesters on Monday as they attempted to surround the New York Stock Exchange and block traffic in the city’s financial district.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 September 2012
A new study finds one in seven young adults in the US are socially “disconnected,” being neither employed nor receiving an education.
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.
By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2012
Members of Pipefitters Local 636 in the Metropolitan Detroit area, on strike since July 9, held an expanded picket of the Mechanical Contractors Association Monday.
18 September 2012
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Mayor threatens injunction
By Joseph Kishore, 17 September 2012
The vote by teachers Sunday is a blow to the Chicago Teachers Union leadership, which is seeking to push through a contract that accepts all of the major demands of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Latest moves by Fed and European Central Bank
By Nick Beams, 17 September 2012
The actions of the world’s major central banks signify that there is no prospect of a return to what were once considered “normal” conditions.
By Socialist Equality Party, 17 September 2012
This statement was distributed to Chicago teachers attending a delegates meeting to decide on whether or not the strike of 26,000 teachers should be ended.
Seven weeks before US election
By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2012
There appears to be a tilt towards Obama in key ruling class circles, expressed in the media, a series of favorable court decisions and hefty fundraising.
By Eric London, 17 September 2012
With the US general election less than two months away, right-wing groups are waging a nationwide campaign to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of working class, minority voters.
By our reporters, 17 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential and vice presidential candidates Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer campaigned among striking teachers in Chicago over the weekend.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 September 2012
At a delegates meeting on Sunday, the Chicago Teachers Union will seek to push through an agreement that accepts all the essential demands of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
By Sampath Perera, 15 September 2012
The US designation of the Haqqani Network as a terrorist group intensifies pressure on Pakistani and US forces to attack it inside Pakistan.
By Ed Hightower, 15 September 2012
Charged with gang activity and murder, active duty soldiers who were members of the militia group are said to have discussed seizing control of their fort and overthrowing the US government.
By Eric Marquis, 15 September 2012
The election of a big business Parti Québecois government has been welcomed by Quebec’s student associations, including CLASSE, the student group that led the six-month student strike.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 15 September 2012
The poverty report released Wednesday by the US Census Bureau is another refutation of the Obama administration’s claims to be working to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.
Chicago teachers: Reject the contract betrayal! Broaden the fight to defend jobs and public schools!
Statement by Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White
By Statement by Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White, 15 September 2012
The following statement is being distributed at a rally Saturday of Chicago teachers called by the Chicago Teachers Union.
By Joseph Kishore, 14 September 2012
Chicago Teachers Union officials indicated on Thursday that they are moving quickly to wrap up negotiations with the Chicago Public Schools and end a strike by 36,000 teachers.
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 September 2012
Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site campaigned at picket lines and at the mass rally in downtown Chicago on the fourth day of the Chicago teachers strike. .
By Nick Beams, 14 September 2012
Yesterday’s announcement is the most open-ended commitment given by the Fed to bolster financial markets since the crisis began four years ago.
By Carl Bronski, 14 September 2012
The Canadian Auto Workers union has agreed to a major expansion of two-tier wages and other concessions in ongoing contract negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers.
By Kevin Martinez and Juan Verala Luz, 14 September 2012
A survey released last week by the California Community Colleges system documents the desperate state of two-year colleges in the state.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2012
The death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya is a consequence of the bloody and murderous role of imperialism in that region and throughout the world.
Talk by socialist candidate evokes lively discussion
By Shannon Jones, 14 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke on his recent tour of Europe and Sri Lanka at Wayne State University Wednesday, evoking a lively discussion.
By Patrick Martin, 13 September 2012
The Chicago teachers have courageously defied the gang-up of both corporate-controlled parties—the Democrats and Republicans—together with the media and the financial elite.
By Joseph Kishore, 13 September 2012
A central issue in the struggle of Chicago teachers is the plan by the city, backed by the Obama administration, to privatize large sections of the school district.
By Barry Grey, 13 September 2012
The Census Bureau’s annual survey of poverty in America presented a nightmarish picture of social conditions in the US.
“The conditions for students are horrible”
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.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 September 2012
The strike by 26,000 Chicago teachers completed its second day on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters gathered at a mass rally in downtown Chicago, filling several city blocks.
By Bryan Dyne, 12 September 2012
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Chicago teachers on the second day of their strike.
By Mark Church, 12 September 2012
The Chinese missile tests are a response to the US military build-up in Asia and fears that China’s nuclear arsenal is vulnerable to an American “first strike.”
By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2012
The 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks passed with diminished official commemoration, as attempts to exploit the tragedy as a pretext for Washington’s wars have grown ever more hollow.
By an SEP campaign team, 12 September 2012
In discussions with striking Chicago teachers Tuesday, SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer addressed the political issues in their struggle.
By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2012
In the wake of the vote by Chrysler Dundee Engine Plant workers to reject their local contract in Michigan the United Auto Workers called off a scheduled local contract vote at the Jeep complex in Toledo, Ohio.
By Carl Bronski, 12 September 2012
Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler are standing firm in their demand for sweeping contract concessions—including permanent two-tier wages and the scrapping of a defined pension benefits plan—from their more 20,000 Canadian workers.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 September 2012
The strike pits the more than 25,000 teachers against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Obama administration and the entire political establishment.
By Barry Grey, 11 September 2012
With the completion of the Democratic and Republican conventions, the presidential campaigns of the two corporate-controlled parties have shifted into high gear.
By Oliver Richards, 11 September 2012
California’s utilities monitoring agency has accused more companies of swindling the state’s electricity market since charges were filed against JPMorgan in July.
By Peter Symonds, 11 September 2012
Far from being a voice of moderation, Clinton used her trip to further undermine and isolate China, stoking disputes particularly over the South China Sea.
11 September 2012
The World Socialist Web Site received this letter from the mother of Milton Hall, who was killed by Saginaw police July 1.
By Andre Damon, 10 September 2012
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities released a report last Friday showing that cuts in jobless pay and the layoff of public-sector workers threw over 1.5 million people into poverty last year.
By Kristina Betinis, 10 September 2012
Negotiations between the Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the country, and the Chicago Teachers Union broke off Sunday evening, sending thousands of teachers to the picket lines.
By Niall Green, 10 September 2012
The Obama administration is intensifying its bloody campaign in the impoverished Middle Eastern country of Yemen.
By Charles Abelard, 10 September 2012
Austin police detectives infiltrated a protest at the Port of Houston and advised the young protesters to use illegal equipment, resulting in felony charges after their arrest.
By Allison Smith and Rafael Azul, 10 September 2012
The administration of Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic Party controlled legislature are intensifying the practice of raiding special funds, including some that provide vital services to Californians.
By Joseph Kishore, 10 September 2012
With the conclusion of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the US presidential elections are entering their final phase.
By our correspondents, 10 September 2012
On Saturday, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White addressed an audience of 170 at the historic Humboldt University in Berlin.
By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2012
David Ignatius of the Washington Post draws a revealing parallel between the CIA operation in Afghanistan in the 1980s and the current war in Syria.
By Andre Damon, 8 September 2012
Less than 12 hours after US President Barack Obama gave his speech at the Democratic National Convention, a disastrous jobs report released Friday shattered the administration’s pretenses of an “economic recovery.”
By Barry Grey, 8 September 2012
Barack Obama's speech Thursday night accepting the Democratic Party's nomination provided a fittingly cynical and demagogic conclusion to two weeks of media-scripted conventions staged by the two official parties.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2012
Washington is rushing a beefed-up contingent of CIA operatives to the border between Turkey and Syria in a bid to escalate the war for regime change.
By Ed Patrick, 8 September 2012
Canada’s Conservative government is continuing the decade-long vendetta Canadian and U.S. authorities have mounted against Omar Khadr, the “child soldier” who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay for the past decade.
By Bryan Dyne, 8 September 2012
US Steel and the United Steelworkers union on Sunday announced a tentative concessions agreement affecting 16,000 USW members.
By David Brown, 8 September 2012
Proposition 30 will raise taxes on the working class in California without ending the cuts to education and social services.
US political conventions
By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2012
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans could honestly address the crisis of the profit system and its impact on working people.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2012
Former President Bill Clinton’s speech, in common with the entire narrative created by the Democrats to reelect Obama, was an exercise in fantasy and myth-making.
By Ed Hightower, 7 September 2012
A federal court has refused to block enforcement of the most draconian section of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law directing police to determine the status of people they stop while enforcing traffic regulations or other laws.
By Kate Randall, 7 September 2012
A USDA study shows that one in six people in the US lives in a household that is at risk for hunger.
By Shannon Jones, 7 September 2012
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation this week requiring public school employees to contribute more toward their pensions and eliminating paid retiree health care benefits for new-hires.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 September 2012
The new revelations of CIA waterboarding of Libyan detainees underscore the criminality of US foreign policy and both major political parties.
By our reporter, 7 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate Jerry White addressed an attentive audience of more than 60 workers, retirees, students and youth in London Thursday evening.
By Andre Damon, 6 September 2012
As students start the new school year across North America and Europe, young people face mass unemployment, renewed attacks on education, and poverty.
By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2012
Paid scriptwriters have produced nearly every word spoken in the course of the three-day convention.
By Keith Jones, 6 September 2012
The Parti Québécois has won enough seats to form a minority government, ending nine years’ of Liberal rule.
By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2012
The blunt reactions of Chinese officials and the media point to deepening resentment at the Obama administration’s aggressive intervention into the region.
By Ed Hightower, 6 September 2012
Thousands of residents in communities outside of New Orleans remain in shelters, unable to return to homes that remain submerged in up to ten feet of water.
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.
By Julien Kiemle, 6 September 2012
California’s Democratic-controlled legislature overwhelmingly passed a drastic pension reform bill and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown last Friday.
First night of Democratic convention
By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2012
Speaker after speaker praised the auto bailout, which resulted in the slashing of wages and benefits and the destruction of tens of thousands of jobs.
By our correspondents, 5 September 2012
Around one thousand people took part in a demonstration through the center of Frankfurt September 1 under the slogan: “Stop the war! Hands off Syria.”
By Hector Cordon, 5 September 2012
A Missouri letter carrier’s death in July was due to extreme heat exposure, a medical examiner has determined.
By Don Knowland, 5 September 2012
California’s Democratic governor and legislators, with the collusion of major unions, have gutted the compensation and medical benefits of injured workers.
By Rafael Azul, 5 September 2012
On August 24, Mexican police shot and wounded two American CIA agents.