International Youth and Students for Social Equality

No masks, crowded hallways

Georgia highschoolers use social media to expose disastrous conditions as schools reopen

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020

Two students from Georgia’s North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.

New York University withholds completed dental degree, student facing deportation

By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020

Despite her completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because she is unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.

Two Florida teenagers die from COVID-19 as schools push to reopen

By Alex Johnson, 6 August 2020

These harrowing deaths come a month after a 9-year-old, Kimora Lynum, from Putman County, became the youngest child added to Florida’s COVID-19 death toll.

Resuming college football driven by financial interests

By Andy Thompson, 6 August 2020

In order to protect billions in revenue, US universities are resorting to threats and cover-ups to keep their plans to play football in the fall on track.

“How war and dictatorship are prepared at universities”

Well-attended online meeting concludes IYSSE election campaign at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By our reporters, 4 August 2020

“The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is one of the centres of German war weapons research,” IYSSE candidate Gregor Kahl told the meeting.

Universities prepare to blame students for COVID-19 outbreaks

By Trévon Austin, 1 August 2020

Universities are hoping the personal responsibility of students will be sufficient enough to contain outbreaks on campuses.

Report warns theft of international student wages in Australia set to worsen amid COVID-19

By Eric Ludlow, 30 July 2020

Many international students lost their casual jobs as a result of limited social distancing measures introduced in response to the spread of the coronavirus.

Australia: International students voice anger over wage theft, poor working conditions

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.”

Germany: Stop right-wing terror! IYSSE student parliament campaign at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

“The Secret Service is the cockpit of right-wing terrorism”

By our reporter, 30 July 2020

Last Friday, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) held their first online campaign rally as part of the student parliament election at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Report exposes crisis in American university health care systems as coronavirus cases skyrocket

By Joe Williams, 22 July 2020

The response of university administrators over the poor state of health care on college campuses is to seek immunity from any legal accountability.

Despite withdrawal of ICE ruling, international students in the US remain at risk

By Sam Dalton, 22 July 2020

Amid an intensifying anti-immigrant and anti-China campaign, Trump’s tactical retreat from the July 6 ruling putting international students at risk of deportation is not any cause for celebration.

Seventeen states and tens of universities file lawsuits against ICE attack on international students

By Sam Dalton, 14 July 2020

Even if the current set of lawsuits are successful, the immigration and educational rights of international students remain under threat.

Humboldt University student parliament condemns radical right-wing Professor Baberowski

By Helmut van Heiken, 13 July 2020

The representatives of over 30,000 students demanded that the university administration end its support for Baberowski and that he face consequences for threatening and assaulting students.

Demands mount for racial quotas at elite US universities

By Jonathan Burleigh, 13 July 2020

There is nothing democratic or progressive about the mandating of quotas of different races at schools or workplaces.

“A large-scale struggle and strong opposition is needed”

CUNY students and faculty call for resistance to layoffs and cuts

By Elliott Murtagh, 10 July 2020

The WSWS spoke to students and faculty at the City University of New York about recent austerity measures.

NTEU steps up collaboration with Australian university managements amid job cuts “tsunami”

By Mike Head, 10 July 2020

The union is pushing ahead with deals to impose unprecedented sacrifices on university workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students oppose Trump’s threat to deport international students

By our reporters, 9 July 2020

The Trump administration’s effort to use international students as a bargaining chip to force the reopening of colleges is part of a push to get the economy back open while also scapegoating immigrants for the pandemic.

Hands off international students! Oppose ICE deportation of foreign college students!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 8 July 2020

The Trump administration’s xenophobic attempts to terrorize and scapegoat international students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic must be opposed.

ICE threatens international students with deportation unless their college resumes in-person classes

By Sam Dalton, 7 July 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, an ICE rule change is forcing international students to risk their lives to stay in the US

City of Chicago announces plan for mass arrest and detention of youth over holiday weekend

By Andy Thompson, 2 July 2020

The plan for arrest and jailing of teenagers comes as the Lightfoot administration has stepped up policing in wake of recent protests and as President Trump urges Democratic leaders in Illinois to take “decisive action” against gun violence.

YDSA develops ties with SYRIZA youth, Greek party of austerity and police repression

By Sam Wayne, 27 June 2020

Members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America have published a joint statement with the youth section of SYRIZA, the “Coalition of the Radical Left.”

Voices of young protesters: Police violence, COVID-19 and the 2020 elections

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.

The fate of international students in the US in the era of COVID-19

By Sam Dalton, 10 June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic deepens the crisis of American society, US colleges and international students face a precarious future.

“I didn’t receive one warning”

Protester explains how he was brutally assaulted by Secret Service officials in Washington, D.C.

By Nick Barrickman, 6 June 2020

The demonstrator explained how federal officials provoked and then assaulted peaceful demonstrators outside the White House last weekend as protests against police brutality swept the country.

US colleges and universities continue jobs bloodbath as they press to open in the fall

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 June 2020

Colleges and universities are responding to severe budget shortfalls with mass layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts.

US colleges prepare full opening of campuses in the name of football

By Andy Thompson, 5 June 2020

Over the past several decades college sports has become a multibillion-dollar industry and has made athletics the center of revenue and funding plans in most major US universities.

Georgia police officers charged after brutal assault on college students returning from protest

By Dan Conway, 4 June 2020

The students were viciously assaulted returning from protests against the murder of George Floyd on Saturday night despite doing nothing to provoke the officers or arouse suspicion.

An interview with a university mental health professional

Anxiety, depression, loneliness grip millions of youth during pandemic

By Renae Cassimeda, 3 June 2020

The WSWS spoke with a university psychotherapist on the psychological impact of the pandemic on college students.

White House considers expelling Chinese graduate students and researchers

By Shuvu Batta, 29 May 2020

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to expel some three to five thousand Chinese graduate students and researchers.

City University of New York to lay off thousands of adjunct faculty amid financial crisis

By Elliott Murtagh, 29 May 2020

The City University of New York system is beginning to implement sweeping budget cuts triggered by New York state’s estimated $13.3 billion loss in tax revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unemployment skyrockets among youth

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 May 2020

A large body of research shows that young people, especially those without a college degree, are particularly vulnerable during economic downturns.

College students in New York City speak on the impact of the pandemic

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.

SEP (US) Presidential candidate Joseph Kishore to participate in IYSSE (Australia) online meeting tonight

20 April 2020

Nick Beams and Socialist Equality Party (Australia) assistant national-secretary Cheryl Crisp will conduct a conversation with Kishore, the SEP candidate for president of the United States.

IYSSE (Australia) lecture this Tuesday: Socialism versus identity politics and post-modernism

13 April 2020

Beams will explain that the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that the fundamental division in society is class, not gender, race or sexual orientation.

Strong response to Nick Beams’ IYSSE (Australia) online lecture on coronavirus pandemic

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 March 2020

The refusal of governments to take the necessary measures to address the pandemic, Beams stated, was inextricably tied to the systematic social attacks on the working class.

Turkish IYSSE’s intervention at Istanbul student conference wins warm response

By our reporter, 21 March 2020

The IYSSE presented the perspective of the world Trotskyist movement to a congress of economics students in Istanbul earlier this month.

German student newspaper “Unauf” defends far-right violence against students

the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 16 March 2020

Following the refusal of Humboldt University management to condemn the physical attack by right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski on a left-wing student, the “independent student newspaper at Humboldt University” has followed suit.

No to right-wing “anti-Semitism” lawsuit against New York University!

the IYSSE at New York University, 12 March 2020

The state-led campaign against BDS and the lawsuit at NYU are an assault on democratic rights having nothing to do with the fight against anti-Semitism.

Monday, February 24 at 7 PM eastern

David North and Joseph Kishore to address live stream campaign town hall meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By the Socialist Equality Party (US), 22 February 2020

The working class is the social force that can replace capitalism with international socialism. Sign up to attend Monday’s town hall campaign meeting and join the fight for socialism!

Courage Foundation holds public meeting in New York City in defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

By Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2020

The extradition hearing for Assange is scheduled to begin in London on February 24.

Chicago high school students hold sit-in in defense of students who refused to stand for national anthem

By Andy Thompson, 15 February 2020

The sit-in is an example of young peoples’ complete rejection of nationalism and racism promoted by the ruling class.

President of Berlin’s Humboldt University defends Professor Jörg Baberowski’s physical assault on left-wing student

By Christoph Vandreier, 15 February 2020

With her declaration of sympathy and refusal to clearly condemn the attack, Kunst has provided violent right-wing extremists with a blank cheque to intimidate and attack their political opponents at the university.

Letter to members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 14 February 2020

Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Socialists of America say it is possible to fight for socialism from within the Democratic Party. Such a political program is not real socialism and can lead only to disaster.

IYSSE spokesperson submits disciplinary complaint against right-wing extremist professor at Humboldt University in Berlin

By Sven Wurm, 10 February 2020

Following a physical attack by Professor Jörg Baberowski on Sven Wurm, the IYSSE spokesperson at Humboldt University, Wurm filed an official disciplinary complaint with the university administration.

Germany: IYSSE again represented in the Student Parliament at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 5 February 2020

According to the preliminary results, the IYSSE received 3.7 percent (90 votes) in this year’s elections on January 29-30 and will have two representatives in the new Student Parliament.

Right-wing extremist Professor Jörg Baberowski physically assaults socialist student

By our reporters, 5 February 2020

Baberowski attacked Sven Wurm, a student parliament deputy for the IYSSE, on January 30 at Humboldt University in Berlin. Wurm had caught the professor in the act of tearing down and destroying election placards. The incident was captured on video.

Take up the fight for international socialism! Join the IYSSE!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 5 February 2020

One month into 2020, the crisis of capitalism threatens youth with the danger of nuclear war, authoritarianism, climate catastrophe and worsening inequality. International socialism is the answer.

Students and young people speak out against war

4 February 2020

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality spoke to young people throughout the US about their experience with war and its consequences.

More than half of the world’s millennials fear a nuclear attack will happen in the next decade

By Genevieve Leigh, 4 February 2020

A recent International Committee of the Red Cross study, which surveyed 16,000 millennials in 16 different countries, found overwhelming hostility to war and militarism among youth.

SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore addresses IYSSE election campaign meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 1 February 2020

The meeting reviewed the growth of working class struggles throughout the world and the need for an international program and perspective.

Germany: Humboldt University students speak on the falsification of history and lessons from Auschwitz

By our reporters, 31 January 2020

As part of their election campaign for Student Parliament at Humboldt University, members and supporters of the IYSSE spoke with students about the attempts of right-wing ideologists to falsify the history of the Nazi dictatorship.

Seventy-five years after World War II: The ideological preparations for fascism and war

IYSSE holds second meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 28 January 2020

Christoph Vandreier, the author of the book “Why Are They Back?” spoke on how the ideological preparations for war and fascism are taking place 75 years after the end of World War II.

US students and youth speak out against the threat of war with Iran

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.”

No to war against Iran! For an international movement against capitalism and war!

IYSSE holds first meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 17 January 2020

The meeting focused on the dangerous developments in the Middle East since the beginning of the year and the need for a socialist and internationalist programme to put an end to war.

Harvard University grad students set to strike over pay, grievance procedures, healthcare

By Kate Randall, 3 December 2019

Harvard officials’ hard line in relation to collective bargaining on grad students’ pay is in line with a recent NLRB proposal that would curb the establishment of graduate student unions at private universities.

IYSSE, student unions defend students in Germany against right-wing attacks

By our reporters, 2 December 2019

Last week, nearly 100 students at Berlin’s Humboldt University and representatives of student organisations from numerous other universities met to protest against right-wing and militaristic teaching and defend students who criticize it from right-wing attacks.

IYSSE meetings in Germany: Stop the shift to the right at the universities!

By our correspondents, 6 November 2019

The meetings are part of a series being organised by the IYSSE across Germany to oppose the rise of the far-right on university campuses and in political life.

Hamburg, Germany: SPD-Green state executive uses police violence to guard lecture by AfD founder

By Christoph Vandreier and Johannes Stern, 1 November 2019

Hundreds of Hamburg students have protested against the return of Bernd Lucke, founder of the far-right Alternative for Germany, to their university in the past two weeks.

Australian and New Zealand students speak after lecture on 70th anniversary of Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 31 October 2019

“The real root ideas of socialism were not implemented in China from the bottom-up. I learnt that Trotskyism is internationalism, but Mao did not agree with that perspective.”

Stop the censorship of socialist views by the University of Leipzig student council

the IYSSE Leipzig, 30 October 2019

The student council refused IYSSE official club status, effectively imposing censorship on left-wing and socialist views on campus.

Germany: Humboldt University student parliament supports lawsuit against far-right Professor Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 25 October 2019

The legal complaint is an important step in defending students’ freedom of opinion in the face of an offensive by radical right-wing forces within the academic milieu.

An open letter to all members of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers

Stop the shift to the right at the universities!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 October 2019

Bernhard Kempen is using his position as president of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers to defend the right-wing extremist historian Jörg Baberowski.

At New York forum in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

UN special rapporteur on torture warns: “Assange will not get a fair trial in Virginia”

By Sandy English, 17 October 2019

A panel discussion at Columbia University on Tuesday laid bare the fraudulent character of the charges brought against Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and put the spotlight on those who committed the war crimes that WikiLeaks exposed.

Australia: Important response to first IYSSE lectures on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 7 October 2019

The final lectures will be held at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) later today, and at Western Sydney University on October 9, the University of New South Wales on October 16, and Macquarie University on October 17.

A call to action:

Why students and youth should support striking GM workers

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE)–US, 1 October 2019

The IYSSE calls on students and youth throughout the US and the world to actively support the 48,000 striking General Motors workers and to bring them an international and socialist perspective.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

23 September 2019

In this video, Peter Symonds, SEP national WSWS editor, explains the relevance of his upcoming lecture “70 years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed” to contemporary events. Details of dates and venues in Australia and New Zealand are available here.

Millions march against climate change, capitalism and war

By Bryan Dyne and Will Morrow, 21 September 2019

“Any talk about climate change must include socialism and the economic system.”

Climate strike protesters speak out: “There’s willful blindness on this issue, because fixing it conflicts with capitalism”

By our reporters, 21 September 2019

WSWS reporters spoke with climate strike protesters in cities around the globe.

Florida teen hangs himself in Broward County maximum-security jail

By Casey Gold, 9 September 2019

Sonny Rugani, 17, had been charged as an adult and was detained at the Broward County main jail. He had told his arresting officers that he planned to hang himself in prison.

IYSSE holds meetings in defence of Assange at Australian universities

By our reporters, 31 August 2019

One student commented: “What is happening is an injustice to him and his rights and freedom of speech. Young people should join together and fight for what is true and what is honest.”

The future is socialism, but it must be fought for

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 27 August 2019

Students and youth must fight to build an independent political movement of the working class, in opposition to all the parties and organizations that support capitalism.

IYSSE wins seat in student parliament at Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany

the IYSSE group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 16 July 2019

The IYSSE’s electoral success shows widespread opposition to militarism, war and the rise of the far-right and the growing support for a socialist perspective.

Strong support for Julian Assange at Sri Lanka’s Jaffna University

By our reporters, 9 July 2019

SEP and IYSSE campaigners campaigned for a July 10 picket that will be held in defence of the WikiLeaks founder in the war-ravaged city.

Statement of the IYSSE Karlsruhe: Against militarism, fascism and war! For socialism! Vote IYSSE!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 4 July 2019

The Trotskyist youth movement is running two candidates in the elections for the Student Parliament in at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Humboldt University, 29 June 2019

The attempt of far-right professor and Eastern European historian Jörg Baberowski to set up a think tank at Humboldt University has failed.

Students and staff to protest imposition of trimesters at Australian university

By Martin Scott, 25 June 2019

The University of New South Wales management has put commercial interests ahead of education.

Sri Lankan Trotskyists win strong support for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our correspondents, 7 June 2019

University students voice their concerns about the US-led assaults on Assange and Manning and speak out in defence of free speech.

Attend June 9 public meeting in Cambridge: UK Sociologist Noah Carl and the rise of the far right

7 June 2019

The meeting will discuss the issues raised by events at Cambridge University, providing a rebuttal of the claims made by Carl’s defenders and proposing a socialist perspective with which to take on the right-wing ideologues.

An appeal to young people

Defend the right to tell the truth! Defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 24 May 2019

The following statement is being distributed today at climate change protests across the UK.

Students in Berlin support this Saturday’s rally to defend Julian Assange

By our reporter, 14 May 2019

SEP and IYSSE campaigners have distributed thousands of leaflets and put up hundreds of posters in workplaces, universities, and shopping centres to promote the “Freedom for Julian Assange” rally in Berlin.

IYSSE in US holds successful meetings on postmodernism and identity politics

By our reporters, 10 May 2019

The meetings reviewed the right-wing, subjective idealist roots of the pseudo-left philosophies and politics that dominate college campuses.

Berlin: Meeting held at Humboldt University to defend Julian Assange

By our reporters, 4 May 2019

On Tuesday, several dozen students and workers gathered at Humboldt University in Berlin to protest the persecution of Julian Assange and discuss the political and historical background to the attack on the courageous journalist.

”Dictatorships as alternative political orders?”—We say no!

Student Parliament at Humboldt University condemns Jörg Baberowski’s right-wing think tank

the IYSSE at the Humboldt University, 30 April 2019

The StuPa resolution condemns not only the right-wing historian's dictatorship project, but also the efforts of the university administration to stifle broad student opposition.

Video: IYSSE (Australia) members at University of Melbourne demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 22 April 2019

“We demand the Australian government cease its collaboration with the US vendetta against Assange.”

“If you agree with our analysis, you’ve got to decide what you’re going to do.”

David North speaks on the threat of fascism

By David North, 20 April 2019

North, the Chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, urged a meeting of students and workers at Wayne State University to build the Socialist Equality Party in order to fight against the threat of fascism and war.

The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It

North and Vandreier conclude US tour at New York University

By our reporters, 20 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier, deputy national secretary of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, and WSWS chairman David North concluded their lecture tour with a well-attended meeting at New York University.

Australia: University of Melbourne IYSSE holds successful meeting in defence of Julian Assange

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 20 April 2019

Students at the meeting voted unanimously for a resolution to fight for the freedom of the WikiLeaks publisher.

Christoph Vandreier kicks off US speaking tour with well-attended meeting at UC Berkeley

By Gabriel Black, 10 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier spoke to an audience of 70 university students and workers, in the first of six meetings on “The Threat Of Fascism And How To Fight It”

Right-wing campaign targets student critics of Chelsea Clinton

By Josh Varlin, 18 March 2019

Two New York University students who confronted Chelsea Clinton have been piled upon by Donald Trump, Jr., Bill de Blasio and a significant portion of the international media.

“Free Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange now!”

Support continues to pour in for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our reporters, 16 March 2019

Students and workers across the United States and internationally continue to speak out against the jailing of whistleblower Chelsea Manning and the ongoing persecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

IYSSE holds rally at University of Michigan to defend Chelsea Manning

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at University of Michigan, 14 March 2019

The rally at the University of Michigan advanced an international strategy to mobilize youth, students and the broadest layers of the working class against the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning.

The betrayal of the Oakland teacher strike and the way forward for students

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 7 March 2019

The OEA has declared the strike over, but students, teachers and parents are determined to continue and expand the fight to defend public education.

IYSSE (Australia) convenor Oscar Grenfell’s speech to the Sydney Free Assange rally

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 March 2019

“They’re persecuting Julian Assange because they know how much he and WikiLeaks have done to politically educate an entire generation of young people.”

IYSSE meeting opposes eugenics promotion at Cambridge University

By our reporters, 25 February 2019

Students from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University attended the meeting, at which IYSSE member Thomas Scripps gave the opening report, followed by the German Socialist Equality Party deputy-leader Christoph Vandreier, who joined via video link from Berlin.

Resolution: Oppose the promotion of eugenics and pseudo-science at Cambridge University!

25 February 2019

The following resolution was adopted by a meeting in Cambridge convened by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), on Saturday February 23, 2019.

For a unified struggle of Oakland students and teachers to defend public education!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality - Berkeley, 23 February 2019

The IYSSE supports and applauds the tens of thousands of teenage students in Oakland who have protested in solidarity with their striking teachers.

MIT refuses to cut ties to Saudi regime

By John Marion, 22 February 2019

The MIT president announced the university’s commitment to maintaining relationships with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of the Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.

NSW universities increasingly integrated into Australian military build-up

By Hugh Peters, 21 February 2019

The Defence Innovation Network is aimed at subordinating university research ever more directly to the ruling elite’s preparations for war.

CIA out of Northern Virginia Community College!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 February 2019

The IYSSE demands that NVCC repudiate all ties to the CIA, including barring it and other agencies of the US military-intelligence apparatus from recruiting students.

Climate change and the fight for socialism

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 15 February 2019

Young people are organising across national boundaries in recognition that climate change has global causes and global consequences. In doing so, they are meeting up with an international resurgence of the class struggle.