Socialist Equality Party (US)

Upcoming events in Cambridge, Mass. and Albuquerque, New Mexico

SEP meetings in the US: Socialism and the fight against war

16 March 2016

These meetings will review the present state of the global war drive and outline a political strategy for the building of a new mass, anti-war movement.

Flint meeting examines background of city’s water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 12 March 2016

The SEP and IYSSE held a well-attended meeting on the campus of the University of Michigan, Flint, examining the social and political background to the lead poisoning of city residents.

Emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit and Flint draws over one hundred workers and youth

By E.P. Bannon, 29 January 2016

The meeting, which was attended by teachers, city workers, autoworkers, students and other sections of the working class, discussed a political strategy for the entire working class.

Large turnout at emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit and Flint called by SEP

28 January 2016

Over a hundred workers, retirees and young people, including representatives of teachers and students participating in a sickout protest in Detroit Public Schools, as well as autoworkers and Flint residents, attended an emergency meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Detroit Wednesday. A full report on the meeting will follow tomorrow.

US, Mexican and Canadian autoworkers face common fight

By David Brown and Jerry White, 12 August 2015

As talks for a new labor contract continue, the US-based automakers are threatening to shift more production to Mexico and other lower wage countries.

Socialist Equality Party launches digital WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

By Jerry White, 15 July 2015

The weekly newsletter will provide coverage of the struggle confronting 139,000 US workers at General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, whose labor contracts expire September 15.

Social inequality and American politics

By Andre Damon, 8 June 2015

Despite polls showing overwhelming popular opposition to social inequality, these sentiments find no genuine expression in official US politics.

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases

By Evan Blake, 29 April 2015

Nearly fifty years after the Supreme Court ruled that the right to marriage applied to interracial couples, the Court today is split on whether to allow states to ban same-sex marriage.

Illinois Democrats concoct pseudo-legal justification for cutting public employee pensions

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 February 2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will argue before the state Supreme Court that Illinois is entitled to use its “police powers” to overturn the state constitution.

Snowstorms cripple aging public transit in Boston area

By John Marion, 9 February 2015

The recent spate of snowstorms in the Boston area have laid bare the effects of years of inadequate funding for public transportation in Boston.

Wide audience for online interview with David North, author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our reporter, 15 December 2014

Many hundreds of people from over thirty countries listened to the interview held December 13.

Meeting at University of Michigan connects police violence to imperialist war

By Naomi Spencer, 6 September 2014

IYSSE National Secretary Andre Damon outlined the interconnection between the increase in police brutality and stepped-up US military aggression overseas.

The Fight Against War and the Political Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

25 August 2014

This is the main resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), adopted unanimously on August 5, 2014.

Defend the rights of immigrant workers! Unite the working class of North, Central and South America!

Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

14 August 2014

This resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US) was adopted unanimously on August 6, 2014.

Oppose the Israeli assault on Gaza!

Resolution of the SEP Third National Congress

9 August 2014

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States.

Detroit meeting called by SEP endorses fight against water shutoffs

By Shannon Jones, 29 March 2014

In a unanimous vote, a group of Detroit workers, students and retirees endorsed a resolution condemning plans by the city to cut off residents who are behind in their water bills

Reports to the Workers Inquiry

The rape of Detroit: Deindustrialization, financialization and parasitism

By Barry Grey, 28 February 2014

This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions by Barry Grey, World Socialist Web Site US national editor.

Following Workers Inquiry, SEP meeting discusses Detroit restructuring plan

By Shannon Jones, 28 February 2014

Lawrence Porter, chairman of the Workers Inquiry, addressed the well-attended meeting, which attracted city workers and retirees, Griswold tenants facing eviction, students, young workers and professionals

Report to the Workers Inquiry

Art and the working class

By David Walsh, 26 February 2014

This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions by David Walsh, World Socialist Web Site arts editor.

Report to the Workers Inquiry

The Detroit Bankruptcy: A Travesty of Democracy

By Tom Carter, 24 February 2014

This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions, by Tom Carter, World Socialist Web Site legal correspondent.

Report to the Workers Inquiry

The Political Conspiracy Behind the Bankruptcy of Detroit: Anatomy of a Crime

By Larry Porter, 21 February 2014

This report was presented to the February 15 Workers Inquiry by Larry Porter, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions.

Workers Inquiry examines political conspiracy behind Detroit bankruptcy

By Kate Randall, 17 February 2014

The inquiry exposed a political conspiracy to rip up city workers’ pensions and benefits, privatize the DIA and restructure the city in the interests of the rich.

“This country could have a revolution”

Detroit Inquiry attendees denounce attack on workers’ rights

By WSWS reporters, 17 February 2014

The WSWS spoke with workers, retirees and youth after the Workers Inquiry.

Socialist Equality Party kicks off campaign on social inequality with meeting in Minneapolis

By our reporters, 10 February 2014

The SEP and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality began a series of meetings on the growth of social inequality with a talk and discussion in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 5.

Lou Renfrow (1925-2014)

By Shannon Jones, 6 February 2014

Lou Renfrow played an important role in the party’s intervention among auto workers in Dayton, Ohio.

Meeting January 23 at Wayne State University: Exposing the bankers’ conspiracy

A Report on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

16 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality will hold a public meeting on January 23 at Wayne State University to discuss the campaign to build the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

As unions push sale of art treasures

Detroit workers defend DIA

By Tim Rivers, 2 December 2013

In preparation for the February 15 Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit, members of the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers and students who were visiting the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) last Friday night.

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

4 November 2013

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing a Workers Inquiry as the next stage in the Battle of Detroit in opposition to the entire political establishment.

“Without the DIA we would not know anything about culture”

Workers and students speak out in defense of the DIA

By WSWS reporters, 8 October 2013

The WSWS is publishing more interviews from the hundreds of workers and youth who attended last Friday’s demonstration.

Hundreds rally to oppose sale of art at the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2013

Five hundred youth, workers, students, professionals and retirees from across the Detroit area expressed the mass opposition to the dictates of the city's emergency manager and the threat to loot the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Workers and young people at demonstration speak out in defense of the DIA

By Tim Rivers, 5 October 2013

Workers and young people spoke to the WSWS about why they had come to the demonstration.

The Minnesota Orchestra lockout and the defense of culture in the US

By Eric London, 4 October 2013

This statement is being distributed at concerts organized by the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Friday and Saturday.

US imperialism and the proxy war in Syria

By David North, 19 September 2013

The following lecture was delivered September 17, 2013 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US).

“US is funding counterrevolution”

University of Michigan IYSSE opposes war on Syria

By Tim Rivers, 13 September 2013

Students at the University of Michigan joined a rally of the IYSSE denouncing war in Syria, cuts in education and attacks on the working class.

IYSSE holds anti-war rallies in San Diego and Berkeley, California

By our reporters, 12 September 2013

International Youth and Students for Social Equality groups at San Diego State University and UC Berkeley held demonstrations against the drive for war in Syria on Tuesday.

Video: Students speak against war at Wayne State University demonstration

By James Brewer, 11 September 2013

In this video, the WSWS interviews students and workers who attended the demonstration against the threat of a US war in Syria.

“It is up to us to decide whether the future will be one of peace and equality, or of military holocaust”

Remarks of IYSSE National Secretary Andre Damon at Detroit rally against war

By Andre Damon, 10 September 2013

These remarks were delivered by Andre Damon, the National Secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, at a demonstration against the drive to war in Syria called by the Wayne State University IYSSE chapter.

SEP and IYSSE public meetings: No to war and dictatorship!

2 September 2013

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are launching a meeting series to discuss the way forward in the fight against war and the defense of democratic rights.

Vote for D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for Detroit mayor!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

6 August 2013

The Socialist Equality Party calls on all workers in Detroit to cast a vote for SEP candidate D’Artagnan Collier in today’s mayoral election.

D'Artagnan Collier, David Walsh speak in defense of the DIA and culture as a social right

By Bryan Dyne, 15 June 2013

Collier and Walsh discussed the defense of culture as part of a program and perspective for the working class.

D'Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for Detroit mayor, speaks on the social crisis in Detroit

By Bryan Dyne, 1 June 2013

D'Artagnan Collier advanced a program and perspective for the working class of Detroit to fight back against the cuts and privatizations happening in the city.

Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier campaigns at Eastern Market

By Thomas Gaist, 20 May 2013

Collier spoke to workers and youth about his mayoral campaign, the fight against the emergency manager and the conditions facing Detroiters.

Workers must reject emergency manager’s plan for Detroit

By D’Artagnan Collier—Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, 20 May 2013

The Socialist Equality Party candidate for mayor of Detroit is calling on the city’s working class to reject the economic plan put forward by the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr.

SEP mayoral candidate outlines socialist program at Detroit election forum

By Thomas Gaist, 18 May 2013

D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit mayor, spoke at a mayoral forum on the emergency manager, the social crisis in Detroit and the way forward for the working class.

SEP Detroit mayoral campaign wins support from workers

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2013

D’Artagnan Collier joined an SEP campaign team Saturday at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Campaign teams for D’Artagnan Collier exceed signature goal in Detroit mayoral race

By an SEP campaign team, 6 May 2013

Campaigners for D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality candidate for mayor of Detroit, have exceeded their signature goal to put Collier on the ballot.

Stop the mass evictions in Detroit!

By D’Artagnan Collier—Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, 3 May 2013

The following statement was issued by SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier to oppose the eviction of 300 tenants of the Henry Street apartments in Cass Corridor.

Public meeting in Portland: American democracy in shambles

1 May 2013

Announcement of Portland meeting

Campaigners for D’Artagnan Collier near signature goal in Detroit mayoral race

By an SEP campaign team, 29 April 2013

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party have collected close to the 1,000 signature goal to place Collier on the ballot for Detroit mayor.

SEP campaigns to put D’Artagnan Collier on the ballot for Detroit mayor

By an SEP campaign team, 27 April 2013

SEP supporters campaigned throughout the week to put D’Artagnan Collier on the Detroit mayoral ballot, collecting petition signatures at many locations around Detroit.

SEP mayoral campaign in Detroit wins strong support in first week

By Lawrence Porter, 24 April 2013

The campaign to place D’Artagnan Collier, a city worker and member of the Socialist Equality Party, on the ballot for mayor of Detroit has gotten off to a strong start.

Support D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for mayor of Detroit!

Throw out the emergency manager! End the bankers’ dictatorship in Detroit!

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 19 April 2013

The Socialist Equality Party (US) is running D’Artagnan Collier as its candidate for mayor of Detroit. The following is his statement announcing the campaign.

Wayne State University IYSSE holds meeting opposing financial dictatorship in Detroit

By Bryan Dyne, 6 April 2013

SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore spoke to an audience of students, retirees and workers at a public meeting called to oppose the appointment of a financial manager in Detroit.

World Socialist Web Site 15th Anniversary Meeting in Detroit

Mobilizing the working class against the bankers’ dictatorship

1 April 2013

We call on workers and young people throughout the region to attend this important April 14 meeting on the 15th anniversary of the WSWS

No to all school closures! Unite the working class to defend public education!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 27 March 2013

This statement is being distributed at a demonstration of Chicago teachers today.

Detroit teachers and city workers:

Reject the concessions contracts! Mobilize against financial dictatorship in Detroit!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 22 March 2013

This statement is being distributed to Detroit teachers and workers at the Water and Sewerage Department, voting on contracts today.

SEP holds public meeting on Stockton, California bankruptcy

By Eric London, 19 January 2013

With a population of 300,000, Stockton is the largest city in the United States to file for bankruptcy in recent years.

A new “irrepressible conflict”

SEP holds post-election meeting in New York

By our reporters, 19 November 2012

The public meeting focused on the significance of the elections and the measures taken by the Obama administration immediately afterward.

SEP publishes 2012 perspectives resolution in Spanish

10 November 2012

The Socialist Equality Party is publishing the Spanish translation of the main resolution adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held July 8-12, 2012.

Resolution of the SEP Conferences

Build the Socialist Equality Party!

5 November 2012

This is an edited version of a resolution passed at the Socialist Equality Party regional conferences in California and Michigan.

The two paths open to Chicago teachers

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.

This deal is not what the strike was about!

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.

An appeal from SEP (US) National Secretary Joseph Kishore

14 September 2012

SEP (US) National Secretary Joseph Kishore asks readers to support the WSWS

Film showings and lectures by David North

The historical significance and enduring political relevance of the 1917 Russian Revolution

10 September 2012

In this series of meetings in the US, Socialist Equality Party National Chairman David North will introduce showings of Tsar to Lenin with a lecture on the Russian Revolution.

Perspectives of the Socialist Equality Party

Resolutions of the SEP (US) National Congress

4 September 2012

Published here are the resolutions adopted by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held July 8-12, 2012.

Resolutions of the SEP (US) National Congress

The Organization of the Working Class and the Fight for Socialism

1 September 2012

Published here is the third resolution adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held July 8-12, 2012.

Resolutions of the SEP (US) National Congress

On the 2012 Election and the SEP Campaign

31 August 2012

Published here is the second resolution adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held July 8-12, 2012.

Resolutions of the SEP (US) National Congress

Perspectives of the Socialist Equality Party

30 August 2012

Published here is the main resolution adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held July 8-12, 2012.

Socialist Equality Party (US) holds National Congress

30 August 2012

The SEP National Congress adopted a series of resolutions on the world economic and political situation and the perspectives and tasks of the party.

Ruth Keedy Benjamin (June 4, 1947—June 29, 2012)

18 July 2012

On June 29, Ruth Keedy Benjamin, a member of the American Trotskyist movement for over 40 years, succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

The way forward for the Quebec student strike

By Socialist Equality Party, 22 June 2012

This statement will be distributed at a mass rally of students and workers today.

Reject the concessions contract at Caterpillar!

By Socialist Equality Party, 30 May 2012

This leaflet is being distributed at a meeting Wednesday to vote on a tentative agreement in the strike by machinists at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois.

David North speaks in defense of Leon Trotsky at Cornell University

By Tom Mackaman, 3 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party National Chairman David North spoke to an overflow crowd at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, in defense of Leon Trotsky against attacks by academic historians.

Jerry White demands end to government repression of Sri Lankan SEP

By our reporter, 15 February 2012

The SEP’s candidate for US president issued the following statement demanding an end to the Rajapaske government’s campaign of intimidation against the SEP in Sri Lanka.

Jerry White campaigns in Detroit against school closings

By our reporter, 14 February 2012

On his first day of public campaigning, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with students and parents at Kettering High School in Detroit, one of more than a dozen public schools threatened with closure.

SEP Presidential candidate Jerry White to speak in Detroit Thursday evening: “Oppose Detroit budget cuts!”

14 February 2012

SEP Presidential candidate Jerry White will be the featured speaker at a public meeting Thursday evening called to plan and organize a fight-back against the latest attacks on the jobs, wages and benefits of the working class in Detroit.

Vote Socialist Equality in 2012!

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White, 13 February 2012

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

SEP/CAUS public meeting: Oppose Detroit budget cuts!

11 February 2012

The Socialist Equality Party, Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and International Students for Social Equality are holding a public meeting on February 16 to plan and organize a fight back against the latest attack on the jobs, wages and benefits of the working class in Detroit.

SEP and CAUS hold meeting to oppose Detroit budget cuts

By Shannon Jones, 19 December 2011

The Socialist Equality Party and the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs held a public meeting December 17 in Detroit to begin the political fight back against the attack on the working class, in the Detroit area and throughout Michigan.

Socialist Equality Party and Committee Against Utility Shutoffs

Emergency Meeting: Stop Detroit Budget Cuts! Billions for jobs, education and housing!

2 December 2011

This meeting is being called to initiate a fight back against the budget cuts and city worker layoffs being demanded by Detroit Mayor David Bing.

Labor Day 2011: The failure of capitalism and the Obama administration

By Socialist Equality Party, 5 September 2011

The working class must break with the Democratic Party and build a mass movement for a socialist solution to the deepening economic crisis.

SEP/ISSE holds meeting to oppose closure of Catherine Ferguson Academy

By Shannon Jones, 16 June 2011

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality held a June 14 meeting in Detroit to oppose the closure of Catherine Ferguson Academy.

Defend Catherine Ferguson Academy!

Unite all sections of the working class! Public education is a social right!

By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 10 June 2011

Students, teachers, parents and the working class as a whole must mobilize to reject the closure of Catherine Ferguson Academy.

Education is a social right! Unite teachers, students and workers against all cuts!

By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 12 May 2011

This statement will be distributed by supporters of the SEP and ISSE at rallies of teachers Friday in California to oppose attacks on public education.

The Fight for Socialism Today: Conference resolutions

The attack on the working class and the fight for socialism

5 May 2011

The World Socialist Web Site is beginning publication of the resolutions discussed and adopted at the three regional conferences in the US on The Fight for Socialism Today.

The Fight for Socialism Today conference held in New York City

By Sandy English, 2 May 2011

On Saturday, April 30, over 70 people attended the Fight for Socialism Today conference at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City.

The Fight for Socialism Today conference held in Los Angeles

By Tom Carter, 18 April 2011

The SEP, the ISSE and the World Socialist Web Site held in Los Angeles the second of three national conferences, The Fight for Socialism Today, on Saturday.

Greetings from Indianapolis auto worker to Fight For Socialism Today conference

13 April 2011

The following message of support was sent to the Ann Arbor conference from an Indianapolis auto worker who played a leading role in the fight against wage cutting by GM and the UAW.

The Fight for Socialism Today conference held in Ann Arbor

By Tom Eley and Tobin Reese, 11 April 2011

The SEP, the ISSE and the World Socialist Web Site held in Ann Arbor the first of three national conferences, The Fight for Socialism Today, over the weekend.

Reject the AFL-CIO and Democratic Party

For a new strategy to defend the social rights of the working class

By Socialist Equality Party, 4 April 2011

Supporters of the SEP are distributing the following statements at the “We Are One” demonstrations organized by the AFL-CIO in Madison, Wisconsin and other locations in the US.

WSWS posts program of Socialist Equality Party (US) in Spanish

El derrumbe del capitalismo y la lucha por el socialismo en EE.UU

24 December 2010

The World Socialist Web Site today continues the publication of the program of the Socialist Equality Party, The Breakdown of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism in the United States—El derrumbe del capitalismo y la lucha por el socialismo en EE.UU. in Spanish.

Break with Obama and the Democrats

Build a socialist movement against mass unemployment and war

By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 30 October 2010

The following leaflet will be distributed to participants at the October 30 “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington DC called by comedian Jon Stewart.

Break with Obama, the Democratic Party and the AFL-CIO

Build a socialist movement against mass unemployment, war and repression

By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 2 October 2010

The following leaflet will be distributed to participants at a rally on October 2, in Washington, DC, organized by the AFL-CIO and sections of the Democratic Party, under the slogan, “One Nation Working Together: For Jobs, Justice and Education for All.”

SEP publishes program: “The Breakdown of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism in the US”

30 September 2010

The SEP in the US has published a printed version of its program, including graphs and illustrations. The program was adopted at the First National Congress in August 2010.

The way forward for Indianapolis GM workers

By Socialist Equality Party, 28 September 2010

This statement was distributed to auto workers attending a rally in Indianapolis on September 25.

Democratic administration pushes ahead with Detroit downsizing

By a reporting team, 22 September 2010

Thousands of Detroit residents turned out for public hearings on the downsizing of the city being proposed by Mayor David Bing in the interests of big business.

SEP Public Meetings: The Breakdown of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism in the US

21 September 2010

The Socialist Equality Party is holding a series of meetings throughout the US to introduce its program.

The First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party

By Joseph Kishore, 6 September 2010

The Socialist Equality Party (US) held its First National Congress on August 11-15, 2010. The meeting was a milestone in the fight waged by the SEP and the International Committee of the Fourth International for a socialist movement of the working class

The Breakdown of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism in the United States

Program of the Socialist Equality Party

6 September 2010

The following document was adopted by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held August 11-15, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Breakdown of Capitalism and the fight for Socialism in the United States

Program of the Socialist Equality Party

4 September 2010

The following document was adopted by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held August 11-15, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The document is being published in three parts