Democratic Rights in the US
“On top of taking my family, they are branded as criminals”
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 March 2018
Perla Morales Luna had stepped out with her three daughters to pay their rent last weekend when she was suddenly grabbed and dragged away by federal agents.
By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2018
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 March 2018
The Department of Homeland Security is using a legal pretext to separate children from their parents so the parents can be jailed.
By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2018
This series examines the extraordinary integration of the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, with dozens of former operatives running as Democratic candidates in 2018.
By Richard Hoffman, 7 March 2018
Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of “gray-zone sex” experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.
Davino Watson, US citizen wrongfully detained by ICE, calls for the defense of immigrants facing deportation
By Nick Barrickman, 5 March 2018
Watson, a naturalized US citizen, was detained by ICE agents in 2008 after having been arrested for a minor offense.
The urban riots of the 1960s and the remaking of American racial ideology
By Tom Mackaman, 5 March 2018
While documenting devastating conditions in America’s cities, the report drew the false conclusion that race, not class, is the basic division in American society.
By Jason Melanovski, 3 March 2018
Several dozen students across the US have been swept up in a hysterical law and order crackdown since the Parkland school shooting.
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 March 2018
The tragic death of 14 students and three teachers at the Florida high school has triggered a law-and-order crackdown on students alleged to have posted threatening remarks on social media.
By Alec Andersen, 1 March 2018
Since Sunday, dozens of ICE agents have conducted broad sweeps of immigrant communities, knocking on doors and arresting those who were unable to produce proper immigration documents.
By Tom Hall, 1 March 2018
The deal concluded in 2012 with mayor Mitch Landrieu handing over the city’s population as guinea pigs for products destined for other police departments and spy agencies.
By Eric London, 1 March 2018
The Times has issued a call for college students to describe and submit images related to sexual encounters.
By Eric London, 28 February 2018
The decision sets up the pseudo-legal framework for the expansion of immigrant internment camps.
Alabama death row inmate’s lawyer: “This was clearly a botched execution that can only be accurately described as torture”
By Kate Randall, 28 February 2018
Doyle Hamm was subjected to about two-and-a-half hours of torture Thursday night in Alabama’s death chamber before prison officials called off the execution.
Daniel Golden’s Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and foreign intelligence secretly exploit America’s universities
By Clara Weiss, 28 February 2018
The new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Daniel Golden is an important contribution toward understanding the military-intelligence-university complex in the United States.
By Shannon Jones, 27 February 2018
There is nothing progressive in the effort to maintain provisions that force workers to pay agency fees to unions that long ago abandoned any defense of the working class.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 February 2018
Anticipating protests, the White House declared that the change in the mission statement did not originate from the President.
By Will Morrow, 24 February 2018
Beginning on April 23, multibillion-dollar corporations such as Comcast and AT&T will be able to restrict access to or completely censor web sites.
By our reporters, 24 February 2018
Student who spoke with the IYSSE talked about the power of the Internet to organize opposition and disseminate information outside the control of the corporate and state media.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 23 February 2018
The US Border Patrol has been given full authority to push the margins of the Fourth Amendment, carrying out warrantless searches and seizures far beyond the borders.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 21 February 2018
The systematic separating of children of undocumented immigrants from their parents is part of a conscious policy to “discourage border crossings.”
By Katy Kinner and Mark Ferretti, 17 February 2018
The acquittal of a NYPD sergeant of the killing is the latest state sanctioning of police murder in the Bronx, New York City’s poorest borough.
As AFSCME drags out contract negotiations
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Evelyn Rios, 16 February 2018
AFSCME has portrayed the attack on 51-year-old housing and dining services employee David Cole during a campus protest over stalled contract talks in exclusively racial terms.
By Eric London, 15 February 2018
The framework of the immigration debate is far to the right of any public discussion on the subject since Congress imposed racial quotas in the 1920s.
By Sandy English, 14 February 2018
The Duluth school board has decided to stop teaching two literary classics, To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn, because of their frequent use of racial slurs.
By Eric London, 12 February 2018
In recent weeks, immigration agents and police have waged war in working class neighborhoods across America, tearing immigrants from their families and friends.
By Johannes Stern, 10 February 2018
The video by the left-wing, socialist channel “Political Analysis” was evidently censored following appeals by far-right circles to YouTube.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2018
The US president’s bid to roll tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue is no mere personal whim. It is bound up with deep-going changes in US society and the capitalist state apparatus.
By Margot Miller, 8 February 2018
The High Court judges agreed with Love’s legal team that, on medical grounds, he should be tried in the UK, not the US.
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.
By Mike Head, 7 February 2018
Even if the judge withdraws the warrant next week, Assange still faces extradition to the US to be tried on trumped-up charges of espionage and treason.
By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2018
Like so many others before her, Manning is engaged in a misguided and futile effort to seek reforms through the US capitalist two-party system.
By Will Morrow, 6 February 2018
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new measure would help “turn down the temperature” on “divisive national issues.”
By Eric London, 5 February 2018
In the factional conflict within the ruling class, the Democrats have emerged as the principal defenders of the military-intelligence apparatus.
By Andre Damon, 3 February 2018
In a further intensification of the factional conflict gripping the US ruling elite, the White House published a congressional memo Friday alleging the FBI used false pretenses to spy on the Trump campaign.
By Anthony Bertolt, 3 February 2018
Minnesota is seeing the largest military-police operation in the state’s history under the guise of providing security for the NFL’s championship game.
By Leslie Murtagh and Philip Guelpa, 3 February 2018
The planned closure of Rikers Island will do nothing to stem police brutality and abuse of prisoners in New York City.
By Andre Damon, 2 February 2018
Facebook is being transformed into an instrument of censorship and surveillance, monitoring the actions and thoughts of its users.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 2 February 2018
The US Border Patrol emphasized the DACA status of two young men arrested over recent incidents in the San Diego area.
By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 1 February 2018
As a sitting Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg's comments granted a quasi-official sanction to the lynch mob atmosphere surrounding the campaign.
Marshall and #MeToo: A 77-year-old civil rights fight exposes the reactionary character of the sexual misconduct witch-hunt
By Fred Mazelis, 1 February 2018
The 1941 case, in which a black man was acquitted of rape charges, poses awkward questions for those who dismiss due process in their campaign against sexual harassment, both real and alleged.
By Will Morrow, 31 January 2018
The technology giants are hiring thousands more human reviewers and developing artificial intelligence algorithms to monitor and censor political speech on the internet.
By Niles Niemuth, 29 January 2018
In the years since the murder of Michael Brown in August 2014, popular anger against police violence has been channeled behind the Democratic Party by groups such as Black Lives Matter.
By E.P. Milligan, 24 January 2018
The Trump administration is determined to win some convictions to set a legal precedent for the criminalization of constitutionally protected political speech and protest.
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists
23 January 2018
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, antiwar, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists
By Andre Damon, 22 January 2018
In an overt act of political intimidation, Twitter emailed hundreds of thousands of users informing them that they had shared or followed “Russian propaganda.”
“The water is milky white and smells like bleach”
By Jerry White, 22 January 2018
Working class residents of the former coal mining area have had no water or only intermittent service for weeks.
By Trévon Austin, 22 January 2018
There has been no indication that charges will be brought against the deputy.
By Andre Damon, 18 January 2018
Facebook is planning to double its army of censors to nearly 20,000 people by the end of this year, a company official told lawmakers Thursday.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 January 2018
On January 14, 12 members of the activist group “Break the Ban” were arrested in the city of El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California, for providing food to a homeless community.
Statement to the World Socialist Web Site webinar
Julian Assange calls effort of corporations to control Internet discourse “an existential threat to humanity”
18 January 2018
This statement was sent by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the January 16 webinar, “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship.”
World Socialist Web Site calls for international coalition of socialist and anti-war websites to counter Internet censorship
By Niles Niemuth, 18 January 2018
The WSWS hosted a livestreamed discussion between David North and Chris Hedges that reviewed the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and the necessary steps for an effective fight-back.
“The state trooper choked me because I was telling the truth”
By Sheila Brehm, 17 January 2018
Gary Michael Hunt, a former coal miner who was assaulted by a state trooper for criticizing local authorities about the lack of safe water for area residents, spoke with the WSWS.
By Kathleen Martin, 17 January 2018
Jorge Garcia, a resident of metro Detroit for three decades, was deported to Mexico by ICE agents on Martin Luther King Day on the orders of federal immigration officials.
By Will Morrow, 17 January 2018
In a sign that the White House is moving to criminalize encryption, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein argued that “warrant-proof” files are unconstitutional.
Statement by Julian Assange opposing Internet censorship will be read at WSWS “Organizing Resistance” Webinar
16 January 2018
The webinar featuring David North and Chris Hedges will be broadcast live on January 16 at 7:00 pm EST.
By Laura Tiernan, 16 January 2018
Allegations of sexual harassment against the creator of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four have met with widespread public derision.
By Sheila Brehm, 15 January 2018
A former coal miner was stopped from complaining about the persistent shutoff of drinking water to families in Martin County.
By Eric London, 15 January 2018
The social media giant has blocked users from sharing a video promoting the January 16 online meeting “Organizing resistance to Internet censorship.”
By Andre Damon, 13 January 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the world’s largest social network will deprioritize news content, part of a coordinated effort to block access to information online.
By Niles Niemuth, 13 January 2018
The Democratic Party’s support ensures the illegal surveillance program that began under George W. Bush and was expanded by Obama will pass unscathed into the hands of Donald Trump.
By Jerry White, 12 January 2018
There is something “American” about the treatment of Deyshia Hargrave, who had the temerity to protest pay raises for school officials while teachers and students are starved of resources.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 January 2018
The first year of the Trump administration starkly illustrates the fact that neither the courts nor the Democratic Party can be trusted to protect immigrants.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 January 2018
In response to the threat of mass deportations, the Salvadoran FMLN government has sought to curry favor with the Trump administration.
By Matthew Taylor and Ed Hightower, 11 January 2018
The effect of the Supreme Court’s inaction is to encourage blatant discrimination against LGBT persons and all except Biblical literalists.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2018
The “untenable” conditions under which the WikiLeaks founder remains confined are the product of an unrelenting drive by the US and British governments to punish him for exposing the crimes of imperialism.
By Alex Lantier, 11 January 2018
The courageous column published by 100 women in Le Monde criticizing the #MeToo campaign has provoked a venomous response from the French state machine.
“Sexual misconduct” witch-hunt targets conductor Charles Dutoit, director Max Stafford-Clarke and actor Ed Westwick
By Paul Bond, 11 January 2018
Just before Christmas, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it had cancelled appearances by its artistic director, 81-year-old conductor Charles Dutoit.
By Nancy Hanover, 10 January 2018
Deyshia Hargrave was removed from a meeting, handcuffed and taken to jail for opposing a large pay hike for the school superintendent while employees have had no raise in a decade.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 10 January 2018
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and other prominent women emphasizes the anti-democratic nature of the #MeToo movement and its repudiation of due process.
A crime against humanity
By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2018
This barbaric action will split up tens of thousands of families and threaten countless deaths among those forced to return to the killing fields of Central America.
Ten-year-old child among the victims
By Harvey Simpkins and Nick Barrickman, 9 January 2018
A civil lawsuit filed by the ACLU alleges protesters were assaulted and deprived of their constitutional rights.
Notes on police violence
By George Gallanis, 9 January 2018
Almost all of the killings follow a general logic: police kill anyone they suspect to be a threat, regardless of how severe or even real the threat.
By E.P. Milligan, 8 January 2018
Even as Trump was bloviating about the right to protest in Iran, his Justice Department was carrying out a political trial against peaceful protesters in a brazen attack on the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the US Constitution.
By Andre Damon, 6 January 2018
Technology companies and governments all over the world have kicked off the New Year with a massive assault on freedom of expression on the Internet.
By David Brown, 5 January 2018
Luis Mora, a junior transfer to the UC, was arrested Saturday night at an internal checkpoint for overstaying his visa.
By Niles Niemuth, 4 January 2018
The social media company has deleted the accounts of Palestinian activists. journalists and the former leader of Chechnya in a campaign of international political censorship.
By Eric London, 3 January 2018
The Socialist Equality Party’s long-documented differences with Socialist Alternative do not lessen our opposition to attempts by the political establishment to silence criticism of the police.
By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2017
Thousands of heavily armed, uniformed personnel, including police snipers, are being deployed to impose a military-style occupation of Times Square in connection with the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.
By Trévon Austin, 30 December 2017
Ciccariello-Maher, a professor of politics and global studies, was harassed and threatened after several tweets he made were criticized on various right-wing outlets.
The petition against Matt Damon and the “erasing” of Kevin Spacey: The fiercely antidemocratic character of the sexual misconduct campaign
By David Walsh, 28 December 2017
The New York Times is at the forefront of the reactionary witch-hunt, defending various efforts at censorship and repression.
By Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 December 2017
The Socialist Equality Party condemns the targeting of Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate in the 2016 election, by Democrats in the Senate Intelligence Committee.
By Trévon Austin, 21 December 2017
The targeting of Stein demonstrates that the anti-Russia witch-hunt is aimed ultimately at domestic political opposition.
By Kevin Reed, 21 December 2017
In the week since the FCC vote to end net neutrality, the nature of the attack on the public and the democratic right to a free and open internet is becoming clearer.
By David Walsh, 20 December 2017
The actor suggested there was a continuum of inappropriate behavior, and that the punishments meted out to Sen. Al Franken and comic Louis C.K. were perhaps too harsh.
By E.B. Cohen, 20 December 2017
The Pentagon is directing its military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to confiscate detainees’ finished art and has threatened to destroy it.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2017
Behind the hackneyed campaign-style speech delivered by Trump Monday, the US military and intelligence apparatus is preparing for world war.
By E.P. Milligan, 19 December 2017
The first of a round of trials surrounding the defendants involved in the January 20 protests against the inauguration of President Donald Trump came to a close on Friday.
By Andre Damon, 15 December 2017
Thursday’s move by the US government to end net neutrality seeks to usher in an age when corporations and the government decide what people can and cannot access online.
By Barry Grey, 15 December 2017
As has become typical in the growing campaign over alleged sexual offenses, the public broadcaster did not name the accusers or provide any details of their allegations.
By Ed Hightower, 14 December 2017
The high court’s inaction means that employers in most states can openly discriminate against homosexuals without consequences under federal law.
By David Walsh, 12 December 2017
Given the ongoing frenzy, the magazine’s decision was entirely predictable. Had its editors made any other choice there would have been a media-organized uproar.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 December 2017
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic painkiller that has been linked to a substantial number of drug overdoses throughout the US.
By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2017
The witch-hunt over sexual misconduct has claimed its highest-level victim among elected officials.
By Zaida Green, 8 December 2017
The video-sharing platform has already removed over 150,000 videos, with 50 percent of videos removed within two hours of upload.
By Ed Hightower, 7 December 2017
A ruling in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop would mean an open season for segregation and discrimination of all sorts.
By a reporter, 6 December 2017
The Detroit Democrat is the most prominent congressional victim of the media campaign over charges of sexual misconduct.
By Eric London and Norisa Diaz, 5 December 2017
The decision, supported by half the justices nominated by Democrats, will have devastating consequences for those seeking to escape war-torn regions of the Middle East.
By David North and David Walsh, 5 December 2017
The decision by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to suspend James Levine, its longtime musical director (1976-2016), from any further conducting engagements is the latest victory for the New York Times and the champions of the new repression.
By Trévon Austin, 5 December 2017
The decision prevents the Russian-based television network from accessing members of Congress as news reporters