Interviews and On-the-spot reports

Unions oversee closure of Sheppey steel mill in UK

By John Clayton and Mike Gardner, 22 February 2012

Four hundred workers employed by Thamesteel in Kent, England, were made redundant and left unpaid when the company was taken into receivership at the end of January.

SEP supporters discuss election campaign with students in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By Janel Flechsig and Matthew Brennan, 21 February 2012

As part of the Socialist Equality Party’s 2012 election campaign for Jerry White, a WSWS reporting team visited the campus of the University of Michigan to promote a meeting on Tuesday.

PSA auto workers protest threat to close Aulnay, France plant

By our reporters, 21 February 2012

Workers marched Saturday in a protest called by unions at the PSA plant in the east Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois against the planned closure of the site in 2014.

Video: ‪Cooper Tire workers speak with SEP candidate‬

17 February 2012

Jerry White spoke with locked-out Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio February 15 about class, internationalism, and the growth of social conflict in the United States.

Protests against New York City school closings

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 16 February 2012

Parents, teachers and students angrily protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to close another 18 schools across New York City.

Detroit residents speak out on utility shutoffs

By Lawrence Porter, 16 February 2012

The WSWS spoke to workers at the DTE payment center in Detroit on the experiences they have had with utility shutoffs.

Unilever worker says: “It’s like we have gone back a hundred years”

By Danny Richardson, 27 January 2012

Unilever workers speak out against attack on Final Pension Scheme

Unemployment soars in small Florida cities

By Matthew MacEgan, 17 January 2012

The mass closure of Sears and Kmart stores will impact already distressed Florida cities.

New York City transit contract expires without a strike

By Alan Whyte, 17 January 2012

TWU Local 100, representing about 35,000 New York City bus and subway workers, refused to call a job action after the union and the MTA failed to reach to reach an agreement by the time the existing contract expired at midnight Sunday.

“It’s going back to the 1930s”

Cooper Tire workers speak on struggle

By Jerry White, 13 January 2012

Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio discussed with the World Socialist Web Site the issues raised by their struggle.

On the picket lines at Cooper Tire

By Andre Damon, 20 December 2011

As the lockout of 1,050 workers at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio ended its third week, the World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers on the picket lines and at a support rally Saturday.

Detroit mothers speak on wintertime utility shutoffs

By Lawrence Porter and James Brewer, 15 December 2011

Single mothers CC and Ervetta Wilcoxson, both unemployed and facing utility shutoffs, speak to the WSWS.

“If we don’t fight we’ll be making slave wages”

Cooper Tire workers in Ohio determined to fight pay cuts

By Jerry White and Andre Damon, 13 December 2011

More than a thousand workers are maintaining their picket lines at the Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. factory in Findlay, Ohio two weeks after being locked out for opposing management’s attack on their wages and working conditions.

WikiLeaks “is shining light on the crimes that go on behind the scenes”

Demonstrators speak in support of Assange

By our reporters, 6 December 2011

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters outside the High Court in London.

Occupy DC: Police arrest 31, demolish protest structure

By our correspondents, 6 December 2011

Police made arrests at the protest site near the White House, partially dismantling a temporary structure to be used for Occupy meetings.

Germany: Angry Manroland workers protest against job losses

By our correspondents, 6 December 2011

Several thousand workers at Manroland, a major printing equipment manufacturer, demonstrated last Thursday at plants in Augsburg, Offenbach and Plauen in defence of their jobs.

Police confiscate tents from Minneapolis protesters

By our reporter, 3 December 2011

Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies raided the downtown encampment of Minneapolis occupiers and confiscate tents in wake of new ban on overnight camping in the government plaza.

UK public sector pension strike: Demonstrators in Peterborough and Cambridge describe social conditions

By our reporters, 3 December 2011

Public sector workers in Peterborough and Cambridge gave their views to WSWS reporters on the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government’s social attacks.

Police attack Occupy camps in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, arresting 350

By Rafael Azul, 1 December 2011

With military precision, squads of police officers, many of them in riot gear and armed with tear gas and bean bag guns, proceeded to remove the 1,400 protesters at the Los Angeles camp.

Students protest tuition hikes and police violence at UC Davis

By our reporters, 29 November 2011

Several hundred students at the University of California, Davis participated in protests on Monday in opposition to tuition increases and the pepper spraying of peaceful protesters.

New York: CUNY students denounce police attacks

By Sandy English, 29 November 2011

Hundreds of students from the City University of New York marched Monday to protest police violence that culminated in the arrest of 15 students last week.

UAW-run trust fund to cut retiree health benefits

By Jerry White, 17 November 2011

The medical benefits of approximately 820,000 retired auto workers and their spouses in the US are in danger of being sharply reduced or eliminated outright, as the retiree health care trust fund, run by the United Auto Workers union, is in danger of insolvency.

“This shows that it is illegal to express your opinion”

Protesters speak on Occupy Wall Street eviction

By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 16 November 2011

Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to occupiers and other protesters in Foley Square, Duarte Park and outside Zuccotti Park.

Boston protesters denounce raid on Occupy Wall Street

By Kate Randall, 16 November 2011

Protesters at the Occupy Boston camp expressed their outrage over Tuesday’s early morning police raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

With eviction threat looming, protesters mark one month of Occupy Detroit

By Jerry White, 15 November 2011

Occupy Detroit protesters marked the one-month anniversary of their encampment in a downtown park as city authorities made preparations to evict them in the coming days.

Occupy New York contingent sets off on march to Washington

By our reporters, 10 November 2011

A group of protesters from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan have begun a two-week march to Washington.

“We need a revolution to get rid of the UAW”

UAW contracts set stage for global attack on auto workers

By Jerry White, 10 November 2011

Two weeks after the United Auto Workers signed a new round of labor agreements with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, it is becoming clear that the deals only set the stage for a further offensive against workers in the global auto industry.

First arrests in Occupy Detroit protest

By Shannon Jones, 8 November 2011

Police arrested two supporters of Occupy Detroit at Wayne State University last week during a videotaping of New York Stock Exchange CEO Duncan Niederauer.

Occupy Pittsburgh protesters oppose police repression in California

By Samuel Davidson, 7 November 2011

About 150 workers, students, and unemployed are beginning the fourth week of their tent city, known as Occupy Pittsburgh, as part of the nationwide Occupy Wall Street protesters around the country.

City government in Duluth, Minnesota prepares to evict Occupy protesters

By our reporter, 7 November 2011

Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Duluth, Minnesota rallied over the weekend in the wake of last week’s call by a city official for the removal of protesters encamped in front of city hall.

Thousands march in Oakland to defend Occupy movement

By Jerry White, 3 November 2011

Thousands of protesters participated in a day of marches and demonstrations in Oakland, California Wednesday, eight days after a violent attack by police on the Occupy Oakland encampment.

“These are the Royal Courts of Injustice”

By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court.

Anti-Wall Street protesters in New York denounce “Governor 1 percent”

By our reporters, 2 November 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters denounced New York Governor Cuomo for his refusal to extend the “millionaires’ tax.”

Occupy Albany action enters second week

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2011

On Saturday October 29, Occupy Albany protestors, who have been encamped in downtown Albany’s Academy Park across from the State Capitol for over a week, held a number of activities, including a “People’s Speak Out,” during which anyone who wished to could address the gathering. The tone of the affair was set by the “invited speakers” who led off the event. These included half a dozen Democratic Party politicians, beginning with Congressman Paul Tonko.

Occupy Wall Street organizing underway in La Crosse, Wisconsin

By our reporter, 1 November 2011

Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement are working to build up Occupy LaCrosse. They’ve been barred from camping out in Cameron Park in the downtown area, and a group has initiated a petition campaign to secure their right to establish an encampment. Meanwhile, they are holding rallies, bannering and staging soapbox sessions.

Occupy Oakland votes for general strike

By Jack Hood, 28 October 2011

About three thousand people gathered in Oakland, California Wednesday voted to call for a general strike on November 2 in response to the police crackdown on protesters.

Occupy Atlanta: Protesters speak after forcible eviction from park

By Kranti Kumara, 28 October 2011

Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed unleashed hundreds of police in the middle of the night early Wednesday morning to evict tens of Occupy Atlanta protesters who have been peaceably occupying the downtown Troy Davis Park (formally named Woodruff Park) for over three weeks, since October 7.

New York: DA will not drop charges against hundreds of Occupy protesters

By a reporting team, 27 October 2011

The Manhattan district attorney is refusing to drop the charges against hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1.

Occupy Detroit: “People will possibly be killed if this keeps up”

By Shannon Jones, 27 October 2011

Members of the Occupy Detroit encampment spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on their protest

Video: Warren, Michigan Chrysler workers speak on contract vote

27 October 2011

Chrysler workers voting on the proposed contract Wednesday spoke to the World Socialist Web Site.

UAW imposes contract on Chrysler workers

By Jerry White, 27 October 2011

The United Auto Workers International Executive Board voted to impose a new-four year labor agreement on 26,000 Chrysler workers Wednesday, despite a 56 percent ‘no’ vote by skilled trades workers and widespread opposition from production workers.

London Occupation in second week

By Zach Reed, 25 October 2011

The occupation begun on October 15 of the area surrounding St. Paul’s Cathedral is nearly two weeks old, with up to 500 camped out.

Occupy Boston: Noam Chomsky speaks, but offers no way forward

By John Marion, 25 October 2011

MIT professor Noam Chomsky’s proscriptions alternated between reformist measures and pessimism about the ignorance of “the population.”

“Workers are facing the same thing all over the world”

Widespread opposition as voting on UAW-Chrysler deal concludes

By Jerry White, 25 October 2011

Workers at the Warren Truck plant in suburban Detroit denounced the sellout by the UAW Monday afternoon.

Chicago police arrest over 130 occupy protesters

By our reporting team, 24 October 2011

The mass arrests, carried out under the direction of the administration of Democratic Party Mayor Rahm Emanuel, represent a significant escalation of attempts by the state to disperse or intimidate protesters.

Video: Sydney protesters discuss international Occupy movement

22 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with demonstrators at the Occupy Sydney protest

Sri Lankan SEP campaign for release of political prisoners:

Released detainees speak to the WSWS

By Subash Somachandran, 22 October 2011

WSWS reporters held discussions with several recently released detainees and their relatives, who extended their support to the SEP campaign for the immediate release of all political prisoners.

Occupy Wall Street in second month: $10 billion in bonuses for Goldman Sachs

By our reporters, 21 October 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street movement entered its second month, the Goldman Sachs investment bank announced that it had set aside $10.01 billion so far this year for year-end compensation and bonuses.

Occupy Pittsburgh: “Transportation shouldn’t be a privilege, it is a right”

By a reporter, 21 October 2011

Since last Saturday, more than 150 people from the Occupy Pittsburgh protest have set up camp in Mellon Square in downtown Pittsburgh.

Video report: Protesters speak out at Occupy Sydney, Australia

20 October 2011

More than 1,000 people, mainly youth, protested in Martin Place, Sydney in line with similar demonstrations around the world.

Boston: Democratic governor’s visit to protest prompts opposition

By Kate Randall, 19 October 2011

Invited by protest organizers, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick toured the tent city of Occupy Boston at Dewey Square on Saturday.

New York Governor Cuomo rejects Wall Street protest demand over “millionaires’ tax”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2011

New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has rejected a demand raised in the Occupy Wall Street protests for the reinstatement of an income tax surcharge on the state’s wealthiest residents.

Detroit: “This system is rigged for a very few”

By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2011

A WSWS reporting team visited the encampment of Occupy Detroit in Grand Circus Park located downtown on Woodward Avenue near the Fox Theatre, which is nearing the completion of its first week.

Los Angeles: “Being out of work for two years is being called the ‘new normal’”

By Dan Conway, 19 October 2011

Now in its second week, the Occupy LA movement continues to grow. On Saturday, between ten and 15 thousands protesters marched from the city's downtown Pershing Square park to the Occupy LA encampment outside of city hall.

Video: Kentucky students join Occupy Wall Street protest

By Andre Damon and C. W. Rogers, 19 October 2011

In this video, students attending the Wall Street protest from Berea College in Kentucky speak about growing up in poverty and the fight for social equality.

Video Report: Protesters discuss social inequality in Melbourne, Australia

18 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters at Occupy Melbourne about social inequality.

Nashville: “I’m fed up with the way corporations are controlling the American government”

By our reporter, 18 October 2011

Participants and supporters of the Occupy Together movement gathered in downtown Nashville on Saturday.

New York City: “We are looking for equality”

By Sandy English, 17 October 2011

Thousands of people demonstrated in Times Square, the heart of New York City, Saturday as part of the worldwide protests against social inequality and Wall Street.

Chicago: As anti-Wall Street protests grow more than 175 arrested at Grant Park

By our reporters, 17 October 2011

Occupy Chicago drew more than 2,000 supporters Saturday night as protesters joined in a global day of action spawned by the “Occupy” movement. This was the largest mobilization to date in Chicago after more than three weeks of protests.

Europe: Protestors speak out in the UK and Germany

By our reporters, 17 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to youth and workers protesting in Britain and Germany.

Pittsburgh, Penn.: “They don’t treat us as humans”

By our reporter, 17 October 2011

About 150 people occupied Mellon Square in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday and spent the night setting up tents and bringing the Occupy Wall Street movement to Pittsburgh.

Canada: Occupy Wall Street movement hits twenty cities

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 October 2011

Thousands of youth, workers, professionals and retirees marched in “Occupy Canada” demonstrations held in 20 cities and towns across the country on Saturday. Targeting the financial or governmental centers in cities like Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Regina, protestors set up tent villages in downtown public spaces and vowed to continue their action indefinitely. On Sunday, occupiers of St. James Park in Toronto’s financial district voted to march on the stock exchange Monday morning to express their outrage over the burgeoning social inequality in Canada. Similar actions are being planned from coast to coast over the coming days and weeks.

DTE Energy turns out the lights on Highland Park, Michigan neighborhoods

By Lawrence Porter and Nancy Hanover, 17 October 2011

The residents of Highland Park, Michigan, have been plunged into darkness after utility pulled the plug as a result of an unpaid $4 million bill.

University of Michigan hospital nurses protest concessions contract

By Matthew Brennan and Zac Corrigan, 15 October 2011

More than 400 nurses participated in a protest march in Ann Arbor over proposed cuts to benefits and wages Wednesday.

Occupy Wall Street protesters resist expulsion from Liberty Plaza in New York

By Sandy English, 14 October 2011

Protesters in the month-long occupation of Liberty Plaza near Wall Street in have announced that will peacefully resist any attempt on Friday to remove them from the park.

Anti-Wall Street occupation continues in Lexington, Kentucky

By Ryan Rahilly, 14 October 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protests that have taken place in New York City, Chicago, Portland and other cities across the United States have spread to Lexington, Kentucky.

Video report: Wall Street protesters express the grievances of American workers

By Andre Damon and C. W. Rogers, 13 October 2011

In this video, participants in the Wall Street occupation speak about why they are demonstrating, and a supporter of the protest explains why she agrees with the demonstration’s aims.

Opposition mounts to Detroit library closures

By Shannon Jones, 13 October 2011

Residents of Detroit’s east side picketed outside the Monteith branch Tuesday in the latest of a growing number of protests against planned library closures.

Occupy New Orleans enters seventh day

13 October 2011

The New Orleans branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement, known as “Occupy NOLA,” has entered its seventh day of demonstrations. The movement began on October 6 with a march of approximately 400 people that led to an occupation site right outside of City Hall.

Occupy Wall Street marches on millionaires’ row

By our reporter, 12 October 2011

A section of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration made its way uptown Tuesday for a march up Fifth Avenue past the luxury apartment buildings of New York City’s multi-millionaires and billionaires.

Occupy Detroit holds first meeting

By our reporting team, 12 October 2011

Two to three hundred people gathered at a Detroit church Monday evening to make plans to launch Occupy Detroit protests in solidarity with the anti-Wall Street protests initiated in New York.

Occupy Portland protests expand

By Hector Cordon, 12 October 2011

Portland, Oregon, saw the largest demonstrations outside of New York in opposition to Wall Street with up to 10,000 people marching on October 6.

Student march backs Occupy Boston

11 October 2011

On Monday afternoon, several thousand students from the Boston area came out to back the Occupy Boston movement. They rallied in Boston Common and then conducted a spirited march to Dewey Square, where protesters have operated a tent city for a week and a half, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City.

Washington anti-Wall Street rally: “This country has slipped out of the hands of the people”

By Nikolai Barrickman, 11 October 2011

Several hundred people rallied in Washington DC Saturday as part of the anti-Wall Street protests. Protesters staged a march around noon, and then held a General Assembly.

Occupy LA protests enter second week

By a WSWS reporting team, 10 October 2011

Several hundred people were present Friday as protesters lined the block with signs denouncing the “one percent” super-wealthy and calling for justice for the 99 percent.

Anti-Wall Street protesters rally in Norfolk, Virginia

By Ed Hightower, 10 October 2011

Around 100 supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrated on Saturday in downtown Norfolk, just outside of the local Bank of America headquarters.

Minneapolis protesters continue occupation of county government center

By WSWS reporting team, 10 October 2011

Demonstrators marked day two of the occupation of the Hennepin County Government Center, renamed “The People’s Plaza,” in downtown Minneapolis.

Boston: “If you don’t have money it shouldn’t be a death sentence.”

7 October 2011

The WSWS interviewed people at Occupy Boston in the city’s financial district, where several hundred people have been camped out since last week.

New York City: “The banks are selling our future”

7 October 2011

The day after Wednesday’s mass march and the police attacks and arrest of 28 demonstrators, several hundred people remained in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, where the police presence has been beefed up and metal barriers have been deployed to limit access to the area.

Portland: “The government does not represent the people”

7 October 2011

In one of the largest protests in Portland in years, thousands of demonstrators converged on Water Front Park in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Wall Street protesters speak out: “America is long overdue for a revolution”

By a reporting team, 6 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to many of those who joined Wednesday’s mass demonstration against Wall Street.

Wall Street protesters: “The whole system is broken”

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2011

Participants in Friday’s march of over 3,000 to protest the over 80 arrests and pepper-spraying of unresisting demonstrators the week before spoke to the WSWS about why they were demonstrating.

North Yorkshire residents speak on mining conditions

“If we challenge the health and safety then we are seen as stopping the job”

By our reporters, 3 October 2011

At the weekend, a World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke to people in Knottingley, North Yorkshire—the town adjoining the Kellingley colliery where the latest tragic mining fatality occurred.

Video: US college students speak on unemployment and budget cuts

By Andre Damon, 1 October 2011

In this video, students from Northern Virginia Community College and the University of New Orleans discuss education cuts, life without work and other social problems facing young people.

Workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, speak on jobs crisis

By Mike Ingram, 9 September 2011

Once a thriving mill town, Lawrence is among the poorest cities in Massachusetts, with an official jobless rate of over 18 percent.

New York State workers speak out against concessions contracts

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 August 2011

New York State workers voiced opposition to concessions and anger toward the unions for accepting drastic cuts in wages and benefits.

Workers speak out on British riots: “The system is not viable”

By our reporting teams, 19 August 2011

Reporting teams from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents in the cities of Manchester and Leeds about recent riots, police brutality and the social conditions facing working class youth on a daily basis.

“This isn’t a negotiation. It’s more like dictating.”

Verizon workers denounce company charges of “sabotage”

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 August 2011

Verizon has escalated its attack on the 45,000 striking telecommunication workers, stating that all workers will lose their health and other benefits on September 1. This follows reports that Verizon will fire any workers it accuses of sabotage or unlawful activities.

“The whole world needs to go on strike”

Verizon workers speak out as strike enters day five

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 August 2011

45,000 telecommunication worker enter the fifth day of their strike against Verizon, the nation’s second largest provider of telephone service and its largest wireless carrier.

New York City workers speak out against budget cuts

By a reporting team, 9 August 2011

Workers and youth in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in New York City spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the budget cuts.

“It’s an outright crime”

Michigan workers denounce cuts to Social Security, Medicare

By Andre Damon, 5 August 2011

The World Socialist Web Site will speak to workers and students across the US about the brutal cuts just agreed upon by both parties in Washington. We begin in Oak Park, Michigan, a working class suburb of Detroit.

WikiLeaks has provided evidence of war crimes, say Assange supporters

By Robert Stevens, 13 July 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those protesting outside the High Court in London in support of Julian Assange.

Young and jobless in Chicago

By Andre Damon, 4 July 2011

In this video, the second in a series on youth unemployment in Chicago, young people in the city speak about the lack of jobs, even for those with college degrees, and the effect of long-term unemployment on their lives.

New York workers speak out against attacks on jobs and services

By a reporting team, 17 June 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a number of workers who came to the June 14 rally in New York City to oppose the cutbacks proposed by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo.

Detroit students speak out against closure of Catherine Ferguson Academy

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 June 2011

Catherine Ferguson Academy (CFA) in Detroit is scheduled to be permanently closed this Thursday on the last day of the school year.

Canada Post workers walk out in Windsor

“It’s not just us, it’s everywhere”

By Shannon Jones, 14 June 2011

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) continued its policy of rotating strikes with one-day walkouts in 10 cities on Monday.

Striking Canadian postal worker:

“We are fighting for everyone to be equal”

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 June 2011

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is persisting with its strategy of rolling localized one-day walkouts, even though government-owned Canada Post is aggressively attacking the 45,000 mail-sorters, letter carriers and truck drivers.

Yonkers students denounce school cutbacks

By our reporters, 16 May 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to students at Riverside High School in Yonkers, New York, about proposed school budget cuts for the city that call for the layoffs of over 400 teachers and the elimination of school transportation, extra-curricular activities, intramural sports and many other programs.

Video: Catherine Ferguson Academy students and teachers speak on school closures and social inequality

By Andre Damon and Jerry White, 14 May 2011

In this video, the second part of a series, Detroit students and teachers speak about the attack on public education and the impact of the closure of their school on the community.

Workers in Ardwick, Manchester speak of growing poverty and hardship

By our reporters, 4 May 2011

Social inequality and the escalating cost of living has been a major issue raised with those campaigning for the Socialist Equality Party in Ardwick, Manchester, where Robert Skelton is standing as a candidate in the local elections.