Interviews and On-the-spot reports

Social crisis in Detroit: "A half-million meals a year"

15 June 2008

As part of a series of investigative reports on the social crisis in Detroit, the World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in the city about the worsening conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof.  Brother Jerry Smith, director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit spoke to the WSWS about the huge need for food in the city.

Social crisis in Detroit: "I've got to use a bicycle to get around"

15 June 2008

As part of a series of investigative reports on the social crisis in Detroit, the World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in the city about the worsening conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. The WSWS spoke with Lon Rubenstein, who is living on a disability payment of just $600.00 per month. He cannot afford to put gas in his car.

Social crisis in Detroit: "Some weeks we have less meals"

15 June 2008

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. In this clip, our reporters spoke with Jada Browning a young mother of three who recently lost her job.

Social crisis in Detroit: "We don't take that Sunday drive"

15 June 2008

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed workers and professionals in Detroit about the worsening social conditions as gas prices and food prices soar through the roof. In this clip, Larry Porter speaks with Barbara Johnson, a teacher.

Detroit American Axle Workers Speak on UAW Sellout

19 May 2008

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with American Axle strikers in Detroit on May 18 and 19 about the wage-cutting agreement signed by the UAW.

American Axle strikers denounce UAW sellout contract

18 May 2008

American Axle strikers, who have been on strike for nearly three months, denounced the sellout contract handed down by the UAW today at an informational meeting in Detroit.

Tensions mount as American Axle strike enters 10th week

30 April 2008

The American Axle strike enters a tenth week. It will soon exceed the length of the historic strike against GM in 1970. This week workers circulated a petition to the UAW requesting an increase in strike pay from $200 per week to $300. The WSWS spoke to workers on the picket lines in Detroit.

American Axle strikers rally outside shareholders' meeting

24 April 2008

On Thursday, April 24, 2008, auto workers on strike at American Axle rallied in Detroit outside a shareholders meeting of the company where Richard Dauch, CEO, reiterated company demands for pay cuts amounting to more than half the workers wages and benefits. Detroit police were mobilized in force with two dozen squad cars, a bus to transport prisoners, and a special riot control squad armed with firearms and large canisters of mace.

Arrests on American Axle picket line in Detroit

14 March 2008

Several striking auto workers in Detroit were arrested on the picket line at American Axle and Manufacturing on Friday morning, March 14, as the company moved a number of semis through the picket lines. Local police and the local media outlets had been mobilized in force in an obvious, orchestrated effort to provoke a confrontation and force an end to the strike.