International Youth and Students for Social Equality
Students, workers, and artists denounce censorship
By Gabriel Black, 11 April 2021
The censoring of the IYSSE, at a time of growing interest in a genuine socialist perspective among young people has been met with an outcry and statements of protest.
By Alex Findijs, 26 November 2020
After the disastrous reopening of campuses this fall led to hundreds of thousands of cases, countless college students are bringing the coronavirus home with them.
By Jack Turner, 24 November 2020
The latest retrenchments include entire departments, taking the attack on jobs and conditions to a qualitatively new level.
By John Conrad, 24 November 2020
Zoom’s dramatic escalation of censorship has major implications as schools, academic institutions as well as political organizations have become increasingly dependent on the platform to conduct classes, conferences and meetings.
By Mike Head, 24 November 2020
Every week brings new announcements of retrenchments as the managements exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate pro-business restructuring.
By Henry Lee, 23 November 2020
Such are the horrendous conditions, with the Conservative government set to end its national lockdown on December 2, that many international students will contract this deadly disease.
Binghamton University closes after coronavirus outbreak, University at Buffalo defies guidelines to remain open
By Alex Findijs, 21 November 2020
Binghamton University has switched to remote learning for the second time after recording 100 cases in two weeks. The University at Buffalo, however, has decided to remain open despite reaching the threshold for closure.
By Renae Cassimeda, 21 November 2020
San Diego teachers are speaking out in opposition to school districts keeping schools open as cases skyrocket throughout the county.
By Genevieve Leigh, 20 November 2020
One of the impacts of the pandemic is a rising mental health crisis, particularly among youth, for which no faction of the ruling class proposes any solution.
By Andre Damon, 20 November 2020
In a series of news articles, editorials, and op-eds, the Times has waged a campaign to oppose the closure of schools to stop the spread of the pandemic.
By Jesse Thomas, 20 November 2020
A Q&A session Monday night resulted in a debacle for Schlissel as he faced widespread criticism from participating student representatives over the disastrous reopening he has overseen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By our reporter, 20 November 2020
The effective ban on the youth movement of the Socialist Equality Party was overturned after statements of opposition from prominent defenders of democratic rights, including Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters, along with workers and young people around the world.
By Kevin Reed, 18 November 2020
The blocking of a meeting about the post-election coup plotting of Donald Trump from being posted on Facebook is an example of the intensification of political censorship being carried out by the social media platforms against left-wing and socialist organizations and publishers.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands schools and campuses close to halt the spread of the pandemic
By Our reporter, 18 November 2020
“Lessons have to be drawn, any orientation to the labour and trade union bureaucracy will be a death trap,” said teacher and meeting moderator Tania Kent.
By Wimal Perera, 18 November 2020
Students, like other poor sections of the society, have been ignored by the Awami League government.
Homicide investigation under way after weeks of police negligence in the death of black Louisiana teen
By Aaron Murch, 18 November 2020
Quawan Charles, 15, was found dead in a field days after police ignored his family’s please to report him missing.
By John Malvar, 17 November 2020
A student petition declared that the “The national government must act now” to address the devastation caused by the pandemic and massive typhoons, “or step down from their positions. No compromises.”
By Luke Galvin, 17 November 2020
In effect, the plan simultaneously throws support behind the parasitic recruitment policies of the US military while attempting to boost enrollment numbers at the school.
By Ioan Petrescu, 16 November 2020
The UCU finalised a sell-out agreement in its dispute with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, just one day before strike action was to commence.
By Alberto Escalera, 14 November 2020
With the rise in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths throughout the region, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Friday of a likely suspension of in-person learning at public schools as early as next week.
By Marianne Arens, 14 November 2020
Even the prospect of a breakthrough regarding a COVID-19 vaccine does not impel capitalist politicians to pursue a sensible, safe pandemic policy.
By Henry Lee, 14 November 2020
Rising rents, as well as the fact that many students were made to pay in the previous academic year for accommodation they were leaving empty, have triggered a number of protests across the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Andy Thompson, 14 November 2020
Police in riot gear outnumbered protesters by almost two to one.
Stop online censorship: Restore the Twitter account of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)!
By Kevin Reed, 13 November 2020
In an act of online political censorship, Twitter has suspended the account of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in the US.
By Evan Blake, 13 November 2020
Whatever their tactical maneuvers, the Democratic Party is equally beholden to Wall Street and will reopen schools as soon as they deem it politically viable.
By Alex Findijs, 13 November 2020
Despite clear signs that SUNY’s policies were not working, the new plan for the spring is hardly an improvement. Most of the core points in the plan have already been in effect or add little to the existing precautions.
By Eduardo Parati, 13 November 2020
The reopening being carried out by state governors and the precarious conditions faced by the majority are creating the perfect conditions for an even deadlier coronavirus surge.
By our reporters, 12 November 2020
Speakers at Monday’s online meeting addressed the perspective of a continent-wide school walkout in the context of the growing resistance of the working class against their governments’ murderous policies.
By Gregor Link and Markus Salzmann, 12 November 2020
Although studies show that the closure of schools, day-care centres and non-essential businesses effectively slow down the increase of infections, governments in Germany and Europe generally reject such closures.
By Margot Miller, 11 November 2020
More than one in 10 people aged 16-25 have lost their jobs, and just under six in 10 have seen their earnings fall since the coronavirus pandemic began.
As wildcat teacher strikes continue
By Samuel Tissot, 11 November 2020
Two government ministries published contradictory figures amid a state campaign to suppress public knowledge of COVID-19 transmission in French schools.
By Carolyn Kennett, 10 November 2020
Despite the clear dangers, the trade unions covering university workers—such as the National Tertiary Education Union—have mounted no opposition to the return to campuses.
For a general strike to close schools! Form rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, parents and students!
By Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France), 10 November 2020
Thousands of French teachers will join a nationwide strike today, as strikes voted by local staff meetings have shut dozens of schools since holidays ended Monday.
By Chase Lawrence, 9 November 2020
The underfunded and chaotic implementation of online learning is being used to force students back into unsafe classrooms.
SUNY Cortland suspends in-person classes for rest of semester after seeing continued rise of COVID-19 cases
By Alex Findijs, 7 November 2020
The university in central New York has recorded 604 COVID-19 cases since the semester began. The decision to suspend in-person classes is an admission that it was never safe to return students to campus.
By John Conrad, 7 November 2020
The establishment of race-based “Themed Engagement Communities” in two NYU dorms is reactionary and part of a broader campaign by the ruling class to divide workers and youth along racial lines.
By Henry Lee, 7 November 2020
The protest on Thursday evening was a response to the fencing-in of students, seen as the last straw by residents fed up with the contemptuous and authoritarian treatment they have faced from university authorities.
By Kylie Rose, 6 November 2020
Just last month, the University of Miami was caught using facial recognition technology to track down students who attended a peaceful protest against the school’s reopening plans.
By Usman Khan, 5 November 2020
The young student died in her dorm room while in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and being sent home from the hospital.
By Genevieve Leigh, 3 November 2020
The sudden and tragic death of such a young child has sent shockwaves through the community and across the US.
By Elliott Murtagh, 3 November 2020
The New York City university’s recent layoffs have created outrage and opposition among students, faculty, and staff looking to push back.
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 November 2020
Young people looking for answers to all of the pressing questions of today are coming to find that there is no greater resource than the WSWS.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 31 October 2020
If non-essential businesses, schools, and day-care centres are not immediately closed, the overloading of health care systems and the premature death of millions of people is inevitable.
“Our University is being run like a business”
By Jesse Thomas, 29 October 2020
University of Michigan Students speak out against deadly reopening policies.
Online forum with David North and Professor Adolph Reed
28 October 2020
The event, hosted by San Diego State University’s Department of Political Science, is taking place Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm Eastern, 4:00 pm Pacific.
By Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020
A new startup is recruiting temporary “gig” workers to evict people from their homes during the most severe housing crisis since the Great Depression.
By Genevieve Leigh, 28 October 2020
Lang, a healthy first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the university in western Ohio, died Thursday after weeks of battling the virus.
By Our correspondent, 24 October 2020
Held amid a COVID-19 lockdown, the meeting reflected the growing radicalisation among youth and students.
By David Fitzgerald and Gabriel Black, 23 October 2020
These statistics quantitatively express a significant shift in political mood and perspective that has occurred over just the last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the US and the world.
By Our reporter, 23 October 2020
“Achieving herd immunity properly means protecting people through vaccination. It has never been shown that herd immunity can be achieved by allowing people to catch a virus and die.”
Washtenaw County issues stay-at-home order at University of Michigan campus in the wake of campus COVID outbreak
By Jesse Thomas, 21 October 2020
The rise in cases at the University of Michigan follows the shutdown of the graduate student strike last month, which was waged in opposition to the university’s unsafe reopening policy.
Northern Virginia Community College faculty and staff speak out about loss of work due to budget crisis
By Dominic Gustavo and Nick Barrickman, 21 October 2020
Professors and student workers in the Virginia Community College System spoke to the IYSSE about their loss of work related to the pandemic
By Alex Findijs, 20 October 2020
Cortland has already been in a two-week pause after recording more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in a two-week period. School plans to reopen were foiled after a major outbreak days before the end of the temporary pause
Student council at Leipzig University opposes invitation to German right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski
By Noah Windstein, 17 October 2020
It is particularly cynical for Baberowski to speak on the issue of peace in light of his trivialisation of the Holocaust and the arson attacks by neo-Nazis on refugee centres.
By Ben McGrath, 17 October 2020
The demonstrators have three core demands: the prime minister’s resignation, a new constitution, and an end to the suppression of government critics; as well as the reform of the monarchy.
By John Conrad, 16 October 2020
The decision to not immediately halt in-person classes and work at NYU amid a resurgence of the pandemic underscores the recklessness of the university administration.
By San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 October 2020
Our committee answers directly to the interests of the working class, not to the major corporations, their political representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties, or the teachers unions which have facilitated school reopenings.
By Isaac Finn, 16 October 2020
The faculty union at YSU announced a shutdown of a three-day strike after an “understanding” was reached with the administration.
University of Michigan cafeteria workers oppose reopening of dining halls as coronavirus continues to spread on campus
By Jesse Thomas, 16 October 2020
In the weeks following the sellout of the graduate student strike, multiple COVID-19 clusters have been confirmed on campus, demonstrating the complete inadequacy of the university’s testing regime.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 October 2020
Williamson’s letter is the latest move in a five-year conspiracy of the Conservative government, the Labour Party, and Zionist organisations aimed at criminalising vast swathes of the political left.
By Melody Isley, 16 October 2020
The delay to school reopenings stems directly from the actions of rank-and-file educators and parents, who have organized car caravan protests and have been increasingly outspoken on social media.
By Clara Weiss, 14 October 2020
Schools have become the main vector for the second wave of the pandemic, with at least two teachers and one 20-year-old student dying over the past week alone.
By Our reporter, 14 October 2020
Emma, a parent of primary school age children, said, “I could not agree more with all of you. How can anybody make schools safe? Even our primary school head said they couldn’t guarantee safety.
By James Clayton and Keith Jones, 12 October 2020
Anamie Paul, the candidate favoured by the Green Party establishment, narrowly prevailed over the “eco-socialist,” Palestinian-rights activist, and one-time Wall Street lawyer, Dimitri Lascaris.
By our correspondents, 12 October 2020
The meeting, attended by students, youth and workers, reviewed some of the lessons of Leon Trotsky’s life and political work.
By Chase Lawrence, 12 October 2020
Across the US, the location of coronavirus outbreaks in schools are being deliberately hidden from the public, in order to prevent teachers and parents from drawing the conclusion that face-to-face instruction should stop.
By Renae Cassimeda, 12 October 2020
The mass layoffs come four months after an unprecedented 1.4 million education layoffs as a result of the pandemic, and are the tip of the iceberg with no federal aid on the horizon.
By E.P. Milligan, 10 October 2020
Northumbria University’s decision to move online prompted the University and College Union (UCU) leadership to call off strike action, while claiming a victory.
By Alex Findijs, 9 October 2020
After recording 101 positive cases of coronavirus in less than two weeks, SUNY Cortland became the third SUNY school to temporarily switch to online instruction for two weeks.
By Noah Ryan, 9 October 2020
According to a new study, 52 percent of young people ages 18-29 lived with their parents in July this year, nearly six months after the onset of the pandemic in the US.
By Melody Isley, 9 October 2020
The unbridled spread of COVID-19 is not the fault of a relatively small number of students, but is a direct consequence of the criminal policies of the American ruling class.
By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2020
The spread of COVID-19 in the north of England is presented in the media as a regional disparity. But the most infected areas are in deindustrialised, socially deprived regions where fewer people work from home.
Appalachian State University faculty and students demand action after death of healthy student from COVID-19
By Aaron Murch, 8 October 2020
Following the death of 19-year-old Chad Dorrill, students and professors have spoken out against the poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the university’s administration.
By Ioan Petrescu, 7 October 2020
Under the cover of the coronavirus pandemic, the University and College Union has conspired with employers to push through changes to its members’ pension plans that will see them paying more for smaller benefits.
“We want the government to stop using us” like “guinea pigs”
By our reporters, 7 October 2020
Dozens of students at LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School protested last Thursday against the provincial CAQ government’s reckless reopening of Quebec’s schools.
Break with the unions and turn to the working class!
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality at New York University, 6 October 2020
The IYSSE at NYU fully supports the fight of graduate student workers for better living and working conditions. This struggle, however, has to be based on an understanding of the socioeconomic and political crisis unfolding in the US and around the world.
By Mike Head, 5 October 2020
This disaster is a staggering indictment of the NTEU and all those trying to keep university workers tied to the union.
By Harvey Thompson, 5 October 2020
Figures from the latest Public Health England’s COVID-19 epidemiology surveillance summary show that educational settings now account for 45 percent of all positive cases in the UK.
By Our reporters, 3 October 2020
University students, lecturers and members of the public have been speaking out against the absurd and dangerous conditions facing thousands of young people as they start the university year.
By Alex Findijs, 3 October 2020
The Board of Trustees for the State University of New York is packed with members and strategists of the Democratic Party.
By Our reporters, 2 October 2020
“Scalice has helped clarify one of the big issues facing our generation: Stalinism. Through his scholarship, he has shown that Stalinism is the antithesis of Marxism and communism.”
By Simon Whelan, 1 October 2020
The government knew the start of the academic year would bring about a resurgence of the virus but continued nevertheless as part of its herd immunity policy.
By Kimie Saito and Marc Wells, 29 September 2020
In Orange County, California, educators in at least four school districts are taking part in courageous protests against returning to work under unsafe conditions in defiance of their own unions’ recommendations.
Unite educators, students and parents to protect our lives against COVID-19
By the Detroit Rank-and-File Educators Safety Committee, 28 September 2020
The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) is seeking to ram through a one-year contract as part of the preparation for a return to full in-person learning.
By Luke Galvin, 28 September 2020
Since August 24, there have been 1,250 cases of COVID-19 linked to the reopening of the university.
By Harvey Thompson and Robert Stevens, 28 September 2020
The collapse in the number of jobs and apprenticeships meant that by July one in 13 of the seven million UK workers aged between 16 and 24 years was claiming Universal Credit.
By Simon Whelan and Barry Mason, 26 September 2020
The former regional director for public health in northwest England, Professor John Ashton, said it was “almost inevitable” that the return of students would lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
By Genevieve Leigh, 26 September 2020
While the demands laid out by the students are limited to immediate measures, there is no doubt that they are motivated by much broader issues.
By Alex Johnson, 26 September 2020
Students say their calls for adequate support and transparency, quality education, reduced costs and licensing accommodations have been met with indifference and hostility from university administrators.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 September 2020
Throughout the course of the strike, many students admirably asserted that their fight was not only about the health and safety of themselves, but of the community as a whole.
IYSSE at UC Berkeley condemns Philippine Stalinist “slanders and falsehoods” against Dr. Joseph Scalice
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at UC Berkeley, 25 September 2020
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison has accused Dr. Scalice of being a “CIA agent.” This pathetic lie is aimed at distracting workers and youth from Dr. Scalice’s exposure of the Stalinists’ support for president Rodrigo Duterte and other bourgeois politicians.
“We are just numbers on a spreadsheet”
By Genevieve Leigh, 24 September 2020
Students are organizing a virtual “sick out,” where students do not log in to online learning for the entire day, to call attention to their demands.
By Samuel Davidson, 24 September 2020
California University of Pennsylvania student Jamain Stephens Jr. died September 9 from a blood clot in his heart after he contracted COVID-19.
By Renae Cassimeda and Evan Blake, 23 September 2020
Starting Monday, 276 Kenosha teachers engaged in a sickout strike in opposition to increasing COVID-19 outbreaks and deadly conditions in the school district.
By Robert Stevens, 23 September 2020
Anger is erupting among youth in Greece at being forced back to school amid a raging pandemic of COVID-19.
By Will McCallis, 23 September 2020
The letter warns that non-compliance with the “school reopening guidance" will be met with a potential loss of state funds.
By Andy Thompson and Fabian Salgado, 23 September 2020
To oppose the sellout being prepared, striking hospital workers must follow the examples of auto workers and educators by forming rank-and-file committees.
By Genevieve Leigh, 22 September 2020
Underlying the reckless drive to reopen schools is a broader policy of “herd immunity” adopted by every major capitalist country around the world.
By Melody Isley, 22 September 2020
Adding insult to injury, students, many of whom who are frontline workers and therefore unable to escape exposure, are being blamed for the explosion of cases on college campuses.
By Jesse Thomas, 22 September 2020
The possibility that the university administration delayed the public announcement of the cases until after the strike was officially smothered cannot be discounted.