America's Brutal Society
By David Walsh, 19 April 2019
The Colorado event, in which two high school seniors shot and killed 12 of their fellow students and one teacher before committing suicide, represented something qualitatively new and disturbing in American social life.
By Dan Conway, 13 April 2019
For the second time in as many weeks, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the execution of a death row inmate can proceed despite claims that the method of execution, lethal injection, will cause intense pain and suffering.
By Aaron Murch, 12 April 2019
The son of a white sheriff’s deputy faces charges of setting fire to three black churches.
By Niles Niemuth, 6 April 2019
If the conditions that exist in US prisons were exposed in Russia or China, there would be a hue and cry in the press and the halls of Congress for economic sanctions and “humanitarian” military intervention.
“An excessive amount of violence, sexual abuse, and prisoner deaths”
By Niles Niemuth, 5 April 2019
A more than two-year investigation exposed appalling violations of constitutional protections for the approximately 25,000 men locked up in facilities operated by the Alabama Department of Corrections.
By Eric London, 29 March 2019
Amidst a media blackout, the Trump administration is arresting unprecedented numbers of immigrants at the border while demanding the expansion of internment camps.
By Matthew MacEgan, 28 March 2019
Last week saw the tragic deaths of two students who survived the 2018 Parkland massacre, followed by the suicide of the parent of a girl who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting.
By Norisa Diaz, 28 March 2019
An arsonist set fire to the Islamic Center of Escondido in North San Diego County on Sunday, leaving behind a note referencing the New Zealand rampage.
By George Marlowe, 23 March 2019
Teachers in Indiana were subject to a violent school shooting drill by law enforcement officials in January which left them bleeding and bruised for weeks.
By Samuel Davidson, 21 March 2019
A massive show of police force is being staged for the trial of former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who killed 17-year-old Woodland High School honor student Antwon Rose last year, shooting him three times in the back.
By Alan Gilman, 16 March 2019
The 737 condemned inmates in the nation’s largest death row will have their death sentences stayed for the duration of a moratorium issued by Governor Gavin Newsom.
“I was treated like a caged animal”
By George Marlowe, 1 March 2019
Melissa Latronica, a single mother of three and a certified nursing assistant, was recently arrested and thrown into jail for an unpaid ambulance bill she never received.
By George Marlowe, 16 February 2019
A recently laid-off worker at the Henry Pratt Company opened fire Friday, killing at least five people and injuring many others.
By Genevieve Leigh, 14 February 2019
One year has passed since the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people and sparked nationwide protests by students and youth against gun violence.
By Kate Randall, 9 February 2019
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling openly violated the separation of church and state enshrined in the US Constitution and the high court’s jurisprudence that government may not discriminate among faiths.
By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2018
The mass releases, with detained immigrants dropped at bus stations, shelters and city parks, seem to be a politically-motivated campaign by ICE agents.
By Eric London, 27 December 2018
The eight-year-old immigrant died in US custody after fleeing from Nentón, Guatemala, close to where a horrific massacre took place in 1982 during the country’s civil war.
By Nancy Hanover, 28 November 2018
One of the ugly secrets of US medical care—the rationing of life-saving procedures based on ability to pay—was exposed by the recent experiences of a Michigan woman seeking a heart transplant.
By Norisa Diaz and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 November 2018
Numerous migrants, mostly women and girls, have been victims of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping or rape at the hands of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents.
By David Walsh, 9 November 2018
Another horrible mass shooting took place in the US on Wednesday night, the 307th such episode on the 311th day of the year, according to a website that tracks gun violence.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 November 2018
The spontaneous outpourings of solidarity across Jewish and Muslim communities for the victims of the Pittsburgh atrocity are anathema to the Netanyahu government.
128 years after the first US electrocution
By Kate Randall, 3 November 2018
The US Supreme Court has never ruled execution by electric chair or lethal injection unconstitutional and has consistently upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty itself.
By Samuel Davidson, 2 November 2018
Pittsburgh residents who spoke to the World Socialist Web Site denounced the president’s anti-immigrant tirades, which created the climate for the deadliest act of anti-Semitic violence in US history.
Child detainees speak out: “I just wanted a hug from someone”
By our reporters, 1 November 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with several immigrant children recently released from child detention shelters about conditions in the facilities.
By Samuel Davidson and Kate Randall, 30 October 2018
Vigils held across the country have charged Trump with using hate speech to incite violent attacks over the past week.
By our reporter, 30 October 2018
The gunman, 51-year-old Gregory Bush, had a history of mental illness and racist abuse.
“I don’t think the Democrats are doing anything to oppose Trump’s message”
By our reporters, 30 October 2018
WSWS reporters spoke to people at vigils in Pittsburgh, New York and Detroit.
Mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
By Joseph Kishore, 29 October 2018
To understand the significance of the homicidal violence in Pittsburgh that has left 11 people dead, it is necessary to place the event in its international and historical context.
By Lawrence Porter, 22 October 2018
Police raids following an anonymous tip and a lawsuit have uncovered dozens of fetuses, several children’s bodies and hundreds of containers of human remains.
By Kate Randall, 16 October 2018
The ruling invalidating the state’s 37-year-old death penalty law makes Washington the latest in a string of states in recent years to abandon capital punishment.
The fifth death in two years
By Jacob Crosse, 8 October 2018
The tragic and preventable deaths in Wisconsin Rapids reflect an upward trend in suicides throughout the United States’ overcrowded, backlogged and brutal jail and prison system.
By Alex Johnson, 29 September 2018
The following article is part of a series of articles dedicated to exposing the militarization of schools and universities.
By Harvey Simpkins, 24 September 2018
Even current green card holders could be subject to the new rule and lose their status as lawful permanent residents if, in certain circumstances, they leave the country and try to return.
By Adam Mclean, 21 September 2018
On Thursday morning, a gunman opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, killing three people and injuring three more.
By Aaron Murch, 8 September 2018
The sharp spike in prisoner deaths in Mississippi underscores the brutality and inhumanity of the prison system, which now holds over two million poor and working class people throughout the US.
“This is a class issue, and it’s a social issue”
By our reporters, 3 September 2018
About 200 people attended the funeral, with many traveling long distances from throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.
By George Marlowe, 3 September 2018
The press continues to demonize the victims of the Chicago house fire in the Little Village neighborhood, deflecting blame from the political establishment.
By Kevin Martinez, 31 August 2018
The death of Mariee Juarez is one more casualty in the Trump administration’s brutal war on immigrants.
“The politicians want to sweep this under the rug”
By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 29 August 2018
While hundreds went to a vigil to commemorate and mourn the death of the ten children lost to the house fire Sunday morning, Chicago’s Democratic mayor and city aldermen declined to attend.
By Matthew Taylor, 28 August 2018
Prisoners across multiple states have continued to strike against the brutal conditions under which they are incarcerated.
By Matthew Taylor, 27 August 2018
The massacre at a video game tournament on Sunday was only the latest in a string of mass shootings in the US.
By Josh Varlin, 24 August 2018
The conviction of former New York prison guards’ union president Norman Seabrook sheds light on a corrupt nexus of police, union and corporate-financial figures exchanging money and favors.
By Trévon Austin, 23 August 2018
Detained immigrants have linked their struggle with prisoners to protest inhumane living conditions.
By Matthew Taylor, 22 August 2018
Prisoners have begun a 19-day strike to protest their inhumane living conditions, slave-like work regimes and sentencing laws that strip away their constitutional rights.
The brutality of borders
By Norisa Diaz, 18 August 2018
The treacherous deserts along the Southwest have taken the lives of tens of thousands of migrants coming to the US.
By Keisha Gibbs, 17 August 2018
Nashville-based private prison company CoreCivic continues to reap profits despite numerous lawsuits.
By Kate Randall, 15 August 2018
Nebraska authorities now have the dubious distinction of pioneering the use of the powerful synthetic drug at the center of the US opioid crisis that claimed more than 70,000 lives in 2017 for state-sanctioned murder.
By Harvey Simpkins, 13 August 2018
The video shows footage of the police officer throwing at least 10 punches, in about 12 seconds, at his victim's face, without any provocation.
Inmate “gulped for an extended period of time” and was “choking,” “gasping”
By Kate Randall, 11 August 2018
Irick’s attorneys had argued that their client suffered from severe mental illness and that one of the drugs to be used in his lethal injection could cause severe pain.
By Aaron Murch, 8 August 2018
The utility shut-offs are being implemented despite months of criticisms and complaints from residents stemming from incorrect billing and other irregularities.
By Isaac Finn, 7 August 2018
On Wednesday Blake condemned New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio for failing to inform him about a disciplinary trial of the cop who tackled him in front of a hotel.
Separated: Children at the Border highlights the horrific human costs of the bipartisan war on immigrants
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 August 2018
The latest PBS Frontline documentary shows the effect of family separations and traces the roots of Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.
By Matthew MacEgan, 1 August 2018
Two weeks ago, a white man shot an unarmed black man over a parking spot at a convenience store but was not arrested.
By Joseph Lorenz, 30 July 2018
This tragedy underscores the desperate and dangerous living conditions confronting millions of low-income and unemployed workers across the US.
By Tom Hall, 25 July 2018
The admission by government lawyers raises the prospect that hundreds of parents separated under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy might never see their children again.
By Kate Randall, 20 July 2018
Both condemned inmates suffered traumatic childhoods, committed heinous murders, expressed remorse for their crimes, and were executed by the state.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 11 July 2018
In a calculated and cruel political maneuver, the administration stated that it could not release children because it could not locate or vet their parents.
By E.P. Milligan, 7 July 2018
If left untreated, the condition can potentially mean a slow and agonizing death sentence.
By John Marion, 6 July 2018
A woman stepping off a 40-year-old subway train had her leg cut to the bone, then begged her fellow passengers not to call an ambulance due to the cost.
US war on immigrants continues
By Alec Andersen, 5 July 2018
The Trump administration has responded to a court-ordered “family reunification” process by forcing immigrant parents with separated children into signing a document agreeing to deportation back to their country of origin.
By Kayla Costa, 3 July 2018
The tragic murder of Jason Washington is a direct result of the militarization of campuses across the country.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 2 July 2018
According to the Boise police department, the number of victims was the most in a single incident in the city’s history.
By Trévon Austin, 29 June 2018
Politicians responded to the latest mass killing with typical empty platitudes and condolences.
By Tom Carter, 27 June 2018
Yesterday’s decision is yet another victory for Christian fundamentalists and the campaign to use “freedom of religion” to undermine the separation of church and state, legalize discrimination and obstruct access to health care.
US court documents reveal
By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2018
US immigrant detention centers are applying the techniques of Guantanamo Bay and CIA torture prisons on teenagers and even younger children.
By Samuel Davidson, 22 June 2018
Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Woodland Hills High School honor student, was shot three times in the back Tuesday as he ran from a traffic stop.
By Joanne Laurier, 22 June 2018
This documentary exposé of the US prison and criminal justice system includes a host of celebrities commenting on the phenomenon of mass incarceration.
By Clodomiro Puentes, 20 June 2018
The majority are forced to make the long and risky journey to seek political asylum in the US, due to cartel-related crime and violence in Mexico.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2018
The decision came after the head of the council condemned both Washington’s policy of separating children from their families at the border and the US-backed war in Yemen.
By Eric London, 20 June 2018
The attack on immigrants and democratic rights is of urgent importance to the entire working class.
By Eric London, 18 June 2018
The five immigrants died in a car crash in south Texas, while seven others were wounded in what police called “good police work.”
By Norisa Diaz, 18 June 2018
The Tohono O’odham are seen as a stone in the shoe of Washington as its members have historically moved freely across the current US-Mexico border.
By Michael Walters, 9 June 2018
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to gun control legislation which would, if approved, make the killing of two or more people or police officers capital crimes.
By Alec Andersen, 4 June 2018
Claudia Gomez Gonzalez, 19, was summarily executed by a Border Patrol agent in the border town of Rio Bravo near Laredo, Texas, on May 23.
By James Brewer, 30 May 2018
A resolution reportedly passed by doctors at Flint Hurley Medical Center puts forward the false narrative that no one was lead poisoned in Flint, but lead-exposed.
By Alec Andersen, 28 May 2018
The summary execution of Claudia Gonzalez comes amid a sharp escalation in the Trump administration’s campaign of terror against immigrant communities.
By Eric London, 25 May 2018
An ACLU report details widespread rape, beatings and neglect by prison guards in America’s immigration jails.
By Kate Randall, 21 May 2018
According to the Galveston County sheriff, it is unclear whether some of the Santa Fe High School victims were in fact shot by police officers responding to the shooting.
By Trévon Austin, 19 May 2018
The horrific frequency of mass shootings in the US is indicative of a diseased society, combining extreme levels of social alienation with the endless promotion of militarism by the ruling class.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2018
A savage new immigration policy will result in tens of thousands of children being separated from their parents and sent to detention centers.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2018
Gina Haspel, nominated by Trump to head the CIA, defended her intimate role in the torture of detainees as “lawful” at her Senate confirmation hearing.
Ben Carson: “Poverty, to a large extent, is also a state of mind”
By Kate Randall, 27 April 2018
Carson's proposal comes amidst a housing crisis that is forcing millions to live in squalid conditions and driving increasing numbers of people into homelessness.
By Trévon Austin, 23 April 2018
While police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, many signs point to the suspected perpetrator suffering from a long history of mental illness.
By Alec Andersen, 23 April 2018
Police unleashed a hail of 30 bullets into a car being driven by 26-year-old Diante Yarber, killing him and wounding two passengers.
Oldest inmate put to death in modern era
By Kate Randall, 21 April 2018
The US Supreme Court cleared the way for the lethal injection, first issuing a temporary stay 15 minutes before the scheduled execution and then lifting it later without explanation.
By Matthew Taylor, 13 April 2018
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday requiring his cabinet to target for destruction any social programs that do not have work requirements.
By Phyllis Steele, 10 April 2018
The Public Service Commission announced a rate increase and water surcharge fee for Martin County residents who have been fighting contaminated water and service interruptions.
By Debra Watson, 5 April 2018
Amidst talk of Detroit making a “comeback” the city is preparing to once again carry out the mass disruption of water service to thousands of low income residents.
By Alec Andersen, 2 April 2018
A woman taking part in demonstrations against the police murder of Stephon Clark Saturday evening had to be transported to the hospital after a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy struck her with his SUV and fled the scene.
By Mark Ferretti, 31 March 2018
Carlos Borroto’s suicide is only the latest product of the criminal neglect and inadequate health care that has persisted for years at the Hudson County jail.
By Niles Niemuth, 27 March 2018
Critical details about Omar Mateen’s father’s decade-long relationship with the FBI came out this week during the trial of Noor Salman, who has been charged as an accomplice in the 2016 mass shooting.
Tens of thousands protest mass shootings in New York, Michigan, Boston and the southern United States
By Tom Hall, 27 March 2018
IYSSE members and supporters spoke to demonstrators at a large number of demonstrations throughout the country.
“This can be turned around by people who want to build a new society”
By our reporters, 27 March 2018
The large turnout in the most populous US state reflects a political shift, as a new generation of young people are being thrust into politics for the first time.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 26 March 2018
Around 80 immigrant men have been subjected to horrific physical abuses, alleged hate crimes, and sexual abuse, according to a report recently cited by the Intercept.
By Sandy English, 26 March 2018
Nicanor Ochisor killed himself after a dramatic decline in his income due to the deregulation of Uber and other e-hailing services in the city.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 March 2018
The simultaneous development of a movement among workers and student youth portends a major eruption of social and class conflict in the United States and internationally.
Now available from Mehring Books
By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2018
There is a growing awareness that something is deeply amiss with the present social order.
By Niles Niemuth, 23 March 2018
Police officials announced that 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt confessed on video to the string of package bombings that killed two and wounded five others, but no apparent motive has been determined.
By Kevin Martinez, 23 March 2018
Opening arguments were heard in the trial of a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed 16-year-old Mexican Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez for allegedly throwing rocks near the US-Mexico border in 2012.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 March 2018
The most recent school shooting comes just days before Saturday’s scheduled “March for Our Lives” protests in Washington, DC and across the United States.