Democratic Rights in the US

Facial recognition technology and identity politics

By Kevin Reed, 17 August 2019

The Democrats are seeking to channel mass opposition to the wholesale invasion of privacy into a campaign to regulate and “equalize” facial recognition technology.

Protesters pepper-sprayed outside Rhode Island ICE facility after officer drives truck into crowd

By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2019

At least one demonstrator was seriously injured in the attack, suffering a broken leg, internal bleeding, and a back injury.

San Francisco school board proposes “compromise” in move to suppress historic Depression-era murals

By Toby Reese, 15 August 2019

School board officials in San Francisco continue their attempt to censor the left-wing murals painted by Victor Arnautoff at George Washington High School despite broad popular opposition.

Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions

By Eric London, 13 August 2019

The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.

“Some kids are hiding in their house, Anne Frank-style”

Residents compare trauma of Mississippi ICE Raid to Hurricane Katrina

By Norisa Diaz, 13 August 2019

Children are afraid to attend school or leave their parents’ side. Families are hiding in their homes.

FBI presses for social media surveillance “early alerting tool” in aftermath of mass shootings

By Kevin Reed, 12 August 2019

The FBI is stepping up its campaign for a real-time social media alert tool to allow continuous surveillance of all social media activity across platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2019

Mark Davis made clear that the corporate media cynically exploited WikiLeaks, before ruthlessly turning on its founder Julian Assange and joining the state campaign against him.

New York judge orders Fordham University to recognize Students for Justice in Palestine club

By Fred Mazelis, 10 August 2019

The decision is a small but significant blow against the campaign to equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.

The Mississippi raid: Trump’s attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2019

Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

Chelsea Manning faces $441,000 in fines and another year in jail for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

By Niles Niemuth, 9 August 2019

A federal judge rejected Manning’s motion to reconsider daily fines, which will bankrupt her as she refuses to testify before a grand jury impaneled to bring frame-up charges against WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange.

Capital One hack compromises personal data of 106 million credit card applicants

By Kevin Reed, 9 August 2019

The hack of customer information at Capital One revealed on July 29 has exposed millions to identity theft and added a further pretext for corporate and state attacks on democratic rights under the guise of fighting cyber-crime.

US military testing domestic wide-area surveillance with high-altitude balloons

By Kevin Reed, 8 August 2019

The balloons also have high-resolution cameras capable of recording panoramic images that are then stitched together to provide a wide-area view of entire cities.

Trump: The political enabler of fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 5 August 2019

The president is the moral and political author of the bloody violence in El Paso, Gilroy and Dayton.

Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 August 2019

Having trumpeted the slander that Assange is a “Russian agent” for the past three years, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other corporate outlets have blacked out a court decision refuting their lies.

Julian Assange’s lawyer briefs Australian parliamentarians on his persecution

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 August 2019

The event reflected concerns within the ruling elite over popular opposition to the Trump administration’s bid to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

Video shows Dallas, Texas police joking as a 32-year-old man dies in their custody

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 August 2019

Disturbing body camera footage was only released after all charges were dropped and the three officers who killed Tony Timpa in 2016 returned to active duty earlier this year.

More than 900 children taken from their families in the last year

Trump administration continuing family separations at US-Mexico border despite court order

By Julian James, 1 August 2019

Just over a year after a district court ordered Customs and Border Protection to cease its policy of family separations at the Mexico-US border, the ACLU reports that children continue to be wrenched from their families.

The fascist attack in Gilroy and the US epidemic of mass shootings

By Patrick Martin, 31 July 2019

Two processes are intersecting in the explosion of violence in America: the long-term impact of social decay and militarism, and the deliberate incitement of fascistic sentiments by President Trump.

Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit

US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

By Eric London, 31 July 2019

The decision exposes the Democratic Party in a conspiracy to attack free speech and cover up the crimes of US imperialism and the two parties of Wall Street.

Trump threatens to declare Antifa a terrorist group

By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2019

The action would set a precedent for criminalizing left-wing opposition to attacks on immigrants and the policies of the Trump administration more generally.

US, Sweden and Britain dismiss UN finding that they tortured Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 July 2019

The responses to the detailed indictment issued by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer are the latest demonstration of the illegal character of the campaign against the WikiLeaks founder.

FTC imposes $5 billion fine on Facebook for “deceiving users” about data privacy

By Kevin Reed, 27 July 2019

The settlement is part of a concerted effort by the US government to implement regulations and control over social media platforms.

Florida police officer charged with planting drugs during traffic stops

By Matthew Taylor, 23 July 2019

Eight Floridians serving prison sentences have been released and had their cases dismissed due to the charges against a Jackson County, Florida sheriff’s deputy.

Consortium News website taken down by a malware attack after streaming program defending Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 20 July 2019

The independent investigative journalism website Consortium News was brought down on Monday by a malware attack following the inaugural episode of CN Live!

US Justice Department will not bring charges in 2014 police murder of Eric Garner

By Erik Schreiber and Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2019

The failure to charge Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death is an endorsement of lethal police violence against the working class, under conditions of growing social unrest.

Donald Trump’s fascist strategy

By Eric London, 17 July 2019

Trump is proceeding according to a deliberate political strategy worked out with the White House’s fascist brain trust.

Trump abolishes right to asylum on US southern border

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2019

The White House order condemns many thousands of Central American men, women and children to be summarily returned to conditions of murderous violence.

The fascists in the White House

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2019

Trump speaks openly as a fascist, demonizing people of different races and national origins, vilifying socialism, and declaring that those who oppose his administration’s policies are disloyal to the country and should leave it.

As auto talks begin, UAW and companies conspire to enforce new wave of concessions on workers

By Jerry White, 16 July 2019

The conflict is not between the auto companies and their servants in the UAW, but between rank-and-file workers, on the one side, and the corporate-UAW alliance, on the other.

Thousands march in Chicago to demand end to US immigrant detention camps, raids and deportations

By Kristina Betinis, 15 July 2019

The event was aimed at containing the enormous social opposition to the extreme-right policies of the Trump administration and the Republicans, within the confines of the Democratic Party,

Voices from the protests against Trump’s attack on immigrants

By our reporters, 15 July 2019

The WSWS spoke with hundreds across the country, including Kare, a paralegal in New York City, who said, “Change certainly won’t be coming from the top. This has been going on too long, and now that people are aware of it, we have to stand up.”

Trump’s raids and the stench of fascism

By Eric London, 12 July 2019

Beginning Sunday, the Trump administration plans to launch the largest immigration raids in US history, targeting 2,000 families for arrest and deportation.

House Democrats back facial recognition technology in Washington hearing

By Kevin Reed, 12 July 2019

The plans by the federal police organizations to press forward with facial recognition and biometric identification regardless of any public concerns were made explicit by the panel of those testifying at the hearing.

A mounting attack on democratic rights

FBI and ICE scanning driver’s license photos with facial recognition technology

By Kevin Reed, 10 July 2019

Behind the backs of the public, integrated networks, databases and artificial intelligence technologies are being used to build up information in the form of digital profiles on every citizen.

Trump aide threatens one million immigrants with deportation

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2019

While the White House escalates its attacks on immigrants, congressional Democrats are deepening their collaboration with Trump.

Hack of Department of Homeland Security contractor exposes government surveillance of drivers on US roads and border crossings

By Kevin Reed, 8 July 2019

A group of transparency advocates hacked and published the extensive infrastructure of government surveillance of drivers on roadways and at border crossings.

“We can definitely unite with Central American workers!”

Detroiters oppose Trump’s war on immigrants at Fourth of July protest

By Zac Corrigan, 5 July 2019

Over 150 people gathered in front of the ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations Field Office in downtown Detroit Thursday to register their opposition to the most recent wave of horrific attacks on immigrants by the Trump administration.

Facebook planning to ban ads which discourage voting in US elections

By Kevin Reed, 5 July 2019

The new policy is a further expansion of Facebook’s censorship of left-wing and oppositional political views on its platforms.

Australian workers and youth speak out in defence of Assange at SEP rally

By our reporters, 3 July 2019

“No other political party, none of the human rights groups are acting. Amnesty is doing nothing! Getup is doing nothing!”

US Border Patrol agents joke about immigrant deaths in secret Facebook group with 9,500 members

By George Marlowe, 2 July 2019

A report by ProPublica revealed that Border Patrol agents used a secret Facebook group to make sadistic and violent jokes about immigrants as well as members of Congress.

When They See Us: A powerful dramatization of the case of the Central Park Five

By Kate Randall, 1 July 2019

The Netflix series dramatizes the case of five black and Latino young men who were wrongfully convicted in the 1989 Central Park Jogger rape case.

House Democrats give $4.6 billion for Trump’s concentration camps

Ocasio-Cortez plays critical role in ensuring passage

By Eric London, 28 June 2019

House Democrats voted for a Senate bill that exposes the critical role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other “progressive” Democrats in facilitating Trump’s crackdown on immigrants.

US Supreme Court halts Trump plan for citizenship question in 2020 census

By Fred Mazelis, 28 June 2019

The delay may only be temporary, as the high court remanded the issue to a lower court, giving the administration a further opportunity to revive its effort to lower the official count of immigrants residing in the United States.

Watch the Sydney rally to free Assange live!

28 June 2019

The SEP rally is among the first events to be held since the WSWS International Editorial Board called for the formation of a Global Defence Committee to demand freedom for Assange and Manning.

San Francisco School Board votes to destroy left-wing murals they claim are “racist” and “white supremacist”

By Toby Reese, 28 June 2019

On Tuesday evening, the San Francisco Unified School Board voted unanimously to destroy or cover over the historic 1936 “Life of George Washington Murals” at a district high school. The vote is a reactionary decision that marks a new stage in the censorship drive that began last December.

”We can’t erase history to suit people’s feelings”

San Francisco residents voice opposition to censorship of George Washington High School murals

By Evan Blake and Alex Gonzalez, 28 June 2019

Numerous residents spoke out against the destruction of art and the need to contextualize the murals for a younger audience.

As Democrats give Trump billions more for border war

Image of drowned father and daughter sparks global outrage against US anti-immigrant rampage

By Barry Grey, 27 June 2019

The Democratic Party has voted overwhelmingly to grant another $4.5 billion dollars for Trump’s Gestapo-like anti-immigrant agencies.

US House votes down amendment to block NSA collection of the personal communications of American citizens

By Kevin Reed, 26 June 2019

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to reject a bipartisan proposal to halt warrantless collection of the personal communications of citizens under provisions of Section 702 of the FISA Act.

No to concentration camps in America!

By Eric London, 26 June 2019

Hundreds of millions of people around the world are sickened by Trump’s sadistic crimes against immigrants, which have exposed the rot at the core of American capitalism.

US schools erecting a massive digital surveillance infrastructure, choking dissent and free speech

By Doug Martin, 25 June 2019

Millions of young people across the US are facing intrusive surveillance of their social media use, emails and online searches from their schools, increasingly trampling upon their civil liberties, freedom of speech and rights to privacy.

Why is the US government using social media to monitor the public?

By Kevin Reed, 24 June 2019

The lawsuit filed by New Sanctuary Coalition and other groups, says that ICE specifically targeted individuals for deportation, to suppress their political speech.

Punitive fines threaten whistleblower Chelsea Manning with bankruptcy

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 June 2019

Manning is being held in contempt and fined $500 a day for her refusal to testify before a grand jury aimed at concocting charges against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Trump announces operation to deport “millions” of immigrants from the US

By Niles Niemuth, 19 June 2019

The arrest of millions would require effective martial law in every major city, in a military-style mobilization without precedent in American history.

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February

By Robert Stevens, 15 June 2019

The UK government has made clear that it will do everything possible to expedite Washington’s vindictive attempt to render the courageous journalist to face imprisonment, torture, and execution in the US.

Police murder in Memphis

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2019

The conditions in Memphis exemplify the economic and social conditions behind the reign of police violence in working class communities.

Activist Lauri Love and others speak out in defence of Assange

By our reporters, 15 June 2019

Members of the Julian Assange Defence Committee and the SEP were joined by people from across London and further afield, including two “Yellow Vest” protestors from France.

NYPD disciplinary trial of cop who killed Eric Garner concludes

By Sandy English, 15 June 2019

Final briefs were submitted in the NYPD’s trial of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who choked Eric Garner to death in Staten Island in 2014.

UK home secretary signs US extradition request for Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 14 June 2019

The move, coming just one day before Assange’s first extradition hearing, makes clear the British government’s intent to hand the journalist over to his persecutors in Washington.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Guantanamo detainee’s habeas corpus appeal

By Trévon Austin, 14 June 2019

The court’s refusal to hear the case of a man who has been imprisoned and tortured for nearly two decades without ever being convicted of a crime corresponds to the inexorable lurch by the entire political establishment towards dictatorship and barbarism.

Alabama governor signs chemical castration bill into law

By Jessica Goldstein, 12 June 2019

The mandate, ostensibly to protect children from rape, follows the recent enactment of an Alabama law that prohibits abortion in the vast majority of sexual assault and incest cases.

US issues formal request for Assange’s extradition

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 June 2019

The Trump administration is pressing ahead with its attempt to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder over his role in the exposure of US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies.

Trump expands network of immigrant concentration camps

By Eric London, 11 June 2019

The Democratic Party is facilitating Trump’s escalation of attacks on immigrant workers as well as his moves toward unchecked presidential power.

Three immigrants die in US custody in three days

By Niles Niemuth, 6 June 2019

Immigrants are being subjected to inhumane treatment all along the line, guaranteeing that there will be more deaths in federal detention centers across the US.

Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Colombia less than a month after being detained by ICE

By Jacob Crosse, 6 June 2019

Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison

By Kevin Reed, 6 June 2019

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said in an Australian radio interview on June 1 that Julian Assange could die in jail if his persecution is not ended here and now.

New Hampshire legislature abolishes death penalty, overriding governor’s veto

By Kate Randall, 5 June 2019

Half of all US states, plus the District of Columbia, have now abolished the death penalty or imposed a moratorium on executions.

US requiring visa applicants to reveal social media information

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 5 June 2019

The implementation of the new “extreme vetting” policy is another step in the Trump administration’s war against immigrants.

Democratic governor signs Louisiana fetal “heartbeat” abortion ban

By Kate Randall, 31 May 2019

Louisiana is the fifth state to pass bans on abortions based on detection of a fetal heartbeat, following Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio.

Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange?

By Andre Damon, 29 May 2019

The DSA and its affiliated publication Jacobin have maintained a complicit silence on Assange’s indictment under the Espionage Act.

Chicago police kill bipolar man inside his home

By Andy Thompson, 28 May 2019

Myles Frazier was shot and killed after he barricaded himself in his home in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the city’s south side.

Australian government, Labor opposition silent on espionage charges against Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 May 2019

Labor and the Coalition are signalling their support for the US-led persecution of Assange, for his exposure of war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies.

New charges against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act criminalize journalism

By Andre Damon, 24 May 2019

The Trump administration’s persecution of Assange is a historic attack on the First Amendment of the US constitution, for which the media and the Democratic Party share responsibility.

Thousands rally across the US to defend abortion rights

By our reporters, 22 May 2019

The number of demonstrations reflect the broad popular support for the right of women to choose and in defense of democratic rights more generally.

Protests erupt across US over barbaric anti-abortion ban in Alabama

By Valery Tsekov, 21 May 2019

The most significant of theses protests took place in Alabama and in Kansas City, Missouri, where a similar bill has been passed.

Trump administration shipping immigrants to sanctuary cities as fifth child dies in ICE custody

By Norisa Diaz, 21 May 2019

Trump is seeking to further inundate processing centers and jails to justify the border wall as the fifth Guatemalan child has died in ICE custody since December.

Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights

By the WSWS editorial board, 21 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are distributing this statement at demonstrations across the US on Tuesday to defend the right to an abortion.

Missouri becomes the latest state to pass punitive anti-abortion legislation

By Kate Randall, 20 May 2019

Trump's appointment of two anti-abortion justices to the high court has emboldened anti-abortion zealots, who hope this action will shift the court in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Supreme Court justices battle over execution delays

By John Burton, 20 May 2019

In opinions last week, the three most extreme right-wing Supreme Court justices lashed out at two fellow members of the five-vote right-wing bloc.

The assault on the Venezuelan embassy

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2019

The violent police seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington expressed in microcosm the criminality of US imperialism the world over.

“I would rather starve to death than change my opinion”

Chelsea Manning jailed again after refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

By Niles Niemuth, 17 May 2019

Manning has courageously insisted on principle that she will never testify before any grand jury about her possible contacts with Assange and WikiLeaks or anything else.

Students for Justice in Palestine at New York University smeared as anti-Semitic

By Isaac Finn, 17 May 2019

The attack on the Students for Justice in Palestine is part of an international campaign to slander left-wing organizations that criticize the Israeli state.

Alabama abortion ban: Back to barbarism

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2019

The purpose of the law is to give the new right-wing majority on the US Supreme Court the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Trump planning nationwide military round-up of 10,000 immigrants

By Eric London, 15 May 2019

The unprecedented scope of the raid would require de facto martial law and serve as a test run for the mass arrest and detention of political dissidents.

Illinois passes bill criminalizing infrastructure-related protests

By Benjamin Mateus and Kristina Betinis, 13 May 2019

15 such bills, driven largely by oil and energy corporations through the pro-business think-tank ALEC, have already been enacted nationally, while 26 are pending.

US indicts whistleblower who exposed Obama’s drone assassination program

By Kevin Reed, 11 May 2019

Former US intelligence officer Daniel Hale was indicted and arrested on Thursday on charges of violating the Espionage Act.

Trump floats proposal to cancel 2020 elections

By Eric London, 8 May 2019

Bourgeois politics has degenerated to such a degree that political and legal norms considered fundamental since the American Revolution are now challenged by presidential tweet.

“We want him to come to graduation!”

Arizona students demand release of classmate detained by immigration agents

By Norisa Diaz, 8 May 2019

Over 200 high school students in Tucson, Arizona walked out of school Monday to protest the detention and deportation of their classmate, Thomas Torres.

Georgia governor signs “heartbeat” anti-abortion legislation

By Kate Randall, 8 May 2019

The “Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act” marks a new stage in an orchestrated campaign to outlaw abortion.

Betraying my principles is “a much worse prison than the government can construct”

After nearly two months in jail, Chelsea Manning submits powerful appeal for release

By Niles Niemuth, 7 May 2019

Manning has been detained for contempt of court after she refused to testify before a grand jury impaneled to bring frame-up charges against WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange.

Democrats line up behind Trump’s war on immigrants

NY Times demands: “Give Trump his border money”

By Kevin Martinez, 7 May 2019

With death and misery mounting along the southern US border,the Democratic party is signaling its support for further repression.

Protesters oppose US extradition proceedings against Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 3 May 2019

The British government and the judiciary are doing everything possible to facilitate the US capture of the journalist who has been found guilty of nothing more than a bail offence.

“Today’s protest is a symbol of the fight for freedom”

French Yellow Vests join Assange extradition protest in London

By our reporters, 3 May 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to demonstrators outside Westminster Magistrates Court protesting plans to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the US.

In violation of international law

Trump orders new attacks on rights of refugees, asylum seekers

By Norisa Diaz, 1 May 2019

Trump has directed that his top officials to impose a fee on asylum seekers, give border patrol cops authority to determine credible fear claims and place restrictions on work permits.

US government tries to distance itself from border militia

By Trévon Austin, 30 April 2019

The arrest of Larry Hopkins was carried out to mask the fact that militia groups act as auxiliary arms of Border Patrol.

“Assange can only be defended by an international movement of the working class”

Christoph Vandreier speaks at Berlin rally to defend Julian Assange

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier, Deputy National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany and a candidate in the European elections, addressed a rally in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in Berlin in defense of the Wikileaks publisher.

Julian Assange was denied access to lawyers, visitors in Britain’s Belmarsh prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 April 2019

The reported denial of the WikiLeaks founder’s right to consult his legal counsel, for over a week, casts grave doubt that he will be afforded due process.

CIA Democrats enter the race: Seth Moulton announces bid for presidential nomination

By Tom Eley, 24 April 2019

The congressman is virtually unknown to voters, but he is a leading figure among the CIA Democrats.

What the Supreme Court is repudiating

The Enlightenment, the American Revolution and the ban on cruel and unusual punishment

By Ed Hightower, 24 April 2019

Recent US Supreme Court rulings in death penalty cases represent a vast, anti-democratic cultural, legal and political retrogression.

US court orders Chelsea Manning to remain in prison

By Niles Niemuth, 23 April 2019

The courageous whistleblower has been held in jail since March 8 in an effort to force her to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Judge rules former Michigan Governor Snyder, EPA can be sued by Flint residents

By James Brookfield, 23 April 2019

Recent federal court rulings allow Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and the US Environmental Protection Agency to be sued in class action lawsuits filed on behalf of Flint residents.