Videos and Multimedia

Young and Jobless in Chicago

Part 3: Budget cuts

By Andre Damon, 6 July 2011

In this video, the third in a series on youth unemployment in Chicago, youth services workers speak about the disastrous effects of budget cuts on summer employment programs and activities.

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.

Video: Canada Post strikers in Windsor speak on their struggle

15 June 2011

After seven months of negotiations ended on June 3rd, Canadian postal workers have been engaging in selected one-day walkouts, as directed by the CUPW leadership. This Monday was Windsor workers turn. WSWS reporters visited picket lines in that city.

Video: No recovery for Toledo workers

By Andre Damon and Jerome White, 11 June 2011

Last week, Barack Obama came to Toledo, Ohio to proclaim the recovery of US auto industry. But more than two years since the wall street crash, living conditions for the working people of this city are getting worse every day.

Video: Dearborn, Michigan residents protest pool closings

3 June 2011

Residents assembled at Ten Eyck pool to protest the closure of six community pools in the city of Dearborn.

Video: Hundreds of Michigan families seek assistance in Southfield

27 May 2011

DTE Energy held a customer assistance event this week. Thousands of Detroit-area families face utility shutoffs every year after falling behind on bills.

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.

Video: Students and staff denounce the threat to close Detroit’s Catherine Ferguson Academy

By Andre Damon and Jerry White, 13 May 2011

Catherine Ferguson Academy, located on the near westside of Detroit, is one of over 50 schools slated to be closed or sold off to charter school operators within the next month by Robert Bobb, the school district’s emergency financial manager.

Video: Protesters denounce Cuomo’s attack on seniors

17 March 2011

Hundreds demonstrated March 11 against the planned shutdown of more than 100 New York City senior centers.

Video: The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs holds demonstration in Detroit

17 March 2011

The CAUS held a demonstration on March 12 to demand an end to utility shutoffs and insist that heat and lights are social rights.

Teachers and students speak on Wisconsin education cuts

By Andre Damon, 15 March 2011

In this video, Wisconsin teachers and students speak on Governor Scott Walker’s cuts to public schools, the effect of social inequality on education, and the role of education in a democracy.

Video: Wisconsin workers speak on the general strike and social inequality

14 March 2011

The WSWS interviewed several of the protesters who converged on the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday.

Video: CAUS holds press conference to announce March 12 demonstration

10 March 2011

On March 4, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs held a press conference to announce its upcoming demonstration against utility shutoffs in Detroit. The march will be held on Saturday March 12 at 2 PM, assembling at the house where three people were killed in a house fire last year.

Video: Wisconsin demonstrations continue

By Andre Damon, 7 March 2011

Up to 50,000 people participated in a demonstration in Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday, as protests against Governor Scott Walker’s budget cuts entered their third week.

Video: Queensland floods—Goodna residents speak out

By Richard Phillips, 25 February 2011

Residents explain flood damage to their homes on January 13 and their frustrations over the refusal of insurance companies to pay out claims.

Sri Lanka: Alongside the A9 highway to war-torn Jaffna

22 February 2011

This photo essay records the devastation caused by a quarter century of civil war in Sri Lanka and the plight facing hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Video: In fifth day of Wisconsin protests, largest showing yet

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2011

Between 50,000 and 100,000 people packed the capitol square in Madison, Wisconsin on February 19, demonstrating the popular hostility to austerity measures proposed by governor Scott Walker.

Video: Madison, Wisconsin demonstrations gain strength

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2011

Demonstrations continued Thursday in Madison, Wisconsin, as thousands of people packed the state legislature, while tens of thousands protested outside.

Victim of DTE utility shutoff

Video: Wanda Scott tells her story

12 February 2011

Last month Michigan authorities broke into Wanda Scott's home and took away her elderly father, claiming she was neglectful because she could not afford to heat her home. In this video, she speaks about life without heat, the experience of losing her father, and why she is a member of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs.

Video: Queensland floods—“I’ve lost everything”

Part one of an interview with Wendy Smith and Lee Sheppard

By Richard Phillips, 11 February 2011

Grantham agricultural workers Wendy Smith and Lee Sheppard explain how their home and other valuable personal possessions were trashed by the Queensland government’s “flood recovery” operations.

Video on the anniversary of the Dexter Avenue fire

12 January 2011

The WSWS interviews Charlotte Nash, sister of Marvin and Tyrone Allen, who were killed in the horrific fire in their Detroit home on Dexter Avenue one year ago. They had been living without utilities since 2008.

Striking DSO musicians perform for Detroit homeless

24 December 2010

In the eleventh week of their strike against the DSO, symphony musicians visited three homeless shelters in the city of Detroit to perform Christmas music concerts. The WSWS interviewed musicians and residents about the experience.

Detroit residents speak on utility shutoffs

15 December 2010

Thousands of people who either lost their utility service or are in danger of doing so attended a "Customer Assistance Day" sponsored by DTE Energy in downtown Detroit. Several spoke to the WSWS.

Video: SEP candidate speaks with residents in toxic dump area

12 November 2010

This video features Peter Byrne, SEP candidate for Broadmeadows, and interviews with local residents in Melbourne’s northern suburbs affected by the Tullamarine Hazardous Waste Landfill.

Video: DSO musicians speak on strike

5 October 2010

Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have gone on strike against demands by management that include a 33 percent cut in base pay. The World Socialist Web Site spoke to several musicians participating in a picket on October 4.

Video: Inferno on Moenart Street in Detroit

21 September 2010

The firestorm captured in this video was like many that swept through Detroit on September 7. It illustrates the disastrous impact of budget cuts, as residents watched in desperation for more than an hour before fire trucks came.

Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and SEP hold press conference on Detroit fires

15 September 2010

On Friday, September 10, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and the Socialist Equality Party held a press conference to address a series of fires that ravaged Detroit earlier in the week. Speaking were CAUS and SEP members Lawrence Porter and D'Artagnan Collier, as well as residents of the area.

Video: Detroit fire victims charge DTE Energy with negligence

13 September 2010

The Hargraves, residents of Robinwood Street on Detroit's east side, repeatedly reported electrical arcing and power malfunctioning to DTE days before the eruption of the firestorm that devasted the city.

Video: Nick Beams explains Socialist Equality Party election program

13 August 2010

Nick Beams, SEP national secretary and Senate candidate in NSW, discusses the socialist alternative to war, social inequality and the escalating attack on democratic rights.

Video series: The Gulf oil spill

Part 5—Residents respond to the disaster

By C. W. Rogers and Andre Damon, 5 July 2010

This video, the last in a WSWS series, features interviews with residents and visitors of the Gulf of Mexico. Leanne Odonnel of Moorseville, North Carolina, expresses her shock at finding a beach covered in tarballs. Patricia Landry and Pamela Odom, who lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina, share their grief at having to relocate if a hurricane brings oil inland.

Video series: The Gulf oil spill

Part four—The environment

By C.W. Rogers and Andre Damon, 3 July 2010

This video, the fourth in a series, explores the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Experts say the disaster is likely to wipe out whole species, and may put an end to fishing and shrimping in the gulf for decades.

Video series: The Gulf oil spill

Part 3—The social impact

By C. W. Rogers and Andre Damon, 1 July 2010

This video, part three of a series, explores the social consequences of the BP oil spill.

Video series: The Gulf oil spill

Part 2—The effect on human health

By C.W. Rogers and Andre Damon, 30 June 2010

This video, the second in a series, explores the health consequences of the BP oil spill. It features interviews with Nathalie Walker, an attorney and co-director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, as well as environmental chemist Wilma Subra.

Video series: The Gulf oil spill

Part 1—The economic impact

By C. W. Rogers and Andre Damon, 29 June 2010

In this video, the first of a series on the Gulf Coast oil spill, the WSWS interviews Dean Blanchard, the owner of a shrimp processing and distribution company located in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Vale Inco strikers and supporters in Sudbury, Ontario speak

26 May 2010

3,300 nickel miners, smelter and mill workers have been on strike in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario for over ten months against the concession demands of Brazilian based transnational mining giant Vale Inco.

Detroit resident speaks on utility shutoff

19 May 2010

Winifred Sylvester is the caregiver for her 77-year-old stepmother and is battling to have the heat turned back on, but will likely face losing electricity as well.

Louisiana residents and fishermen denounce oil spill response

15 May 2010

The WSWS spoke to fishermen in southern Louisiana who will be devastated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which threatens to shut down fishing, shrimping, and oyster farming for years.

DTE Energy holds another public relations stunt in Taylor, Michigan

By a reporting team, 13 May 2010

Supporters of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs distributed the “Findings of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire: Utility Shutoffs and the Social Crisis in Detroit” to people attending a local community event in hopes of getting help with their DTE utility bills.

Video: Louisiana workers denounce BP’s oil spill response

By Andre Damon and CW Rogers in Louisiana, 10 May 2010

As oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill made landfall at the mouth of the Mississippi river, local fishermen and environmental experts spoke out on BP's response to the disaster, which threatens ecological and economic disaster throughout the region.

Video: Lawyer for family of worker killed in blast says BP guilty of negligence

5 May 2010

On Tuesday, May 3, the World Socialist Web Site interviewed Jeff Seely, a maritime injury lawyer with Gordon, Ellias, and Seely. This firm represents the family of Karl Kleppinger, one of the 11 workers killed in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Video: 20,000 march for immigrant rights in Chicago

5 May 2010

More than 20,000 people demonstrated in defense of immigrant workers in Chicago, as part of a series of marches held across the US on May Day. A WSWS reporting team spoke with demonstrators at the event.

Video: SEP candidate addresses Oxford Union

28 April 2010

On April 20, David O’Sullivan, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Oxford East, spoke at an election hustings organised by the Stop the War Coalition.

Video: SEP participates in Oxford East hustings on electoral reform

19 April 2010

The Socialist Equality Party of Britain is standing David O’Sullivan in the Oxford East constituency for the May 6 general election.

Hearing of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire

25 March 2010

The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire: Utility Shutoffs and the Social Crisis in Detroit held a hearing at Wayne State University on March 20.

Video: Director of Detroit free medical clinic denounces utility shutoffs

23 March 2010

Sister Mary Ellen Howard is the Executive Director of Detroit’s Cabrini Clinic, the oldest free medical facility in the US. She discusses the impact of utility shutoffs on patients at the clinic.

Detroit firefighters discuss impact of utility shut-offs and budget cuts

By Jerry White, 17 March 2010

At a dinner for Sylvia Young—who lost three children in a March 2 house fire hours after DTE cut power and gas to her Detroit home—firefighters spoke with the WSWS about the deadly consequences of utility shut-offs.

Neighbor discusses Dexter Ave. fire, utility shutoffs

13 March 2010

Lawrence Porter talks with Christine Silvertooth, who resides in the neighborhood where the January 5 fatal fire occurred, about her utility bills and shutoffs.

Citizens’ Inquiry chairman and family member speak at press conference

12 March 2010

Lawrence Porter, chairman of the Citizens' Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire, and Charlotte Nash, sister of two of the fire victims, spoke at the press conference on Thursday.

ISSE members speak at San Diego rallies

6 March 2010

Members of the International Students for Social Equality spoke March 4 at rallies in San Diego, which drew thousands of people to protest cuts to public education. The demonstrations were part of events throughout the state and country to oppose school closures, tuition increases, and teacher layoffs.

Video: Neighbors of Detroit fire victims oppose utility shutoffs

6 March 2010

WSWS reporters interviewed neighbors of the victims of the fire on March 2, two days after the tragedy.

Interviews with neighbors of fire victims

4 March 2010

On the evening of March 2, a fire raged through a West side Detroit home, killing three of the seven children living there. DTE had shut off the gas and electricity only hours earlier.

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Dexter Avenue Fire Inquiry: Sister of victims speaks on utility shutoffs

2 March 2010

The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue fire of January 5 has begun interviews with relatives, neighbors and Detroit residents. We begin with an interview with Charlotte Nash, the sister of two of the victims.

NUMMI auto workers denounce UAW intimidation

2 March 2010

The WSWS attended a United Auto Workers union meeting in Fremont, California, on February 28. Workers opposed the closure of the NUMMI auto plant and denounced the role of the UAW in working with the company and seeking to intimidate workers.

Boron, California mine workers denounce company lock-out

20 February 2010

The WSWS spoke to some of the 570 Rio Tinto Borax workers in Boron, California who have been locked out by the company since January 31.

Family members denounce deaths in Detroit fire

7 January 2010

Following a week of bitter cold weather, three people living in a home without gas or electrical service died in a tragic house fire in Detroit early Tuesday morning. Relatives of the victims spoke to the WSWS.

Video: Detroit teachers speak out against DFT Contract

8 December 2009

Detroit teachers voiced their overwhelming opposition to the contract demanded by the Detroit Federation of Teachers leadership on Sunday.

Demonstration against closure of Abbeydale Grange School

24 November 2009

Up to 150 parents, pupils and staff marched through the city and demonstrated on November 21 outside the Town Hall in Sheffield, England to oppose the proposed closure of Abbeydale Grange School.

Attendees complain of lack of real jobs at fair

14 November 2009

Detroit area job seekers attending a jobs fair at downtown Cobo Hall spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters about the lack of real positions offered by employers at the event.

Video: Thousands line up for Swine Flu vaccine in Michigan

9 November 2009

The WSWS interviewed residents lining up to get a Swine Flu vaccine in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Video: Ford workers speak on contract rejection

4 November 2009

The WSWS spoke to workers at the Ford Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan on the rejection of contract revisions backed by the company and the UAW.

Video: Ford workers speak out against concessions contract

31 October 2009

The WSWS spoke to Ford workers in Michigan as they prepared to vote on contract revisions agreed by the company and the United Auto Workers.

Video: Tens of thousands line up for housing assistance in Detroit

8 October 2009

Tens of thousands of Detroit residents lined up at the city's Cobo complex for a chance to get financial assistance against evictions and utility shutoffs.

Video: German SEP candidate calls for defence of jobs at Opel

26 September 2009

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, a candidate of the German Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG) in the current German federal election, addresses the situation at GM-Opel.

ISSE members speak on education cuts at rally

26 September 2009

Members of the International Students for Social Equality denounced cuts to public education at a rally on Thursday.

Detroit residents speak on utility bills, social crisis

25 September 2009

Several thousand Detroit residents attended an event hosted by DTE Energy to provide assistance to customers with difficulties paying their utility bills.

German SEP statement opposing an SPD-Left Party government

11 September 2009

This video opposing an SPD-Left Party government was posted by the German Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG)

Michigan’s Oakland University faculty strike in seventh day

10 September 2009

WSWS reporters conducted video interviews with students and striking faculty members at Oakland University, in suburban Detroit.

Detroit teachers denounce pay cuts

27 August 2009

WSWS Reporter Jerry White Spoke to teachers at a rally in Detroit against wage and benefit cuts. The teachers denounced concessions demanded by the school system's financial czar Robert Bobb.

Interviews at Los Angeles health care clinic

18 August 2009

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers seeking free health care at a clinic in Los Angeles, California.

Vote for D’Artagnan Collier, SEP Candidate for Detroit Mayor

1 August 2009

SEP Detroit Mayoral Candidate D’Artagnan Collier explains why he is asking city residents to vote for him, and workers around the world to support the Socialist Equality Party.

Workers continue Vestas occupation on Isle of Wight

27 July 2009

Workers are continuing their occupation of the Vestas Blades wind turbine factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight, England. Some 25 workers began the sit-in on July 20 to oppose the closure of the plant, which is scheduled for July 31 with the loss of over 500 and force them out.

Rally of Detroit City workers against concessions contract

24 July 2009

SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier addresses Detroit City workers’ rally.

Protesters opposing closure of Sheffield’s Abbeydale Grange School speak to WSWS

22 July 2009

On July 17, parents, pupils and staff protested outside the Town Hall in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, to oppose the closure of Abbeydale Grange School.

Video: D’Artagnan Collier speaks on Detroit mayoral campaign

8 July 2009

D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit Mayor, discusses the economic crisis and the political issues facing workers in Detroit.

A conversation with Windsor municipal workers

26 June 2009

As they enter their 11th week on strike, two strikers talk to Jerry White of the World Socialist Web Site.

New York City workers speak against cuts in healthcare and social services

22 June 2009

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in New York City on drastic cuts in health care and social services.

Striking city workers hold rally in Windsor, Ontario

By Joe Kishore, 15 June 2009

Striking city workers in Windsor, Ontario held a rally last week. D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for mayor in nearby Detroit, Michigan, visited the strikers, calling for the unity of the Canadian and American working class.

Flint, Michigan and the bankruptcy of General Motors

By Jerry White, 13 June 2009

Jerry White reports for the World Socialist Web Site from Flint, Michigan. He speaks to workers and youth about the conditions in the once-thriving auto city.

Detroit Public Schools financial manager dismisses pleas at public meeting

By our reporters, 6 June 2009

Students, parents and community members urged Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager of the Detroit Public Schools, to reverse the decision to remove the principal at Western International High School in southwest Detroit.

Video: Michigan GM workers speak on bankruptcy and plant closings

5 June 2009

Workers from Oakland County, Michigan, just north of Detroit, spoke to reporters from the WSWS about the implications of the bankruptcy of General Motors and the announced closure of their plants in Lake Orion and Pontiac.

Michigan auto workers and families speak on plant closures

4 June 2009

General Motors workers from Pontiac and Lake Orion, Michigan, two northern suburbs of Detroit, spoke to reporters from the World Socialist Web Site about the impact on their families and communities of the bankruptcy of General Motors and the decades of decline in the auto industry.

GM workers speak out on concessions contract

28 May 2009

The WSWS interviewed GM workers at the Michigan Poletown plant on a new concessions contract agreed by the UAW and GM, with the backing of the Obama administration.

Video: Protesting students and parents speak to the WSWS

21 May 2009

Both Kettering High School students and parents were eager to speak to WSWS cameras in defense of their principal and their school.

Slide show: SEP mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier campaigns in Detroit

By Andre Damon, 19 May 2009

D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for Detroit Mayor, campaigned among American Axle workers, residents of a Northwest Detroit neighborhood, and uninsured workers at a free dental clinic last week.

Video: Chrysler workers speak on concessions vote

1 May 2009

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in Warren and Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, as they went to vote on contract revisions. The revisions, pushed by Chrysler and the United Auto Workers, include massive concessions across the board. Workers were given a day to review the revisions before the vote was scheduled.

UK Visteon workers speak on occupation

18 April 2009

WSWS reporters spoke to laid off workers who have occupied a parts factory in the UK that supplies Ford Motor Company.

GM and Chrysler workers oppose more concessions

17 April 2009

The WSWS interviewed auto workers in Detroit, Michigan, who spoke out again wage cuts and the threat of bankuptcy.

Video: Chrysler workers oppose Obama auto plan

3 April 2009

Workers at the Dodge Assembly plant in Warren, Michigan, denounced President Obama's demands for more concessions and job cuts in exchange for loans to the auto industry.

Video: WSWS interviews G-20 protesters in London

30 March 2009

Protesters ahead of the G-20 summit speak on the financial crisis, increasing militarism and climate change.

Video: Pontiac residents speak on schools crisis

20 March 2009

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents in Pontiac, Michigan, who spoke out against teacher layoffs and conditions of poverty and decay in the city.

Video: Workers interviewed at Detroit jobs fair

14 March 2009

The WSWS spoke to workers lining up at a jobs fair in Detroit, Michigan.

Video: GM workers denounce concession demands

21 February 2009

Workers at the General Motors Truck and Bus plant in Pontiac, Michigan, denounced the pay cuts and concessions which are being demanded by the Obama administration as the condition for government loans to the auto corporations.

Video: Chrysler workers oppose pay cuts, concession demands

19 February 2009

Speaking to the WSWS, Chrysler workers at the Dodge Truck complex in Warren, Michigan opposed concessions demanded by the Obama administration and Wall Street.

Video: Over 100,000 demonstrate in London against Sri Lankan war

2 February 2009

Over 100,000 people, mostly Tamils, came from across the UK to march in central London on Saturday demanding an end to the war in Sri Lanka and the atrocities carried out by the military. The WSWS interviewed participants on the protest.

Funeral for Michigan man frozen following utility shut-off

29 January 2009

On Wednesday, January 28, a funeral was held for Marvin Schur, the 93-year-old man who froze to death in his home in Bay City Michigan, after the municipal power company cut off electricity without telling him.

Video: Bay City, Mich.: “Shutting somebody's electricity off in the dead of winter is criminal”

28 January 2009

Marvin E. Schur. 93, froze to death in his Bay City, Michigan home several days after the municipal power company had restricted his access to electricity due to outstanding bills. Local residents have reacted with anger to his death.

Video: “So many thousands of unknown nameless people”—Franco's mass graves

28 January 2009

Vicky Short of the World Socialist Web Site interviewed Montserrat Martinez about her campaign to discover the truth about the mass graves that contain the remains of Republicans and leftists killed by Franco's forces during the Spanish Civil War and his regime that followed. She spoke to the WSWS about the exhumation of the grave containing the remains of her grandfather.

Video: WSWS interviews London protesters

19 January 2009

About 5,000 took part in a protest Saturday in Central London against the Israeli assault on Gaza. Protests took place across Britain, including in Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. The WSWS interviewed participants on the London demonstration.

Video: London demonstrators protest Israeli assault on Gaza

5 January 2009

Tens of thousands protested in London on Saturday against the Israeli attack on Gaza which has claimed the lives of hundreds, including many children. The World Socialist Web Site spoke to participants on the demonstration.

Video: Michigan Chrysler workers denounce pay cuts

18 December 2008

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at a Chrysler assembly plant about the pay cuts and plant closings that are being discussed in Washington and by the Big Three auto companies.