Videos and Multimedia
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 June 2011
Residents assembled at Ten Eyck pool to protest the closure of six community pools in the city of Dearborn.
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.
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.
17 March 2011
Hundreds demonstrated March 11 against the planned shutdown of more than 100 New York City senior centers.
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.
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.
14 March 2011
The WSWS interviewed several of the protesters who converged on the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 March 2010
WSWS reporters interviewed neighbors of the victims of the fire on March 2, two days after the tragedy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 December 2009
Detroit teachers voiced their overwhelming opposition to the contract demanded by the Detroit Federation of Teachers leadership on Sunday.
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.
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.
9 November 2009
The WSWS interviewed residents lining up to get a Swine Flu vaccine in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26 September 2009
Members of the International Students for Social Equality denounced cuts to public education at a rally on Thursday.
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.
11 September 2009
This video opposing an SPD-Left Party government was posted by the German Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG)
10 September 2009
WSWS reporters conducted video interviews with students and striking faculty members at Oakland University, in suburban Detroit.
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.
18 August 2009
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers seeking free health care at a clinic in Los Angeles, California.
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.
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 jobs.supplies and force them out.
24 July 2009
SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier addresses Detroit City workers’ rally.
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.
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.
26 June 2009
As they enter their 11th week on strike, two strikers talk to Jerry White of the World Socialist Web Site.
22 June 2009
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in New York City on drastic cuts in health care and social services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18 April 2009
WSWS reporters spoke to laid off workers who have occupied a parts factory in the UK that supplies Ford Motor Company.
17 April 2009
The WSWS interviewed auto workers in Detroit, Michigan, who spoke out again wage cuts and the threat of bankuptcy.
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.
30 March 2009
Protesters ahead of the G-20 summit speak on the financial crisis, increasing militarism and climate change.
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.
14 March 2009
The WSWS spoke to workers lining up at a jobs fair in Detroit, Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.