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Uninsured in Detroit speak on health care crisis

“It is like they are trying to find a way to kill us off”

By a WSWS reporting team, December 14, 2012

A WSWS reporting team recently spoke to medically uninsured Detroit residents participating in a free health screening.

Michigan woman killed in blaze near closed fire station

By David Brown, Andre Damon, December 7, 2012

A 73-year old Alabama woman visiting relatives in Taylor, Michigan burned to death in a mobile home Thursday morning in a fire rescuers believe could have been ignited by a space heater.

New study details growth of income inequality across US

By Clement Daly, December 4, 2012

Income gaps between the richest and poorest US households have widened significantly since the late 1970s and continue to grow at a dizzying pace.

US birth rate falls to lowest since 1920

By Kate Randall, December 3, 2012

Among wide layers of the US population, increasing numbers are putting off parenthood due to poverty, job loss and other economic stresses.

Nearly 50 million living in poverty in US

By Kate Randall, November 16, 2012

The news that nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty received little attention in the media or from the Obama administration a little more than a week after the 2012 elections.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Aid for Coney Island too little and too late

By Sandy English, November 3, 2012

New York City’s Coney Island was badly hit by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night and has received minimal aid from government agencies.

New York City public housing without lights, heat or water after storm

By a WSWS reporting team, November 1, 2012

Three days after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, thousands of residents of public housing remain without electricity, heat or running water and, in many cases, are living in flood-like conditions, particularly in lower Manhattan.

New York City housing crisis reflects record inequality

By Fred Mazelis, October 23, 2012

The city’s homeless shelter population hits new records every month, while the billionaire mayor reports a net worth of $25 billion.

Poverty rises sharply in Illinois

By Marcus Day, October 16, 2012

New data released by the Census Bureau reveals that greater numbers of Illinois workers and unemployed are falling into poverty.

Family protests after officials call off search for trapped worker in Florida garage collapse

By Eric London, October 15, 2012

Just 13 hours after three workers were killed and ten others were injured in a garage collapse in Miami, Florida, officials called off a search for the missing.

Detroit man killed in attempted copper theft

By Naomi Spencer, October 13, 2012

The electrocution of a Detroit man during an attempted copper theft gives an indication of the desperate social conditions in the city.

Federal home heating cuts spell hardship for US families this winter

By Shannon Jones, October 12, 2012

The return of seasonably cold weather this winter means higher home heating costs at a time when assistance programs are being cut.