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The International Youth and Students for Social Equality is the student and youth movement of the world Trotskyist movement, the International Committee of the Fourth International.
We insist that all the great problems confronting humanity in the 21st century—war, poverty and social inequality, the drive toward fascism and dictatorship by governments internationally—are the outcome of capitalism and can only be addressed through the taking of political power by the working class and its establishment of a socialist society, founded on genuine equality.
In order to fight for socialism today, young people must understand the history of struggles of the working class in the 20th century. As part of its fight to build a global movement against imperialist war, the IYSSE is educating youth in the history and principles of Trotskyism, the Marxism of the 21st century. On this page, you can explore our program, history, campaigns and coverage. To get in touch, click the button below.
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No to the criminalization of anti-war views on US campuses! For a mass movement by workers and youth against the onslaught on Gaza!
These attacks on students who have voiced solidarity with the Palestinian people are aimed at intimidating and criminalizing the immense popular opposition to a crime by imperialism of historic proportions.
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality—the student and youth movement of the Socialist Equality Parties, the national sections of the International Committee of the Fourth International—calls for the building of a mass global movement of young people to end the reckless escalation toward World War III.
The following is the text of the opening report delivered by David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, to the International May Day Online Rally 2023, held Sunday, April 30.
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This lecture provides a political and historical analysis of the genocidal war now being conducted by the Zionist regime in Israel against the Palestinians. It explains the relationship between the contemporary struggle against imperialism and the international socialist program of the Left Opposition, founded by Leon Trotsky 100 years ago in October 1923.
This letter was sent by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to a friend who requested North’s opinion on a recent online discussion held at a US college on the Russia-Ukraine war.
The role that Snyder is playing in justifying the imperialist proxy war against Russia in Ukraine and the alliance of US imperialism with the Ukrainian far right make it imperative to investigate his book more closely.
Canadian imperialism’s fascist friends—Part 1: Ottawa’s decades-long alliance with the Ukrainian far-right and the NATO war on Russia
The alliance between Canadian imperialism and Ukrainian fascism is most strikingly embodied in the person of Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. The granddaughter of a prominent Ukrainian Nazi collaborator who was provided refuge in Canada following the Third Reich’s downfall, she is the leading anti-Russia war-hawk in the Trudeau Liberal government.
The US war machine is confronting a worsening recruitment crisis as it escalates its war against Russia in Ukraine and prepares for war against China.
Texas A&M is a major hub for the US State Department-CIA training of the next generation of military officers and intelligence recruits.
With the CHIPS and Science Act, US universities are being drawn ever more directly into the war preparations against China.
Howard University’s bid to become one of the Pentagon’s higher education affiliates means it will be dedicated to the development of the US military’s killing machines.
New York University, the largest private research university in the US, is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.
Hundreds attend IYSSE and Students for Justice in Palestine rally at Detroit’s Wayne State University
Hundreds of people, including many students, participated in the rally, which called for the unity of the working class around the world to put a stop to the genocide.
On October 25, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality hosted a successful meeting in Chicago to discuss the ongoing Israeli genocide against the Palestinians living in Gaza, and to build a socialist opposition to war.
Sentiment on the campus is overwhelmingly opposed to Israel’s assault on Gaza, particularly after the hospital bombing this week that killed 500 Palestinians.
IYSSE and SEP members campaigned at the campus prior to the event, explaining the growing threat of world war and the international socialist program required to prevent it.
War abroad means war at home. The imperialist war against Russia and preparations for a new world war are bound up with a massive re-allocation of social resources away from education, health care, and social services, to war, and the self-enrichment of the financial oligarchy. The IYSSE therefore connects the struggle to defend the social, cultural and democratic rights of the working class and youth to its fight against imperialist war. We demand: Trillions for jobs, education and healthcare, not for war!
The banks, hedge funds, investment companies and other Wall Street parasites are raking in billions of dollars in profits from the immiseration of tens of millions of student loan borrowers and their families—perhaps a third of the US population in all.
Protests against cuts at West Virginia University continue as lawmakers allocate tens of millions to war-related research
The cuts at WVU are part of a systematic effort to divert all social resources to the war effort and the enrichment of the financial oligarchy.
“People should not be pushed into the military because they can’t afford an education”
Faculty, staff and students of West Virginia University spoke with the World Socialist Web Site outside the College of Creative Arts Wednesday afternoon and voiced opposition to plans for the elimination of 169 faculty and slashing of 39 majors.
Columbine High School appeared to be, at least in the view of its administrators and the county school board, such a lovely place for young people to grow up and learn. In its official profile, the institution boasted of its "excellent facilities" and "long history of excellence in all areas." Nothing seemed to be lacking--Honors and Advanced Placement classes, foreign language instruction in Spanish, French and German, and an artistic program that included ceramics, sculpture, acting, choir and no less than five bands and one ensemble. There were even "Cross-categorical programs for students with significantly limited intellectual capacity." And, of course, there was no shortage of athletics.
The IYSSE urges young people to look honestly at our society. What does the phenomenon of mass violence say about the health of modern-day capitalism?
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has been speaking to students on the social and political roots of mass violence in the US.
“It’s not the shooter, mental health or the gun that is the problem. The problem is society itself.”
US students walk out to protest gun violence, as police story of response to Uvalde massacre falls apart
As police attempted to cover up their complicity in the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, thousands of students protested unending gun violence in mass walkouts.
Beyond the official clichés: The Texas school shooting reveals the advanced sickness of American society
The American ruling elite, its politicians and its media outlets, have nothing insightful or useful to say about this most recent calamity.
Whatever the individual psychological issues which afflicted and possibly motivated Salvador Ramos to kill, they do not explain the routine outbursts of mass violence which plague American society.
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.
The GEO/AFT, which is politically dominated by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), used the university’s threat to fire strikers who fail to return to work by the start of the fall term on Monday, August 28, to browbeat the student workers into accepting the university-dictated sellout contract.
The leaders of the three unions at Rutgers University want to impose the inadequate tentative agreements without giving workers time to study them.
University of California academic workers: Replace the bargaining teams! Build rank-and-file committees to expand the strike and win our demands!
The University of California Rank-and-File Strike Committee is fighting to oppose the UAW bureaucracy's efforts to sabotage the powerful four-week strike by 48,000 UC academic workers.
Planned strike at University of Sheffield International College suspended by University and College Union
With RPI inflation rate running at 14.2 percent to October, the University and College Union’s pay claim is well below inflation.
“It’s literally nationwide, and we really have to stand with each other”: Striking New School part-time faculty speak out on the picket line
The current strike by over 1,600 part-time faculty at The New School in New York City is winning wide support from workers and students throughout the city and across the country.
Over 1,600 part-time faculty members went on strike at the New School in New York City Wednesday morning, joining 48,000 University of California graduate student workers who began their strike at the beginning of the week at 10 UC campuses across the state.
“You have taken a courageous stand against the powerful corporate and political forces that run the University of California system,” Will Lehman, a candidate for UAW president, said, “and your struggle deserves the broadest support from all workers and youth.”
Throughout their struggle, Columbia University student workers confronted two hostile forces: the university administration, run by millionaires with close ties to the Democratic Party, and the United Auto Workers.
The COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020 was a trigger event in world history. For generations of young people, it has become a defining element for how they view capitalist society. Because of the criminal response by the ruling class to the pandemic, generations of young people are being subject to reinfections with a dangerous pathogen that has serious long-term health consequences. The IYSSE insists that money be allocated, not to war, but to fund efforts to eradicate COVID, development new vaccines and medical treatments, and fund free health care for all. To learn more about the science of the pandemic and the ICFI’s Global Workers’ Inquest, click the button below.
The findings come as recent CDC sero-prevalence data indicate nearly 100 percent of American children have been infected with SARS-CoV-2.
The study’s implications are staggering, as it finds that long past infection, people remain at risk for a broad array of serious, life-threatening health events impacting over half their body systems.
This review will document what is known about the science and impacts of Long COVID, the lessons that should have been drawn from previous post-viral illnesses, and the refusal of world capitalism to address this massive and ongoing social catastrophe.
A major study published today found that each COVID-19 reinfection causes cumulative damage to patients and significantly increases their risk of death, hospitalization, and Long COVID.
As schools begin to reopen nation-wide
New study reveals potentially “life-altering” neurologic complications in children hospitalized with COVID-19
The shocking information revealed in this study emerges just days before school districts across the US reopen their doors to tens of millions of students, teachers, and other school staff for fully in-person learning.
Demonstrating the immense toll the pandemic has taken on the mental health of young people, a University of Calgary study of 80,000 youth across the globe discovered that rates of anxiety and depression among young people have doubled since the pandemic began in 2020.
The IYSSE is the youth and student movement of the Trotskyist movement. In our work, we place a central emphasis on the study of history. In opposition to the denigration of objective truth, history and science, in academic departments, we insist that in order to change the world, young people must first of all understand it. But it is impossible to understand this world without a knowledge of history and Marxism. The Trotskyist movement, which was founded in 1923 by Leon Trotsky in the struggle against Stalinism, has emerged, over a century of struggle, as the sole continuity of the program, theory and principles of Marxism. An understanding of this history is the essential precondition for the struggle for socialism today. We urge you to explore the many topic pages on the WSWS on various aspects of the history and politics of the Marxist movement.
This is the speech by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North given on Sunday, August 20, honoring the life and political legacy of Leon Trotsky.
The penetration of GPU agents into the Fourth International played a fatal role in the assassination of Trotsky.
Born on Nov. 28, 1820, Engels was the co-founder of scientific socialism with his friend Karl Marx, who was two-and-a-half years his senior. Two hundred years later, their life’s work is of burning contemporary relevance.
An appraisal, on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination, of the work of the great theoretician and strategist of World Socialist Revolution during the final year of his life.
This volume contains four lectures delivered to a series of meetings held on the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Tom Henehan, on October 15, 19, November 23 and December 14, 1982.
Forty-three years since the assassination of Tom Henehan (1951-1977)
Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Tom Henehan, a member of the Political Committee of the Workers League—the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party in the US. We are republishing here a tribute delivered by David North at a meeting in 1997.
On March 18, 1871, the armed working class districts of Paris rose up and established the first workers state in world history, the Paris Commune.
We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered Saturday, March 11 by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site. This is the first in a series of five international online lectures being presented by the International Committee of the Fourth International to mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution.