Stories by Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen is a contributing editor at In These Times, a contributor to Working In These Times, and an editor at CultureStrike. She is also a co-producer of Asia Pacific Forum on Pacifica's WBAI. Her work has appeared on Alternet,, Ms., and The Nation, Newsday, and her old zine, cain. Follow her on Twitter at @meeshellchen or reach her at michellechen [at] inthesetimes [dot] com. subscribe to Michelle Chen's feed

Posted on: Mar 7, 2017, Source: Truthout

Health care is a human right.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2016, Source: In These Times

Far outside the Beltway, quiet and passionate organizing is effecting positive change.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2015, Source: The Nation

New research shows much more than wage hikes are needed to build sustainable jobs for low-wage workers.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2015, Source: The Nation

The interoceanic rail line crossing Brazil and Peru would facilitate cheap exports from Latin America to China.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2014, Source: The Guardian

"Quality of life" laws are criminalizing compassion in the United States. But erasing homelessness from public spaces doesn't solve the problem.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2014, Source: The Nation

A new study suggests fracking may bring risk of cancer, birth defects and long-term respiratory and cellular damage to those nearby.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2014, Source: The Guardian

There's a potential downside to the coffee chain's plan to offer a partial tuition discount to its non-union workers.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Saddling students with unsustainable debts is only a symptom of the deeper erosion within higher education.

Posted on: May 26, 2014, Source: The Nation

The heavy borrowing of colleges, often for questionable purposes, is accounting for the rising cost of higher education

Posted on: Jul 23, 2013, Source: In These Times

A new study shows that none of the factories under review provided their workers with adequate safety equipment.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2013, Source: In These Times

Wildfires consume twice as much land annually as they did forty years ago, but cuts to the Forest Service's Fire and Aviation Management limit the response.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2012, Source: In These Times

It all starts with a little solidarity.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2012, Source: In These Times

Two critical bills for workers, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the Trust Act, were vetoed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend. What now?

Posted on: Sep 30, 2012, Source: In These Times

When pregnancy comes up as a political issue, lawmakers are far more fixated on what an expecting mom's womb is doing, rather than how she's managing to pay the bills.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2012, Source: In These Times

The real scandal is that both parties have made kicking the poor a prerequisite to winning office.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2012, Source: In These Times

Apple wants you to know it’s working hard to fix the biggest bruise on its reputation: the treatment of workers in its vast production chain. But the changes are mostly cosmetic.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2012, Source: In These Times

A new analysis of job quality confirms what many of us already suspected: Good jobs are vanishing from the United States, leaving workers stranded on a barren economic landscape.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2012, Source: In These Times

As part of a push for a statewide Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, the workers are using all kinds of creative tactics to call attention to their often-ignored working conditions.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet

From gang life to migrant workers, this Brooklyn photographer gives voice to people who don't often have one.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2012, Source: In These Times

Temporary relief from deportation could open the door to more exploitation of young immigrants, but it could also further embolden them to agitate in public for economic justice and human rights.