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Michelle Chen writes for The Nation.
Hershey's Sweatshop: Subcontractors Cited for Taking Advantage of Student Guestworkers at Candy Factory
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012, Source: In These Times
The students came for a summer learning experience with a job at a classic American company. Instead, they got a crash course in the realities of the global economy.
Millions of Indian Workers Join Nationwide General Strike
Posted on: Mar 1, 2012, Source: In These Times
The all-India general strike brought together workers of various sectors united under a banner of opposition to neoliberal policies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government.
Workers Hold Key to Reigniting Egypt’s Revolution
Posted on: Feb 26, 2012, Source: In These Times
New pro-labor coalitions are forming in Egypt, but can they reinvigorate a stalled movement for social justice?
Jazz Musicians Rally Together for Better Pay, Better Treatment at Work
Posted on: Feb 23, 2012, Source: In These Times
Many jazz artists hustle from gig to gig, often at the mercy of club owners who have little or no obligation to provide basic benefits like medical or unemployment insurance.
Guestworker Programs Blend "Free Markets" and Forced Labor for Migrant Workers
Posted on: Feb 19, 2012, Source: In These Times
Far from offering a more regulated alternative to undocumented migrant labor, guestworker programs encourage the same abuses that “illegal” workers suffer.
Is Your Local Restaurant Relying on Exploited Women's Labor?
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012, Source: Ms. Blog
A new study warns that when Americans eat out, they feed into an industry fueled by exploitation and rampant discrimination against women.
Struggle for Immigrants’ Rights Highlights Split Within Organized Labor
Posted on: Jan 15, 2012, Source: In These Times
ICE officers' union resists reform measures to controversial Secure Communities program, while AFl-CIO wants to end it
Child Labor, Torture and Rape: Attempts to Regulate the Brutal Diamond Industry Failing
Posted on: Dec 11, 2011, Source: In These Times
The holiday season is a time of material pleasures, but it's also a time to take stock of how our social values tend to be at odds with the objects we most prize.
Around the World, Medical Workers Join Protests on the Side of the 99%
Posted on: Nov 28, 2011, Source: In These Times
Movements are discovering the connection between health and activism through medical workers joining the front lines to deploy their skills and their conviction.
Sex Workers Speak Out on Village Voice Ad Controversy
Posted on: Nov 14, 2011, Source: In These Times
Maybe the ethical clarity that moral crusaders desire requires less talking and more listening to what sex workers know, need and want.
It’s NAFTA x3 as Free Trade Deals Sweep Through Congress
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011, Source: Colorlines.com
Congress last week approved three long-pending trade deals with Panama, South Korea and Colombia that will likely lead to massive job loss, not job creation.
It’s NAFTA x3 as Free Trade Deals Sweep Through Congress
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011, Source: ColorLines
Labor Movement Rolls Into Wall Street Occupation
Posted on: Sep 30, 2011, Source: In These Times
Occupy Wall Street seems to be following the trajectory of grassroots organizing: a spark of protest led by younger activists, followed by the support of labor organizations.
What Do Students Learn When Cities Refuse to Fairly Treat Their Teachers?
Posted on: Sep 26, 2011, Source: In These Times
Teachers standing up for their rights on the job are providing a good example for their students, not "politicizing" education as the so-called reformers do.
Labor Day Showdown: Can Advocates Stop ‘NAFTA of the Pacific’?
Posted on: Sep 5, 2011, Source: ColorLines
Labor Day Showdown: Can Activists Stop "NAFTA of the Pacific"?
Posted on: Sep 2, 2011, Source: Colorlines.com
On Monday, activists hope to get ahead of political deal-making by demanding that any new trade deal give greater priority to environmental, labor, and health concerns.
Why Should Rioting Young People Listen to the Elites and Mind a Social Order that Disempowers Them?
Posted on: Aug 10, 2011, Source: In These Times
There's no simple explanation for the uprising in London and several other UK cities this week. But the riots mirror the state of working-class Britain.
How Murdoch’s Empire Suffocates the Craft of Journalism
Posted on: Jul 21, 2011, Source: In These Times
The Murdoch empire is based on a vulgar corporate culture in which honesty and critical thought are dismissed as an impediment to commercial success.
Violence Against Migrant Women Won’t End After DSK Case
Posted on: Jul 12, 2011, Source: Colorlines.com
Rape is a weapon used by the powerful against the powerless--and migrant women across the world are its victims.
Scott Walker's All-Out War on Wisconsin Women
Posted on: Jul 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Scott Walker's budget is the latest to slash health funding for women--showing that the war on workers and the war on women are intertwined.
The Globe’s Not Only Getting Hotter. It’s More Unjust and Unstable, Too
Posted on: Jul 6, 2011, Source: Colorlines.com
The future of a warming planet holds more than just melting ice--it will see a lot more conflict over resources, food, and living space as well.
The World's 5 Worst Places For Women -- And How U.S. Policy Helped Make Them That Way
Posted on: Jun 30, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The plight of women in Afghanistan, Congo and other difficult places owes much to the machinations of Washington politicians.
Palestinian Youth Channel an Old Struggle Through New Media
Posted on: Jun 17, 2011, Source: Colorlines.com
Student activists in the West Bank are educating themselves in grassroots organizing strategies--on the ground and on the Web.
States' Shameful Trade-Off: Putting Prisons Over Public Schools
Posted on: Apr 21, 2011, Source: In These Times
At the center of state lawmakers' money-laundering shell game is the starving of public education for investments in prisons -- an incentive for incarcerating the disadvantaged.
Breasts at 7 Years Old: How Chemical Hazards May Wreak Havoc on Children's Bodies
Posted on: Mar 30, 2011, Source: On The Issues Magazine
Little girls are growing breasts a year after losing their first baby teeth. Are the chemicals in everyday household products to blame?
The Republican Attack on Women’s Health Goes Global
Posted on: Mar 7, 2011, Source: ColorLines
White House Says Child Soldiers Are Ok, If They Fight Terrorists
Posted on: Nov 16, 2010, Source: Colorlines.com
The Obama administration just decided to leave countless kids stranded on some of the world’s bloodiest battlegrounds.
Why Girls Around the World Don't Get to Go to School
Posted on: Sep 23, 2010, Source: Ms. Blog
Knowledge is power. So it's no wonder that, all around the world, a girl has less of both.
Sneaky Anti-Abortion Crusade Has Doubly Harsh Impact on Minorities and the Poor
Posted on: Sep 8, 2010, Source: Colorlines.com
We may be past the era of cruel reproductive social engineering, but something more sinister is now emerging in its place.
Conservatives Exploiting Health Care to Deprive Poor Women of Access to Abortion
Posted on: Jul 21, 2010, Source: Colorlines.com
2010 has been a big year for health care reform, but the families on whose backs those legislative victories were won have little to celebrate.
U.S. Immigration Policies: Still Racist After All These Years
Posted on: Nov 17, 2009, Source: ColorLines RaceWire
We can argue about the nuances of immigration reform all we want. But the real conversation begins when -- and only when -- we acknowledge elements of structural racism.
Foreclosure Crisis Hits Poor Renters Hard: Evicted Families Have to Fight to Live Together
Posted on: May 25, 2009, Source: Colorlines.com
With foreclosures and job losses dragging down the whole economy, low-income families of color are falling into an even deeper hole.
Immigrant Survivors of Abuse Struggle Within a Changing System
Posted on: Aug 6, 2008, Source: The Women's International Perspective
Legal protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence are growing more complex and in some ways, more precarious.
The Trials Minority Women Face Serving in the Military
Posted on: Aug 5, 2008, Source: Colorlines.com
A third of female veterans are women of color. Three of them share their stories of systematic racial discrimination.
New Legislation Threatens American-Indian Women's Reproductive Health
Posted on: Jul 21, 2008, Source: In These Times
An amendment to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act tethers crucial health programs to an anti-abortion agenda.
Abuse Survivors Face Systemic Struggles as Resources for Help Dwindle
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008, Source: The Wip
Congress has slashed funding to domestic violence programs, and the White House is pushing for even deeper cuts. But the human cost is enormous.
Kenya's Emerging Indy Media
Posted on: Mar 27, 2008, Source: In These Times
Amidst the ongoing chaos in Kenya, an alternative media system driven by ordinary Kenyans is rising.
Creating Sustainable Cities: San Francisco and New York Are Leading the Way
Posted on: Jan 15, 2008, Source: The Wip
Far from besieged forests and melting icebergs, American cities are a new front in the environmental movement.
Lobby to Hide Cancer Dangers Has Government's Helping Hand
Posted on: Nov 18, 2007, Source: In These Times
Industry special interests are burying information on cancer-causing chemicals and, according to watchdog groups, the government is helping them do it.
The Promise of Low Power FM
Posted on: Aug 29, 2007, Source: In These Times
The chances that Congress will allow the expansion of low power FM broadcast radio stations to exist in big radio markets offers a huge opportunity for citizens to communicate outside of the corporate airwaves.
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