Stories by Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen is a contributing editor to In These Times and a regular contributor to the labor rights blog Working In These Times, Colorlines.com and Pacifica’s WBAI. Follow her on Twitter at @meeshellchen or reach her at michellechen @ inthesetimes.com. subscribe to Michelle Chen's feed

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2011, Source: ColorLines

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.

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.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2011, Source: ColorLines

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Posted on: Mar 7, 2011, Source: ColorLines

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2007, Source: The NewStandard

As the U.S. Forest Service pursues a logging plan for the Tongass, conservationists are pushing for different economic priorities in Alaska.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2007, Source: The NewStandard

Fast-tracked pharmaceuticals are on the market for an average of almost two years without beginning required safety tests, and the FDA is letting it happen.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2006, Source: The NewStandard

Last week's ludicrous governmental report, which denied the efficacy of medical marijuana, is the Bush administration's latest attempt to divorce science from policy.

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