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, and Pacifica’s WBAI. Follow her on Twitter at @meeshellchen or reach her at michellechen @ subscribe to Michelle Chen's feed

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2006, Source: The NewStandard

Although the poor pay a heavy tax burden at the federal level, when it comes to state and local taxes, they as much as the richest brackets.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2006, Source: The NewStandard

In two years, the Bush administration spent $1.6 billion to paint a prettier picture of its failing policies, even as it cut away the social safety net.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2005, Source: The NewStandard

While claiming to relieve polluting companies of paperwork, a new EPA plan will let polluters off the hook in reporting their toxic emissions.