Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen is a contributing editor at In These Times. She is a regular contributor to the labor rights blog Working In These Times, Colorlines.com, and Pacifica's WBAI. Her work has also appeared in Common Dreams, Alternet, Ms. Magazine, Newsday, and her old zine, cain.

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Monday, April 19, 2010
Abandoning Justice for Power in South Africa
South Africa has been struggling for over a decade to overcome the vestiges of apartheid, and to this day is constantly challenged by racial conflict and socioeconomic inequality. And as if there weren't enough obstacles strewn in the country's rocky path to equity, environmental concerns are posing yet another stumbling block.
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Monday, April 12, 2010
Life After Katrina in 2010: Human Rights on the Gulf Coast
“I am tired of living like this. They were not even listening to my crying. They think it’s a joke but it’s really not.” —DeBorah W., hurricane survivor and resident of New Orleans, describing her struggle to find a new home after suffering severe respiratory problems while living in her public housing unit. Five years on, the storm still rages.
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Saturday, April 03, 2010
Are Haitians Forgoing Temporary Protected Status?
Homeland Security recently reported that only a small fraction of Haitian immigrants potentially eligible for special immigration relief through Temporary Protected Status (TPS) have actually sought that benefit.
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
Nation’s Report Card on Schools: Needs Improvement
Two dramas played out in the education system this week. While New York activists scored a court ruling barring the closure of 19 "underperforming" schools , Washington mulled over the latest national report card in reading and math.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
Pay as They Go: The Cruel Calculus of Deportation
On Sunday, thousands are set to rally in the capital to demand a just and fair immigration policy. Though the protesters will try to make their voices ring as loud as ever, perhaps nothing will speak more to the cause of comprehensive reform than the people who aren't there to contribute their voices.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Children of the Earthquake: Rescuing Haiti’s Orphans?
The Haitian diaspora has always been fractured by definition, with tough kinship ties stretched across oceans in a network of interwoven communities. Now that the earthquake has shaken up borders and geopolitical barriers, no one is quite sure how to help the orphaned and dislocated children left in the disaster's wake.
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Monday, January 18, 2010
Please Don’t Superdome Haiti
For those who know how race and media intersect in times of crisis, the earthquake in Haiti has probably sent a bump through your pop-cultural seismograph. Now it's becoming a flashpoint.
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Friday, January 08, 2010
Uganda’s Anti-LGBT Bill: Facing Hate and Hegemony
The now-infamous anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda has kicked up a media storm halfway around the world. The bill , which could pave the way for the death penalty, life imprisonment or other severe penalties for homosexuality-related behavior-might otherwise be dismissed by American liberals as a symbol of third world backwardness.
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