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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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Educators Wary of Tech Fixes for College Affordability Crisis
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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Migrant Women Bring Voices to Capital
Adareli Ponce is a typical working woman in America, but her work experience is not typically "American." Even though the products of the labor of women like her are everywhere, her story is invisible to many. As the main provider for her family back in Hidalgo, Mexico, the 31-year-old has spent years slogging away in U.S. chocolate and seafood processing facilities. Migration was her chance to escape the entrenched poverty that ensnares so many young women in her hometown, who she says are often excluded from sustainable job opportunities.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Checkpoint: Waiting and Death at the Border
Migration is about movement across borders. But it’s also about waiting at them: waiting for your hearing in court, waiting for a phone call home at the detention center, waiting for a visa to reunite you with loved ones you’ve been separated from for decades.
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Saturday, October 05, 2013
When Federal Contracts Turn Into Corporate Welfare
Where does the corporate bottom line end and the public interest begin? Through the voodoo economics of federal contracting, Washington's "partnerships" with private corporations have drained the public trust straight into the pockets of top corporate executives.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013
As We and Our Loved Ones Age, Rethinking Care
Growing older is hard, and taking care of an aging loved one is hard work. For those of us who are aging or living with a disability, your family might hire a caregiver for day-to-day support: getting out of bed, minding medications, bathing and cooking meals — and sometimes serving as a medic, housekeeper, therapist and closest companion, too.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013
Wage Wars: Bangladeshi Workers Reach a Boiling Point
Workers in Bangladesh have been perishing in tragic, preventable factory accidents for years. Now, in mass uprisings that portend both more violent labor struggles on the horizon and a new dawn for a nascent labor movement, the workers are starting to strike at the factories themselves.
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Friday, September 13, 2013
Mexico City Erupts Over Neoliberal Education Bill
In Mexico City, school teachers are meting out some serious discipline to a government gone awry.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Unions Under Siege in Guatemala
Guatemala is beginning to emerge from a grim history of military dictatorship and civil strife, but its workers remain mired in the nation's bloody legacy. Even today, as the country hobbles toward democracy and seeks justice for past atrocities, trade unionists are still a target of violence, with many killings hidden under a cloud of government impunity.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Caring for Workers Who Care for Our Loved Ones
For many seniors, growing older means facing new kinds of stress—such as fragile health, a tight budget on a fixed income, or the travails of living alone.
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Sunday, August 11, 2013
More Bad Apple: Watchdog Exposes New Chinese Factory Abuses
Apple's growth and reputation for innovation have long been built on the shaky foundation of rock-bottom wages and poor labor conditions in Chinese factories. Now, a new investigation by the New York-based advocacy group China Labor Watch has further revealed the abuses, including wage violations and chemical exposures, at the warped core of Apple's corporate empire.
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