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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Wednesday, August 07, 2013
No Papers, No Fear: The ‘Dream 9' Make a Radical Stand
Nine young people are changing the way the country talks about immigration—not from the floor of Congress or a campaign podium, but from a detention center.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Farmworkers Face Silent Spring in the Fields
Some lawmakers in Washington may be losing sleep in the coming weeks as they mull over proposed immigration reform legislation.
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
‘Bargain’ on Immigration Would Feed Prison Profits
The supposed grand bargain of the immigration reform bill is shaping up to be a lucrative deal for prisons.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
What India’s Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue
Anu Mokal wasn't breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex worker in the Indian state of Maharashtra, she lives under various laws aimed at criminalizing the sex trade, supposedly to protect women from exploitation.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Disaster Unpreparedness: Wildfire Tragedy Sheds Light on Dangerous Budget Gaps
They went in as a team and perished as heroes.
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Sunday, July 07, 2013
Boss-napped: What We Can Learn From China’s Labor Banditry
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Saturday, June 29, 2013
From Dhaka to Broadway, Protests Target Bangladesh Factory Death Traps
The United States may lead the world in some measures of national wealth, but it is fiercely regressive when it comes to protecting the workers whose blood and sweat subsidize American lifestyles. Since the tragic factory collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, which killed more than 1,100 people, many Western apparel brands have been shamed into addressing labor conditions in Bangladesh’s booming garment sector. Yet two U.S.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Supervisor From Hell Gets a Pass From SCOTUS
The petty tyranny of middle management is practically a modern workplace institution. We've all experienced—or heard stories of—the despised supervisor who makes every workday miserable with verbal jabs and insults, sexual harassment, racial epithets or outright discrimination.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
For Disgruntled Young Workers, Lawsuits May Spark Intern Insurrection
You'd have to be pretty desperate to offer to work for free, right? Or you could be just an enthusiastic young student who believes that toiling for little more than free coffee and a line on your resume may boost your future career. But recent research shows that unpaid internships are not likely to lead a coveted job offer.
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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Excluded from Federal Standards, California Home Aides Get Their Day in Court
When you don’t know who your boss is, whose fault is it when your paycheck never comes? A California court has just provided an answer to that predicament by allowing a worker to take the county government to court in a wage dispute.
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