Michelle Chen is a contributing editor at In These Times, a contributor to Working In These Times, and an editor at CultureStrike. She is also a co-producer of Asia Pacific Forum on Pacifica’s WBAI. Her work has appeared on Alternet, Colorlines.com, Ms., and The Nation, Newsday, and her old zine, cain. Follow her on Twitter at @meeshellchen or reach her at michellechen [at] inthesetimes [dot] com.
Can Labor Learn from Silicon Valley?
If the gig economy is so hot, why is a good gig still so hard to come by? The sharing economy's new breed of on-demand jobs—a charismatic blend of the... MORE
Working · May 18, 2016
The Story Behind the Immigrant Workers in Bernie Sanders’ Stirring New Ad Lauding Worker Organizing
Bernie Sanders’ newest campaign video, which will air tomorrow night on the Spanish-language channel Univision, features the candidate ceding the spotlight to a representative group that doesn’t get a... MORE
Working · March 9, 2016
Are Open Borders the Solution to the Refugee Crisis?
Activists and experts debate who really benefits from opening borders: migrants or corporations MORE
Features · October 12, 2015
Laundromat Workers Air New York’s Dirty Laundry in Performance Piece
A new film/performance spotlights the often-invisible workers who fold the clothes, maintain the machines and know your secrets. MORE
Features · July 14, 2015
Phillip Agnew, Dream Defender
Meet the new generation of civil rights leaders. MORE
Features · January 19, 2015
Feminist Dick Jokes: The New Mainstream?
Comic Hari Kondabolu thinks social justice and change and equality don't have to be deadly serious. MORE
Features · June 25, 2014
The Immigration Movement’s Left Turn
Advocates are moving away from the "pathway-to-citizenship" compromise—and are demanding a moratorium on deportations. MORE
Features · April 1, 2014
Community Colleges’ Failing Grade
Institutions have to fix their socioeconomic divisions before they can truly help students in need. MORE
Features · March 14, 2014
Industry Attacks on ‘Scaffold Law’ Put Construction Workers on Shaky Ground
New York City’s tens of thousands of construction workers face a precarious landscape at work. Teetering at the edge of rooftops, sidestepping mammoth cranes and noisy bulldozers, and navigating through... MORE
Working · March 12, 2014
California Farmworkers Often Forced To Live in Squalor, Says Report
For California’s farmworkers, toiling all day in the brutal, sun-scorched fields is hard enough; the homes they return to each night are often in even worse conditions. Though the reforms won... MORE
Working · March 7, 2014