Colorlines

Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen
Columnist, Global Justice
New York, NY

Michelle Chen is Colorlines' Global Justice columnist. She is a regular contributor on labor issues at In These Times, as well as a member of the magazine's Board of Editors. Michelle's reporting has appeared in Ms. Magazine, AirAmerica, Alternet, Newsday, the Progressive Media Project, and her old zine, cain. Prior to joining Colorlines, she wrote for the independent news collective The NewStandard. A native New Yorker, she has also conducted ethnographic research as a Fulbright fellow in Shanghai and checked coats at a West Village jazz club. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the City University of New York and co-producing the community radio program Asia Pacific Forum on Pacifica's WBAI.

Follow Michelle at @meeshellchen.

LGBT Couples Seek Inclusion in Immigration Reform

LGBT Couples Seek Inclusion in Immigration Reform

by Michelle Chen on September 14 2010, 9:30AM

In the fractured patchwork of policies governing same-sex marriage, federal restrictions could overlap painfully for transnational LGBT couples.

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Park 51 Debate Opens Space for Muslim Women's Voices

Park 51 Debate Opens Space for Muslim Women’s Voices

by Michelle Chen on September 13 2010, 9:30AM

While activists strive to humanize Muslim Americans in an ignorant media world, Muslim women are carving out new spaces for representation.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media, On Gender

Liberty Trumped Institution in Both DADT and Prop 8 Rulings

Liberty Trumped Institution in Both DADT and Prop 8 Rulings

by Michelle Chen on September 11 2010, 10:23AM

But Congress rather than the courts are the likely final battleground for gay civil rights.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Clock Ticks on Stopping Abortion Ban in Insurance Pools

Clock Ticks on Stopping Abortion Ban in Insurance Pools

by Michelle Chen on September 10 2010, 10:50AM

The administration is poised to impose an unprecedented abortion restriction on some of the sickest uninsured women in the country.

Topics: Obama Abortion Ban, On Gender

Is Arizona Targeting Teachers through Unfair English Standards?

Is Arizona Targeting Teachers through Unfair English Standards?

by Michelle Chen on September 9 2010, 10:03AM

The Justice Department’s taking the state’s “English only” policy to court.

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth

Older Workers of Color Slip Into Economic Insecurity

Older Workers of Color Slip Into Economic Insecurity

by Michelle Chen on September 9 2010, 9:27AM

In an increasingly harsh economy, social security after retirement could be all that many seniors have to look forward to.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

On the Way Out, Washington Tramples on Iraqi Women

On the Way Out, Washington Tramples on Iraqi Women

by Michelle Chen on September 8 2010, 10:00AM

Iraqi women are left holding up half the sky in the midst of a ravaged political and economic landscape.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs, On Gender

Immigrant Families Face Child Welfare and Deportation

Immigrant Families Face Child Welfare and Deportation

by Michelle Chen on September 8 2010, 9:30AM

Harsher enforcement is tearing families apart.

Topics: Immigration, On Gender, Schools & Youth

Is Obama's

Is Obama’s “Historic” Tribal Justice Reform Enough?

by Michelle Chen on September 8 2010, 9:15AM

A watershed law to improve criminal justice systems in Indian Country could help deal with violence against women, but deeper changes are needed.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

State Lawmakers Harden the Colorline in Reproductive Health

State Lawmakers Harden the Colorline in Reproductive Health

by Michelle Chen on September 7 2010, 9:30AM

Slowly but steadily, state lawmakers have worked to limit women’s reproductive freedom in the past legislative session.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, On Gender

Insured or Not, Women and Children's Health Shortchanged

Insured or Not, Women and Children’s Health Shortchanged

by Michelle Chen on September 3 2010, 9:10AM

The escalation of insurance costs is old news by now, but in light of the recession, the pattern doesn’t augur well for a half-baked reform plan.

Topics: Health, On Gender

Wielding 'Gender Card,' Women's Groups Campaign Against 'Political Sexism'

Wielding ‘Gender Card,’ Women’s Groups Campaign Against ‘Political Sexism’

by Michelle Chen on September 2 2010, 4:08PM

Few would doubt that racism and sexism are handled differently in politics and the media, but how, exactly?

Topics: On Gender, Politics

Cancer Screening for Poor Women Threatened in Calif. Budget Battle

Cancer Screening for Poor Women Threatened in Calif. Budget Battle

by Michelle Chen on September 2 2010, 9:30AM

Desperate to balance the budget, California is finding fat to trim in some interesting places… like the local mammogram center.

Topics: Health, On Gender

NY Domestic Workers Celebrate Historic Labor Win

NY Domestic Workers Celebrate Historic Labor Win

by Michelle Chen on September 1 2010, 11:04AM

It’s official: Gov. Paterson signed into law yesterday new rights for New York State’s domestic workers yesterday. Their movement may be a national model for reform.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Native Foster Care Placements up Sharply in North Dakota

Native Foster Care Placements up Sharply in North Dakota

by Michelle Chen on September 1 2010, 9:10AM

A recent surge in foster care placements of Native American children in South Dakota may reflect the economic hard times—or evoke a bleak legacy of segregation.

Topics: On Gender, Schools & Youth

Job Creation Under TANF Emergency Fund Threatened in Welfare Budget

Job Creation Under TANF Emergency Fund Threatened in Welfare Budget

by Michelle Chen on August 31 2010, 4:02PM

A unique welfare program is creating a surprising number of new paychecks, but it may soon fade away without renewed support from Congress.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Military Women's Reproductive Rights Under Seige

Military Women’s Reproductive Rights Under Seige

by Michelle Chen on August 30 2010, 4:00PM

The Pentagon has long kept service women under the grip of draconian restrictions on abortion services.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Housing Crisis Lingers in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Housing Crisis Lingers in Post-Katrina New Orleans

by Michelle Chen on August 30 2010, 9:10AM

While New Orleans hobbles toward recovery after Hurricane Katrina’s punishing blows, a deep affordable housing crisis continues to hold back impoverished mothers:

Topics: Economy, On Gender

ACLU Confronts Denver Prison's Abusive Strip Searches

ACLU Confronts Denver Prison’s Abusive Strip Searches

by Michelle Chen on August 27 2010, 9:16AM

Allegations of abusive strip searches at a prison reflect the perverse power imbalance inherent in the system.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Looking Back, and Forward, on Women's Equality Day

Looking Back, and Forward, on Women’s Equality Day

by Michelle Chen on August 26 2010, 4:05PM

Women’s Equality Day is a commemoration of history—the 90th anniversary of the victory of women’s suffrage—as well as a marker of the incomplete struggle for equal rights.

Topics: On Gender