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.
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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.
by Michelle Chen on September 11 2010, 10:23AM
But Congress rather than the courts are the likely final battleground for gay civil rights.
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.
by Michelle Chen on September 9 2010, 10:03AM
The Justice Department’s taking the state’s “English only” policy to court.
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.
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.
by Michelle Chen on September 8 2010, 9:30AM
Harsher enforcement is tearing families apart.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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