Michelle Chen, The Guardian

Michelle Chen

The Guardian

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Michelle:

‘She could have been your mother’: anti-Asian racism a year after Atlanta spa shootings

The spa shootings in Georgia killed six Asian women but as a community tries to heal, hate incidents are on the rise → Read More

Why Prisons Are Banning Letters

The loss of paper mail and the shift to private electronic communications platforms can isolate incarcerated individuals. → Read More

Why Shouldn’t the People Own the Banks?

A municipally chartered public bank would not be beholden to the often predatory commercial banking sector. → Read More

Child Care Should Be Universal and Well-Paid

The pandemic has made a child care overhaul both more challenging and more necessary. → Read More

Reopening Isn’t Enough — Child Care System Must Be Transformed, Providers Say

Child care providers who struggled in the pandemic are asking for economic relief and recognition as essential workers. → Read More

The Other Epidemic Killing Americans

People are dying at record rates from opioid overdoses, and harm reduction advocates are asking the Biden administration to overhaul how it deals with the crisis. → Read More

How Covid-19 Supercharged a Foster System Crisis

Parents are losing their kids as they struggle to navigate bureaucracies upended by the pandemic. → Read More

For Some Workers, Schools Never Closed

Amid the pandemic, frontline education workers are shouldering crucial responsibilities. → Read More

This Amazon Grocery Runner Has Risked Her Job to Fight for Better Safety Measures

Courtenay Brown knows she could be on the streets if she loses her job at an Amazon Fresh unit. She’s speaking out about scant Covid-19 safety measures and lack of workplace benefits anyway. → Read More

The Amazon Delivery Service Worker Who’d Finally Seen Enough

As a driver for an Amazon subcontractor, Frank Chavez encountered unsanitary conditions—including bottles of his coworkers’ urine. Now he’s standing up for his rights. → Read More

Meet the Warehouse Worker Who Took On Amazon Over Inhumane Conditions and Harassment

Hibaq Mohamed organized her community in a fight against Amazon, protesting working conditions at a fulfillment center with one of the highest rates of injury. → Read More

Trump’s National Labor Relations Board Is Sabotaging Its Own Mission

The federal agency that’s supposed to protect union rights is instead championing the interests of bosses. → Read More

Disaster Looms as the Coronavirus Disrupts the Garment Supply Chain

Fashion brands are sticking suppliers and workers with unpaid bills. → Read More

How to Save the Restaurant Workforce From Being Casualties of The Covid-19 Crisis

In an interview, One Fair Wage President Saru Jayaraman explains that the post-Covid future offers two possible directions for restaurant workers—dignity or poverty. → Read More

Workers Fight for Their Lives

The spontaneous rebellion of low-wage workers exposed to Covid-19. → Read More

Workers Fight for Their Lives

The spontaneous rebellion of low-wage workers exposed to Covid-19. → Read More

Will the Pandemic Lead to Better Treatment for Drug Users?

Harm reduction advocates hope new emergency rules for medication-assisted treatment will foster broader reforms after the Covid crisis. → Read More

Your Rent or Your Life

The pandemic is forcing workers to make impossible choices. → Read More

Construction Work Was Already Dangerous. Coronavirus Is Making It Worse.

Deemed "essential," workers in hard hats are reporting for duty even as the pandemic spreads. → Read More

Trump Wants to Gut Crucial Environmental Regulation

Rolling back the National Environmental Policy Act would prevent the public from learning about the consequences of massive construction projects. → Read More