31 Aug 2013

Bullet-proof Jobs: Summer Employment May Help Stem Youth Violence

Originally published at In These Times It’s conventional wisdom: Kids get into trouble when they have nothing better to do. Now, research reveals that a summer youth employment program might reduce violence, apparently bearing out the adage that “nothing stops a bullet like a job.” A new study by researchers at the

28 Aug 2013

Carnivals Are No Picnic for Migrant Workers

Originally published at In These Times A trip to the carnival is the quintessential American summer pastime. But for workers who run the show, the hard labor of making our holidays carefree can be shockingly grim. A lawsuit lauched last week by two migrant workers illustrates the ugly side of the leisure

25 Aug 2013

Unions Under Siege in Guatemala

Originally published at In These Times Guatemala is beginning to emerge from a grim history of military dictatorship and civil strife, but its workers remain mired in the nation’s bloody legacy. Even today, as the country hobbles toward democracy and seeks justice for past atrocities, trade unionists are still a

23 Aug 2013

No Room of Their Own for New Yorkers in Need

Originally published at In These Times The city that never sleeps may become the city where the poor can’t afford a place to sleep. While New Yorkers are used to battling astronomical housing costs and wedging themselves into closet-sized studios, hundreds of thousands of working-class residents have somewhere to call

18 Aug 2013

Caring for Workers Who Care for Our Loved Ones

Originally published at In These Times. For many seniors, growing older means facing new kinds of stress—such as fragile health, a tight budget on a fixed income, or the travails of living alone. And for the people who care for the aging, the stress can be just as severe. When

09 Aug 2013

More Bad Apple: Watchdog Exposes New Chinese Factory Abuses

Originally published at In These Times Apple’s growth and reputation for innovation have long been built on the shaky foundation of rock-bottom wages and poor labor conditions in Chinese factories. Now, a new investigation by the New York-based advocacy group China Labor Watch has further revealed the abuses, including wage violations

01 Aug 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. But many migrant children are haunted at night for a different reason—the quiet nightmare of noxious winds that fill their bedrooms with toxic fumes, a hidden chemical disaster looming over the

26 Jul 2013

‘Bargain’ on Immigration Would Feed Prison Profits

Originally posted at In These Times The supposed grand bargain of the immigration reform bill is shaping up to be a lucrative deal for prisons. As a compromise between “border security” and “amnesty,” the comprehensive reform plan emerging in Congress ties the “legalization” of millions of migrants to the prospective

23 Jul 2013

Your ‘Distressed’ Jeans Are Wearing Out Workers’ Lungs

“Distressed” jeans are designed to make that wear-and-tear look seem oh-so-effortless, but it can be the result of someone’s body taking a real beating. According to a recent investigation by the advocacy groups Clean Clothes Campaign, War on Want, and Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), several manufacturers in

21 Jul 2013

What India’s Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

Originally published at In These Times 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