Yvonne Yen Liu

Oakland, CA

Yvonne Yen Liu is a senior researcher at the Applied Research Center, a racial justice think and action tank, which publishes Colorlines.com. In addition to contributing regularly to Colorlines.com, Yvonne has been published in Yes Magazine, In These Times, and Alternet. She serves on the board of SmartMeme and the advisory committee for the Food Chain Workers Alliance.

Yvonne has a BA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a MA degree in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD.

Yvonne considers herself part of the post-Seattle generation, global justice activists both influenced and critical of the anti-WTO mobilizations. She cofounded NYC Summer, a youth of color organizing school, and served on the boards of WBAI 99.5 FM

Follow Yvonne at @yvonnegraphy.

One Activist's Fight Against Walmart's Food Justice Takeover

by Yvonne Yen Liu on Sep 12, 2012 9:51AM

LaDonna Redmond thinks that more communities should be more involved in what they eat, and where their food comes from.

Topics: How We Eat

We Are More Than Workers and Consumers in the Food System

by Yvonne Yen Liu on Jul 13, 2012 8:56AM

A former warehouse worker and a slow food advocate who's father washed dishes for 19 years discuss how their twin movements for healthy food and fair jobs can restore humanity to the food system.

Topics: How We Eat, Economy

Where's the Color in the Occupy Movement? Wherever We Put It

by David Zlutnick Rinku Sen Yvonne Yen Liu on May 1, 2012 10:00AM

On a day when the world celebrates the rights of everyday workers, we sat down with activists of color to talk about Occupy Wall Street.

Topics: Politics, #Occupy

Got a Hustle to Pay Rent While Jobless? You're Part of a $1T Economy

by Yvonne Yen Liu on Nov 4, 2011 9:54AM

Neither the public nor private sector is doing much to create jobs, and those that are popping up aren't very good ones. So a lot of folks are taking matters into their own hands.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Latina Activist Betita Martinez's Wisdom for Young Organizers

by Yvonne Yen Liu on Oct 20, 2011 9:57AM

A trailblazing activist, Betita Martinez reflects on everything from motherhood to Occupy Wall Street.

Topics: Politics

Bay Area Residents Work to Turn Health Inequities Into a Solar Mosaic

by Yvonne Yen Liu on Oct 17, 2011 10:15AM

A new program in Oakland breaks away from the corporate bandwagon of going green to bring solar power to low-income residents.

Topics: Environment

Of Mice and Medicine: How Investing in Medicaid will Create Jobs

by Yvonne Yen Liu on Sep 13, 2011 8:50AM

A new report by the Commonwealth Fund highlights the dangers lawmakers face when they approach health care policy without the bigger picture in mind.

Topics: Health

Vermont Breaks Ground in Health Coverage for Migrant Workers

by Yvonne Yen Liu on Jun 10, 2011 9:49AM

The state's historic new universal health care system will cover the undocumented workers who toil in dangerous isolation to keep Vermont's farms in business.

Topics: Health, Immigration

Will 2012 Become Labor's Moment of Political Truth?

by Yvonne Yen Liu on May 27, 2011 9:09AM

Let's hope so. Because workers of color have rarely been in more dire need of a true political voice.

Topics: Politics, Economy

NAACP Report: Some Gulf Coast Oil Spill Toxins Are Harder to See

by Yvonne Yen Liu on Apr 20, 2011 6:08PM

From rising unemployment to domestic violence and depression, communities of color are still being hit hardest one year after the disaster.

Topics: Environment