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

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

We Are More Than Workers and Consumers in the Food System

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Latina Activist Betita Martinez's Wisdom for Young Organizers

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

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

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

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

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

Vermont Breaks Ground in Health Coverage for Migrant Workers

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.

Will 2012 Become Labor's Moment of Political Truth?

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

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

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

America's Food Sweatshops

A new study from Colorlines' publisher, the Applied Research Center, reveals deep inequity in the food system.

Congress Drops the Ball on Welfare Reform--Again

Congress had a chance to continue a program that created 250,000 jobs and help single moms out of poverty. They blew it.

The Physical and Emotional Costs of Long-Term Unemployment

Studies show this crisis isn't just about money any more.

We're Still Waiting On Those Green Jobs

We can't train people for green jobs that don't exist. Let's instead look at solutions.

The Insurance Industry's Stealth Attack on Health Reform

Why you should care about "Medical Loss Ratio." No, really.

Tesla Revives NUMMI Plant, But Will Workers of Color Benefit?

nummi_052110.JPGCalifornia’s only auto plant will reopen, this time producing electric cars. Tesla Motors announced yesterday that they purchased the shuttered NUMMI factory in Fremont, California with a $50 million investment from Toyota. Advocates for a green economy see this as a victory, an investment in manufacturing and job creation for the Bay Area.

Who is New SEIU President Mary Kay Henry?

SEIUHenry_051410.jpgMary Kay Henry has been appointed the new president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union, and the one representing janitors, homecare workers, and security guards--a huge number of whom are people of color. Her predecessor Andy Stern leaves behind a conflicting, often troubled legacy.

Trained to Fail

Workers nationwide are getting the skills to join a new green economy. Problem is, it doesn’t exist. How Reagan’s job-training ghost haunts our response to unemployment.

Coal Mining Curbed on the Black Mesa, Paving Way for Navajo Green Economy

A Hopi youth at a Black Mesa Water Coalition protest against Peabody Coal.The indigenous environmental justice movement celebrated a victory last Friday when a judge ruled that Peabody Energy cannot expand its coal mining operations on the Black Mesa in northern Arizona. Former president Bush Jr.

Tiger Woods Likes White Women, So What?

White women Tiger Woods has been linked to Say it. Tiger Woods has a thing for white women. That’s the unspoken message haunting photos documenting Tiger Woods’ fall from grace: a series of white women, some blonde, others brunette, but all clearly racialized as white.