On this particular night, I drink the brown stuff that burns my throat and tastes like the sweat of working men and women. I am full of sorrow for the people of Michigan, which had just been declared the 24th Right to Work state
Melissa Chadburn is a lover and a fighter, a union rep, a social arsonist, a writer, a lesbian, of color, smart, edgy and fun. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Guernica, SLAKE, Salon, The Rumpus, and a dozen other places. She’s currently writing A Tiny Upward Shove, her teenage foster care narrative. Reach her at fictiongrrrl(at) gmail.com or follow her on twitter. She loves your whole outfit right now.