Leticia Miranda

Leticia Miranda
Leticia is a writer based in California. She's covered immigration, prison reform and juvenile justice for Colorlines Magazine and produced a woman of color-centered radio program at KZSC in Santa Cruz. Her work has been reprinted by Racialicious, truthout and Race-Talk. These days you can find her working as the strategic communications coordinator for the Media Literacy Project in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Immigrant Widow to Feds: Oh No, You Get Back Here

by Leticia Miranda on November 13 2009, 5:45PM

This is a great story to end the week. Lin Li Qu, the widow of an undocumented Chinese immigrant, is refusing to let the US government dodge responsibility for the cruel conditions that her husband faced at a Rhode Island…

Topics: Immigration

Study: Latina Hotel Workers Injured Most

by Leticia Miranda on November 13 2009, 9:00AM

A recent study found that the injury rate for Latina hotel workers is higher than that for their male counterparts and white female counterparts. The study, titled Occupational Injury Disparities in the US Hotel Industry, found that Latina hotel…


SF Dept. Of Public Health Maps Out Severity of HIV Cases

by Leticia Miranda on November 12 2009, 10:00AM

The San Francisco Department of Public Health recently put together a map of city residents with the most severe HIV cases. And, no they’re not in the flamingly white gay male Castro district. They live in two San Pancho…

Topics: Health

Check Out the 2010 Miss Indian Transgender Arizona Pageant

by Leticia Miranda on November 11 2009, 11:17AM

Here is some good news to get through the rest of your hump day. This December 13, Arizona’s Native community will be choosing this year’s Miss Indian Transgender Arizona. Trudie Jackson, the director of the pageant, says the point…


Report Shows Asian Business Owners Really Do Face Discrimination

by Leticia Miranda on November 6 2009, 2:11PM

Oh yes, it’s true. A group of fancy researchers have now said it: Asians face race discrimination in government business contracts. A UCLA study found that Asians get the fewest local, state and federal contracts through government minority business…

Topics: Economy

The Right to Live Again

by Leticia Miranda on November 4 2009, 12:00PM

As California prepares to start shrinking its prison system, advocates see more peril than promise.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New Documentary Chronicles the Life of Richard Aoki

by Leticia Miranda on October 30 2009, 10:40AM

A new documentary, Aoki, chronicles the life of Richard Aoki, a third-generation Japanese American and founding member of the Black Panther Party. The documentary, directed by Ben Wang and Mike Cheng, was filmed over the last five years of…


Hutto Closes: What’s Next?

by Leticia Miranda on October 29 2009, 12:00PM

Families are being shipped from the notorious Texas immigration detention center to a Pennsylvania facility.


Protesters Demand Justice for Police Beating a Vietnamese Immigrant

by Leticia Miranda on October 28 2009, 3:30PM

Last night, around 70 Vietnamese and civil rights advocates gathered in front of San Jose City Hall demanding justice for last week’s police beating of Phuong Ho, a Vietnamese immigrant studying Math at San Jose State University. The San…


PBS Documentary Tells the Story of Chicano Rock

by Leticia Miranda on October 28 2009, 2:45PM

PBS will be debuting a new documentary called Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles on December 14. The documentary, narrated by Edward James Olmos (of course, if it’s anything Chicano, Olmos has his fingerprint on it somewhere), follows…


More Immigrants Seek Queer Asylum

by Leticia Miranda on October 28 2009, 1:00PM

Immigrant rights activists and immigration lawyers are seeing an increase in the number of immigrants seeking asylum because they fear persecution in their home countries for being transgender, gay or lesbian. The Associated Press reports: Since 1994, sexual orientation…

Topics: Immigration

Your Name Isn’t Marcos, It’s Mark

by Leticia Miranda on October 28 2009, 11:30AM

So you think your name is Marcos? Well, Larry Whitten says it’s Mark at his hotel. The Whitten Inn, formerly the Paragon Inn, in downtown Taos, New Mexico, has been the center of local protests and national news. Whitten,…


Unlicensed Drivers Get 20-Minute Grace Period

by Leticia Miranda on October 27 2009, 12:57PM

San Francisco City has just reformed its policy on impounding the vehicles of unlicensed drivers. Starting next week, if you don’t have a license and you get pulled over, you have a full 20 minutes to get a hold…

Topics: Immigration

East Harlem Residents Claim Victory Over Real-Estate Giant

by Leticia Miranda on October 27 2009, 9:10AM

East Harlem residents with Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a part of la Otra Campaña, have managed to fight off Dawnay Day, a London-based real-estate corporation that tried to take over 47 apartment buildings from low-income and immigrant…


FBI and ICE Raid Halal Slaughterhouse

by Leticia Miranda on October 26 2009, 12:46PM

Over 100 FBI and ICE agents raided an Illinois Halal slaughterhouse last weekend and nearly every news report says that no one knows why. The First World Management provides goat, beef and lamb that is prepared according to Muslim standards….

Topics: Immigration, National Security

Public Option Please!

by Leticia Miranda on October 23 2009, 1:36PM

Health care advocates from across the country have recently launched, Public Option Please, a campaign to shift the discussion from stiff statistics to human rights. “With all this talk about “bending the cost curve,” it has become as dull,…

Topics: Health

Lawmakers Push Health Care Reform in Indian Country

by Leticia Miranda on October 23 2009, 11:05AM

As the health care reform debate rages on in Congress about a public option, some lawmakers are trying to get legislation through that would make health care free for tribal Indians and improve health services in Indian Country. New…

Topics: Health

American Indian Farmers Urge Obama to Settle USDA Lawsuit

by Leticia Miranda on October 21 2009, 3:30PM

The National Congress of American Indians, a national organization of American Indian tribal governments, recently passed a resolution asking Obama to settle a lawsuit against the USDA who denied thousands of American Indian farmers credit to keep their farms…


Arpaio Calls Undocumented Immigrants “Diseased” and “Dirty”

by Leticia Miranda on October 21 2009, 2:30PM

Oh yes, he did. Dawn Teo over at the Huffington Post’s blog wrote that last week, Arpaio said to GQ Magazine: All these people that come over, they could come with disease. There’s no control, no health checks or…

Topics: Immigration

Education Researchers Baffled by “Immigrant Paradox”

by Leticia Miranda on October 21 2009, 12:36PM

A recent study found that, according to the LA Times: Pregnant Latino women smoke and drink less than pregnant white and African American women, Latino newborns have lower infant mortality rates, and the cognitive skill of infants 9 to…

Topics: Schools & Youth