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.

Prisons: The New Asylum for Youth

by Leticia Miranda on August 10 2009, 3:16PM

A New York Times article reports that more and more courts are ordering mentally ill youth to jail as community mental health programs are facing bigger cuts and thinning resources. “We’re seeing more and more mentally ill kids who…

Topics: Criminal Justice

The African Diaspora Dialogues

by Leticia Miranda on August 5 2009, 12:00PM

A new group tries to bridge the gap between Blacks born here and those arriving from Africa.


What Race Really Has to Do with The CA Central Valley’s Fight for Water

by Leticia Miranda on July 16 2009, 4:50PM

Thanks to one of our readers and a local listener-supported radio station here in the Bay Area, I was promptly corrected about what the real racial politics are when it comes to water in the Central Valley. As an…

Topics: Environment

Books: Chicana Political Power

by Leticia Miranda on July 16 2009, 12:00PM

Yolanda M. López’s most famous reinterpretations of la Virgen de Guadalupe will no doubt spark discussions around Chicanisma, sexuality and tradition.

Topics: Arts & Culture

No Water, No Jobs

by Leticia Miranda on July 8 2009, 1:05PM

Although I’m a little reluctant to admit it sometimes, I’m from Fresno, CA. But when my girlfriend and I got lost driving back to our Oakland homes from Los Angeles this last weekend, my loyalty to the Central Valley…

Topics: Economy

Asthma or Jobs?

by Leticia Miranda on July 3 2009, 2:58PM

That’s the question Chevron is asking Richmond, CA. This Wednesday, a Contra Costa Superior Court Judge sided with environmentalists and community groups in a lawsuit against the refinery to stop the company from manufacturing cruder types of oil until…

Topics: Environment

New Stories on

by Leticia Miranda on July 2 2009, 12:48PM

Safe Haven in Peril? Rody Alvarado filed for asylum in the US after years of domestic violence at the hands of her husband while Guatemalan police stood by idly. Ten years later, Alvarado’s case is still in limbo. Karen…

Topics: ColorLines Features

Home Lending That Works

by Leticia Miranda on July 2 2009, 12:00PM

A new bill in Congress would expand the 1977 law that got Blacks and Latinos good mortgages.


Working for ICE Won’t Help Your Deportation Case

by Leticia Miranda on July 1 2009, 1:20PM

It seems having ICE on your resume isn’t so helpful after all. CBS 5 in San Francisco reports a Pakistani American immigrant, who after 3 years of working as an undercover informant for ICE, is now facing deportation. “I…

Topics: Immigration

Last-Minute Lawmaking

by Leticia Miranda on May 6 2009, 12:00PM

The Bush administration bashed immigrants until the end.


Lessons from the Fight for Gay Marriage

by Leticia Miranda on April 9 2009, 12:00PM

One organizer reflects on what the movement needs to move ahead.


Lisa Marie Rollins

by Leticia Miranda on January 6 2009, 12:00PM

Connecting Black Adoptees


Colour of Poverty Campaign

by Leticia Miranda on January 6 2009, 12:00PM

The gap between rich and poor in Ontario, Canada, is swelling into what some activists call an economic apartheid. But what many of them won’t mention is the disparate impact the gap in wealth has on communities of color, or…