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.
After July 1, all Puerto Rican-born citizens will be required to have a new birth certificate. Why? Because the State Department of Puerto Rico announced there is an identity fraud crisis that compromises national security. Last December, Luis Fortuno, Puerto Rico's Governor, signed a law that invalidates all Puerto Rican birth certificates.
Just as Katrina evacuees started to leave their home to start new outside of New Orleans, police deparments in neighboring "host" cities -- San Antonio, Phoenix and Houston -- accused survivors of bringing crime into their communities.
Brooklyn New York Assemblyman, Dov Hikind, has a solution to Obama and Homeland Security's search to "find and fix the vulnerabilities" that were exposed during last Friday's failed airplane bombing. And no, it's not body scanners, but racial profiling.
Above the usual tourist-trekked main streets of San Francisco's Chinatown are hundreds of SROs, or single room occupancies, that many Chinese families call home. The Chinese Progressive Association and the Chinatown Development Center have found that about 400 families are living in an SRO, but there are still many that haven't been counted.
Local Bayview and Hunter's Point residents are trying to fight off Lennar Corporation, a luxury homebuilding enterprise, from building new posh condos and apartments that would displace hundreds of mostly poor and low-income residents from their long-time homes.
The Travel Channel has recently premiered a new series called "Meet The Natives: USA" and yes, the actual show is just as messed up as its title suggests in so many ways that one blog can't say it all.
Maria del Carmen Rojas is an undocumented Bolivian immigrant who was forced to leave her home for New York City after a devastating bus accident left her daughter, Carla, paralyzed from the waist down. Drowning in medical bills and without any support from the father of her daughter, Carmen takes the brave journey north through Mexico and across the US border.
Roughly 550 years later, Native peoples are still fighting to keep their own land because of broken treaties and erroneous information. This week, the IRS auctioned off 7,100 acres of Crow Creek Sioux land in Central South Dakota to a Highmore, South Dakota resident by the name of Klein for $2,577,210.
An LA Superior court judge will be hearing the case of Johannes Mehserle, who is facing murder charges for shooting and killing Oscar Grant this new year's eve at a BART station in Oakland, CA. The Oakland Tribune reports:
I have to admit that I like to find small typos, spacing mistakes or the occasional ink blot in books that I buy. It's one of those small things in life that I love to savor. Perhaps because it helps me to demystify the whole book publishing process.
PG&E has been having a heyday shutting off the energy supply of 75 percent more low-income households since last year. Ok, so maybe it's a judgment that they're enjoying it, but after hearing that 91,393 poor and low-income homes lost their energy supply because of PG&E, I will take my stabs where I can get them.
As the media swallowed up stories about Fort Hood and obsessed over how it was yet another example of "violent" Islam, the FBI's recent killing of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah has conveniently stayed at the margins of national debates. But not for long.
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 immigrant detention prison that led to his early death.