[Intstuds10] A Conversation with Miriam Miranda

Klein, Andrea AKLEIN9 at depaul.edu
Tue Oct 18 16:51:28 CDT 2011



A Conversation with Miriam Miranda:

Coordinator of the Organization Fraternal Negra Hondureña


Presented by


The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Research

The African and Black Diaspora Studies Program

The Center for Black Diaspora

The International Studies Program

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program

The Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program

The Women's and Gender Studies Program


DATE: Wednesday, November 2, 2011


TIME: 6:15-8:15pm


LOCATION: JTR Library Room 300

2350 N. Kenmore Ave


Miriam Miranda is the Coordinator of the Organizacion Fraternal Negra Hondurena (OFRANEH), Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras.  OFRANEH was founded in 1979 to represent and advocate for the interests of the Afro-Carib Garífuna minority in Honduras. OFRANEH works to protect the Garífuna community's capacity for self-determination through programs promoting their political, social, economic and cultural advancement.  For more than two decades of violent and systematic threats of expulsion as a result of the interests of the national & international tourist industry, international financial institutions (including the World Bank and the IDB), Honduran elite & businessmen, the military and police that are all associated with the construction of the mega tourist projects. Miriam is also an important Afro-Honduran leader in the National Front of Popular Resistance of Honduras, a wide coalition of workers', campesino and grassroots organizations that opposed the 2009 coup d'etat of former President Manuel Zelaya and currently supports a participatory democracy that would lead to the establishment of a national constituent assembly.  For more than 16 years, Miriam has been working in the human rights movement, focusing mainly on women's rights and the rights of indigenous and black people, including the crucial struggle for communal access to and control over land.  Early this year, in March, Honduran police unjustly beat and assaulted Miriam Miranda during an arrest for her involvement in protest in the Garifuna community La Triunfo de la Cruz. Miriam sustained burns on her abdomen from tear gas bombs being fired.  After two hours of detainment and being subjected to racial epitaphs by police, Miriam was informed of her rights and told she was being held on sedition charges.    





Andrea Klein

Temporary Department Assistant

International Studies Program

DePaul University

990 W. Fullerton Ave., Ste. 4100

Chicago, IL 60614

Phone: (773) 325-7407


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