• Liz Miranda: From community activist to state rep. in 1 year

    By: Crystal Haynes


    BOSTON - Days ago, Massachusetts saw one of its most historic and diverse primary races. Many candidates with non-traditional political backgrounds unseated incumbents. 

    This was the story in the 5th District.

    Born and raised in Roxbury, Liz Miranda went from community organizer to state representative nominee overnight.

    "I was a young woman walking down Dudley Street with a lot of dreams and they felt differed for a long time," said Liz Miranda. 

    Turning her frustration into action, Liz Miranda began her life in community organizing at 13 and on September 4, the Roxbury girl got the Democratic nomination for state representative for the 5th District. 

    "My life totally changed in a year," said Miranda.

    Miranda co-founded the Save-R-Streets Youth Basketball Tournament. She's currently the executive director of the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center and launched a GoFundMe campaign that sent hundreds of students to see Black Panther.

    "As we see gentrification happen in our community which is traumatic, as you see the 20 percent unemployment rate in the Suffolk District. You see a 36 percent poverty rate. I'm a woman born and raised in the community. I went to Wellesley and came back. That's the first time that I realized that things were different between towns and cities," said Miranda. 

    But Miranda says decades of activism and fighting against gun violence couldn't save her brother Michael from being shot and killed in Boston's Theater District last August. 

    "I knew that these voices of these young men who have been killed and some young women needed someone who could highlight them. My brother was a father to two young boys and they needed someone to make it right," said Miranda.

    Miranda says her win is part of a statewide cry for change. 

    Next Up: