• Causes
    Whatever Happened to Rebecca Aguilar?

    LatinaLista (In an ongoing miscarriage of justice that defies reason, Dallas-based Latina reporter, and my friend, Rebecca Aguilar is starting the new year still under suspension from her FOX News station. Her crime? Doing her job. The following is a column I wrote distributed by Hispanic Link through Scripps News Service.) There...

  • Global Views
    Canada: Canadians Create National Campaign to Fight for Regularization of Non-Status Immigrants

    By Maria Luisa Grimaldi CANADA: The Hispanic Development Council, an umbrella organization of Toronto’s community organizations, has joined the campaign “Status Now” — a defense for people without (legal) immigration status. Through this campaign, the Council joins the collective effort of the different ethnic communities of immigrants, in support of the members...

  • Global Views
    Guest Voz: Benazir Bhutto Knew Her Enemy

    LatinaLista — In the 36 hours since Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, there have been three different explanations as to how she died. The latest is that her head hit the sunroof where she had been standing waving to her supporters when she was shot. A former US Intelligence worker says that the...

  • Immigration
    Media Advisory: Conservative Columnists and Republican Campaigns Designate Undocumented Immigrants Scapegoats of 2008 Election

    LatinaLista — If ever there was any doubt that undocumented immigrants would be the scapegoats of the 2008 presidential elections, there isn't anymore. The writing on the wall is clear for what is the scapegoat issue of the 2008 presidential election. (Source: 5cense.com) The proverbial "writing on the wall" has appeared, and...

  • Immigration
    Does There Exist a Wider Rio Grande Between Northern and Southern States on the Issue of Immigration?

    LatinaLista — A recent ABC News article about John McCain campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire reveals some disturbing news about the electorates who will set the tone for this presidential race - they know next to nothing when it comes to U.S. Latinos, the U.S.-Mexico border, border security and undocumented immigrants....

  • Culture
    Merry Christmas Cannot be Said in Just One Language in the United States

    LatinaLista — Because we are a nation of immigrants, we have the special opportunity of being able to say Merry Christmas in many different languages. (This link provides 350 translations of how to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.) In the spirit of who makes this country, Latina Lista wishes everyone:

  • Global Views
    Costa Rica: Looking at the World’s Problems From a Different Angle Sheds Light on Solutions

    By Julia Ardon COSTA RICA: The problem is not the politics but the demagoguery, the political process and the way in which traditional politicians conduct politics. The problem is not the drugs but the dependence and abuse of it. The problem is not the advertising but manipulative and untruthful advertising. The problem...

  • Culture
    Mexican-American Singing Legend, the “Lark of the Border” Dies at 91

    LatinaLista — Her name was Lydia Mendoza and she had a gift that captured the ears and hearts of all who heard her. ASSOCIATED PRESS: SAN ANTONIO – Lydia Mendoza, a Tejano music pioneer known as "The Lark of the Border," has died. She was 91. Mendoza, who retired and moved from...

  • Government
    Should US Follow EU’s Lead in Abolishing Borders?

    LatinaLista —Today, something to be admired and emulated happened in the European Union — nine more European countries, mainly ex-Communist countries, became part of what is known as the Schengen Zone. The European Union's Schengen Zone allows its residents to travel visa-free. (Source: dw-world) The 1985 Schengen Agreement is an agreement among...

  • Palabra Final
    Tancredo’s Withdrawal from the Republican Presidential Race Didn’t Come Soon Enough

    LatinaLista — Rep. Tom Tancredo's withdrawl today from the Republican race for president was not surprising. What was surprising was that he was so honest in confessing that it really wasn't the presidency he was interested in, but rather forcing the issue of illegal immigration. Tancredo speaks before a group of his...

  • Palabra Final
    New Lifetime Poll Delivers Insight on Latinas’ Position as Change Agents in 2008 Democratic Presidential Election

    LatinaLista — Today Lifetime TV released a new presidential election poll, in conjunction with Zogby National, as part of their Every Woman Counts campaign. Among a host of other findings, the poll found that 93% of women in the nation plan to vote in November. (Source: Jeff Clavier) That's not really surprising...

  • Immigration
    Republican Presidential Candidates Use Illegal Immigration to Divide Latino Electorate

    LatinaLista — While Spanish may be considered the one unifier among all Latinos, it will be politics, now more than ever, that will divide the Latino electorate. This became painfully obvious before and during the Republican presidential candidate forum on Univision. Prior to the forum, Republican candidates such as Mitt Romney played...

  • Immigration
    Brutal Murder of Four Ohio Immigrants Leads Investigators into the Secret Lives of the Undocumented

    LatinaLista — The gruesome deaths of four (presumably) undocumented Mexican men in Sharonville, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati probably would not have garnered much media attention if they had been victims of a robbery. But they weren't. Unfortunately, for these men, two of whom were brothers, they were the victims of a...

  • Global Views
    Colombia: Creating a Culture of Change in Colombia

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo COLOMBIA: The low necklines, meant to exhibit voluptuous breasts enhanced by silicone implants courtesy of the good work of plastic surgeons, are a regular scene of Medellín nightlife. Medellín is now named “Silicone Valley.” It has nothing to do with software. While it is true that the “paisas”...

  • Government
    Tulsa ICE Officials Use 16-year-old Son as Bait to Trap Undocumented Family

    LatinaLista — Oklahoma has become one of the most punitive states in targeting undocumented immigrants. Putting into effect House Bill 1804 on November 1, Oklahoma's state legislature wants to make life as difficult as possible for undocumented immigrants. The rationale is to drive these people out of the state. It seems though...

  • Causes
    Latina Lista Calls for a Stop on Raids and Deportations for the Remainder of 2007

    LatinaLista — It was called Operation Tamale and ICE officials claim it was a 5-month investigation into the hiring practices of New Mexico's tamale plant at Proper Foods, Inc. What's pleasantly surprising is that for the first time that we've heard, ICE made sure that all the 21 undocumented immigrants apprehended, as...

  • Culture
    New Cable Television Show Looking for a Quinceañera to Star in Special Program

    Know any young Latina who is turning 15 in 2008? If so, casting agents for a new hour-long cable television show want to know her. The show is about fulfilling the wishes of one lucky girl who has dreamed of having a Quinceañera. (Source: commodore events) The show's producers will foot the...

  • Immigration
    One Texas Newspaper Bucks the State Trend of Common Sense to Endorse a Border Fence

    LatinaLista — Today, The Dallas Morning News ran an editorial titled "The Fence Must Go Up." Fence between El Paso area and Mexico (Source: Sprague Photo) In the editorial, the writer(s) say that though they don't see the fence as a "cure-all," they support it because it's "part of the immigration overhaul...

  • Government
    New Green Card and Asylum Policies Have Potential to Separate Too Many Immigrant Families

    LatinaLista — Today, the United States government announced plans to change the rules when it comes to Green Cards. Last month, the government issued a new policy regarding a change in asylum rules. With all these rule changes, the government feels it will deter anyone from wanting to make the United States...

  • Government
    The U.S. Has Its Own Spin on this Year’s Observance of International Human Rights Day

    LatinaLista — Today is the international observance of Human Rights Day. Latina Lista, along with other Latina/o bloggers, have made it our mission to highlight the shortcomings of U.S. policy in regard to immigration, the treatment of undocumented immigrants and border security. As we end another year, and get set to embark...

  • Language
    Republicans were in a “Political Sanctuary” for Spanish-Language Debate

    LatinaLista — The Republican presidential candidates are probably breathing a sigh of relief now that the Univision forum in Miami-Dade County is done. Republican presidential candidates gather before the start of the Univision Forum. (Source: Univision) Yet, unlike the Democratic forum, this one underscored the "elephant in the living room" issue that...

  • Palabra Final
    Tancredo’s Reason For Not Doing Univision Debate is a Moot Point Now

    LatinaLista — Of all the Republican presidential candidates, Rep. Tom Tancredo doesn't mince words when it comes to his feelings about illegal immigration or speaking Spanish. Rep. Tom Tancredo (Source: Univision) In fact, he decided to get the first word of the Univision forum in when he penned an opinion editorial in...

  • Culture
    Latina Filmmaker Festival Kicks off Today in Boyle Heights

    LatinaLista — This weekend in a section of Los Angeles some very talented mujeres are meeting up to share some very important works — their films. It's the third annual Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza (BHLIFE) in Los Angeles. For those who don't know, the BHLIFE was started by the successful...

  • Immigration
    New LA Times/Bloomberg Poll Uncovers the True Question of Measuring How Americans See Illegal Immigration

    LatinaLista — One of the basic unspoken tenets of journalism these days is if papers and television news stations want to increase readership/viewership, and newspapers need all the help they can get given the dismal circulation figures, they must create a sense of urgency or controversy — even where none exists. That's...

  • Global Views
    Colombia: Fitting into Colombia’s View of the Perfect Woman is Always a Tight Squeeze

    By Juliana Rincon COLOMBIA: Most adults shake their heads and wonder why anorexia and bulimia are on the rise in Medellin, when it is easy for any young woman to know. Clothing in stores comes in two styles: fashionable and frumpy. Guess which sizes match each style? For example, I went shopping...