• Culture
    Dia de los muertos, 3000 years of tradition

    By Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez and Magda Chellet The "Dia de los Muertos" as it has evolved over the centuries is to be regarded as a cultural celebration that is not only indigenous but also exclusive to Mesoamerica, which is the area that spans from central Mexico to the south, including parts...

  • General
    Cronkite/Eight Poll: Controversy doesn’t hurt Arpaio’s popularity

    By IAIN WOESSNER Cronkite News Service PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration sweeps have made him a lightning rod for criticism by interest groups and some public officials, but he's still popular with the public, according to Cronkite/Eight Poll. Sixty-one percent of Maricopa County voters said they strongly approved or...

  • General
    Free speech is hard to defend when it’s being abused

    LatinaLista — If the CNN special "Latino in America" accomplished anything at all, it's hoped that it showed people that Latinos are not all alike. The differences among us certainly come out in politics -- some are Republican, while others are Democrat and in our viewpoints as to how sensitive we are...

  • Causes
    New national campaign challenges people to take action against domestic violence

    LatinaLista  — Though it's the season of Halloween and people of all ages will be painting their faces to stand out in a crowd of costume-wearers, there's one small group who paint their faces every day to hide themselves from their families and friends. They are victims of domestic violence. Bruised faces...

  • General
    Did a resolution honoring Hispanic media trigger a silent boycott among the GOP?

    LatinaLista — Hispanic media is not only gaining in importance, but it's also gaining attention. Historically, in this country, Hispanic media has been used to refer to Spanish-language media. Yet, with the rise of news sites, like Latina Lista, that target English-speaking Latinos and the growing presence of bilingual and/or English-language cable...

  • Art
    LA gallery celebrates Day of the Dead by honoring Latino veterans

    LatinaLista — If October 31 is Halloween, then November 2 must be All Souls Day or as how most Latinos of Mexican and Central American descent know it -- the Day of the Dead. While to the casual observer, Day of the Dead may seem like a highly creepy way to remember...

  • Business
    One company’s quest to wash out poverty has a sweet smelling business plan

    LatinaLista — Though most on Wall Street are still conducting business like there was never a recession, there are some creative entrepreneurs who see that there's no turning back the clock to do business as before. In fact, these entrepreneurs are turning the traditional business model on its head. One such pair...

  • Children
    Latino community answers the call to help young Latinas, but what about the boys?

    LatinaLista — Earlier this month, the Pew Hispanic Center released a report titled The Changing Pathways of Hispanic Youths Into Adulthood. While not a lot of the statistics cited in the report were new -- Latino students still lag behind their peers when it comes to high school graduation rates, college completion,...

  • General
    Twenty Dallas police officers added language enforcement to their duties

    LatinaLista — When news filtered out last week from Dallas, Texas that a rookie police officer had ticketed a woman for not being able to speak English, most people rolled their eyes and thought this was just a case of an overzealous recruit. Come to find out there are about 20 overzealous...

  • Education
    AARP targets young adults with new site to teach money basics

    LatinaLista — Think AARP, and well, young people certainly don't come to mind. But a new AARP initiative wants to change that. The non-profit organization dedicated to the 50+ crowd wants to help 18-34-year-olds better manage their money and savings now, so that the "golden years" remain golden for them and their...

  • Books
    CNN’s “Latino in America” is a work in progress

    LatinaLista — Latino in America, the companion book to the televised special of the same name that was broadcast by the cable news network CNN over two nights, is a compilation of stories intended to represent the successes of Latinos. Written by CNN host Soledad O'Brien with Rose Marie Arce, Latino in America,...

  • Economy
    Credit card companies’ tactics remind consumers of color of subprime mortgage fiasco – in reverse

    LatinaLista — Credit cards. Can't live with the interest rates and can't live without the convenience of fast cash -- what's a person to do? Well, too many families, especially Latinos, are finding they have no choice but to use their credit cards to survive these uneasy times. Unfortunately, usage is rising,...

  • General
    Memorial of slain U.S. Census worker reminds all of the importance for all Latinos to participate

    LatinaLista — Today, there was a memorial service for slain U.S. Census worker Bill Sparkman of Kentucky. Dr. Groves, U.S. Census director, writes on his official blog: "Bill Sparkman was a colleague to over 6,000 field interviewers throughout the U.S. and 6,000 other staff in the central office of the Census Bureau...

  • General
    Argentina: Still mourning the death of folk singer Mercedes Sosa

    By Cecilia Mansilla               ARGENTINA: The death of the "voice of Latin America," Mercedes Sosa, was an Argentinean story. As a result, October 2009 was a really sad month for us. It was when we lost one of our biggest artists.   She was best known...

  • Books
    A teen’s growing pains takes her on a journey of a lifetime

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista Apolonia Flores doesn't much like her name. However, her father takes pride in telling people where her name came from: "It's the girl form of Apollo. He was the god of the sun. Get it? It's my way of calling you a sunflower." Parents! What can a...

  • General
    Pearce calls for changes to laws governing law officers and illegal immigrants

    By TRAVIS GRABOW Cronkite News Service PHOENIX -- The only things keeping police from effectively enforcing immigration laws are political decisions by local politicians and police chiefs, a state lawmaker said Wednesday. State Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, speaks at a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at which he and other officials...

  • Causes
    Guest Voz: One mother’s crusade to increase blood donations among Latinos

    By Velia Gonzalez LatinaLista — When it comes to donating blood, the Latino community has a poor track record. In 2008, it was estimated that less than 4 percent of Latinos donate their blood. That fact is never appreciated until someone in the Latino community needs it. While we think that anyone's...

  • Causes
    First national pro bono legal service event lasts from Oct. 25-31

    LatinaLista — In these tough economic times, it's not unusual for some people to need expert legal advice. The need for legal services among the poor is overwhelming. According to an American Bar Association study, at least 40% of low and moderate-income households experience a legal problem each year. Yet studies show...

  • General
    The case of two Latino brothers in Shelby County jail on capital murder charges leaves unanswered questions

    LatinaLista — The jury is still out on the CNN "Latino in America" program but from the first night's show, it won't be surprising if people unfamiliar with Latinos and the inherent pride we feel for our culture will walk away with a negative impression. For some reason, media when dealing with...

  • General
    Events strive to connect Latinos with Abraham Lincoln’s legacy

    LatinaLista — 2009 will go down in history as a very momentous year in our nation's history for obvious reasons -- the swearing-in of the nation's first biracial president -- but there's also another reason that has been overshadowed by Obama's presidency and deserves a little more attention. It's the bicentennial --...

  • General
    CNN unveils “Latino in America” while ignoring Latino outcry over Lou Dobbs

    LatinaLista — From all the pre-publicity, CNN's special, Latino in America, which airs tonight and tomorrow night at 9 p.m. EST, is a program filled with enough anecdotal stories of Latinos that it serves as a great primer for those people who think Latino culture is nothing but Taco Bell. For those...

  • Culture
    New “webisodio” is all about “Latinas En L.A.”

    LatinaLista — An interesting stat is making the rounds that illustrates that Latinos are seizing the online domain in record numbers. According to comScore Media Metrix, the total number of Latinos online grew by 10 percent in August 2009. But what do percentages mean? In this case, it means Latinos now stand...

  • General
    Defeat of DeMint provision on border wall fuels hope that Vitter Amendment will crumble

    LatinaLista — There was a time when those of us, who are naive when it comes to the ways of Washington, believed that debate over undocumented immigrants would be limited to the Immigration Reform bill. How wrong we were. In almost every major policy bill up for review and passage, congressmen have...

  • Culture
    New bilingual initiative combats unintended pregnancies with radio soap drama

    LatinaLista — Teenage pregnancy. Unintended pregnancy. The two have become interchangeable to mean the same thing but while teen pregnancy among young Latinas has always been a concern,no one ever thinks unintended pregnancy matters to those women 18-30. Well, especially in these times, it sure does. There are some people in Iowa...

  • General
    Is the Department of Homeland Security going after the wrong “criminal aliens?”

    LatinaLista — One of the hopes the Latino electorate had of the Obama administration was that Obama would do away with the punitive measures of illegal immigration enforcement started during the Bush years. One of the most egregious tactics for detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants is the use by local law enforcement...