• Immigration
    Sen. Hatch’s version of immigration reform smells like a rotten egg

    LatinaLista — News that Senators Menendez and Hatch have introduced their own versions of how to address immigration reform is less than a hopeful sign that any kind of consensus will be reached and something constructive will be accomplished when Congress returns after the November elections. Sen. Menendez’s proposal includes elements that...

  • Children
    Analysis reveals more than a quarter of the Latino population is food insecure

    LatinaLista — Today, the Christian-based group Bread for the World released a new analysis of hunger and poverty among Latinos in the United States. The news is sobering. According to the analysis of 2008 data, Latino families are more than one and a half times to be “food insecure” as the overall population....

  • Business
    Hispanic business owners blame immigration law for exodus of customers

    By REBECCA MCCLAY Cronkite News Service PHOENIX – At Mr. Lucky Barber Shop in this west Phoenix plaza, owner Ruben Vizzerra bides the time by mending his button-down shirt as he watches television. His 35-year-old business was already suffering from a stagnant economy in April, when Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070,...

  • Immigration
    A new low in politics: Exploiting Whitman’s former housekeeper to win votes

    LatinaLista — The press releases circulating today in advance of the press conference held by the former housekeeper of California’s Republican candidate Meg Whitman and her new lawyer, Gloria Allred, promised to reveal shocking information. Given the fact that the press release stressed that the former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz Santillan, was a...

  • Politics
    New research shows sexist remarks influence political outcomes for women

    LatinaLista — When it comes to politics, the adages of “turn the other cheek” or “stick and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me” just don’t apply. In fact, by following either age-old advice a political win is diminished substantially, especially for women. A new study sponsored by...

  • Education
    New revelations of ICE’s abuse of authority surface in case of deported student

    LatinaLista — Last week’s failure of the Senate Democrats to get the DREAM Act attached as an amendment to the Defense Reauthorization bill was a bitter blow to every student eligible under the DREAM Act to get on with their lives, but it was far more devastating to those students who exposed...

  • Education
    “My Paper Boyfriend” teaches girls that dating is hard work

    LatinaLista — Every girl, at one point or another, has fantasized about the “perfect boyfriend.” From his looks to his attitude, the perfect boyfriend, we soon find out, exists only in our imaginations — or in a new online game called “My Paper Boyfriend.” Created by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen...

  • Immigration
    Texas newspapers’ immigration poll brings out the worst of the “American people” — or does it?

    LatinaLista — Four major newspapers in Texas — The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, The Austin American-Statesman and The San Antonio Express-News — decided to conduct a statewide poll on how Texans feel about illegal immigration. Since it’s an issue that according to the national GOP the “American people” want resolved...

  • Education
    ACT report: No amount of educational investment works to close achievement gaps unless students challenge themselves

    LatinaLista — For some reason, everybody is finally noticing that there exists an educational crisis in this country. Achievement gaps among students of different ethnicities are widening, the drop out rate is worsening and the United States is falling behind other countries in producing students who can read at grade level and...

  • Education
    Spotlight Non-profit: On a mission to accelerate Latino readiness for STEM jobs of the future

    LatinaLista — While it’s true that Latinos now comprise the largest share of high school drop outs, it’s also true that this translates into a huge loss for the future of the American workforce. Among these students who are quitting on school are boys and girls who, if given some encouragement and...

  • Immigration
    New York Times reporter violates trust of undocumented immigrant in interview

    LatinaLista — The job of a journalist is one that serious journalists hold in high regard because it deals with the public trust. It’s a two-way street. Tonight, there has to be a group of undocumented immigrants wondering why they spoke to a New York Times reporter who came knocking on their...

  • Children
    New site creates a bilingual approach to healthy eating

    LatinaLista — Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama launcher her “Let’s Move” campaign to battle childhood obesity, schools, restaurants and stores have been getting on board. In fact, school cafeteria menus look a little different to children this school year than last year. With selections that include tofu, soy and salads, there’s...

  • Politics
    Well-known opponent of affirmative action brings campaign to Arizona

    By Alyssa Newcomb Cronkite News Service PHOENIX – Ward Connerly has carved a career, and a reputation, out of striking down affirmative action, starting with university programs in his home state of California. Now Connerly and his American Civil Rights Institute are bringing the fight to Arizona. Proposition 107 seeks to amend...

  • Children
    Oklahoma City neighborhood group wants school torn down to be rid of Latino students

    LatinaLista — In the state of Oklahoma, 8.2 percent of the population is Latino according to 2009 Census findings. Since 2000, Oklahoma County, the seat of the state’s capitol, Oklahoma City, saw a 67 percent increase since 2000 in the number of Latinos who call Oklahoma City home. In fact according to...

  • Global Views
    Michele Bachelet: “I will do it wisely.”

    LatinaLista UNITED NATIONS — At a noon press conference, live streamed from the United Nations (UN), the new Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, former Chilean President Michele Bachelet, faced a room full of international reporters. Speaking mostly in English, Under-Secretary General Bachelet reminded reporters that she’s only been...

  • Education
    It wasn’t DADT that derailed Senate Reauthorization vote. It was the other “D” bill

    LatinaLista — For anyone who has blogged, tweeted, marched or called on behalf of the DREAM Act these past several months, today’s events in the U.S. Senate chamber were extremely disappointing. While it’s interesting to note that most of the mainstream media is choosing to focus on the GOP strategy of derailing...

  • General
    Federal gov’t creates online space to find the latest alerts and recalls

    LatinaLista — With every new national crisis this nation experiences, there is one overriding lesson that Washington has finally learned — keep the people informed. A new government web site aims to comply with that lesson. Notifications.USA.gov was launched this week as an organized outlet for official alerts ranging from recalls to...

  • Business
    Without the DREAM Act, more U.S. jobs will be needlessly foreign outsourced

    LatinaLista — Every argument I have ever heard about why the DREAM Act — the bill that grants citizenship, affordable college access and the opportunity to enter the military to young undocumented students who were brought to this country as children and meet certain criteria — makes sense. It makes sense that...

  • Global Views
    Documentary “Train to Nowhere” relives the harrowing last journey of 11 undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista — Before we had daily reports of indiscriminate murders of undocumented Central American immigrants committed by Mexican drug carteles, Americans weren’t so accustomed to hearing about mass deaths of undocumented immigrants. The first such report that brought this issue “home” was in 2002 when 11 bodies were found at the bottom...

  • Education
    Puerto Rico: A personal mission creates a new life experience for student journalist

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista ISTANBUL, TURKEY — The tourist guide never mentioned the humid hot air of Istanbul, Turkey. It made a difference when stepping out of the Ankara airport after 34 hours by air from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the 2010 World Youth Congress hosted by the city of...

  • Culture
    Puerto Rico: Istanbul felt the Puerto Rican Rhythm

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista ISTANBUL, TURKEY — Probably, people heard them singing or talking out loud in the commons areas after midnight. Or they saw them dancing a couple of salsa steps in almost every corner of the Yildiz University Technical Campus in Istanbul, Turkey, without any particular reason. Either way,...

  • Children
    Spotlight Non-profit: Giving child caregivers back their childhood

    LatinaLista — Children are supposed to be taken care of by the adults in their lives. There’s no scenario that brings swifter condemnation and action than those of children who are neglected or abused at the hands of their parents, grandparents or guardians. In an odd way, these abused and neglected children...

  • Education
    Undocumented student: “For justice, for human rights, for the economy, for America, please, help us pass the DREAM Act

    LatinaLista — It’s been over two months since Latina Lista joined with Citizen Orange and America’s Voice to elevate the voices of undocumented students who are fighting to be recognized as Americans. The “DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama” is a social media campaign that launched Monday, July 19, to underscore...

  • History
    New site for Latinas aims to break traditional stereotypes with Latinaology

    LatinaLista — If there is one thing that Latinas can credit the blogosphere, it’s the newfound awareness of who we are, what we are about and where we are going. The first indication of this is when Latinas across the country adopted the moniker “Wise Latina” and created online sites to show...

  • Education
    DREAM Act student: “I am ‘in (immigration) line’ but my real wait is more like 18 years.”

    LatinaLista — Next week, it is widely anticipated that the DREAM Act will come up for a vote on the Senate floor as an attached amendment to the Defense Reauthorization bill — IF there are 60 votes to support it. We urge Congress to do the right thing by these students, put...