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By Steve Taylor Rio Grande Guardian RIO GRANDE CITY – Opinion is divided among elected officials and business leaders in Starr County over plans to build border walls in Roma and Rio Grande City. Starr County Judge Eloy Vera says his opinion on border walls has changed. He used to be strongly opposed to them. […]

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LatinaLista — Economic inequality. Class inequality. Discrimination. Gender inequality. The list goes on and for veteran activist and organizer Marshall Ganz these issues are the focal points for social movements trying to effect meaningful social change. Sitting down with journalist Bill Moyers, Ganz shares his personal history of being an organizer, breaking down social movements […]

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By John Newton La Voz Latina When Daniela Rodriguez and her mother moved to Brunswick, Georgia five years ago from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico, she was amazed by how quiet her new home seemed. Tuxtla is the capital city of Chiapas located on the southern tip of Mexico near the Guatemalan border and has a population […]

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LatinaLista — Since 1919, an official time has been set aside to celebrate children’s books. This week marks the 94th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, (May 13-17). The week is highlighted by a variety of literacy activities and readings held in over 50 cities. It’s also the time that young readers learn which of their […]

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By Mark Betancourt First People’s Worldwide In an open letter sent from a pan-Amazon meeting on climate change and Indigenous Peoples, Brazilian Indigenous leader declared, “we are tired of anthropologists, environmentalists, church-related organizations, and other specialists speaking for us and using us for their self-interest. Please respect our self-determination to make our own decisions.” This […]

Betina Vega plays on a piano. The 20 year old is the first and only person in San Antonio to teach piano braille music. She is looking for a master of braille music to hone her skills.

By Amanda Lozano La Prensa SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio is a city of millions of people; however, there is a single person that literally is one in a million. Meet Betina Vega: the first San Antonian to teach braille piano music. For several months now, Betina has taught a 12-year-old blind student how to […]

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CBS News (LatinaLista Editor’s Note: The strength of the Latino electorate is an issue that has occupied the headlines since the 2012 presidential election and is only gaining momentum as both sides of the aisle appear to be coming together to compromise on issues of importance to Latino voters. Yet, the folks at CBS News […]

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By Margaret Moran and Luis Torres LatinaLista For the past three years, El Paso, Texas has been ranked as the safest city in the country, according to a report from the CQ Press. The data used in the report come from the Uniformed Crime Report, which is produced annually by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. […]

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By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista A time capsule inspired by the ancient Mayans has been installed by cultural officials in Guatemala City to show the country’s future generations what life was like in 2013. Messages, cards, articles from the present day and predictions for tomorrow were deposited by members of society into the container, which will […]

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By Brian Extra News CHICAGO — On May 8, 5000 teachers, students, administrators, and parents gathered in downtown Chicago to represent the 53,000 students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), demanding that CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Chicago aldermen provide “Equal Dollars for our Scholars!” Currently, public tax money is divided unequally among CPS Schools and […]

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LatinaLista — Given the recent outcry as a result of Disney’s intention to trademark Dia de Los Muertos, the film, Flor de Muertos, sheds light on why Latinos reacted so strongly to Disney’s action. This 2011 film, described as part documentary and part concert film, examines the Mexican tradition of honoring the dead with elaborate […]

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By Tracy Velázquez The Chronicle of Social Change The traditional view in the United States – which is codified in law – is that youths become adults when they turn 18. But the reality is that many young adults continue to depend on their families, and most of the experiences that will establish them as […]

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By Alberto Suris Rumbo News LAWRENCE, MA — The GLCAC’s Head Start program recently won recognition for its innovation and leadership in teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics to preschoolers. In a ceremony attended by Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua, Lawrence Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Riley, parents and GLCAC staff, three prize-winning teachers were honored for using […]

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LatinaLista — Mothers are too often the unsung heroes of not just their families but everywhere a need for a voice or helping hand was answered by ‘someone’s mom’. The important role of moms is never fully appreciated, regardless of whether they live in bustling cities or remote rural areas, developed countries or third-world regions. […]

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LatinaLista — For many people, sugar is their very first addiction, started when they were children. Whether from eating sugar-coated cereal, licking heaping scoops of ice cream or drinking tall sweet glasses of creamy chocolate milk, children’s taste buds get an early introduction to the sweet ingredient. So a new campaign, A Day Without Sugar, […]

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By Katherine Leal Unmuth Latino Ed Beat The Southern Poverty Law Center broadened its federal complaint against the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Louisiana regarding the district’s treatment of Latino immigrant families this week. The SPLC alleges that the school district is inadequately serving its students who are English Language Learners. The newest charges […]

By Miguel Pérez Hidden Hispanic Heritage To most Spaniards, Christopher Columbus rests where he belongs: in the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria, in Seville, Spain, the city from where he set sail for the New World in 1492. But to most Dominicans, Columbus rests where he wanted to be buried: in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, […]

By Edith Manzanares The Venture Marlen Esparza’s passion for boxing began at a young age. At 12 years old, she would spend three hours a day working out with no difficulties since she loved the sport. Esparza and her parents of Mexican descent were born in Juarez, MX, but soon thereafter moved to Houston, Texas. […]

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