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LatinaLista — At a time when it’s physically dangerous to champion environmental causes — the international environmental watchdog Global Witness documented a 59 percent rise since 2014 in the murder of environmental activists worldwide — it would seem political suicide for any politician to advocate for the same causes. Yet, according to the recently released […]


By R. Hans Miller  VoiceBox Media The state of Texas is home to 11 detention facilities for immigrants who have entered the United States. Many of these immigrants are women with small children, running from situations in their Central American home countries that put their safety at risk. Some attempt to sneak past Immigration and […]


LatinaLista — From all the Monday morning-after Oscar critiques on the major networks, one would think there were only four things of noteworthy importance about the Oscars: Chris Rock’s monologue, Leo DiCaprio’s Best Actor win, Spotlight’s surprise Best Film crown and the show’s low ratings. Hardly anyone mentioned Lady Gaga’s emotionally charged song about real-life […]


LatinaLista — University of Georgia historian Claudio Saunt reveals in his 2014 book West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, how the United States, between 1776 and the present, seized roughly one eighth of the habitable world by treaty and executive order. Via the video, The Invasion of America, Saunt illustrates the history of the steady […]


LatinaLista — One of the cushiest government contractor jobs is those who receive federal funds for operating immigrant detention centers. Working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, these facilities are virtually guaranteed an uninterrupted flow of federal monies for a simple reason — their facilities always seem to pass inspection. Not because these places are […]


By Sophia Campos VoiceBox Media On the Westside of San Antonio, Texas, along El Paso Street where men on bicycles sell paletas and among the early 20th century “shotgun” houses, sits the quaint church, Our Lady of Guadalupe. The church’s pastor, Father Brian Christopher, is new to the San Antonio area, but he’s no stranger to […]


LatinaLista — The female prison population has increased 646% in the past three decades, primarily due to inmates receiving sentences for nonviolent, low-level offenses. The United States imprisons more women than any other country, all at the taxpayer’s expense. Why is this number growing so dramatically? Boston University’s Master of Criminal Justice online program takes […]

Three men share a hot meal together Monday at San Marcos’ Southside Community Shelter. The shelter serves a hot dinner every day.
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By Ross Griffith and Victoria Robinson Voice Box Media SAN MARCOS – Recently named the fastest growing city in the nation for the third consecutive year by the U.S. Census Bureau, San Marcos also possesses one of the highest poverty rates in Texas, and with poverty comes hunger. According to Feeding America, 25,380 people in Hays […]


By Niema Jordan LatinaLista (Editor’s Note: This story was produced and was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.) Last year, reporters Trey Bundy and Daffodil Altan provided a window inside a space rarely seen by the public: solitary confinement cells that hold incarcerated teenagers for days – sometimes months – at […]


LatinaLista — Spain is no stranger to its citizens protesting. With massive protests happening in the country on a more regular basis since the fall of its economy several years ago and the ongoing threat of Catalan seceding from the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, the Spanish government must have had enough. Otherwise, they wouldn’t […]


LatinaLista — The myth of a color-blind society just got another nail hammered in its coffin thanks to the 2014 General Social Survey sponsored by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The complete report highlights the fact that attitudes towards law enforcement and the criminal justice system are clearly separated along racial lines. […]


LatinaLista — Among the rational, climate change is no longer denied or ridiculed. Rising sea levels, soaring summer temperatures, monstrous storms, tornados and flooding and a drought encompassing most of the planet are clear indicators that something is happening. It is said that the people who are on the frontlines of this global climate change […]

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LatinaLista — There’s a little known congressional mandate known as the “detention bed mandate.” Passed in 2009, Congress requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to “incarcerate 34,000 immigrants in jails and detention centers in the U.S. at any given time.” It’s not important to U.S. authorities if some of the immigrants have no criminal record […]


LatinaLista — There’s not a newscast these days that doesn’t lead with the humanitarian crisis happening on our southern border. The reasons for the unprecedented influx of Central American children are heartbreaking enough, but news of local organizations overwhelmed at trying to supply the most basic needs of these children now in their care tugs […]


LatinaLista — The history of the city of Chicago seems to have always been intertwined with violence. The 21st Century is no different. During this year’s Fourth of July holiday weekend, the city recorded nine people killed by gun violence and another 60 wounded. The trend continued the following weekend with three people killed. For […]