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  • Where’s la raza in the coverage of hate crime trial for the murder of Luis Ramírez Zavala

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 12, 2010 SCRANTON, PA -- After a three-day recess, the federal trial against the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime stemming from the 2008 beating death of Luis Eduardo Ramírez Zavala, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, resumes. Derrick M. Donchak, 20,...

  • Latina Lista embarks on new path to bring value to news

    LatinaLista -- In this era of New Media, there are countless news sites struggling to figure out what 21st Century journalism should look like, how it should be delivered and most importantly how to sustain it and its creators. Since 2006, when Latina Lista officially blossomed from a blog into a site...

  • Revelation about Lou Dobbs underscores reality in U.S. economy that can’t be ignored any longer

    LatinaLista -- Today's revelation that Lou Dobbs, the most vocal and mean-spirited critic of illegal immigration, and undocumented immigrants, was discovered to have employed undocumented immigrants for years on his horse farm goes to show just how intertwined undocumented labor is with our economy. Lou Dobbs The trouble with Dobbs, Whitman and...

  • Pima County, Mexican officials agree to share DNA data on border remains

    By REBEKAH ZEMANSKY Cronkite News Service TUCSON - In 2004, DNA analysis first helped forensic anthropologist Dr. Bruce Anderson give a family answers about one young woman who disappeared while crossing illegally into Arizona. "It showed everyone in our office that there's nothing we can't do to try to identify a person,"...

  • The Race Issue in the Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 7, 2010 SCRANTON, PA -- In opening statements today, defense attorneys said race is not an issue in the trial against two white Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime after the beating death of a Mexican undocumented immigrant in 2008. Both...

  • New record-breaking stats on deportations fail to tell the true story

    LatinaLista -- If the Obama administration wanted to prove to GOP critics that they are indeed tough on undocumented immigrants, today's announcement from Dept. of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano should do the trick. According to departmental record keeping, the highest number of deportations of undocumented immigrants in U.S. history has been achieved...

  • Jury Selected in Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial to Start Listening to Testimony

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 6, 2010 SCRANTON, PA -- When opening statements begin at 1:45 p.m. today, there will finally be a jury seated in the federal trial of the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime for the beating death of an undocumented Mexican...

  • Jury in Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial To Be Ready Wednesday

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 5, 2010 SCRANTON, PA -- The trial of the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime for the beating death of a Mexican undocumented immigrant could be under way before the week comes to an end. Today, the prospective juror pool...

  • There won’t be a jury in the next couple of days: defense attorney

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted October 5, 2010 SCRANTON, PA -- Judge Richard A. Caputo said he hoped the jury selection would be over by the end of the day just before breaking for lunch on the second day of the trial of the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with beating...

  • Shenandoah Hate Crime: Day 2 Brings in 21 New Possible Jurors

    by Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 5, 2010 SCRANTON, PA -- There are 21 new prospective jurors on the second day of trial of the of two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with federal hate crime in the 2008 beating death an undocumented Mexican immigrant. Yesterday, Judge Richard A. Caputo dismissed...

  • No jury yet in Shenandoah hate crime trial

    by Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista SCRANTON, PA -- After an entire day of proceedings, there is no jury yet for the trial of two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with federal hate crime in the 2008 beating death of Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala, an undocumented Mexican immigrant. Judge Richard A. Caputo dismissed 21...

  • Report shows racial profiling is alive, well and thriving in U.S. communities

    LatinaLista -- If the signing into law of Arizona's SB 1070 accomplished anything positive, it was that it heightened awareness of racial profiling. While people in authority like to say that racial profiling isn't practiced within their ranks, it's a known fact that it's practiced all the time by ordinary citizens. From...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • TX report finds undocumented children five times more likely in state care due to sexual abuse

    LatinaLista -- By now, even the most casual observer of the news knows about DREAM Act students, or at least has heard the term, in reference to those students who are undocumented and have grown up in this country. However, there is a small percentage of the undocumented youth population that nobody...

  • Deported DREAM Act student reaches out from Bangladesh and pleads to be returned home to the United States

    LatinaLista -- For the past month, letters to President Obama written by DREAM Act students have been posted to Latina Lista. It's part of an ongoing campaign to get Congress to pass the DREAM Act. Well, yesterday two things happened that could either be chalked up to coincidence or divine intervention: In...

  • For the sake of the DREAM Act students, Latinos must come together

    LatinaLista -- For the thousands of undocumented students who have been working tirelessly for passage of the DREAM Act -- staging hunger strikes, peaceful sit-ins in the offices of Congressmen and women, organizing protest marches, creating petitions, Facebook pages, writing letters to President Obama and risking deportation by making their undocumented citizenship...

  • Global Peace Summit goes online for all to attend

    LatinaLista -- Is the world addicted to violence? It's a question that seems to get validated more and more each day. Whether it's the senseless daily cartel murders in Mexico or the torturous actions by the Taliban or the millions of other random acts of violence committed every day in every country...

  • Two Latino brothers, and Vietnam vets, are latest victims of broken immigration system

    LatinaLista -- Colorado Springs residents Manuel and Valente Valenzuela are brothers, Vietnam veterans, Mexican-Americans and facing deportation to Mexico -- a country that by all rights is not their home. Though the two men were born in Mexico over 60 years ago, their mother was an American citizen. They served in the...

  • Guest Voz: Undocumented student takes control of his own destiny by making the hardest decision of his life

    LatinaLista -- In our ongoing show of support and solidarity with the thousands of undocumented youth who qualify to stay in the United States under what is known as the DREAM Act, Latina Lista continues publishing the DREAM letters by young people who face an uncertain life and future because of their...