• Nine-Year-Old Suffered Hate-Crime Suspension Because He Used the Term “Brown People”

    LatinaLista — A disturbing event happened at an elementary school in Phoenix, Arizona this month. A 9-year-old boy was suspended for committing a hate crime — he is accused of using the term "brown people." Whether or not he actually used the term is questionable but what is verifiable is that the...

  • Guest Voz: Azteca America’s Chairman Explains Why New English Programming Shouldn’t be Translated into Support for English-Only Debate

    By Luis J. Echarte LatinaLista The Azteca America television network has a presence in 60 markets across the United States and currently ranks fourth among Spanish-language networks broadcasting in the country. Recently, Azteca America has been in the headlines because of a new initiative to launch a 60-hour series of English classes...

  • How Deep Does Racism Run In the Country?

    LatinaLista — It's a question that some on one side answer: "it doesn't exist" while the other side can't believe those who deny it can't see it. Maybe it's because racism has become such an acceptable way of talking and seeing people of other ethnicities that it's considered normal, at the least,...

  • Guest Voz: Irving Latina Community Leader Shares Her Perspective on Police Abuse of CAP Program

    By A Concerned Irving, Texas Citizen LatinaLista Today's Guest Voz is a longtime Latino community leader in Irving, Texas, and herself an immigrant. In Irving, the local police have opted to be a part of ICE's nationwide Criminal Alien Program or CAP. In this program, the local police help ICE by identifying...

  • Is it Really a Choice Between Being a Nation that Offers Sanctuary or is Sovereign?

    LatinaLista — It used to be that the United States of America represented both a haven from persecution for different religious and political beliefs, economic and ethnic oppression - the list goes on, and a place that was not just sovereign but could be both a sovereign nation and a super power...

  • Before Promoting Social Justice in Central and South America, It Needs to Start with U.S.

    LatinaLista — How ironic is this: Yesterday, the Bush Administration held a conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia titled "A Conversation on the Americas." President Bush speaks at the Conference on the Americas (Source: White House) It was billed as a conference to hear about the best practices...

  • A Retired Journalist Remembers When Discrimination Rang Clearly on the Basis of Race

    LatinaLista — Last week's Supreme Court decision, that essentially sent this nation's strides in diversity among public schools back a quarter of a century, had a lot of people searching for the wisdom in such a decision. Supreme Court Justices (Source: NPR) One such person was retired jounalist Van Cavett. Cavett was...

  • A Special Train is on its way to DC to Remind Washington People Still Have Dreams

    LatinaLista — This week, the state of Arkansas became the latest state to announce that some of their police agencies were going to apply for federal authority to detain undocumented immigrants who are arrested for other crimes. The Arkansas police want to help federal agents in deporting the undocumented. So for a...

  • Education Secretary Says Inner-City Schools Another Name for Drop-Out Factories

    LatinaLista — Sometimes the people in Washington say the darndest things. Education Secretary, Margaret Spellings, appearing before a special conference in Washington D.C. last week said that inner-city schools are nothing more than dropout factories — DUH! It's taken this long for people who are mandating the educational curriculums in this country...

  • Student Volunteer Study Illustrates How Institutionalized Discrimination Thrives in School Systems

    LatinaLista — It's a rather ironic situation: When it comes to family and friends, the majority of Latino teens don't think twice about lending a hand. Yet, according to a new federal study by the Corporation for National & Community Service, if it involves doing volunteer work for a stranger, there doesn't...

  • Dallas Mega-Rally Falls Short of Last Year’s Numbers: Why Aren’t Latinos Supporting the Cause Like They Did?

    LatinaLista — Perhaps the two most eye-catching signs at today's Dallas Mega March were: "America is for Americans" and "Will Speak English for Citizenship." Those signs pretty much sum up how the immigration debate has formed over the last year since Hispanics took to the streets in cities from Los Angeles to...

  • The First Step in Healing the Country Takes Action, and it Doesn’t Have to Start in DC

    LatinaLista I regularly read Latina Lista and I have a question for you. I find the direction this country is taking regarding immigration very disturbing. Beyond letting my Congress-critters know how I feel, how can I get involved? What can I do to change the tone of the discourse? What groups (especially...

  • Immigration System isn’t Broken when it comes to Children. It Never was Any Good

    LatinaLista — It's been said so much that it now sounds like a cliche: U.S. immigration is a broken system. Yet, for it to be broken means that it had to have worked at one time, which would mean that at one time it was a good system, or at least got...

  • New Report Shows Good Reason why Latino and Black Youth Have no Faith in Justice System

    LatinaLista — In yesterday's posting, I mentioned how it seemed odd that while the number of white people arrested for crimes was higher than either blacks or Hispanics, their actual numbers behind bars were far less than what the data tells us it should be — if the cases were carried out...

  • One Psychic Prediction Calls 2007 the Year of the Female

    LatinaLista — There have been many "predictions" as to how the White House is going to get along with the new leaders in Congress but, unfortunately, it doesn't take a psychic to know that the honeymoon will be over before it starts. Which got me to thinking about what the psychics are...

  • Is Homeland Security Served by Denying Mexican Woman with Downs Syndrome from Visiting Disneyland?

    LatinaLista — I often wonder if it was what God intended when He created earth — that man would divide and section off every piece of available space to claim as his own. Somehow it goes against the logic of the "bigger picture." Yet, for children, and the young at heart, there...

  • Harvard Research Shows Teachers as Segregated as Students

    LatinaLista — Every red-blooded American school student, while enjoying their school break, are inevitably performing a time-honored-holiday tradition as well — counting down the days till school starts again. Too many students will return to schools where self-segregation is the norm, no matter how diverse the student body. Unfortunately, no amount of...

  • A Special Christmas Program Empowers Inner-City Children to See a New Future for Themselves

    LatinaLista — It is now 15 minutes into my new friend Jay's vigil at the T. Don Hutto Residential facility in honor of all the families detained behind the barbed wire. One would think, being Christmas and all, that whatever celebration they should be allowing the families to have (and in my...

  • Mayans May be #1 at the Box Office but Don’t Rate with the UN General Assembly

    LatinaLista — It's funny that in the same week a movie about an indigenous people is number one at the Box Office, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples failed to be adopted so yesterday's International Human Rights Day could be celebrated with special significance. Mayan character from Apocalypto...

  • Why the Battle for Civil Rights and the Fight for the Undocumented are Similar

    LatinaLista — It's rather ironic that on a day when ground is being broken for the construction of the first memorial on the National Mall to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., that yet another town is passing ordinances to drive out people they deem undesirable. Tonight, in Farmers Branch, Texas, a suburb...

  • The Beginning of Intolerance of the Undocumented

    LatinaLista — There's news of more towns jumping on the illegal immigration bandwagon: the mayor of Rogers, Arkansas wants to declare undocumented immigrants as public nuisances, and the city council in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania unanimously passed a resolution to ban undocumented immigrants from working or renting residences in the area. Like the lynch...

  • Have Undocumented Immigrants Been Renamed as “Enemy Combatants”?

    LatinaLista — When historians look back on the rise of bloggers as a force that either replaced or aided newspapers (viewpoint is up for debate) in making public officials stay accountable for their actions, will bloggers be viewed as dissidents or the public conscience just gone online? As we know, history can...