• Before Obama resurrects presidential bid, he has a standing appointment with DREAMers

    LatinaLista -- While delivering his budget speech yesterday, President Obama correctly predicted that he would be criticized for it. He was. But it was one particular criticism from his political opponents that made some people do a double-take on the speech. According to some GOP politicians, they claim that President Obama was...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: GINA’s Team helps inmates find purpose in life in and out of prison

    LatinaLista -- According to a 2010 report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the United States currently incarcerates a higher share of its population than any other country in the world. The U.S. incarceration rate - 753 per 100,000 people in 2008 - is now about 240 percent higher than...

  • San Antonio residents living in toxic Triangle to visit with world-renowned environmentalist

    By Tony Cantú La Prensa de San Antonio -- World-renowned environmental activist Wilma Subra -- often compared to Erin Brokovich -- is scheduled next month to meet with residents living around the former Kelly Air Force Base to help assess what's making many of them sick. Residents around the shuttered base --...

  • Immigration lawyer who retrieved 4-year-old U.S. citizen from Guatemala challenges media to finish their job

    LatinaLista -- David Sperling is an immigration lawyer in Long Island, New York, but he wasn't always one. At one time, earlier in his career, Sperling was a journalist who reported from abroad and witnessed firsthand the kinds of conditions his clients today left behind. Because he still retains that journalistic curiosity...

  • Architect envisions border wall as good neighbor

    By Kathleen Maclay UC BERKELEY La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- The U.S.-Mexico border wall may be here to stay, but a University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of architecture has some provocative ideas about how to redesign the barrier to slow illegal immigration and at the same time transform it...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Granting prom dress wishes to underprivileged girls

    LatinaLista -- With the tagline, "We provide everything but the date," The Fairy Godmother Project, based in Houston, Texas, grants the wishes of underprivileged high school senior girls and boys with the one thing that would prevent them from attending their class prom -- prom dresses and tuxedos. The Fairy Godmother Project...

  • Research faults No Child Left Behind with needless criminalization of Latino and black children and youth

    LatinaLista -- No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was a program that was supposed to revolutionize teaching in the country by establishing new rules and benchmarks to ensure children were learning. Yet, the unthinkable has occurred. As a result of the policies in NCLB, studies are finding that instead of more children learning,...

  • Social media campaign marches on in remembrance of César Chavez

    LatinaLista -- If César Chavez were still alive, he would have been 84-years-old today. Long after his death, his words -- "Si se puede" -- live on; his mission of standing up for Latino farmworkers endures; and his legacy of tapping into the moral conscience of people by organizing them to produce...

  • New Mexico domestic violence campaign fights state’s partnership between police and immigration agents

    LatinaLista -- The Obama administration has set as one of its goals for immigration enforcement a program to be adopted nationwide that partners local police with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The original intent behind this program, known as Secure Communities, was to help local law enforcement rid from their streets...

  • A maturing Latino electorate is forming coalitions and gaining allies outside political parties

    LatinaLista -- Given the fact that the U.S. Census now confirms that the Latino population stands at 50.5 million, having grown 43 percent between 2000 and 2010, it's odd that the GOP leadership is still trying to figure out if the Latino community-at-large is their amigo or enemigo. It's a decision the...

  • A Memorial Day parade holds a special surprise for one young boy

    By Elizabeth Lopez LatinaLista What can be more exciting than a surprise? How about a surprise that happens right in the middle of a celebration? In the delightful Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding and published by Boyds Mills Press, this is exactly what awaits a young boy named Marco during...

  • Globalization and the Paso del Norte Region

    By Sarah Dahlen LatinaLista Ciudad Juarez has become an unfortunate symbol of all that is wrong at the U.S./Mexico border: violence, poverty, exploitation, lawlessness. With an average homicide rate of 200 people per month in recent years, this reputation is not entirely undeserved. But Juarez and the rest of the Paso del...

  • The special connection between Monarch butterflies and El Dia de los Muertos

    By Martha Rico LatinaLista In the Latino culture, El Dia de los Muertos holds a special significance for families who have loved ones who have died. In Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead, by Judy Goldman and illustrated by Rene King Moreno, the story takes a new twist featuring a...

  • Lawrence community to discuss participation in ICE’S Secure Communities program

    Rumbo LAWRENCE, MA -- The Patrick-Murray Administration announced a series of community meetings to promote an open dialogue and address the concerns that several community organizations and immigrant advocates have expressed about the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Secure Communities program. Representatives from Governor Patrick's office will be in Lawrence on...

  • Young Latino soccer players kick away stereotypes on way to their goal

    By Pam Burrell LatinaLista Woodburn, Oregon's population is 51 percent Hispanic and 49 percent Anglo. It has the highest concentration of taquerias in the state and on Saturday afternoons the parks are crowded with Hispanic men's soccer league games which culminate every August with an intense men's league tournament called Fiesta Mexicana....

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Helping those in need with the gift of clear vision

    LatinaLista -- Good vision is something that people who have it take for granted, and those who don't have it have learned the importance of a good pair of eyeglasses. The only problem is unless a family has vision included in their health coverage or lives in a state where Medicaid still...

  • The Latino bias of some elected officials is disturbing, frightening and unAmerican

    LatinaLista -- Last week's vile comment by Kansas legislator Virgil Peck -- that shooting undocumented immigrants from helicopters could be another way to control illegal immigration -- sparked a huge outcry from across the nation. Unfortunately, it's not an isolated incident. Other examples of biased politicians, who think their positions shield them...

  • One DREAMer student discovers too late ICE isn’t her friend

    LatinaLista -- The story of 20-year-old, undocumented student Olga Zanella is not your typical tale of a "Dreamer" student, raised in the U.S. since the age of 6 and now fighting deportation to Mexico. Olga's story is different and it's that difference which may be just enough to keep her in the...

  • Guest Voz: Anti-immigrant legislation underscores real fear of conservatives — change in nation’s identity politics

    LatinaLista -- As ubiquitous as the introduction of anti-immigrant legislation has been in state legislatures across the country, there are now finally signs that push-back against these overtly punitive bills is beginning to make a difference. We saw that yesterday in Arizona, the cradle of anti-immigrant legislation, with the defeat of five...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Tapping bilingual students’ skills to give back to the community

    LatinaLista -- It's not often that a high school Latino student organization offers their members as mentor tutors to junior high and elementary-age students. Yet, that's part of the mission of Utah-based Latinos in Action (LIA). LIA is class/program for junior high and high schoolers that encourages Latino students to use their bilingual...

  • Why was ICE allowed to deport a 4-year-old U.S. citizen while her parents waited for her in New York?

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to fighting for the citizenship rights of the children of undocumented immigrants, the hope has always centered on the DREAM Act. A bill that would grant a path to citizenship to those children whose parents brought them to this country at a young age. But what about...

  • A disturbing national trend getting worse: Hating on Hispanics

    LatinaLista -- Attacks on Latinos and/or Latino immigrants are nothing new. The nation has witnessed countless examples over the past few years of irrational hatred and brute force directed at Latino immigrants. Sometimes Latino immigrants lived to tell the tale but too often they died leaving behind grieving families and local communities...

  • Kansas legislator’s vile comment about undocumented immigrants shouldn’t go unpunished

    LatinaLista -- Ever since the insurance company Aflac announced Monday that they had fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the quacky voice of their company mascot, for his tasteless tweets about the Japanese tragedy, not too many people, aside from Joan Rivers, have come rushing to his defense. People understand there's no defense for...

  • When it comes to Latino issues, the Tea Party’s actions are less about civics

    LatinaLista -- When former NPR fund-raiser, Ronald Schiller, was covertly captured on video allegedly pronouncing Tea Party supporters were "seriously racist" and that NPR would be better off without federal money even though many stations would "go dark," the shock and voluntarily rolled heads that followed were way overblown for stating the...

  • A mother’s gift helps a boy endure a long journey

    By Elizabeth Lopez LatinaLista My Shoes and I by René Colato Laínez, and published by Boyds Mills Press, is an inspiring story about a boy named Mario and the journey he makes with his father across three borders to the United States from El Salvador. Shortly before their trip, Mario receives a...