• Guest Voz: Deafening silence from our leaders in Washington over immigration reform is incomprehensible

    LatinaLista -- Though the Obama administration has resurrected the issue of immigration reform and President Obama has made speeches around the country as a show of good faith that he's serious about bringing it to the floor of Congress for debate, he is still plagued by one aspect of the larger issue...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Raising the bar on treating the homeless

    LatinaLista -- San Antonio's newest and largest facility serving homeless adults and children draws attention because it isn't just another place where the homeless find refuge. Haven for Hope raises the bar on helping the homeless by creating the first "Homeless Transformation Campus" in the country. Citing their mission as "to transform...

  • Ex-street racer, Joshua Lozano, inspired by Fast Five franchise hits brakes, finds reform

    El Gato HOUSTON, Texas -- Joshua Lozano's first time at a street race ended with a warning from a police officer and an addiction that would see him sacrifice all his worldly possessions. "It was a summer night in Mexico. My older brother was driving while on his cell getting the latest...

  • The story of one small town’s change to embrace its new Latino residents

    By Sarah Dahlen LatinaLista Picture a city in the United States with a thriving, vibrant Latino community. Is Allentown, Pennsylvania what comes to mind? If not, it may be time to read Edgar Sandoval's book, The New Face of Small-Town America: Snapshots of Latino Life in Allentown, Pennsylvania. As is clear from...

  • National food campaign aims to decrease high number of Latinos who go hungry

    LatinaLista -- Going hungry is a real problem in the Latino community. The most recent United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) study (Nov. 2009) available documented that 29.4 percent of Latinos go hungry. Seeing how the price of food has risen since then, it's an educated guess that leads to the natural...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: A Mother’s Day kickoff for new campaign to End the War on Drugs

    LatinaLista -- Mother's Day is a day usually set aside to celebrate mom but this Mother's Day has a slightly different twist -- it's the kick-off date for a new national campaign entitled "Moms United to End the War on Drugs." The campaign is under the nonprofit A New PATH (Parents for...

  • President Obama tells Latinos to “champion” immigration reform

    LatinaLista -- Another day, another event for President Obama to underscore his determination to show the Latino community that he's serious about the immigration issue. This morning, he spoke at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. Overall, the speech was a repeat of what he's already been saying but with...

  • Re-introduction of DREAM Act garners applause, hope and deja vu

    LatinaLista -- First came the White House immigration meetings with their star-studded, business powerhouse invitees; then came the policy speech on immigration reform in El Paso yesterday where President Obama repeated to the nation what he's been saying privately at those White House meetings. Now, comes a concrete piece of action that...

  • Guest Voz: ABA President creates commission examining legal issues of interest to Latinos

    LatinaLista -- The lack of diversity is still an issue when it comes to certain professions. One of those professions is the legal profession. It was a deficiency that didn't go unnoticed by the American Bar Association's current president and first Latino to hold that position, Stephen Zack. Mr. Zack noticed how...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Sharing love of Mexican history and culture one dance at a time

    LatinaLista -- With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, no fiesta is complete without two symbols of Mexican culture -- mariachis and folkloric dancers. Swirling bright-colored skirts, whipping braided hair decorated with ribbons while performing quick toe-heel tapping dance steps, folkloric dancers attempt to recreate a little bit of Mexico's cultural...

  • Barbecue cook-off champ, Ernest Ramirez, feeds hunger

    By Norma Vasquez El Gato HOUSTON -- The smell of brisket, chicken and ribs helps fulfill the hunger that drives award-winner Ernest Ramirez to grill. Growing up in a farm in Southern Texas, Ramirez discovered his passion. Ernest Ramirez prepares for the judges (Photo: Daniel Mendez-EGMN) "The 70s were about real cowboys,...

  • World Malaria Day reminds the planet that it only takes a net to keep children from dying

    LatinaLista -- It is reported that every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria. In fact, malaria is a leading killer of refugees and children in Africa. This sobering stat is particularly meaningful today on World Malaria Day. Approximately half of the world's population is at risk from malaria, according to the...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Making the world environmentally friendly for kids

    LatinaLista -- Most people understand that there is a link between our health and our environment. There's a reason why people aren't thrilled living in neighborhoods towered over by power lines or living near smoke-spewing plants. The effects can be bad enough on adults but devastating to children's developing bodies and minds....

  • Guest Voz: It is time to challenge environmental racism

    LatinaLista -- Earth Day is one of those global observances meant to unite all of humanity behind a worthy mission. It doesn't get much worthier than realizing that the only home of us all needs to be cared for -- just like the people who inhabit it. Unfortunately, for people of color,...

  • Guest worker program needs reform of its own before including it in broader immigration reform bill

    LatinaLista -- One component of immigration reform that is considered to be the most "sellable" point is the guest worker aspect. Non-skilled immigrant labor is brought in on H2-A visas to perform temporary farm labor. This industry has always been in the forefront of attracting immigrant labor. According to a 2009 immigration...

  • An attack on Planned Parenthood turns out to be an all-out assault on low-income Latinas

    LatinaLista -- Planned Parenthood. The mere mention of the organization immediately conjures up negative images thanks to several GOP politicians who found it quite easy to rake the organization through the mud during the recent budget debates. Though Planned Parenthood has been around for 95 years providing programs, information and much needed...

  • Advocates for undocumented immigrants rate White House poor on fulfilling 2008 campaign promises

    LatinaLista -- As days go for being President of the United States, this one had to have been rated one of the worst for President Obama -- no pun intended. In the morning, he was greeted with the news that Standard & Poor (S&P) had cut its outlook on U.S. government debt...

  • Freeing the voice of incarcerated women and troubled youth

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista College instructor Emmy Pérez taps into her lifelong passion of helping others to share her love of creative writing with troubled youth and incarcerated women. Emmy Pérez is a writer. She's also a college instructor, a life motivator and an inspiration to all her pupils -- from inside...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Giving the gift of culture to kids who need it most

    LatinaLista -- The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. is the time of day when kids, who have no adult supervision, are most at risk for getting into trouble. Ideally, these kids should be enrolled in programs that don't just keep them busy but teach them new lessons, challenge them to...

  • One study says some Latino kids don’t exercise. Another study tells why

    LatinaLista -- A new report makes the simple but bold statement -- "healthy people and healthy places go together." The report, "Why Place & Race Matter: Impacting health through a focus on race and place," sponsored by PolicyLink and the California Endowment, illustrates why a person's neighborhood and local community can be...

  • 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...