• Special Valentine’s Day campaign shows some love to undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista -- Valentine's Day is usually a day reserved for our loved ones. It's that one time of the year where we show how much we love someone with a special present or action. Yet, the full potential of Valentine's Day is being squandered according to a new campaign that wants to...

  • Lawsuit challenges TX redistricting because Hispanic vote is strengthened

    LatinaLista -- Over the last couple of weeks, the U.S. Census began releasing 2010 Census data as it begins the arduous task of compiling population statistics for each state in the country. Even before the numbers were released for some states, the Census bureau issued preliminary data about current state populations. What...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Promoting mental health and physical exercise helps families “Get-Right!”

    LatinaLista -- Physical health is all the rage these days, spearheaded by the First Lady's "Let's Move!" campaign. Yet, as much as people devote time to exercise, not enough think about their mental health. When it comes to families and their hectic schedules, both aspects of health get put on the backburner,...

  • Guest Voz: Recession Has Expanded Racial Economic Gap

    By George E. Curry LatinaLista — From 2001 until 2007, George Curry served as editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) News Service in Washington, D.C. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the NNPA and "Beyond the Spin," a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Before joining the NNPA, Curry was editor-in-chief...

  • Young Latina blazes trail in environmental activism in Puerto Rico

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista A young environmentalist leads the way in Puerto Rico to show how nature and humanity depend on one another for survival. Ana Elisa Pérez Quintero's love affair with nature began when she was only three-years-old and dunked her face into a mangrove swamp. It was this first...

  • Immigrant survivors of domestic violence to testify before Congress how immigration enforcement puts abuse victims at risk

    LatinaLista -- Tomorrow, five women will travel to Capitol Hill to deliver testimony at an ad-hoc congressional hearing examining violence against immigrant women. They will speak on behalf of the hundreds of immigrant victims of domestic violence who have been doubly victimized -- first by their attackers and secondly by the U.S....

  • Yet another game takes illegal immigration to an offensive level

    LatinaLista -- Once again, the issue of illegal immigration goes from the halls of Congress, grassroots protests and Latino communities under siege by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel to -- gameland. Ever since the issue has become almost a daily headline, there has been an eerie fascination with the idea of...

  • Recent deportation cases underscore administration’s lack of moral responsibility

    LatinaLista -- It's been recognized by many in the immigrant activist community that a strategy of the Obama administration to make immigration reform "palatable" to Republicans was to show them that the rule of law would be enforced when it came to enforcing current immigration policies. In this regard, the Obama administration...

  • Creating a new life doesn’t mean changing your name

    By Lisa Lopez LatinaLista The book "My Name is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River" by Jane Medina is a vivid portrait of a young boy's personal experience in a new country. Through bilingual poetic prose, the author manages to capture the constant struggles a Mexican family endures while crossing over...

  • A young girl brings her dreams across the border

    By Lisa Lopez LatinaLista Jane Medina's "The Dream on Blanca's Wall" is an outstanding bilingual collection of poems from Blanca's point of view. Similarly to Medina's previous notable book "My Name is Jorge", this poetic collection presents the female perspective on the universal struggles to fit into a new society and country....

  • Project focuses lens on Latinos and Muslim Americans to showcase “humanity within misunderstood cultures”

    LatinaLista.net -- Over the last several months, Latina Lista has featured a number of worthwhile community projects that were in the running for Pepsi Refresh Project. To "refresh" our memories, the project was created by the marketing department at Pepsico last year who thought they could do a better job of connecting...

  • Being undocumented used as justification for court to take woman’s son away and given to other couple

    LatinaLista -- There's no denying that one little four-year-old boy, christened with the name Carlitos, and now enjoying life as Jamison, will be the real loser in a custody battle that underscores how little human rights undocumented immigrants have in this country. Carlitos was born to Encarnacion Bail Romero from Guatemala. He...

  • Unleashing the magic of a child’s imagination

    By Martha Rico LatinaLista Benjamin, Daniel and Alejandra love spending time with their abuelos at their farm on the weekends. They especially look forward to Grandpa's special breakfasts and working together outdoors doing chores. On one particular visit, Benjamin claims to see something on the burnt tortilla Grandpa Luis serves him. He...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Acts of community service by youth are no random matters

    LatinaLista.net -- It's never too soon for children to learn that they can make a difference in the world. In fact, it's the mission behind a unique organization with the tagline: Turning Service Projects into Opportunities to Empower Youth   RandomKid is a resource that makes itself available to young people to...

  • The quest for justice in the murder of Luis Ramirez is over

    LatinaLista -- It's a sad ending to an even sadder crime -- the three Shenandoah police officers on trial for trying to help a group of white teenagers cover up the beating death of undocumented immigrant Luis Ramirez received their verdict today. The jury in Wilkes-Barre found Matthew Nestor, the former chief...

  • The irony between two legacies — Ronald Reagan and Cesar Chavez

    LatinaLista.net -- It probably doesn't get any more ironic than this. On the same day, I receive a notice that there will be a rally on the campus at the University of Texas at El Paso tomorrow to "Reinstate Cesar Chavez Day," I get an e-mail announcing the new website for the...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Locks of Love gives poor, sick children a reason to smile and style

    LatinaLista.net -- When any family receives word that their child is diagnosed with cancer or a major illness, it's devastating news. If that family doesn't have health insurance or falls below the poverty line, the news can be catastrophic. It means that those families will be using every spare dollar to just...

  • Trial underway for former Shenandoah policemen accused in cover-up of beating death of immigrant

    LatinaLista -- Regular readers of Latina Lista will remember the special series published last year regarding the hate crime trial of the two young men from Shenandoah, PA who beat to death undocumented immigrant Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala. The two boys, Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak, were found guilty and are still...

  • Over 100,000 take to San Antonio streets for MLK Day parade

    By Cristina Blackwell La Prensa de San Antonio   SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- More than 100,000 people took to the chilly streets of San Antonio Monday morning to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most prominent civil rights leaders in American history, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The march...

  • New report spotlights the plight of migrant women

    LatinaLista.net -- From June 4-5, 2010 in Bucharest, Romania, women from around the world met to discuss the human rights of one class of women who have no voice in how they are treated -- migrant women. The result of that conference, coordinated by the Europe-based Globalizing Gender Equality and Social Justice...

  • Dairy workers fight to get paid their wages while nation celebrates a legacy yet to be realized for all

    LatinaLista -- As the nation held parades in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. yesterday and paid homage to his legacy, it was somewhat ironic that a group of dairy workers are battling for basic rights like getting lunch and water breaks, drinking clean water and getting paid what they're owed....

  • New report spotlights the plight of migrant women

    LatinaLista -- From June 4-5, 2010 in Bucharest, Romania, women from around the world met to discuss the human rights of one class of women who have no voice in how they are treated -- migrant women. The result of that conference, coordinated by the Europe-based Globalizing Gender Equality and Social Justice...

  • Global campaign underway to fight human trafficking

    LatinaLista.net -- January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Yesterday, January 11, was Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It's reported that 27 million people worldwide are enslaved today. Whether it's prostituting children and women or forcing people to do domestic chores or provide cheap factory labor, enslaving people still lives on...

  • A young athlete’s dream turns into Olympic Gold

    By Alma Ramos-McDermott LatinaLista How does a poor Mexican-American kid pull himself out of the slums to win a 2006 Beijing Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling? In bold, descriptive language, Henry Cejudo tells his story in the book "American Victory," published by Penguin Books. In the autobiography, Henry shares memories of...

  • Deported DREAMer Saad Nabeel finds hostility and threats in native country because he only knows English

    LatinaLista -- In the last weeks before the DREAM Act was defeated in the Senate, more and more undocumented students were "coming out" to reveal their citizenship status. Yet, as a New York Times article reported, these students were spared from being deported. Saad Nabeel "In a world of limited resources, our...