• Spotlight Nonprofit: Replacing bruises with a “ROSE”

    LatinaLista -- One of the worst times in a woman or young girl's life is when she feels "beaten" down, physically and emotionally, by the man in her life to whom she's professed her most personal gift -- her love. Unfortunately, this feeling goes beyond breaking up with someone, it's all about...

  • An American ex-pat creates Mexico’s first-ever public forum addressing men’s health

    LatinaLista -- A 2009 study on how well men take care of their health found that the more macho the man, the less likely he was to seek out preventative health-care services. According to the study: Men with a strong sense of masculinity are about 50% less likely than their not-so-macho peers to...

  • Led by a grieving poet, Mexico’s Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity serves as largest unified display of citizens’ unrest with country’s violence

    LatinaLista -- The grief of a parent over the murder of their child can manifest in a variety of ways. For Mexican poet, Javier Sicilia, whose 24-year-old son was kidnapped and killed in Cuernavaca this year by cartel members, his grief has manifested into a caravan of like-minded Mexican citizens who are...

  • Anastasio Hernández; A year without justice

    By Mariana Martínez La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- A year has passed since that night on May 28th 2010, when about twenty federal agents beat and tasered an undocumented immigrant, Anastasio Hernández, as he was being deported to Tijuana. The beating and tasing left him brain dead; he was declared...

  • New site spreads message “Muslims are our fellow Americans”

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to being feared, insulted or ignored based on who you physically are as a person, a lot of Latinos know what that feels like. Another group who knows equally well how it feels is Muslim Americans. Take what happened last month: On May 6, five days after...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Giving urban teens tools to build a better future for themselves and others

    LatinaLista -- Most people think that just keeping kids busy with sports, music lessons or after-school activities will round out their characters and give them that edge in school. And to a degree, that's true. But also giving kids something positive to do in their communities on a year-round basis works just as...

  • New report “grows” awareness of climate change worsening global food crisis

    LatinaLista -- The world is suffering from a global food crisis, says a new report by the international human rights organization Oxfam. That's not new or surprising news. The high cost of food at the grocery store is an easy tip-off but Oxfam says it goes much deeper than that. We now...

  • Tulsa race riot approaches 90-year mark

    By Juan Miret Hispano de Tulsa TULSA, Oklahoma - About 90 years ago and close to downtown Tulsa there once flourished a vibrant community, so prosperous that it was defined as the Black Wall Street. It was the Greenwood district, home to 15 grocery stores, four pharmacies, two newspapers, two public schools...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Teaching parents how to “book cuddle” with their children

    LatinaLista -- Literacy. It's a word that gauges the future success of our children in school. Children who have an appreciation of reading and learn the basics of sounding out words go on to have success in school. Children who aren't exposed to books and don't grasp those early lessons are doomed...

  • A lesson that turns into a gift for a young daughter from her migrant father

    By Aracelli Astorga LatinaLista Papi's Gift, by Karen Stanton and illustrated by René King Moreno, tells the story of Graciela, a young girl who lives in a small, Latin American village with her mother and two brothers. Because it has not rained in a very long time, Graciela's father has reluctantly left...

  • New report shows Latinos remain targets of assaults and racial profiling

    LatinaLista -- Zane Seipler used to be a deputy at the McHenry County Sheriff's Office in McHenry, Illinois until he got fired for being a whistle-blower. It seems Seipler noticed that his colleagues on the force were handing out a lot of traffic tickets to Latino drivers and purposely misidentifying them in...

  • Volunteerism brings Aramark office workers into heart of communities

    By. J. Smith El Hispano Philadelphia -- Beginning with the wealthy Financier Stephen Girard, who fought a late- eighteenth century plague with the aid of a couple of French-immigrant doctors and Minister Richard Allen; and continuing on with such figures as Soap manufacturer Joseph Fels, Bethlehem Steel founder Joseph Wharton, and oilman...

  • César E. Chávez Blvd a go

    By Valerie Godines Fitzgerald La Prensa SAN ANTONIO -- City Council members have decided that Durango Boulevard between South Hackberry Street on the east and 36th Street on the west will be renamed César E. Chávez Boulevard -- a decision that has sparked fevered support as well as protest. Council members voted...

  • Latina adventurer goes from NFL cheerleader to wildlife explorer

    By Pam Burrell LatinaLista   "As I crouched only a few feet from him, Kingo crouched in front of the camera, feeding on vegetation, seemingly undisturbed. I looked at him and then turned to Andy's lens and said, 'Clearly, the silverback is the dominant member of the group.' I was about to...

  • Commentary: Conscience of a community activist

    By Carlos J. Licea Amigos805.com Recently I shocked a fellow worker and a few others by outing myself as a Latino community activist. An "Activist" he said accusatorially. "You cannot be a Latino community activist and an advocate for other causes." Some people, he added may object to a person who has...

  • Conference sounds global alarm to stop rape as tool of war

    LatinaLista -- Rape has always been a weapon of warfare in civil wars and uprisings since history was first recorded. Yet, thanks to two recent cases -- CBS 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan who was assaulted while covering the Egyptian uprising and Libyan attorney Iman al-Obeidi who was raped by Libyan troops...

  • Guest Voz: A reflection on 15 years of Immigrant Day in California

    LatinaLista -- Tomorrow, May 24, 2011, California celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of Immigrant Day. A project of the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), the day is set aside to bring a unified voice of immigrants and advocates to California's State Capitol to show support of policies that advance immigrant integration and prosperity...

  • Bolivia: Teaching children to move beyond asking to be pitied towards showing compassion

    By Angie Washington Latina Lista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- Pity is the lazy cousin of compassion. A small girl sits on a swing. Not a week has passed since she was removed from an abusive situation and put in the orphanage. Her feet are covered in sores. She must be carried from place...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Opening up young Latinas’ eyes to a world of possibilities via photography

    LatinaLista -- The power of photography can't be underestimated. Simple pictures that show the joy, complexity, sadness of life are more powerful than words could ever convey. Photographers who have the opportunity to bring those images to life and share them with a wider audience are bound to feel pretty special. For...

  • Latino artist creates global peace initiative with a simple box and message

    LatinaLista -- As much as the world is engulfed in revolutions and uprisings, there is a growing trend to get people to think more about the concept of peace and make it a reality. One person who wants the world to put aside hateful rhetoric, brutal violence and honestly discuss the issue...

  • 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...