• Spotlight Non-profit: Welcoming Latino elderly to their golden years

    LatinaLista -- According to the most recent data from the Administration on Aging, the number of Latino senior citizens stood at 2.7 million in 2008. Latino senior citizens comprise 6.8 percent of the total senior population. It's projected that by 2019 Latino senior citizens, aged 65 and over, will be the largest...

  • Moment of truth for TX Latino GOP legislator presenting guest worker bill

    LatinaLista -- Utah's Republican legislators have bucked the national trend of states passing punitive legislation aimed at driving undocumented immigrants out of their communities. Utah legislators understand the value of immigrant labor and have a realistic assessment of how much work immigrants do in their state. It may have been a factor...

  • Phrase “We are a Nation of Immigrants” has lost its pride and meaning

    LatinaLista -- Whenever there's an attempt to define the United States, the two answers that inevitably pop up are: baseball and apple pie. Yet, whenever anyone tries to define the essence of the nation, the standard reply -- always popular with politicians -- is "We are a nation of immigrants." The statement...

  • Michelle Bachelet: The world cannot afford to wait another 100 years to unlock the potential of women

    LatinaLista -- Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. Though more women are in the workforce now than ever before and have achieved great strides in the professional, private and non profit sectors, there are still challenges all women, whether married or single, face in today's world. From disparities in...

  • Hispanic farmers still waiting to be treated equally by the USDA

    LatinaLista -- Two weeks ago, USDA's Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Tony West announced they had finally resolved the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who had filed a discrimination suit against the USDA. By their own admission, the USDA had historically discriminated against Hispanic and female...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Teaching kids to grow academically one move at a time

    LatinaLista -- The game of chess gets little respect in the sports world. That's a shame since it is a game that demands as grueling a workout as any other sport, even though the muscles it's flexing are in the brain. If more saw chess as the sport it is then maybe...

  • TX immigration bill sanitizes issue for homeowners with exemptions for hiring undocumented domestic workers

    LatinaLista -- It's become legislatively chic these days to include a number of bills in statehouse debates dealing with illegal immigration. It doesn't matter which state it is or how far from the U.S.-Mexico border, every state feels compelled to pass something enforcing their own version of federal immigration law. Usually, the...

  • Nation’s Report Card shows it’s Latino and black students at inner-city schools still getting shortchanged

    LatinaLista -- The recent release of the 2009 Science NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) report, otherwise known as the Nation's Report Card, is yet another bugle revelry to get people to jump up and see the writing on the (chalk)board. According to the findings, fourth-and eighth-graders in most of the report's...

  • A sister’s death spurs a life quest for environmental truth

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista Corpus Christi native, Suzie Canales, encounters federal bureaucracy, frustration and roadblocks in finding solutions to help her local neighborhoods impacted by environmental abuses. For more than 10 years, Suzie Canales, 51, has been fighting for a clean environment in the Texas coastal town of Corpus Christi. Through her...

  • Immigration crackdown adds challenge for south Phoenix schools

    By Jolie McCullough Cronkite Borderlands Initiative PHOENIX - Leslie Barnhizer teaches the only kindergarten class for English-speaking students at Balsz Elementary School in southeast Phoenix; the other three are English Language Learning classes. With enrollment - and consequently, state and federal funding - dropping annually, the district was unable to hire another...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Offering hope of a better future to victims of domestic violence

    LatinaLista -- The FBI reports that a woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the country. In fact, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women from the ages of 15-44. Around the country there are organizations created to serve as a safe refuge for these battered women. In the...

  • Undocumented victims of domestic violence now face bigger threat from Dept. of Homeland Security than from their attackers

    LatinaLista -- The statement from the attorney of Safe Horizons, the largest assistance agency for victims of domestic violence in New York City, was shocking. According to an interview she granted with Women's Enews, the attorney confessed that she nor her colleagues advise their undocumented clients to call the police anymore after...

  • Mariposas: A poetry anthology from a queer Latino perspective

    By Sarah Dahlen LatinaLista Writing poetry is an intimate endeavor. Reading it can feel equally intimate when a poem is well written and resonates with its reader. Many poetry fans may never pick up Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry for fear that its themes would not resonate with them....

  • Shenandoah men sentenced for hate crime just as new report details the rise of hate groups in U.S.

    LatinaLista -- The Department of Justice released a statement this afternoon regarding the sentencing of the two young Shenandoah, PA men convicted of a hate crime in the beating death of undocumented immigrant, Luis Ramirez. In part, the statement reads: WASHINGTON - Brandon Piekarsky, 19, and Derrick Donchak, 21, both of Shenandoah,...

  • AZ legislature debates passing oppressive laws targeting Latinos in the state

    LatinaLista -- While the rest of the world is transfixed and horrified by the cruel retaliation -- some are saying it's genocide -- against protesters in Libya today by their president, Col Muammar Gaddafi, the U.S. Latino community in Arizona is battling its own onslaught of oppression by state leaders -- and...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Home gardeners and food pantries partner together to bring food to the hungry

    LatinaLista -- "An estimated 100 billion pounds of food, enough to totally eliminate hunger, is thrown away annually in the United States." It's a startling observation that creates a picture of needless waste when it's known that: One out of six Americans needs food assistance, but can't get fresh produce from the local...

  • 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...