• Guest Voz: Early Education and Parent Engagement are Keys to Unlocking the Latino Dropout Crisis

    By Betty Molina Morgan, Ph.D LatinaLista After spending 30 plus years in public education, I’ve been a witness to many student challenges and accomplishments over the years. For me, a particular reward was witnessing the achievements of Latino students who were supported and encouraged by parents engaged in their educational success. No...

  • Guest Voz: Are Spanish accents really all that funny?

    By Vanessa Perez LatinaLista “No? That wasn’t any better?” my mother would ask. “Say it one more time.” “Chip, ship, sheep.” These three little words had distinct sounds and meanings when I said them. They lost all distinction when my mother would repeat them after me. I laughed. My mother would join...

  • Guests Voz: The benefits of contraceptive coverage for women of color outweigh political objections

    LatinaLista — The recent attacks by conservatives, from talk show personality Rush Limbaugh to congressional politicians, against having insurance companies cover at no-cost contraceptive coverage has propelled the progress of women's rights in this nation backwards to a time when women weren't allowed to show their legs. Just as we see the...

  • Guest Voz: Fixing immigration will herald a new economic beginning for the nation

    LatinaLista — When it comes to the immigration debate, each side has their own solution on what to do about it. Yet, an issue that is so intertwined in the fabric of U.S. society isn't served justice by applying partisan solutions. It takes either a bipartisan approach or an approach from someone...

  • Guest Voz: Obama Steps Up for Communities of Color in Proposed Budget

    LatinaLista — Today, the White House released President Obama's $3.8 trillion budget request. As soon as it was unveiled, critics attacked the election-year budget for being more about "politics than policy." Critics are especially angered that Obama doesn't back down from calling on the wealthy to "pay their fair share" while directing...

  • Guest Voz: Caliente (or Hot)! English-Language Hispanic Media Heats Up Because 30+ million = $600,000,000,000!

    By Tomás Custer HispanicTips With the recent announcement that another Spanish-language TV network is launching (MundoFox). I thought it pertinent to take a look at the other side of the coin, the seemingly forgotten English-language Latino media. In case you didn't know, the...

  • Guest Voz: Latinos off to a healthy start in 2012 with a gift from the EPA

    By Javier Sierra LatinaLista All the world’s riches are useless without good health. And although 2011 was not a year of riches, we ended it in a healthy way. In a historic decision, the EPA has issued new protections called Mercury and Air Toxics Standards that will block more than 90 percent...

  • Guest Voz: Overcoming indifference is the nation’s biggest challenge yet

    LatinaLista — There's no doubt that the United States faces a fair amount of challenges in 2012. Yet, as Latina Lista contributor Ivan Marte points out, no challenge can be overcome or prevented if there exists indifference. As we get closer to the end of 2011, it’s not a secret that the...

  • Guest Voz: Before U.S. advises other nations on how to practice democracy, it must start at home — with Puerto Rico

    LatinaLista — Everyone knows, or should know, that U.S. Latinos are made up of a variety of people who originally come from one of the Spanish-speaking countries in the Western Hemisphere. Yet, there is only one Spanish-speaking country where American citizenship is a birthright — Puerto Rico. Of course, the reason for...

  • Guest Voz: Lack of Paid Sick Days Has Claimed Latino Lives

    LatinaLista — In this economy, many people think just having a job means you're already ahead, even if the job comes with downsized benefits or no benefits, like not having paid sick days. But No one thinks about getting sick — until it happens. When it does, it doesn't take long for...

  • Guest Voz: Why Should Latinos Care about Lead Poisoning?

    LatinaLista — Within the last year, headline after headline has made it clear that the greater Latino community is at high risk, in some cases, higher risk, for certain health issues than the rest of the population. The biggest tragedy is that most of these issues are preventable — if people were...

  • Guest Voz: Report — Obama Misrepresenting Deportation Statistics

    LatinaLista -- Frustration and disappointment continue to rise among the Latino community with the Obama administration over its policy for deporting undocumented immigrants. In spite of a much publicized announcement earlier this year that those immigrants not considered a national security threat nor had a criminal record would be spared deportation, the...

  • Guest Voz: Eliminate “illegal aliens” once and for all!

    LatinaLista -- There has been an ongoing debate within and outside the Latino community over the usage of the term "illegal alien." Currently, there is the Drop the I-Word campaign that is asking people to sign a pledge to not use the word "illegal" when referring to people with undocumented status. There has...

  • Guest Voz: Medicare Patients Must Defend What Is Left

    LatinaLista -- While the federal deficit is a scary enough scenario, it remains for too many people an abstract event. It's not until Washington starts eliminating programs and reducing funding for others that the seriousness of the situation comes home. Unfortunately, the very programs targeted for cuts or elimination are some of...

  • Guest Voz: On this Veteran’s Day, we should start treating our veterans better than we do

    LatinaLista -- On Veteran's Day, it's easy to read opinion pieces praising veterans and veterans' families for their sacrifices. Yet, it's not often that we read a commentary that goes beyond praising and takes the nation to task for how veterans are treated once the parades are done and the applause dies...

  • Guest Voz — 150+ Cities Pledge to Help More Children Master Reading

    LatinaLista -- Mastering literacy is more than just being able to read words in a book. It also means the reader is learning to comprehend what is being read. When anyone, a child or an adult, has that skill the world is the limit. Anecdotal stories of kids who drop out of...

  • Guest Voz: Helping Latino parents develop strategies to talk to their kids about sex

    LatinaLista -- The issue of Latina teen pregnancy is not new. Yet, it is something that is getting renewed attention because of several consequences of teen pregnancy: teens tend to drop out of school; they hold down menial jobs and, on average, the children of teen parents don't fare any better than...

  • Guest Voz: Domestic violence still taboo among Latinos

    LatinaLista -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a real issue among Latinos but it's an issue that doesn't get enough attention -- especially for Spanish-speaking victims. One author wants to change that. Dr. Celso William Chignoli wrote the book Violencia doméstica: Detección, prevención, y ayuda (Domestic Violence: Detection, prevention...

  • Guest Voz: Women’s delegation to get the word out about the harm of Georgia’s immigration laws

    LatinaLista -- A delegation of women leaders from over two dozen national human rights organizations traveled to Georgia to spend today and tomorrow speaking out against the recent anti-immigrant laws passed in that state. The women, part of the We Belong Together delegation, plan not only on speaking out against the inhumane bill...

  • Guest Voz: Who should decide Puerto Rico’s future political status

    LatinaLista -- As all Latinos know, and some non-Latinos, the term "Latino" or "Hispanic" is merely an umbrella term to lump all Spanish-speakers together. Unfortunately, in lumping Latinos all together, there is an assumption that Latinos are all the same. [caption id="attachment_13071" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Participants gather to listen speakers present at the...

  • Poll reveals New Mexico’s Latinos concerned about health of state’s environment

    LatinaLista -- As the summer of 2011 goes down in the record books as being the summer of the most extreme weather and natural events -- months of consecutive days in the triple digits, unprecedented flooding in the northeast, severe drought in the southwest, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. -- most people understand that...

  • Guest Voz: President Obama puts Latino children at risk with clean air sabotage

    Latina Lista -- President Obama surprised many when he reversed course on stopping the EPA from enforcing tougher smog standards. Environmentalists were outraged and according to today's Guest Voz contributor, Adrianna Quintero, so should be the Latino community. Quintero is an environmental advisor of Voces Verdes, a Latino green coalition. In the...

  • Guest Voz: AT&T and T-Mobile merger — a bad call for Latinos, blacks and low-income

    LatinaLista -- The only time people give a second thought to their mobile phone service is when they don't have service. Well, according to the Center for Media Justice, if the merger of T-Mobile and AT&T is approved a lot more people will give more than a second thought to their phone...

  • Guest Voz: DREAM Act a Win-Win — Good for Immigrant Women and Families and Good for Economy

    LatinaLista -- The battle to get Congress to pass the DREAM Act has been going on for ten years this month. It's surprising that legislation that is such a no-brainer would be challenged every step of the way. Yet, it's not surprising when, on closer examination, we see that it's not the...

  • Guest Voz: Latino debt deepens with out of control payday lending

    LatinaLista -- Hugely disappointing news was released this week regarding just how much the Latino community has suffered from this recession -- a drop of 66 percent in household wealth. For too many Latinos, debt has become a way of life. Not because Latinos are big spenders but more because of economic...