• 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...

  • Guest Voz: Growth of Voter ID laws threaten the democratic right to vote of most vulnerable citizens

    LatinaLista -- Six states have enacted some form of government ID laws, meaning that citizens cannot cast a vote until they show some form of ID. The assumption is that this law should be no big deal. After all, most people have a driver's license or a passport or some form of...

  • Guest Voz: LULAC celebrates 82 years of Latino advocacy with new initiative to combat childhood obesity

    LatinaLista -- The gains made by Latinos since the Civil Rights era have been numerous. They have been achieved in areas such as voting and property rights, access to education and healthcare, etc. None of these gains could have been made without the help and voice of Latino advocacy organizations. The role...

  • Guest Voz: Latino families need more choices of learning programs to see their children succeed in school

    LatinaLista -- Latino youth are not living up to their academic potential. It's an undeniable fact and a bold statement. But it doesn't just place the blame on Latino families, like a recent speech by the President and CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank; it also acknowledges the two-way street that exists...

  • Guest Voz: Social media is the next step in the evolution of human communication

    LatinaLista -- Thursday, June 30, 2011 was the first Social Media Day. Yet, for anyone who uses social media, every day is social media day. For Latinos, that is especially true. While studies show that Latinos lag behind in broadband connections, we more than make up for it with smart phones. And...

  • Guest Voz: It’s time for Latinos to rally to the defense of Head Start

    LatinaLista -- The nation's budget deficit is serious business. Nobody can argue that. Yet, the fact that some in Congress are arguing that the poor and children of color can most afford cuts or eliminations of programs that don't just provide a service but directly impact their fragile quality of life versus...

  • Guest Voz: Sad death of 91-year-old Concha Lopez forces the question: Who should care for Latino elders?

    LatinaLista -- The sad case reported this week of 91-year-old Maria "Concha" Lopez, who died weighing 35 pounds and covered in bed sores while in the care of her 26-year-old great-niece Stephanie Hernandez, highlights a growing problem facing the Latino community -- what do we do with our elderly? It used to...

  • 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...