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  • Guest Voz: Voting is the only way to turn the tide of legislative bigotry and reclaim hard-fought civil rights

    By José Antonio López LatinaLista It took 50 years for U.S. voters to elect our first Black President. The fact is that 1964 (not 1776) represents Year One as the birth of equality for Blacks and other minorities in the U.S. The simple reason is that regardless of the freedom documents signed...

  • Guest Voz: Washington on mission to bring more Latinos into Federal workforce

    By John Berry LatinaLista At the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) we’ve worked steadily with partners across government to build initiatives that will make the Federal workforce more accessible to applicants, and more responsive to emerging, twenty-first century needs. There is more to be done – but I want to be...

  • Guest Voz: A REST STOP ON THE JOURNADA DE MUERTO

    By Claire O'Brien The Secret Lives of Gas Stations YOU ARE HERE: The Dead Man’s Walk. Roughly 50 miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico on Hwy. 40, the arrow on this relatively prominent historic marker makes sure that travelers who stop to pee know where the Camino...

  • Guest Voz: Most U.S. citizens suffer from a severely low Southwest history IQ

    By José Antonio López LatinaLista After reading an article I wrote recently entitled “The Tejano/Tejana Bucket List”, many readers wonder why they had never heard of the people, places, and events I mentioned. As a result, some have already started their “to do” wish list. Still, others lamented correctly that it won’t...

  • Rodolfo Acuña: Supreme Court ruling on SB1070 isn’t a victory like people think

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista The day the Supreme Court handed down its decision on Arizona’s SB 1070, I received about a dozen text messages saying, “We won!” Knowing the history of the Court and dealing with this sort of wrongheaded thinking since the Bakke Case of 1978, I knew that I...

  • Guest Voz: Latino inmate sentenced as juvenile speaks out on Supreme Court’s life without parole for youth

    By Efren Paredes, Jr. LatinaLista (Editor's note: Efren Paredes, Jr. is a Michigan prisoner sentenced to life without parole as a juvenile in 1989. Learn more about Efren) Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion abolishing life without parole (LWOP) sentences for the 2,500 prisoners across the U.S. who were condemned...

  • Rodolfo F. Acuña: The purpose of Chicano Studies was “to liberate students through literacy”

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality...

  • Rodolfo Acuña: Diversity. The illusion of inclusion

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista (Editor's Note: The following is a presentation Prof. Acuña gave at California State University East Bay on May 16, 2012 at its Third Annual Diversity Day.) It is only the second time I have been to California State University East Bay, formerly California State University Hayward. I...

  • Guest Voz: Why do conservative legislators want to turn precinct workers into Homeland Security agents?

    By José Antonio López LatinaLista Voting in Texas during the recent primary election races was one of the easiest and bureaucracy-free civic duties a citizen can experience. You show up at your precinct voting location, a friendly volunteer takes and reviews your registration card, another volunteer confirms your name and address on...

  • Guest Voz: GOP scapegoats immigrants in quest to dismantle environmental laws

    By Scott Nicol LatinaLista Last month the Pew Hispanic Center reported that net migration from Mexico into the United States has dropped to zero, with roughly the same number of Mexican citizens heading south across the border as north. Just...

  • Guest Voz: ‘For Greater Glory’ — Hollywood’s latest ahistorical film

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista Since the trailers appeared “For Greater Glory” – a movie about the Mexican Cristero Movement of the 1920s – I have been receiving emails urging me to take a stand because one of the actors is my student. I have not seen the film and I don’t...

  • Guest Voz: Rodolfo Acuña — Illusion breeds disillusion, especially in politics

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista I recently relented to pressure of a former student to go on Facebook. He persuaded on its usefulness as an organizing tool. Once I got on FB I could see that I could not break my classroom habits and I feared that I would come across as...

  • Guest Voz: Protecting Immigrant Women from Domestic Abuse

    By Norma Espinosa Center for American Progress Over the past few months, the fight to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, has been caught up in the perpetually stifling congressional environment. Passed in 1994 VAWA was intended to improve the criminal justice system by strengthening federal penalties for domestic violence...

  • Guest Voz: Rodolfo F. Acuña — Strength of Latino political core is not built on electing Latino officials

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista The fitness exercise pilates, from my limited understanding of the exercise method, works on the principle of developing “a strong core or center (tones abdominals while strengthening the back), and improving coordination and balance.” The principle fascinates me because it can be applied to almost any endeavor....

  • Guest Voz: Moral Authority, The Supreme Court and La Mordida

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista Direct forms of political control are easy to figure out. For a time, laws and police agencies can keep things together. However, most institutions and societies depend on social control to deceive people into thinking that they live in a democracy. They use processes that socialize them...

  • Guest Voz: Supreme Court Asks Hard Questions at Oral Arguments Over Arizona SB 1070

    By Ben Winograd Immigration Impact Almost two years to the day after Arizona enacted the notorious immigration law known as SB 1070, the Supreme Court heard arguments in what could be the first of many cases over the validity of the measure. Although most critics of the law have focused on its...

  • Guest Voz: Rodolfo Acuña — Museums filter Latino history as much as preserve it

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista Curators defend their institutional efforts toward historical accuracy – and some do make an effort. Yet this reform has been countered by the resurgence of what I call a "Daughters of the American Revolution" mentality. The mission of museums like schools is to keep alive a collective...

  • Guest Voz: Equal Pay Matters for Latinas

    By Vanessa Cárdenas LatinaLista As we observe Equal Pay Day, I cannot help but ponder the discouraging statistics on how much less women make compared to men, especially Latinas. In particular, I look at how the gender wage gap has affected my mom, a single working mother, and myself. When my mom...

  • Guest Voz: New film about the life of Cesar Chavez contradicts his legacy by using non-union actors

    By Lisa Mendoza* LatinaLista (Editor's note: Lisa Mendoza is a pseudonym for the writer's real name who wishes not to be identified.) ‎"We know what unions have done for other people. We have seen it and we have studied and we have cherished the idea of unionism. We have seen the history...

  • Guest Voz: Rodolfo F. Acuña: A History Lesson — Barrio for Sale

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista   Aside from the injustices in Arizona, i.e., the scraping of a highly successful education program, the evident war against Mexicans, and the nullification of the U.S Constitution, I was seduced to the struggle by David A. Morales’ “Three Sonoran” blogs in the Tucson Citizen. [caption id="attachment_17090"...

  • Guest Voz: For New York, passing the DREAM Act recognizes state’s rich immigrant history

    By Vanessa Perez Latina Lista Over 20 years ago, when my friend Ana was brought to this country at the age of three, her Mexican parents were pursuing the American Dream. Today, at 24, Ana is still chasing it. Against all odds, she recently graduated from the City University of New York...

  • Guest Voz: Three Ways the Ryan Budget Hits Latinos

    LatinaLista — In the national debate over our nation's deficit, there are certain undeniable truths — the country is digging itself deeper into debt and something must be done. Both parties have presented their budgets to help the country regain a fiscal footing. With such an important issue impacting people differently based on...

  • Guest Voz: Four Keys to Preventing or Replacing Incarceration of Children

    LatinaLista — Most experts believe that once children enter the juvenile justice system, their hope for a brighter future is diminished, if not erased. Statistics reveal that 75 percent of children who spent time behind bars, or a barbed wire fence, return. Are these children just bad kids who deserve to be...

  • Guest Voz: A Different Kind of March Madness

    By Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (Editor's note: the following remarks were delivered on the House floor the week of March 19) Last Thursday, a different kind of March madness took...

  • 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...