• Immigration Reform 2013: THE UPDATE for Monday Feb. 25

    By Linda Hartke LIRS.org Immigration reform: Will we see it in 2013? That’s the burning question on everyone’s mind this year. A complicated debate and legislative process lie ahead. Here to decipher the headlines for you every Monday is THE UPDATE, a weekly blog series whose panel of experts will analyze how...

  • Guest Voz: The fight among Latinos over immigration reform shows we are not a community

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) strongly criticized the first draft of President Obama's immigration reform plan saying “It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress… ," predicting that "if actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead...

  • Guest Voz: Today’s American Dream doesn’t separate reality from the dream

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista The National Committee for Protection of Foreign Born Workers was established in 1923 in reaction to the virulent xenophobia of a Republican Congress and President toward immigrant workers, and their right to organize and strike. This campaign resulted in the Immigration Acts of 1921 and in 1924....

  • Guest Voz: Key GOP Congressman’s Immigration Idea Would Create Permanent Underclass Of Workers

    By Igor Volsky ThinkProgress.org Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), a key player in the ongoing House negotiations to advance comprehensive immigration reform, has come out against providing a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, echoing a growing consensus among conservative members. (AP Photo/Jeffrey A. Camarati)...

  • Guest Voz: Addressing Gun Violence and Its Effects on Our Communities of Color

    By Vanessa Cárdenas LatinaLista   The profound tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has renewed a heated debate over gun violence, but the story has been a repetitive one for many communities of color. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) One does not need to be a parent to feel grief, anger,...

  • Guest Voz: Obama administration crafts new DACA rule to exclude more dreamers

    By Bryan Johnson LatinaLista The Obama administration is ostensibly gearing up for comprehensive immigration reform while at the same time acting directly against the interests of immigrants. On January 18, 2013, USCIS updated its “FAQs” on DACA. The FAQs are put into quotes because there is at least one rule change dressed...

  • Guest Voz: Cervical Cancer and Gendered Health Care: What’s Missing From the Conversation

    By Jessica González-Rojas National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Every month, doctors in the United States make another 1000 cervical cancer diagnoses, totaling 12,000 diagnoses every year. This month happens to be Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, presenting us with an opportunity to reflect on this often deadly, and yet almost completely preventable,...

  • Guest Voz: Key Questions for the White House on Immigration Reform

    By B. Loewe National Day Laborer Organizing Network While President Obama has repeatedly pledged to make immigration reform a centerpiece of his next term, not one question was asked of him on this topic by reporters during yesterday's White House press conference. Though the debt ceiling was the issue of the day,...

  • Guest Voz: Remembering valor of Latino soldiers isn’t always easy through eyes of American History

    By Raoul Lowery Contreras LatinaLista Ever heard of Mexican American Marcelino Serna? He was a contemporary of U.S. Army Sergeant Alvin York in France in September, 1918. Private Serna wounded a German who ran away. Serna, also wounded, followed him to an underground bunker. He threw a grenade into the bunker and...

  • Guest Voz: Culture: The good, the bad and the feo — How do we change it?

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista I approach the topic of culture with trepidation. Better minds than mine have written about it; it is also a hot button issue in the Mexican American community. As important as culture is, there is a huge misunderstanding of role that culture plays, and some of us...

  • Guest Voz: As Castro’s regime turns increasingly oppressive, the world’s silence is deafening

    By Alain Castillo LatinaLista Looking into the history of the Cuban revolutionary leader Camilo Cienfuegos, who helped combat the military forces of former Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar in the late 1950s, I was intrigued to discover that in 1959, Cienfuegos became the second face of the revolution behind Fidel Castro...

  • Guest Voz: New Year, New Immigration Rule

    By Ala Amoachi The New Year brings great news, primarily for spouses of U.S. citizens who are residing here in the U.S. Today, Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the posting of a final rule for the provisional waiver process which would benefit certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens....

  • Guest Voz: Latinas with Associates Degrees: 4 steps to a higher salary career

    By Laura Pereyra NerdWallet New study shows high return on investment for associate degree earners going into healthcare industry With the new year right around the corner and with doubts floating about whether higher education is a worthy pursuit due to rising costs, Latinas still see the high value of investing in...

  • Guest Voz: The Unraveling of the Latino Conservative Myth

    By Candace Gibson National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health As we saw in the elections, political pundits were somehow shocked that Latino voters came out to support Democratic candidates. Many think that the Latino community is by nature conservative, but this is far from reality. Who can forget that 75% of Latinos...

  • Guest Voz: Schools remain active accomplices in treating children of color as criminals rather than students

    LatinaLista — Today, the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, headed by Sen. Durbin, held a hearing on ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The School-to-Prison Pipeline is a concept where zero tolerance policies in our schools have resulted in criminalizing the common misbehavior of students...

  • Guest Voz: A Troubling Shortage Of Latino Lawyers not Foreseen to Get Any Better

    By Elaine McArdle LatinaLista People often complain there are too many lawyers in the world, and you may think they have a point. After all, an astonishing 40,000 students graduate from American law schools each year, and there are already well over a million lawyers in the U.S. But whether you believe...

  • Guest Voz: Lincoln and the Questions of Our Lives

    By Jesse Trevino HispanicLatino Are we fitted into the times we are born into? So asks Abraham Lincoln in the new film that should be required viewing for all – more so for modern-day Republicans than anyone else. The Lincoln in Lincoln is the dream of any Democrat or Republican. A nation...

  • Guest Voz: When it comes to the environment, Latinos not the ‘sleeping giants’ Corporate America believes

    By Nayelli Gonzalez LatinaLista (Editor's note: The following is a condensed version of the full report published by Saatchi & Saatchi The Myth of the Sleeping Giant: Why Latinos are the fastest growing segment the sustainability industry has (n)ever seen) When I think of the reasons my dad drives a hybrid, fills...

  • Guest Voz: Independent reports validate AZ’s Mexican American Studies program but who’s reading them?

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista I have been an activist for over fifty years so I can safely say that I have participated in my share of controversies. I remember some that were particularly acrimonious. When I first joined the faculty at San Fernando State College (now California State University at Northridge)...

  • Guest Voz: Push Obama to Expand Deferred Action

    By Bryan Johnson LatinaLista   Barack Obama won re-election. His actions on immigration in his first four years were indefensible and extremely anti-immigrant. Nonetheless, he did do one thing that concretely benefited immigrants: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Now that the election is over, immigration reform advocates must push the Obama...

  • Guest Voces: Some voters confronted host of poll challenges on Election Day

    LatinaLista — Civil Rights advocates knew that some voters would experience problems at the polls when GOP-dominated state legislatures began drafting and passing Voter ID laws. One advocacy group, Election Protection,the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, banded legal experts with trained volunteers to help those voters who found themselves on the...

  • Guest Voz: Latinas Hold the Power and Potential of This Nation’s Future

    By Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (Editor's note: The following column was originally published on RH Reality Check.) I recently celebrated my first anniversary as the executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). It’s been quite a year — I’ve traveled to a dozen states,...

  • Guest Voz: If a Deportee Could Vote

    By Nancy Landa MundoCitizen Over the past few months, I have been on a personal vendetta against President Obama for his broken promise on immigration reform and on the record-setting deportations under his administration. There has been very little proof that the majority of children, youth, and families that have been deported...

  • Guest Voz: Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico shares his thoughts on the election and U.S.-Mexico relations

    LatinaLista — Antonio Garza was the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico under President George W. Bush from 2002-2009. A native Texan and grandson of Mexican immigrants, Ambassador Garza, at the time of his appointment and service was the United States’ youngest Chief of Mission serving abroad. Antonio Garza, former...

  • Texas Democratic Party Chairman calls on Republicans to denounce racist acts targeting Obama supporters

    LatinaLista — It's not easy being a Democrat in Texas. The Lone Star State, known as much for being a Red State as home to father-son presidential duo the Bushes, has always had a strong political rivalry. Yet, this election season, in recent memory, is a little different in that the ferocity...