• Guest Voz: Why AP dropped the “illegal” word

    By Eduardo Stanley LatinaLista On April 2, 2013, the Associated Press (AP), perhaps the biggest news agency in the world, announced it would no longer use the word “illegal” when referring to immigrants without legal residence or working permits. The announcement was made by Kathleen Carroll, Vice President and Executive Editor of...

  • Guest Voz: In the political cycle the “young grow old” and forgetfulness sets in

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista Rank and file Democrats are desperate for a turnaround of their political fortunes, and an end of the Robber Baron era -- so much so that they see the recent elections as their deliverance. For them, the last presidential election was a sign that the country is...

  • Guest Voz: The Voting Rights Act Becomes More Vital By the Day

    By Andrew Cohen Brennan Center for Justice The law may sometimes lie in suspended animation — like it is now, today over voting rights — but politics always moves relentlessly ahead. So while the justices of the United States Supreme Court contemplate the fate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,...

  • Guest Voz: The Time is Now for Dreamers: Join the rally April 10

    By Lily Eskelsen LatinaLista Wednesday I will stand on the West Lawn of our nation’s capitol with thousands of others and demand that a dream come true. Congress isn’t Disneyland and I am not wishing on a star for Tinker Bell to wave a magic wand. It’s not that kind of dream....

  • Guest Voz: Amnesia of women’s roles in American history robs next generation to advance further

    By Kamala Lopez LatinaLista As I watched the premiere of Jennifer Lee's excellent new documentary, Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation at the L.A. Women's International Film Festival, I had an unpleasant déjà vu moment. Once again, I was learning about American women's history, my history, through random happenstance. This had happened to...

  • Guest Voz: (Ret.) Ambassador Garza — A Must Do: Immigration Reform

    By Antonio Garza LatinaLista It's been a busy but productive couple of weeks for me. I participated in Rice University's Energy Conference and, for the last couple of days, have been in DC at the Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium, as well as taking part in an off-the-record discussion with the Council...

  • Guest Voz: The death of the Chicana/o Left

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista Prior to 1986, a clear Left voice could be heard on immigration reform. Among its priorities was that there would be no guest worker program, there would be no employer sanctions, there would be a more humane border enforcement policy, and there would be a clear path...

  • Guest Voz: Chavez’s legacy shouldn’t just be about remembering but passing it on to the next generation

    By James Harrington LatinaLista We Americans seem to have the idea that our great leaders have descended from heaven to be among us and guide us. It’s a comforting thought, and one that relieves us of personal responsibility. And the readymade leader was not the case with Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks,...

  • Guest Voz: “Path to Citizenship” — as if the long wait isn’t punishment enough

    By Eduardo Stanley LatinaLista Farm workers harvesting orangesin Fresno county, California(Photo by Eduardo Stanley) FRESNO, California — Congressional representatives in charge of putting together an immigration reform bill are considering a so-called “path to citizenship,” the process by which undocumented immigrants living in the country may become legal...

  • Guest Voz: Making the case for Texas Latinos to not endure second-hand smoke

    By Juan Flores LatinaLista Every day, thousands of Texans’ lives are put in danger as a result of second-hand smoke exposure in the workplace. Texas Latinos, which constitute 41 percent of the state’s population, and 35 percent of the labor force, often work in the food industry where only one third of...

  • Guest Voz: Immigration Reform and Latinos’ new friends

    By Eduardo Stanley LatinaLista FRESNO, California — Now that President Obama has unveiled his plans to overhaul the obsolete immigration law, many former opponents of such an idea are joining the tide, hoping to gain some Latino political support. But is it too late for them? Immigrants’ march,...

  • Guest Voz: Understanding that immigration reform is about them, not us

    By Rodolfo F. Acuña LatinaLista For the past forty years, the most pressing issue for Mexican Americans and other Latinos has been immigration reform. It has dominated our conversations, our agendas, and for the more politically conscious among us, it goes to the core of who we are. Seemingly the Democrats have...

  • Guest Voz: Immigrants Are Coming!”: Is Nativism Driving The Immigration Debate?

    By Axel Caballero Cuéntame Agreed, the window of opportunity is wide open for the passage of substantial immigration reform. Immigration reform is, after all, the next big ticket item. It’s the coveted prize that allegedly holds the key to millions of Latinos nationwide who will soon fall in line with whatever the...

  • Guest Voz: The unnecessary suffering of the ‘lost boys and girls’ of the Americas — in the U.S.

    By Elizabeth Kennedy LatinaLista (Edtor’s Note: The following is a condensed version of the report “Unnecessary Suffering: Potential Unmet Mental Health Needs of Unaccompanied Alien Children” published in the Feb. 2013 issue of JAMA Pediatrics) Mental illness is one of the most prevalent health problems among children worldwide, with displaced children having...

  • Guest Voz: Not Yet Voting Rights Act’s Section 5’s Time To Die

    By Andrew Cohen Brennan Center for Justice The need for the Voting Rights Act will die, and it should die, on the day when Americans can say to one another with a straight face that racial discrimination in voting no longer exists there. Sadly, that day has not come. *** Before the...

  • Guest Voz: Congress must address real roots of immigration

    By Rev. David Beckmann Religion News Service “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” WASHINGTON (RNS) This passage from the Gospel of Matthew inviting us to welcome strangers into our midst could not be...

  • 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...