• Tech industry preparing for virtual immigration march on Washington

    LatinaLista — Advocates for immigration reform have steadily expanded beyond the friends, families and clergy of the undocumented who lead those impressive mass marches of 2006 demanding Washington fix a broken immigration system. Nowadays, business owners, in all sectors, have joined in demanding that Congress act sooner rather than later to address...

  • Colombia: Artists targeted for death in Medellín

    By Jhon Capa Infosurhoy.com The murder of 10 rappers since 2007 in Comuna 13 has not silenced the musicians who serve as the community’s social activists. MEDELLÍN, Colombia – When a bullet silences an artist in Medellín’s Comuna 13, the sound of the gun is never louder than the echo of his...

  • Public librarian has little patience for those who say “brown people on covers don’t sell books”

    By Nina Lindsay CBC Diversity (Editor's Note: The following is part of a CBC Diversity series of guest posts marketing and sales of children's books.) I have little patience for: “brown people on covers don’t sell books.” My library’s community is hungry for brown people on the covers of their books. Picture...

  • 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...

  • An open letter from an American expat asking for help for her Mexican neighbor

    LatinaLista — Dr. Jacqueline Mackenzie is a Latina Lista contributor who shares her stories of what it's like for an American living in a small town in Guanajuato, Mexico. This morning, she sent the following email. My Dear Amigos Reading Latina Lista, As an occasional writer for your magazine, you know that...

  • 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...

  • Guatemala: A new kind of shaman carries on with centuries-old traditions adding his own twist

    By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista When David Elron first visited Guatemala in 2001 he was a carefree backpacker from Tel Aviv who thought he’d stay for a couple of weeks and then move on. However, after meeting a shaman in the Guatemalan highland town of Todos Santos, his plans quickly changed. “I ended...

  • Honduras: A Country Crazy for Soccer and its National Team

    By Dave Mills Honduras Weekly February 6th was a typical Wednesday night in the United States. People came home from work, ate dinner and watched the daily news. Kids did their homework in between yawns. There was nothing out of the ordinary. But in Honduras, the day was declared a national holiday....

  • Promoting Healthy Relationships to Prevent Teen Dating Violence and Abuse among Latinos

    SaludToday Hispanic and black high-school students suffer a higher prevalence of dating violence. In honor of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we urge you to check out a new video from Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships. The Start Strong program targets 11- to 14-year-olds in several...

  • Largest Climate Rally in American history marches on Sunday in Washington DC

    By Ronnie Citron-Fink Moms Clean Air Force Forward On Climate Rally ~ Parents, Kids: March With Us Forward On Climate Rally, the largest climate rally in American history, is on Sunday, February 17. Moms Clean Air Force, Climate Parents and thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on...

  • Relatives of Mexico’s Disappeared Continue Fight for Justice With Memorial Museum

    By Mayela Sanchez Global Press Institute More than 500 people disappeared in the 1960s and 1970s during Mexico’s Dirty War between the government and left-wing student and guerilla groups. Their relatives, led by a group of mothers, created a memorial museum as a way to keep the memory of forced disappearances in...

  • Latinos, immigrants, finish STEM at different rates

    By Sara Inés Calderón Más Wired A study from the National Center for Educational Statistics recently looked at the educational attainment of Latino and Asian immigrants, and undergraduates who had immigrant parents. The study compiled data from the 2007-2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. The study, “New Americans in Postsecondary Education,” found...

  • Blog: Compromise on ‘Pathway to Citizenship’ is Short of True Reform

    By Nancy Landa Mundo Citizen We are only a few days away from legislation being introduced to formalize the national conversation on solutions to the immigration issue that the U.S. has unaddressed since the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. Although we are seeing some Republicans now forcibly crossing the...

  • Empowering marginalized Mexican communities via the Paz Paz Bus

    LatinaLista — Three years ago, a collaborative team of Mexican educators, engineers, artists and actors pooled their skills and created a program where they went into rural Mexican communities, lived with the people and taught them basic eco-sustainable practices like how to harvest rainwater and build biodigesters that convert waste into gas....

  • 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....

  • Tucson Schools Ordered to Offer “Culturally Relevant” Courses

    By Katherine Leal Unmuth Latino Ed Beat A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Tucson Unified School District to offer “culturally relevant” courses that reflect the lives and history of Latino and black students. The ruling is part of the district’s desegregation plan, reports the Arizona Daily Star. The decision is significant...

  • Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina and the Mexican Drug Cartels: One Year On

    By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista When Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina first came to power just over a year ago, he promised to govern the country with a mano dura, an iron fist. Guatemala President Otto Pérez Molina After years of Mexican drug cartels muscling their way across...

  • 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)...

  • Your Dreams Matter: Three Steps To The Ultimate Use of The Law of Attraction

    By Susan Orosco 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life Everybody is entitled to realize their dreams. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. But don’t make the mistake of thinking the Law of Attraction is the easy way to accomplish your goals, because it is not. To succeed...

  • Malín Alegría: A Road Map for Bicultural Youth

    By Antonio Gonzalez CBC Diversity Elementary-school-teacher-turned-writer and California native, Malín Alegría (Estrella’s Quinceañera), answers a few questions...

  • Honduras’ Model Cities Law Threatens Maya Ruins at Copán Says Honduran Jurist

    Honduras Weekly Fredín Fúnez of the Association of Jurists for the State of Law warned on Friday that national heritage sites such as the Maya ruins of Copán could be at risk of passing over to the control of foreign interests as a result of the new version of the "Model Cities"...

  • The Best Equal Pay Jobs for Latinas

    By Laura Pereyra NerdScholar NerdScholar analyzes the best and worst women’s jobs for fair pay in light...

  • Guatemala company revs up the adventure for tourists with motorbike tours

    By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista There is something undeniably cool about motorbikes, cobbled streets and rock and roll. Combine all three and you have one of the most exhilarating ways to explore Guatemala’s most popular tourist town: driving through the pueblos of La Antigua, on the back of a trike, with The Rolling...

  • 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...