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Guest Voz: World War II generation of Mexican-Americans made huge strides in civil rights movement

Guest Voz: World War II generation of Mexican-Americans made huge strides in civil rights movement

By Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez LatinaLista For the Mexican-American World War II generation, the call for action arrived at different times: In Corpus Christi, physician Hector P. Garcia, recovering from a serious kidney ailment in 1947, listened to Spanish-language radio as veterans complained they were refused veterans services, and grew incensed. Enough. San Antonio attorney Pete Tijerina


Video: DC celebrates the life, work & influence of Cesar Chavez with special screening of upcoming film

LatinaLista — Cesar Chavez’s life has become legend among generations of Latinos who have grown up learning about his courage in standing up for farm workers’ rights. This month, March 28, his life also becomes a full-length movie. In honor of Chavez’s life and the film, a special discussion and screening was hosted in Washington


Fighting for respect and recognition are battles still being waged by Latino and Native American soldiers

LatinaLista — Thanks to the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, there is greater awareness of the sacrifices, contributions and needs of today’s military veterans. That wasn’t always the case. During the height of racial discrimination in the country, soldiers of color who served weren’t just segregated in their


Newseum exhibit to honor history, legacy and evolution of ethnic media

LatinaLista — The role of ethnic media has never been more noticed, or taken seriously, by legacy and mainstream media than now, in the age of the Internet. The combination of growing populations of people of color, along with, high use of technology have enabled the Internet to be the 21st Century version of the

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One Latina’s quest for identity uncovers mysterious ancestry

By Claire Marie O’Brien LatinaLista There are some American places where history overlaps and becomes so condensed, so close and nearly visible, that each layer is almost like its own separate lens. Lorraine Gomez grew up in such a place. Colorado’s St. Luis Valley is the world’s highest alpine basin, and one of its oldest,