• César E. Chávez Blvd a go

    By Valerie Godines Fitzgerald La Prensa SAN ANTONIO -- City Council members have decided that Durango Boulevard between South Hackberry Street on the east and 36th Street on the west will be renamed César E. Chávez Boulevard -- a decision that has sparked fevered support as well as protest. Council members voted...

  • Maybe the Navy shouldn’t name a ship after Cesar Chavez

    LatinaLista -- The Navy's recent goodwill gesture of offering to name a cargo ship after the iconic Latino civil rights leader Cesar Chavez is drawing fire from some people. It wasn't unexpected. It wasn't unexpected that far right-wingers, for whom Latino surnames are like the scent of blood to feeding sharks, would...

  • Why Should African Americans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

    La Voz de Austin Three Questions: What is Cinco de Mayo? Why do we celebrate it here in the United Status of America? Why should Black Americans celebrate this holiday? In a nutshell, Cinco de Mayo is about an event that took place in Mexico in 1862. On this date, the 5th...

  • Just who owns Cinco de Mayo?

    LatinaLista -- Cinco de Mayo may be rooted in Mexican history -- it commemorates the 1862 underdog victory of the Mexican army's defeat of the well-armed French forces occupying the country -- but it's totally an American-made celebration. In fact it's related to one of the United States most revered moments in...

  • Social media campaign marches on in remembrance of César Chavez

    LatinaLista -- If César Chavez were still alive, he would have been 84-years-old today. Long after his death, his words -- "Si se puede" -- live on; his mission of standing up for Latino farmworkers endures; and his legacy of tapping into the moral conscience of people by organizing them to produce...

  • Braceros — soldiers in the fields

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Amigos805.com VENTURA COUNTY -- The Bracero Program had a profoundly personal impact on the life of Jose Alamillo. His father, grandfather and other family members left their homes in Mexico and joined more than five million other Mexican nationals to work the fields in the United States. Mexican participants...

  • Bolivia: 132 years later feels like yesterday for a nation grieving a war lost and a seaport taken

    By Angie Washington Latina Lista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- How heavy is a grudge? The burden of loss passed down through generations weighs heavy on loyal hearts. At Bolivia's birth as a nation, the people enjoyed a coast line. Trouble arose some 54 years later when that shore was lost during the War...

  • New museum dedicated to Mexican-American experience in S. CA opens first with online portal

    LatinaLista -- While Washington still debates, surveys and sets up exploratory committees on the viability of establishing a national Latino museum, Los Angeles has wasted no time in creating a museum that honors the first Latinos to make a contribution to the City of Angels -- Mexican Americans. LA Plaza de Cultura...

  • Understanding who are today’s veterans

    LatinaLista -- For some people, the first realization that today was Veteran's Day may have been when they went to the post office and found it closed, or tried to cash a check and discovered it was dark at their bank or getting caught up in a traffic jam due to a...

  • Guest Voz: Fallen comrades must not be forgotten on Veteran’s Day

    By Luis Cantu LatinaLista On this Veteran's Day across the nation, while parades marched down the Main Streets of cities and small towns and parties were thrown honoring today's enlisted military personnelI, there were other observances happening as well -- much somber ones in cemeteries. Veterans eulogized their fallen comrades on this...

  • A funeral home’s refusal to bury a Latino soldier is revisited in PBS documentary “The Longoria Affair”

    LatinaLista -- One of the most shameful chapters in modern American history occurred in a small Texas town by the name of Three Rivers. It was in that town, sixty years ago, where the only funeral home refused to hold a wake for the decorated Mexican American soldier Felix Longoria who had...

  • E. TX town’s Latino population growth responsible for local museum receiving one of the nation’s largest Mexican folk art collections

    LatinaLista -- In the laid-back East Texas town of Tyler, total population less than 100,000, there was a strange sign of how even small towns in one of the reddest states in the Union aren't immune to demographic changes. Tyler boasts a Latino population of about 40,000, 20 percent of its population....

  • A haunting we will go

    By Alicia Conde La Prensa de San Antonio SAN ANTONIO -- Hauntings in San Antonio are not limited to the boundaries of the historical Alamo where many defenders and Mexican soldiers died, and they travel far beyond the notorious South Side railroad tracks. Ghosts have little prudence-- they appear anywhere and not...

  • For many on the Navajo Nation, it’s been a long wait for power

    By COLTON SHONE Cronkite Borderlands Initiative LUKACHUKAI - For more than 80 years of his life, William Yazzie didn't know what it was like to flick a switch in his own home and have light flood the room. While others could eat in their living rooms in front of blaring television sets,...

  • Border professor publishes book to show true picture of impact from Juarez violence

    LatinaLista: "I was born in Ciudad Juarez. I have lived here for many years. It is not a city of thugs; it is a city of hospitable people, hardworking men and women able to leave sweat and breathe every day in their workplaces; ordinary persons seeking to provide, through honest means, a...

  • History’s tunnel vision is most apparent on Columbus Day

    LatinaLista -- Winston Churchill got it right when he famously said, "History is written by the victors." That statement has never been more true than on Columbus Day. Far from the idyllic school poem describing Columbus' journey, there has been a growing realization among non-indigenous people that not everything was as sweet...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Utah troupe preserves Latino culture through folkloric dance

    LatinaLista -- There are several words that can be used to define culture: food, traditions or language. In any of these examples, an explanation or translation is a must to be understood. Yet, one of the most popular forms of "culture" that needs no translations and entertains while educating is folkloric dance....

  • New site for Latinas aims to break traditional stereotypes with Latinaology

    LatinaLista -- If there is one thing that Latinas can credit the blogosphere, it's the newfound awareness of who we are, what we are about and where we are going. The first indication of this is when Latinas across the country adopted the moniker "Wise Latina" and created online sites to show...

  • Latinos of different origins get along while striving for success, making an impact and sharing the Big Apple

    LatinaLista -- The evolution of the Latino community in New York City is a vibrant and colorful history that deserves to be known. The only trouble is that the Big Apple's Hispanic community has a rainbow of sub-communities, each with their own histories and traditions. Trying to bring these stories together for...

  • Puerto Rico: At 104, “Millito” Navarro is America’s Outstanding Oldest Male Worker

    By Martha R. Alonso Hernandez LatinaLista Puerto Rico native Emilio Navarro doesn't like to sit still. Even at the age of 104, Navarro starts his daily routine with a session of calisthenics, which he happily demonstrates to visitors. His enthusiasm and zest for life underscore why he has been chosen for a...

  • Filmmaker resurrects 30-year-old film on Cesar Chavez

    LatinaLista -- The phrase "Si se puede" has been used so much in the last couple of years that it has become almost a cliche. Though most know the term originated with Cesar Chavez, most people have forgotten how or why -- until now, thanks to a filmmaker named Rick Tejeda-Flores. In...

  • Remembering Latino Patriots

    LatinaLista -- On Memorial Day, we remember all people who lost their lives in service to our country. Their contributions and sacrifices should be honored and remembered by us all. Yet, due to past prejudices that existed in this country, the complete story of military contributions of Latinos and other soldiers of...

  • Latino groups gear up for final battle with TX State Board of Education

    LatinaLista -- On the heels of Arizona abolishing ethnic studies curriculum for their students, the final phase of the next most controversial action against ethnic contributions to state and national history is about to take place. On Wednesday, May 19, numerous representatives of the Latino community will give testimony in Austin, Texas as to...

  • Guest Voz: Study finds certain college texts largely ignore Latino contributions

    By Drs. Jessica Lavariega-Monforti & Adam McGlynn LatinaLista -- On May 11, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill targeting the teaching of ethnic studies. Under the new law, any school district will lose ten percent of its state financing if it offers classes "designed for students of a particular...

  • Tucson students to create human chain in protest of bill that does away ethnic studies

    LatinaLista -- The furor over the signing of Arizona SB 1070 that allows for the citizenship status of all Latinos to be questioned by the state's police has overshadowed an equally disturbing bill that Arizona Gov. Brewer may be on the verge of signing -- HB 2281. HB 2281 cuts off funding...