• New campaign asks GOOGLE to doodle Cinco de Mayo

    LatinaLista -- Who doesn't like it when the "GOOGLE's CHIEF DOODLER" gets inventive and incorporates the site's logo with a historical person's birthday, event or cultural tradition? In the past ten years since the site first began doodling its logo, GOOGLE has doodled in honor of such notable people/events as Martin Luther...

  • Peru: Holy Week in Peru — a time for religion and recreation

    By Isabel Guerra LatinaLista Peru, a country that has been through 300 years of Spanish Viceroyalty, is still, despite the advances of other religions and cults, a Catholic country. Spanish conquistadores set foot on current Peru's territories in 1532, and imposed Catholicism by force on the native Peruvians, who adopted the Catholic...

  • Guest Voz: Sec. of Labor Solis recognizes Cesar Chavez as a Latino Green Movement pioneer

    LatinaLista -- In remembering the birthday of Cesar Chavez, one of the most famous Latino civil rights activists of the 20th Century, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis reveals in her blog post the role Chavez played as an environmentalist -- the forerunner to the Green Movement. As Secretary Solis points out, Chavez's...

  • Interactive site makes Cesar Chavez come alive for a new generation

    LatinaLista -- March 31 is Cesar Chavez's birthday. He would have been 83 years old. If there is one organization that has come to personify Cesar Chavez, it is the one that he helped found, lead and which still carries his legacy -- United Farm Workers (UFW). Understanding social media better and...

  • Latinos and blacks should be offended and angry over TX State Board of Education’s decision to dismiss minority contributions from school textbooks

    LatinaLista -- Democracy is a dying U.S. ideal -- thanks to the Texas State Board of Education (TSBE). In a vote of 10-5, the board, dominated by social conservatives, preliminarily adopted a new Social Studies and history curriculum that includes replacing the word "democratic" in referring to the form of U.S. government...

  • Mexico strives to live down cartel violence with global Independence celebration

    LatinaLista — With all that is happening in Mexico these days, even the drug cartels can't deter the country from celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence. In fact, Mexico is proceeding with a national celebration that aims to be global in nature. Mexico...One Country, All Nations is the theme for a...

  • Chile preserves its tortured past in new museum dedicated to country’s victims of human rights abuses

    By Pamela Morales LatinaLista SANTIAGO, CHILE -- Some 20 people stood silently in a small, black-walled room staring at a dozen television monitors playing testimonials from torture victims. One woman remembering bleeding from her nose, ears, mouth, vagina and thinking she would die. Another recalling she, her mother and sister were all...

  • First Texas Hispanic DJ earns radio’s top honor

    By Ramon Hernandez La Prensa de San Antonio SAN ANTONIO -- KSAH's Alberto Alegre has the unique distinction of being the only Texas Hispanic disc jockey recognized by a task force of broadcasters as the one radio personality who stands out among his peers. Alegre has earned the title of best "Spanish...

  • Three reasons why Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is relevant to all Americans

    LatinaLista — Depending on which state you live in, today is either the 24th anniversary of observing Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) day or the 10-year anniversary. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it...

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day inspires rememberance and homage

    (The following text is taken from usconstitution.net) In 1950's America, the equality of man envisioned by the Declaration of Independence was far from a reality. People of color -- blacks, Hispanics, Asians -- were discriminated against in many ways, both overt and covert. The 1950's were a turbulent time in America, when...

  • Argentina: Families challenge government corruption in seeking justice for children killed in horrific concert fire

    By Cecilia Mansilla   Five years ago on December 30, 2004, the most cruel, unimaginable tragedy to hit Argentina happened when during a rock concert 194 people died. The case is still on trial. ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires is a rock music capital. People here love the music. Rock and Roll shows are...

  • Latino American Folktales take readers on a journey through history and cultures

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — Latino American Folktales: Stories from The American Mosaic edited by Thomas A. Green is designed to provide educators, students, and general readers with examples of a range of traditional Latino narratives: fictional tales, legends, myths, and personal experience. Moreover, the examples in this anthology represent the cultural...

  • The Latino connection to Pearl Harbor lives on today

    LatinaLista — Today is the 68th anniversary of when Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was bombed by Japanese forces, and which triggered the U.S. entry into World War II. In line with how our nation physically remembers/salutes the loss of American lives in horrific (historic) events in our country, state governors, one after...

  • A quest for religious fulfillment takes readers on a 200-year adventure

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista   Lupe de la Garza is a shopkeeper in a mountain village in Mexico. After seeing a sign from God in the smoke of a fire of the local church, she is on a quest to spread the word inspired by an altarpiece painted by the eighteenth...

  • President proclaims Nov. 9 World Freedom Day

    WORLD FREEDOM DAY, 2009 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   Twenty years ago today, the Wall came down in Berlin and both a country and a continent came together. After thousands of East Berliners flooded through checkpoints into West Berlin, border restrictions dissolved across Eastern Bloc...

  • Dia de los muertos, 3000 years of tradition

    By Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez and Magda Chellet The "Dia de los Muertos" as it has evolved over the centuries is to be regarded as a cultural celebration that is not only indigenous but also exclusive to Mesoamerica, which is the area that spans from central Mexico to the south, including parts...

  • LA gallery celebrates Day of the Dead by honoring Latino veterans

    LatinaLista — If October 31 is Halloween, then November 2 must be All Souls Day or as how most Latinos of Mexican and Central American descent know it -- the Day of the Dead. While to the casual observer, Day of the Dead may seem like a highly creepy way to remember...

  • Argentina: Still mourning the death of folk singer Mercedes Sosa

    By Cecilia Mansilla               ARGENTINA: The death of the "voice of Latin America," Mercedes Sosa, was an Argentinean story. As a result, October 2009 was a really sad month for us. It was when we lost one of our biggest artists.   She was best known...

  • Events strive to connect Latinos with Abraham Lincoln’s legacy

    LatinaLista — 2009 will go down in history as a very momentous year in our nation's history for obvious reasons -- the swearing-in of the nation's first biracial president -- but there's also another reason that has been overshadowed by Obama's presidency and deserves a little more attention. It's the bicentennial --...

  • One failure of Hispanic Heritage Month

    LatinaLista — Another Hispanic Heritage Month has come and gone. There were the usual fiestas and celebrations packed into the last 30 days with enough emphasis on promoting worthy role models that it could be considered a big success. Yet, while it's great to celebrate the heritage, given that the spotlight is...

  • President’s proclamation for Women’s Equality Day

    LatinaLista — Since 1971, every President has issued a proclamation for Women's Equality Day. The day was designated, through legislation by Congresswoman Bella Abzug, to honor the day women were given the right to vote. In fact, the theme of this year's Women's Equality Day is remember Congresswoman Abzug and how the...

  • New public broadcasting initiative to record Latino family stories to include in Library of Congress

    When it comes to sharing stories of family experiences, there isn't a Latino family who hasn't had at one time or another sat mesmerized listening to abuela or tio relive memories that are either funny, sad or scary -- but never boring! LatinaLista — These stories are so good and offer such...

  • Website commemorates 89th anniversary of passage of the 19 Amendment (Women’s right to vote)

    LatinaLista — August 26, 2009 is the 89th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. Otherwise, known as the 19th Amendment. To celebrate this very important democratic milestone in our nation's history, HerStory Scrapbook compiled over 900 links to articles, editorials, and letters in The New York Times Archive for the...

  • Guest Voz: Senate Majority Leader Reid says lack of Republican support can’t take away significance of Sotomayor confirmation

    By Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) In reviewing the biography of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, it quickly becomes clear that she had to overcome many challenges to arrive where she is at today. The last challenge of her professional career was trying to convince Republican senators that she was qualified to be...

  • Laredo, Texas mayor makes Sotomayor’s confirmation a “teachable moment” for the children of his city

    LatinaLista — One Twitterer that I follow posted the understatement of the day: "Did anything happen today?" Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor For millions of Latinos across the country, there was a swelling of collective pride over the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor as the first Latina and third woman to join...