• Seventh anniversary of 9-11 should focus on both memorializing and asking the hard questions

    LatinaLista — On this seventh anniversary of the most horrific act of terrorism perpetuated on American soil in modern history, words have been exhausted as to how this country will avenge the murders of almost 3,000 people whose only guilt was being in the right place at the wrong time. After seven...

  • New Mexico grants historical recognition to curanderas’ role in state history

    LatinaLista — If you’ve ever had your feverish body massaged by a raw egg in its shell chances are it was done by a curandera, or your abuelita who learned it from a curandera. Curanderas, or the faith healers, of Mexican communities are well known for their homespun knowledge of folk remedies...

  • Ethnicity or race? Deconstructing the identity of Mexican Americans

    By Sheryl Luna LatinaLista — A review of the history of the Southwest reveals the impact of attitudes and treatment of early Mexican Americans that have evolved to define today’s perceptions of Hispanics. In Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race, (NYU Press 2007) law professor and author Dr. Laura E....

  • Remembering the stories of Hispanic soldiers so they won’t be forgotten

    While proudly recounting his time in the service, retired Major General Freddie Valenzuela challenges the military to promote a new attitude towards recognizing and remembering Hispanic soldiers’ contributions. LatinaLista — Retired Major General Freddie Valenzuela, a decorated 33-year Army veteran and author of the book “No Greater Love: The Lives and Times...

  • PBS gives the green light for new documentary highlighting the historical experience of Latinos in the military

    LatinaLista — Who can forget about the outrage that veteran PBS documentarian Ken Burns created when he left out mention of Latino contributions in his epic World War II film? If it had not been for the organized protest from the Defend the Honor who alerted Latinos far and wide to the...

  • Ret. Maj. Gen. Alfred Valenzuela: A Voice for Forgotten Immigrant Soldiers

    In honor of Memorial Day, Latina Lista shares a special article that appeared last week in an issue of the magazine Diversity, Inc. LatinaLista — As the highest-ranking active-duty Latino officer prior to his retirement in 2004, Maj. Gen. Alfred Valenzuela has spent 33 years serving his country. He has been decorated...

  • Filmmaker of program “Roberto Clemente” urges Latino film community to press PBS to air more shows by or about Latinos

    LatinaLista — This week, PBS aired a program about the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente. The show was part of the PBS series American Experience. Baseball player Roberto Clemente I was planning on blogging about the film but a visit to the web site dedicated to the show can inform...

  • Texas officials to announce the creation of the Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas

    LatinaLista — On Wednesday, April 30, a historic announcement will be made in San Antonio, Texas. At that time, Texas Tejano.com, along with, Texas state officials and San Antonio community leaders, will launch an initiative to create the Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas. It is the first center of its kind in...

  • What do GOOGLE and McCain Have in Common? Both Forgot What Today Is

    LatinaLista — Today, Cesar Chavez would have been 81-years-old. For the majority of Latinos, especially those of Mexican descent, Chavez is our version of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. While schools have been named after the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, he has his own postage stamp, notable dignitaries from...

  • Searching for the Real Pancho Villa

    LatinaLista Who was Pancho Villa? Savior or outlaw? Saint or sinner? One thing is certain. Francisco (Pancho) Villa is synonymous with the Mexican Revolution and a leader whose notoriety crossed borders. Whether he was working the fields as a sharecropper or outsmarting his opponents by placing sombreros in strategic places among the...

  • Historians Agree: Spanish was Language of Choice at First Thanksgiving. So Why Don’t We Know?

    LatinaLista — It’s a chapter in history that historians have known about since 1965 but nobody likes to rock the boat  especially when that boat is the esteemed Mayflower. In 1965, historian Michael Gannon revealed that 56 years before the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock, there was one held at St. Augustine,...

  • Texas Valley Residents Count On Law that Predates U.S.-Mexico Border to Stop Border Fence

    LatinaLista — Throughout the debate over the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, critics have long enjoyed defending their stance by saying that it’s within the “legal rights” of the country to defend its borders. Well, there are some other legal rights that go way back before there ever was...

  • Does Latino Inclusion in Burns’ War Documentary Really Mean “Mission Accomplished?”

    LatinaLista — The war is over! Not that war but the one waged against documentarian Ken Burns by those of us frustrated that he left out any mention of the Latino contribution in his next marathon film for PBS regarding WWII titled The War.

  • The 30th Annivesary of Roots Stirs Thoughts of That it’s Time to Recognize Latino Journeys to this Country

    LatinaLista — This years marks the 30th anniversary of probably the most popular and impactful television mini-series that ever aired — Roots. Then-unknown Levar Burton played the lead character Kunta Kinte http://www2.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif For the first time, the sad history of African-Americans was told in a 12-part format that truly brought home the...

  • Latino School Teacher Makes it His Mission to Remind the Next Generation About Cesar Chavez

    LatinaLista — Though there aren’t many Latino leaders in Washington to emulate these days, it’s time to remember one man who is not only worth remembering and emulating — but celebrating. Cesar Chavez (Source: americaslibrary.gov) I’m talking about Cesar Chavez — the first Latino and labor leader who has been honored with...

  • PBS WWII Documentary “Forgets” about Latino Soldiers

    LatinaLista World War II (1941 -1945) It has been estimated that anywhere from 250,000 to 500,000 Hispanics served in the armed forces during World War II. This represents a range of 2.5 to 5% of all persons who served during the war. Figures are imprecise because, with the exception of Puerto Ricans,...

  • The Legacy of Dr. King is Being Lost Among too Many Young People of Color

    LatinaLista — Today, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior would have been 78 years old. Had he lived, what would he have thought about what’s going on today? Though he would have been somewhat pleased about the strides people of color have made within mainstream society, he most probably would have been disgusted...

  • Why the Battle for Civil Rights and the Fight for the Undocumented are Similar

    LatinaLista — It’s rather ironic that on a day when ground is being broken for the construction of the first memorial on the National Mall to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., that yet another town is passing ordinances to drive out people they deem undesirable. Tonight, in Farmers Branch, Texas, a suburb...