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Twenty Dallas police officers added language enforcement to their duties

LatinaLista — When news filtered out last week from Dallas, Texas that a rookie police officer had ticketed a woman for not being able to speak English, most people rolled their eyes and thought this was just a case of an overzealous recruit. Come to find out there are about 20 overzealous officers — and

Gingrich behind new bilingual news site The Americano

LatinaLista — With yesterday’s Latina Lista news of the latest Latino defection from the GOP, it’s interesting that today we’re hearing, and seeing, a new bilingual news service dedicated to Latinos. Newt Gingrich What is interesting about this is that the person behind the site is none other than former Speaker of the House Newt

President Obama’s usage of the term “illegal immigrants” is more than just semantics

LatinaLista — Whoever created the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” was just plain dishonest. Obama delivers his push for healthcare reform to a joint session of Congress. No matter how many times we were taught to let insults “roll off our backs” the truth of the

The phrase “Wise Latina” is creating a cottage industry

LatinaLista — Ever since the Republicans chose to ridicule Sotomayor for her usage of the words “wise Latina” in a speech she gave, it has become the battle cry and impetus for countless “wise Latina” groups to be formed, products created and, in this case, a poem. The following poem written by Efren Paredes, Jr.

Hate speech is alive and well on TV — just ask Pat Buchanan

LatinaLista — Accusing someone of hate speech can be a delicate accusation to make unless it is blatantly obvious that the intention is meant to incite people to commit violence against others. Otherwise, it can be viewed as someone’s personal opinion and certainly falls under the category of free speech as protected by the First

Huffington Post wants to speak Español? But is it necessary?

LatinaLista — The Dailyjuez blog site is reporting that editors at Huffington Post are looking into the possibility of creating a Spanish version of the site. (An email to the Huffington Post Press spokesman replied to a Latina Lista inquiry that there were no current plans for a Spanish HuffPost.) “We have been thinking of