• 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...

  • CNN’s “Latino in America” is a work in progress

    LatinaLista — Latino in America, the companion book to the televised special of the same name that was broadcast by the cable news network CNN over two nights, is a compilation of stories intended to represent the successes of Latinos. Written by CNN host Soledad O'Brien with Rose Marie Arce, Latino in America,...

  • 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...

  • A teen’s growing pains takes her on a journey of a lifetime

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista Apolonia Flores doesn't much like her name. However, her father takes pride in telling people where her name came from: "It's the girl form of Apollo. He was the god of the sun. Get it? It's my way of calling you a sunflower." Parents! What can a...

  • 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 --...

  • New “webisodio” is all about “Latinas En L.A.”

    LatinaLista — An interesting stat is making the rounds that illustrates that Latinos are seizing the online domain in record numbers. According to comScore Media Metrix, the total number of Latinos online grew by 10 percent in August 2009. But what do percentages mean? In this case, it means Latinos now stand...

  • New bilingual initiative combats unintended pregnancies with radio soap drama

    LatinaLista — Teenage pregnancy. Unintended pregnancy. The two have become interchangeable to mean the same thing but while teen pregnancy among young Latinas has always been a concern,no one ever thinks unintended pregnancy matters to those women 18-30. Well, especially in these times, it sure does. There are some people in Iowa...

  • One father’s reconnection with his family proves to be a tortuous exercise

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — You know all those stories that end with "They lived happily ever after?" Gringolandia begins after the "ever after." Lyn Miller-Lachmann researched and wrote a heartfelt story about a man named Marcelo, who as a political prisoner in Chile endured a life of torture for many...

  • 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...

  • Budget cuts taking Gwinnett County library branches out of Latino communities

    LatinaLista — Gwinnett County, Georgia is home to one of the state's largest Latino communities. It's also home to some of the most stringent county budget cuts being exercised in these recessionary times. The most drastic budget cuts are being applied to the county's library system. It seems the Gwinnett County Library...

  • The unsolved deaths of the women in Juarez live on in song and art

    LatinaLista — It is said that music is timeless. Unfortunately, some heartbreaking crimes are also timeless as long as they remain unsolved. Join the two together -- music and an unsolved crime and the results are lyrics that are haunting, memorable and serve as the voice of the victims. That's the case...

  • National Latino Cookbook to help raise money to service battered families

    LatinaLista — It's no coincidence that the kitchen or la cocina is the heart of most homes and the one room that draws families together. So it makes perfect sense that an organization that helps battered families heal would create a fundraising project that brings families together in the kitchen to cook...

  • Free movie tickets for screening of new film From Mexico with Love

    LatinaLista — Among those in the Latino community who toil and sweat doing backbreaking work with very little recognition, appreciation or hope that their lives will improve are the migrant farmers. Lately, we've heard a couple of success stories of former migrant laborers going on to unbelievable achievements -- Jose Hernandez, the...

  • Banned Book Week encourages the fight against literary censorship

    LatinaLista — What do the books "Bless Me, Ultima," "The Golden Compass," "The Kite Runner," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows," "Beloved" and the series "Gossip Girl" have in common? They are just a few of the hundreds of titles that have been banned by schools and school districts across the country....

  • 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...

  • New film chronicling impact of state-sponsored immigration laws urgently needs help to finish before deadline

    LatinaLista — When it comes to state mandated immigration enforcement, two states that top the list of literally trying to drive out undocumented immigrants, and make Latino residents uncomfortable, are Arizona and Oklahoma. What's happening in Arizona is more widely known courtesy of Sheriff Joe Arpaio but little is really known about...

  • The “We Won’t Wait for Peace” Virtual Film Festival marks International Day of Peace

    LatinaLista — Today is International Day of Peace. It is a day dedicated to a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. This year's call, as asked by the UN Secretary-General, is for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Unfortunately, such a call can only be responded to by the governments of the world. However,...

  • President Obama celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Congressional Hispanic Caucus gala

    One thing about Hispanic Heritage Month is the obscene number of parties and events crammed into 30 days. Wherever we turn, there is another party honoring Hispanic Heritage Month -- especially in Washington!

    It seems there was a big Washington gala last night sponsored...

  • 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...

  • In the name of Dios: Mormon missionaries bring urban Hispanics, Catholics into the church

    By Kate Shellnutt News21 Traditional greetings--"buenos dias" and smacking kisses, one on each cheek--sound out over the organ music 22-year-old missionary Charisse Horn plays at a Sunday morning service in Logan Square. A year ago, she'd never spoken a word of Spanish. Now, as one of about 35 Spanish-speaking missionaries in Chicago,...

  • 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...

  • Study shows food stamps an unhealthy influence on women’s nutrition

    LatinaLista — We know we're a nation of gordos (fatties). And most of us are willing to take personal responsibility for the poor lifestyle choices we've made that have gotten us to the point where we tip the scales. Yet a new study shows that some women had no choice but to...

  • Painting a broader picture of Latino talent one artshow at a time

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Veronica Valadez has been recognized as an Emerging Artist of the City of Ventura 2009 Mayor's Arts Awards, but to her this distinction has many meanings... LatinaLista — Art has many faces; one of them is named Veronica Valadez. A Latina visual artist, Aztec dancer, gallery owner, teacher and...

  • 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...