• A crowning achievement: Sharing the beauty of family and love with troubled young adults

    Winning the title of Mrs. Kentucky International 2010, Elaine Barnes Bateman uses her pageant platform to raise awareness for mentoring and adopting troubled young adults.   LatinaLista — To look at Elaine Barnes Bateman, one can easily see how this petite, pretty Venezuelan-Cuban with the mega-watt smile was crowned Mrs. Kentucky International...

  • Guest Voz: Spread the word, Haiti still needs help

    By Margaret Aguirre LatinaLista — Margaret Aguirre is the Director of Global Communications for the 26-year-old, California-based International Medical Corps (IMC). IMC goes anywhere in the world it's needed to save lives and improve the quality of life through health interventions performed by volunteer doctors and nurses. Ever since January 12, 2010...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Delivering teens the message — “ME NOW…baby later”

    LatinaLista — One of the most urgent problems stalking Latino communities is teen pregnancies. It's always been known that Latina teens contributed disproportionately to the number of teenage pregnancies but the latest study done by the Guttmacher Institute shows that after a decline in the 1990s, teen pregnancy rates increased three percent...

  • 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...

  • Sen. Schumer’s talk with Lou Dobbs on immigration reform does little to inspire hope among Latinos

    LatinaLista — As Latina Lista noted before Obama's State of the Union address, it had been leaked that Obama would mention immigration reform in his speech. "Mention" was the right word since he said nothing new, nothing hopeful, pretty much nada. The message from Obama was perfectly clear in what he didn't...

  • City of Laredo mobilizes for rare south-of-the-border arrival

    LatinaLista — Laredo, Texas is known for being on the frontlines of national security when it comes to border enforcement. The Border Patrol is ever vigilant about who and what gets across our shared border with Mexico. Yet the, technically illegal, arrival of one south-of-the-border visitor has caused such a sensation that...

  • President Obama’s State of the Union Address

    Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For two hundred and twenty years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They have done so during periods...

  • How much longer will the White House tease immigration reform?

    LatinaLista — In reading all the headlines regarding Obama's first State of the Union address, it's easy to see that everyone has their own idea of what Obama should talk about. While some of the topics he will cover have been leaked to the press, like banning the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"...

  • Can’t decide on a Latina-authored book? There’s an app for that!

    LatinaLista — In the mood to read a book authored by a Latina or Latino but just can't seem to find the right one...well -- There's an app for that!! Grand Central Publishing (GCP), formerly Warner Books and a subdivision of the Hachette Book Group USA, created an iTunes app called the...

  • USDA Sec. Vilsack would rather help Afghan farmers than Hispanic farmers here at home

    LatinaLista — One of the most well-documented cases of ongoing discrimination against minorities at the federal level has to do with the case of Hispanic farmers being denied access to farm-credit programs run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). New Mexico farmer Lupe Garcia filed a lawsuit nine years ago...

  • With urban neighborhoods under siege by violence, Student Peace Alliance offers hope

    LatinaLista — Peace. It's more than a word. To some it's an elusive concept, but to others it's an achievable reality. Peace doesn't just mean eradicating wars but eradicating violence, even at the most basic level -- in communities. Some countries understand that to attain long-lasting peace in the 21st Century, resources...

  • Democrats can’t use the tactics of 2008 to reach out to Latino voters in 2010

    LatinaLista — The news that the White House had brought back David Plouffe, Obama's former campaign manager, and the one person largely credited for getting Obama the presidency, had me wondering just what was he going to do to help Obama regain political traction. "He (David Plouffe) brings value added to our...

  • Bilingual gov’t site helps Latinos understand the concept of money managment

    LatinaLista — While headlines tout how Latinos are the hardest hit in this recession, one report show that prior to the economy's downfall, Hispanics had more of a disposable income. According to Latinum Network, while non-Hispanic consumer spending from 2005 to 2008 grew only 2.9%, Hispanic consumer spending increased 6.4% in that...

  • Puerto Rico: The Island answers the call for help from their neighbor Haiti

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios PUERTO RICO -- In two hours, we made $3.3 million dollars.   For the first time in the history of Puerto Rico, the government created a benefit radio-telethon to bring aid and hope to the 8 million people in the Haiti capital of Porto Principe (Port-au-Prince ) after...

  • Online petition sends message to Giumarra Vineyards that sexual harassment and retaliatory practices against farm workers is unacceptable

    LatinaLista — There's no industry in this country probably more dependent on immigrant labor than the agricultural industry. Latinos, both legal and undocumented, make up the bulk of workers who pick this nation's fruits and vegetables. It's the one industry where not much in technological advances has been made regarding the picking...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Servicing Latino children with disabilities

    LatinaLista — According the U.S. Census, 41.2 million people have some level of disability. Having a disability makes getting needed services or specialized equipment or finding just the right information hard enough but when that's compounded with language barriers or cultural stigmas it's a whole lot harder. For Latino families in California,...

  • Supreme Court’s loosening of campaign finance laws may help Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    LatinaLista — Columnist Paul Bedard of U.S. News & World Report lists, in his Washington Whispers column, the 10 Keys for Democrats to Avoid Election Disaster. #4 is immigration reform: Push through immigration reform that will tell Hispanics the party likes them by including elements like amnesty for illegal immigrants. Little chance...

  • Four DREAM Act students create their own Trail of Dreams

    LatinaLista — When it comes to the illegal immigration issue, there is one group that is the most vulnerable -- the children. Coming here at young ages, not choosing this life for themselves, but fully assimilating, as children do, they are the ones who are torn and frustrated because they feel like...

  • Guatemala: A national natural treasure is almost lost because of government indifference

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz   Guatemala -- Lake Atitlan, located in the Department of Solola¡, has one of the most beautiful landscapes found anywhere in Guatemala. Its beauty has been compared with Switzerland's lakes. Along the margins of the lake, there are three imposing volcanos: Atitlan, Toliman and San Pedro. The...

  • Grading Obama’s first year in office proves to be an incomplete review

    LatinaLista — Everywhere we turn in the media today, there are three stories that are dominating the headlines: Rightfully, the Haiti earthquake and the ongoing rescue efforts; Naturally, the Republican victory and what this means for healthcare reform and; Amazingly, a report card review of Obama's first year in office. As part...

  • Latino and black children have highest rates of media usage — and it shows

    LatinaLista — A new national study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds, reinforced what too many Latino and black families already knew -- our children spend way too much time in front of the television, walking around with earplug cords dangling around their...

  • Navajo lawmaker: Regulating native ceremonies held off reservations would protect public

    By YVONNE GONZALEZ Cronkite News Service PHOENIX -- Regulating off-reservation ceremonies that businesses advertise as traditional Native American would help prevent tragedies such as last year's deaths at a Sedona retreat, a state lawmaker said Tuesday. Sen. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels, a member of the Navajo Nation, said the deaths of three...

  • Political poll has it wrong when it comes to MA’s Latino voters

    LatinaLista — In the old voting days, before the 2008 presidential election, Latino voters were hardly ever blamed for the defeat of a party -- but that's the old days. We know that thanks in large part to Latino voters there is now an Obama Administration, and if a new poll is...

  • New report shows marriage isn’t as revered an institution among some communities

    LatinaLista — The quickest way to get people all hot and bothered is to change things. We're seeing it in Washington these days with the healthcare debate. If there could have been a strategy to slowly introduce and implement healthcare reforms, aside from catching people off guard, it wouldn't have caused the...

  • 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...