Mid-summer pool safety campaign creates a splash among families

LatinaLista — Since Memorial Day Weekend, over 200 children have either given their parents the scare of their lives or have irreversibly broken their hearts by either drowning or having a near drowning experience in pools and spas. The sad reality is that children drowning is a senseless death if the proper safety precautions are…

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T-shirt company asks Brazil’s World Cup supporters to buy shirts benefitting Brazil’s street kids

LatinaLista — The 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer matches are really starting to heat up as the quarterfinals begin. For fans that means going all-out to show their support. The most popular way for fans to support their teams is by wearing t-shirts sporting the team’s colors. Well, one clothing company is asking Brazilian supporters…

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Spotlight Non-profit: Unique program makes gym membership affordable for low-income women

LatinaLista — One of the surest ways for overweight people to start losing weight is to join a gym. Where else is there ready access to fitness equipment, professional guidance and emotional support? But gym memberships can be costly, especially for the low-income. And unfortunately, it’s the low-income population that has the highest rates of…

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Spotlight Non-profit: Boise Bicycle Project fulfills the dreams of city’s low-income children

LatinaLista — The pride and joy of every child, before they’re old enough to drive, is to have their own bike. Yet for many low-income families that’s a luxury item that just can’t be squeezed into the family budget. For these families lucky enough to live in Boise, Idaho, they don’t have to worry about the…

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Childhood obesity in Latino communities doomed to persist if health programs don’t take a page from public libraries

LatinaLista — The Center for American Progress released a memo today entitled The Significance of Childhood Obesity in Communities of Color. The memo didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know — that Latino and African American children are too fat for their own good. Childhood obesity rates of African Americans and Hispanics increased by…

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College scholarship campaign counts on World Cup soccer goaaals

LatinaLista — According to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), their mission is “a (college) degree in every U.S. Latino household.” But those college degrees costs money — mucho dinero. That’s why the recent announcement from HSF’s longtime partner, Anheuser-Busch, was probably welcome news. For each goal scored during the FIFA World Cup(TM) in South Africa,…

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Life Issues

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    Pediatrician helps Latino parents understand importance of vaccines

    LatinaLista — A new study published in the March issue of JAMA Pediatrics on the December measles outbreak, traced to California’s Disneyland, confirms what was on everyone’s minds — not being vaccinated caused the illness to spread. Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that a perfect storm was created…

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    Latino immigrants most appreciative of their local public libraries

    LatinaLista — With more than 17,000 public libraries and bookmobiles nationwide, serving 96% of the U.S. population, there’s opportunity for most people to visit a library or have access to books and library services. However, a new Pew study found that Latinos, who have used libraries, are the least informed when it comes to knowing…

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    New data shows Latino students’ work paying off on closing the achievement gap

    LatinaLista — It seems Latino students are getting the message that a high school diploma is the first step in having a successful future. The latest findings from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics reveals that Latino students, and other students of color, are improving their graduation rates and narrowing the…

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    Transcript: President Obama’s remarks at 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches

    Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015 It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning 50 years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel,…

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    North Texas activists protest killing of unarmed Mexican immigrant

    By Obed Manuel LatinaLista GRAPEVINE, TX — The Grapevine City Council conference room filled with shouts of “No justice! No peace!” Tuesday night as more than 100 people showed up to protest the officer-involved killing of Ruben Garcia Villalpando. Martha Romero, Villalpando’s wife, sat quietly in the front row of the conference room with her…

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    College advisor pens song advocating educational rights for DREAMers

    By Julie Diaz-Asper LATISM I met Steve Goodman because our kids are in school together. I knew he was an expert on college education and part of the top colleges team. I didn’t know that he was a songwriter who uses songs to advocate on educational issues. Here is the story behind “Let Julio Study”…

Global Views

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    Peru’s beautiful and ancient Vilavilani cave paintings left unprotected

    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week A cave containing some of southern Peru’s most beautiful, ancient paintings is unprotected and hardly known by the public. The Vilavilani cave, located in the Palca district of the region of Tacna in southern Peru houses cave paintings dating back to approximately 7,000 B.C. Archaeologist Jesus Gordillo told El…

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    Want to find your ‘happy place’? Gallup poll says look in Latin America

    LatinaLista — If the economy, Congress or national news headlines have you feeling blue, you might want to jet south of the border to Central or South America. Not so much for the sand and sun, though that would be sure to brighten any mood, but just to feel happier overall! It seems Paraguay, Colombia,…

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    Mexico launches nationwide whistleblower initiative with MéxicoLeaks

    LatinaLista — Mexico, along with many countries in Latin America, is a country whose people routinely suffer from daily acts of impugnity exercised by local police, politicians, corporations, drug cartels, the wealthy, etc. Past attempts to hold some of these perpetrators accountable — by bloggers, students, journalists or parents of missing children — has resulted…

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    Peruvians want to throw trash TV off the airwaves

    LatinaLista — Last month, the streets of Lima swelled with a new protest movement hoping to do away with trash TV in the country and encourage more cultural programming. Begun on Facebook, the “March Against Trash Television” (Marcha Contra La Television Basura) paraded down the streets of Lima, Peru on the night of February 27….

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    New threats challenge Mexico’s Teotihuacán’s chances of retaining splendor for next generation

    LatinaLista — Mexico’s pyramid Teotihuacán is not just a popular tourist destination and iconic symbol of Mexico’s significance in the annals of ancient history but it’s also an archeological treasure living on borrowed time. Located 25 miles northeast of Mexico City, Teotihuacán is a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city renown for its long-standing structures and well-preserverd murals….

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    Infested coffee plants have Peruvian farmers growing more coca leaf

    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week Rust-infected coffee plantations have left farmers in Puno poor and leaning towards growing more and more coca to feed and take care of their families, according to El Comercio. From 2013 to 2014, coffee production saw a 90% drop due to rust damaging crops. El Comercio went to the…