• Latina director of equal rights organization speaks out on Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart decision

    LatinaLista — The day of reckoning arrived today for the 1.5 million women who were included in a class action lawsuit suing Wal-Mart over sex discrimination charges regarding equal pay and job promotions. The Supreme Court rendered a decision that determined national class claims against Wal-Mart could not go forward but individual...

  • College financial aid not helping low-income students enough

    LatinaLista — When it comes to affording college, it’s just a fact of life that if it wasn’t for financial aid too many students would never realize their career dreams. Yet, a new study shows that the very students who need financial aid the most to attend college are not only being...

  • Low-wage job growth bad thing for Latinos and the nation

    LatinaLista — When it comes to the low-skilled labor market, it’s been immigrant and minority workers who have served as the backbone in those industries. Yet, there was a time when a low-wage job was considered to be a stepping stone to better paying jobs on the way to achieving the proverbial...

  • California Higher Education Bill to Establish a Community College Baccalaureate Pilot Program Clears Committee

    La Prensa San Diego To help meet the demand for more college graduates to help drive California’s economy, Assembly Higher Education Chair Marty Block (AD-78) has authored legislation to look at alternate ways to help students achieve a baccalaureate degree. AB 661 would allow Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and San Mateo County...

  • A day to remember that Latinas and other women still don’t receive equal pay

    LatinaLista — It is no exaggeration to say that women are the backbone of this country. According to the U.S. Census, there are more women in the United States than men — 157.2 million vs. 153.2 million men; more women earn bachelor’s degrees than men — 29.9 million vs. 28.7 million men;...

  • New survey shows Latino families pay higher driving costs for their teen drivers

    LatinaLista — With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon, it’s an understatement to say that people, especially families, are viewing their driving habits differently these days. Yet no matter how bad the economy, a new survey sponsored by Nationwide Insurance shows parents are still willing to make sacrifices just so their...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Helping those in need with the gift of clear vision

    LatinaLista — Good vision is something that people who have it take for granted, and those who don’t have it have learned the importance of a good pair of eyeglasses. The only problem is unless a family has vision included in their health coverage or lives in a state where Medicaid still...

  • Guest Voz: Recession Has Expanded Racial Economic Gap

    By George E. Curry LatinaLista — From 2001 until 2007, George Curry served as editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) News Service in Washington, D.C. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the NNPA and “Beyond the Spin,” a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Before joining the NNPA, Curry was editor-in-chief...

  • Latinos lag behind in learning the ABCs of financial literacy

    LatinaLista.net — Time and time again, Latinos, as a whole, rank consistently low when it comes to financial literacy. Whether it’s creating a household budget, saving money or even knowing how to invest, most of us could benefit with either a few lessons or refresher courses, especially in these times when there...

  • Dairy workers fight to get paid their wages while nation celebrates a legacy yet to be realized for all

    LatinaLista — As the nation held parades in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. yesterday and paid homage to his legacy, it was somewhat ironic that a group of dairy workers are battling for basic rights like getting lunch and water breaks, drinking clean water and getting paid what they’re owed....

  • Latinos and the College Application Process: Mount Everest

    Angelica Perez-Litwin, PhD New Latina   As I am faced again with the college application process, this time with my 16 year old daughter, I am as concerned today about access to higher education and Latinos, as I was 25 years ago. While the social, educational and economic barriers to higher education...

  • Non-profit Spotlight: Families get free help in filling out FAFSA for college-bound students

    LatinaLista.net — It may be the beginning of the New Year but for many families with college-bound students it’s never too early to think about how they’re going to pay for it all. Most families will need to apply for financial aid but filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Veterans undertake 419-mile hike to raise money to help injured comrades

    LatinaLista.net — A former Air Force captain claims that casualties among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans now exceed 500,000 when injuries such as mental illness, diseases and other untraditional type afflictions are included in the count. While military officials may dispute the tally, veterans and active-duty officers know that more and more...

  • Less than half of Hispanic business owners have financial plan in place

    By Angela Covo La Prensa de San Antonio SAN ANTONIO – According to a San Antonio survey about financial planning, less than half of Hispanic business owners have a finan- cial plan in place. Experts say that could spell trouble. A recent survey conducted in partnership with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber...

  • Non-profit Spotlight: Helping single moms attain their college degrees

    LatinaLista — As noted in yesterday’s post, the life of a single parent college student is tough! Trying to juggle limited cash between books and day care is enough to make any sane person go loca. For single mom college students in Phoenix, Arizona, there’s help. Helping Hands for Single Moms provides...

  • New site creates national movement using social media to connect donors with those in need

    LatinaLista — The official countdown to Christmas is underway! For some, or most, it’s the official countdown to holiday debt. But not all gifts have to cost money. Sometimes, it’s just the act of re-gifting that can prove more valuable than something brand new. At least, that’s the hope of a new...

  • More Latino families will go hungry this Thanksgiving

    LatinaLista– Thanksgiving seems to be the one time of the year where people actually remember that there are those who are going hungry in our communities. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 15 percent of American households suffer from “food insecurity.” In real numbers, it adds...

  • Guatemala: A new currency honors the masters of marimba

    By Mayra Beltrán de Daetz LatinaLista GUATEMALA — As almost everyone knows, the official currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal. I would like to do a small review of Guatemala currencies. At the moment, the currency in cents are: one, five, ten, twenty-five, fifty and one quetzal, all in circulation. The coins...

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund creates new initiative to increase college degrees among Latinos

    LatinaLista — When President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize last year, he announced that ten non-profits would share in the $1.4 million cash prize. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) was one of those non-profits. The HSF released the names of their “Obama Scholars” at the organization’s first Education Summit. According to...

  • Nation’s second oldest Latino bank invests in Latino youth with special literacy program

    LatinaLista– Going to the bank has never been on a child’s list of fun things to do, unless it involved lollipops. And even then, lollipops were always the treat for being good after having had to wait in line. Yet, for nine weeks spanning three months, one bank will be the place...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Low-income students learn life-changing lessons in making their dreams come true

    LatinaLista — It is said that a wealth gap exists in the United States that hasn’t been this bad since the Roaring Twenties. What that means is that those who are on the lower end of the economic pole suffer the most. For students, this inequality can mean the difference between succeeding...

  • Minority women more vulnerable victims of husbands who commit “financial infidelity”

    By Ana-Luisa Gallo LatinaLista When — till death do us part — no longer fits the matrimonial equation, you ought to be sure your finances are in order before you walk OUT of the marriage. Experts in the field of family law report an increase in divorces due to a new trend...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Helping low-income job seekers present A Suitable Image

    LatinaLista — The U.S. Labor Department reported that more states posted rising jobless rates than in the previous month. In addition to meaning that there are a lot more people out of work, it also means that there are a lot more people looking for work. In this super competitive environment, first...

  • New bilingual Fannie Mae site helps Latinos know their options before losing home to foreclosure

    LatinaLista — More Latinos, than any other group, have lost their homes to foreclosures. A study released in June 2010 by the Center for Responsible Lending found that Latinos and blacks were marketed much riskier and higher cost mortgage loans that became too expensive to pay when the economy started to tank....

  • USDA Sec. Vilsack still owes an apology and swift action to discriminated Hispanic farmers

    LatinaLista — What happened to Shirley Miller Sherrod and the swiftness of her firing at the hands of her boss Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was an outrage. Yet, what was a bigger outrage was the reason Vilsack gave the press for doing what he did: Vilsack said he had been focused on...