• One blogger’s idea to get companies to change course on offshore jobs

    LatinaLista -- A lot of people, bloggers in particular, have ideas on how to bring jobs back into the U.S. economy. One blogger and Latina Lista friend, Dee of Immigration Talk with a Mexican American proposes that jobs that are outsourced be brought back to the United States. While the idea is...

  • New report reveals Latinos and African Americans losing homes to foreclosures at even higher rates

    LatinaLista -- Home ownership has long been considered the heart of the "American Dream." Not just for immigrants but native born Americans as well. However, these days talk of that aspect of the American Dream for Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans and Asians is like talking about the existence of unicorns --...

  • Most eligible Latino students at community colleges don’t know they qualify to receive financial aid

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to Latino students opting to go to college versus going straight to work out of high school or enlisting into the military, the deciding factor, too many times, is money. It's because of money, or more precisely the lack of it, that the vast, vast majority (55%)...

  • 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)...

  • New bilingual college-help website provides tools and info to help Latino families

    LatinaLista -- One of the times that families really need to come together is when it's time for children to go to college. Going to college is a family affair. Yet for many Latino families, college is still unchartered territory. Statistics show that when it comes to Bachelor's degrees, only 13 percent...

  • Puerto Rico: Student strike indefinitely closes University of Puerto Rico campus

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista     SAN JUAN -- Pepper gas, pushes and shoves were today´s dawn prescription for campus guards and students at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. What began as a peaceful 48-hour strike became a confrontation between administrative forces and civil resistance at 5:50...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: One little girl’s needless death inspired a community to create equal access to healthcare

    LatinaLista -- In 1975, a six-year-old girl named Virginia Garcia cut her foot in Oregon, where the girl's farmworker family had come from their home in Mission, Texas to harvest the local produce. Speaking little English and having no health insurance, Virginia's family didn't immediately take her to the doctor. An infection...

  • Two Anglo journalists seek donations to finish story about life with a MacArthur Park Mexican family

    LatinaLista -- What happens when two Anglo female journalists move in with a Mexican family living in Los Angeles' MacArthur Park area? It's a developing story that these two journalists, Devin Browne and Kara Mears, have titled "The Entryway." Their hope is that their experiences will intrigue, inspire and invoke public donations...

  • American Express’ Members Project reaches out to Latino causes

    LatinaLista -- Corporate social responsibility is a trend gaining momentum. The idea of businesses giving back to the community has always existed but, these days, it's being taken to a new level. For example, last year, Puerto Rico's Doral Bank collaborated with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the mobile...

  • Actor Edward James Olmos spearheads donations request to help “Stand and Deliver” teacher Jaime Escalante

    LatinaLista If we were to name the top five all-time family favorite Latino films, a list might include: La Bamba, Real Women Have Curves, Mi Familia, Selena and -- Stand and Deliver. Who could forget the teacher Jaime Escalante, played by Edward James Olmos, who inspired a classroom full of East LA...

  • New site provides a wealth of information about credit cards

    LatinaLista On Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, otherwise known as the Credit CARD Act, went into effect. It's supposed to protect credit card users from such actions as credit card companies suddenly increasing interest rates or changing fee amounts or any action that puts the...

  • Online site aims to break the cycle of financial illiteracy among young Latinos

    LatinaLista — Financial literacy is an issue that is increasing in importance among the Latino community as the economy still teeters, jobs are still lost and people are still losing their homes. For too long, Latinos, and those who speak a language other than English, have been considered fair game by unscrupulous...

  • Housing sub-contractor calls police on undocumented worker who demanded rightful wages

    LatinaLista — One of the biggest fears and complaints from those who advocate for undocumented workers is employer exploitation. There are countless stories of unscrupulous employers who knowingly exploit their undocumented workers by not paying them wages owed to them. The most common scenario is that when an undocumented worker starts to...

  • Unsettled case of Hispanic farmers underscores lack of DC Latino leadership and concern from Obama

    LatinaLista After ten years, tomorrow should have been the day of reckoning at the Supreme Court for a group of Hispanic farmers who filed a lawsuit against the USDA for systematically denying them needed loans and credits to sustain their farms, while granting those same loans to white farmers. Though the Supreme...

  • New report shows unemployment rate highest in 25 years for single female households

    LatinaLista — The Institute for Women's Policy Research released a report this week underscoring the inequality of the labor force when it comes to men and women. Aside from pay differences that still exist between the sexes, we now see that even the media tends to focus more on male job losses...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • New website helps families understand the new tax credits that will “put money in their pockets”

    LatinaLista — Though "Tax Day" isn't for a couple of months, most families are already eagerly waiting for that W-2 form to arrive in the mail so they can cash in on what the government owes them -- especially during these unpredictable times. Yet, chances are a lot of families don't realize...

  • Latino community gets only 3% of foundation and corporate dollars

    LatinaLista — The Latino population may be increasing, and it's a fact that it is, but one particular area where there is a sore lack of Hispanic representation is on corporate boards and among senior corporate management. The 2009 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index published by the Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility (HACR),...

  • Students sell tamales to give a little Christmas cheer to cancer-stricken family

    LatinaLista — Though cancer is a non-discriminating disease, one Latino family in Idaho has every right to feel that cancer is harshly discriminating against them. The Garcia family of the Hailey-area of Idaho has been stricken with cancer. Last year, the mother of the family died from it. Today, two of the...

  • Spotlight: Young DC professionals band together to give hope to college-bound immigrant students

    LatinaLista — College education costs are rising so quickly and steeply that a lot of students are losing hope that they will ever achieve their dream. For low-income immigrant students, both legal and undocumented, that hope to achieve a college education is even slimmer -- until The Esperanza Education Fund. Founded only...

  • New report shows financial industry has not done enough to meet the needs of low-income

    LatinaLista — Today the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released the 2009 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households. The report found that people who make less than $30,000, along with, blacks, Native Americans and Latinos are the four groups to be the ones who most likely don't have a bank...

  • Credit card companies build reward programs from the pocketbooks of low-income, non-card holding minorities

    LatinaLista — A new report by the Hispanic Institute has uncovered an alarming practice by credit card and debit companies and banks that result in basically stealing money from the poor to reward the wealthy. Trickle-Up Wealth Transfer: Cross-subsidization in the payment card market is a long and complicated name for a...