• The Latino Family Gift Guide offers proud assortment of holiday items

    LatinaLista — Many of us are still trying to finalize Thanksgiving plans but we all know that Christmas is just around the next corner. Though we know the economy has not been kind to most of us, it doesn't lessen the expectation for gifts under the tree. But where do we get...

  • In these times, cities need to do more to help day laborers

    LatinaLista — Though 80% of economists are saying the recession is over, for the thousands of people out of work that declaration is nothing more than wishful thinking. Since layoffs began, we saw people with college degrees and professional careers band together in designated meeting spaces every morning to hear motivational keep-your-chin-up...

  • One company’s quest to wash out poverty has a sweet smelling business plan

    LatinaLista — Though most on Wall Street are still conducting business like there was never a recession, there are some creative entrepreneurs who see that there's no turning back the clock to do business as before. In fact, these entrepreneurs are turning the traditional business model on its head. One such pair...

  • AARP targets young adults with new site to teach money basics

    LatinaLista — Think AARP, and well, young people certainly don't come to mind. But a new AARP initiative wants to change that. The non-profit organization dedicated to the 50+ crowd wants to help 18-34-year-olds better manage their money and savings now, so that the "golden years" remain golden for them and their...

  • Credit card companies’ tactics remind consumers of color of subprime mortgage fiasco – in reverse

    LatinaLista — Credit cards. Can't live with the interest rates and can't live without the convenience of fast cash -- what's a person to do? Well, too many families, especially Latinos, are finding they have no choice but to use their credit cards to survive these uneasy times. Unfortunately, usage is rising,...

  • The case of two Latino brothers in Shelby County jail on capital murder charges leaves unanswered questions

    LatinaLista — The jury is still out on the CNN "Latino in America" program but from the first night's show, it won't be surprising if people unfamiliar with Latinos and the inherent pride we feel for our culture will walk away with a negative impression. For some reason, media when dealing with...

  • New report finds women’s growing numbers are changing the country

    LatinaLista — It's funny how things we know to be true don't become official until somebody puts it in writing. Take for instance the latest report on the status of women in the workforce. The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything by California's First Lady Maria Shriver and the Center for...

  • 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...

  • Micro Lending Assistance Program Luncheon

    Text and photos by Gabriel Cervera Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) and ACCION Texas, launched the MATT Micro-lending Assistance Program, both organizations jointly created this program to help individuals establish their new small enterprise.   Secretary of the State of Texas Hope Andrade was a special guest at the event. She...

  • Nogales-area businesses banding together to bring customers back

    By CHRISTINE ROGEL Cronkite News Service NOGALES -- Gael Sylvia Pullen said her McDonald's franchise a five-minute walk from the pedestrian port of entry here is doing pretty well, all things considered. But she only needs to look down the road, where a Wendy's, Sonic and Hometown Buffet have gone out of...

  • Texas Education Sec. wants state’s businesses not to hire dropouts. A crazy idea worth considering

    LatinaLista — When it comes to finishing high school, it's been long known that Latino students have dismal success rates. In 2007, the most recent year for available statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics, it was found that Hispanic students had a 21 percent dropout rate versus 8.4 percent for...

  • An unforeseen consequence of recession — fewer people of color being hired

    LatinaLista — This week's Newsweek magazine cover story proclaims what everyone has been waiting for -- the recession is over! Of course, such a proclamation is being dissected all across the blogosphere and on talk radio but the author of the article says the determination to call the recession is actually based...

  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists makes unprecedented plea for help to keep org alive

    LatinaLista — Though there's some positive news about how the end is in sight for the recession, unfortunately, it's coming too late to some organizations who have seen their membership dwindle, along with, money that keeps the organization going. One of these suffering organizations is the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)....

  • Northwest Vista College Receives $1 Million in Grant Money

    Grant to Help At-Risk Girls in Math, Science La Prensa San Antonio.- Alamo Colleges-Northwest Vista College was one of just 13 groups to receive a prestigious four-year grant to help high school girls gain higher proficiency in math and science. NVC, the only grant recipient in the state of Texas, will receive...

  • World Day Against Child Labor: Mexican Foreign Ministry releases report detailing Mexican children traveling to US alone are looking for work

    LatinaLista — Today, the global community observes World Day Against Child Labour. Begun in 2002 by the International Labor Organization, this year's theme is "Give Girls a Chance -- End Child Labor." According to ILO estimates, of the 218 million child laborers worldwide, 100 million are girls. More than half of those...

  • Hispanic farmers struggling to survive against USDA-sanctioned discrimination and institutionalized racism

    LatinaLista — The life of a farmer has always been known to be a hard life. Throw in global warming, drought and a poor economy and a farmer's life can teeter on financial ruin -- if it weren't for special farm credit and non-credit farm benefit programs to help farmers during rough...

  • New organization targets help for Millenials in tough economy

    LatinaLista — There are 80 million Millenials in the United States. What's a Millenial? Well, it's another name for the Gen Y group. It's those young people born roughly in the mid 80's to early 90s who are now finding themselves either as high school or college graduates. Yet, unlike those who...

  • Peso exchange rate hurting Arizona’s border businesses

    By CAROLINA MADRID Cronkite News Service DOUGLAS _ G.T. Bohmfalk remembers the days when shoppers flooded in from Mexico to buy from his western wear and saddle shop and from other merchants along G Avenue in this border community. But business is worse than he’s seen since he began running the family-owned...

  • Mexico City: Virus health scare triggers newfound economic opportunities

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon LatinaLista It seems that the health emergency in Mexico City is totally under control since no new deaths have been reported, and infected people are being treated. Apparently everything has returned to normality: Public places such as restaurants, theaters, bars, clubs, gyms, and offices reopened their doors last week...

  • Veteran job search author now offers his advice for free as an eBook

    LatinaLista — As of March 2009, 13.2 million people were out of work. Economists are predicting that the employment picture will only get worse. That translates into a lot of people applying for the same few jobs. There have always been books and guides to help people navigate the unemployment lines but...

  • New contest for college prize money doesn’t require a transcript — just a video camera

    LatinaLista — No need to rehash the fact that going to college is as expensive as ever. Now, with the new guidelines that says everyone who gets a Sallie Mae loan will have to pay the monthly interest on the loan — while they're in school, every penny is going to count...

  • On border, worried residents eager for federal security dollars

    By JONATHAN J. COOPER Cronkite News Service NOGALES (Wednesday, March 25) _ Cristina Vasquez moved across the border to protect her children from rising violence in Mexico. She didn’t anticipate that the fighting would follow her to Arizona. Her four children, who range in age from 4 to 11, are frightened to...

  • New study finds wage differences between Mexican immigrants and undocumented Mexican immigrants

    LatinaLista — The authors of a new study have found that if there is a choice for Mexican immigrants to either choose California or Texas as their final destination, they're better off choosing Texas. The authors of Cost of Being a Mexican Immigrant and Being a Mexican Non-Citizen in California and Texas,...

  • First Multicultural Women’s Leadership Conference aims to fill leadership gap

    LatinaLista — Multiculturals — the new IT term instead of "minorities” are gaining in force and presence across the country. With the Commander-in-Chief, a multicultural himself, it makes sense that the multicultural community would want to explore ways to fill the existing leadership gap that exists in towns, cities and nationally. For...

  • Specialized scholarship for advertising, PR and marketing targets students of color

    LatinaLista — The fields of advertising, marketing and public relations still woefully lack the kind of diversity these fields need, especially in light of the fact that various ethnic groups comprise the targeted consumer groups most wanted by advertisers. One scholarship foundation realized this diversity imbalance back in 1998 and since then...