• 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...

  • Ex-street racer, Joshua Lozano, inspired by Fast Five franchise hits brakes, finds reform

    El Gato HOUSTON, Texas -- Joshua Lozano's first time at a street race ended with a warning from a police officer and an addiction that would see him sacrifice all his worldly possessions. "It was a summer night in Mexico. My older brother was driving while on his cell getting the latest...

  • Soledad O’Brien — An Afro-Latina by birth and a journalist by choice

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent, shares her life story and behind-the-scenes career experiences in her book "The Next Big Story," co-written with Rose Marie Arce. The book, published by Celebra, begins with her childhood in Smithtown, Long Island (a predominantly white suburb of New York City)...

  • Education study finds low-income Latinos and other students of color hardest hit by rising college costs

    LatinaLista -- It's one thing for students to want to go to college but it's quite another for them to be able to afford it. The dilemma is not new. For years, students short on cash for tuition have resorted to working an outside job to help pay expenses. Now, a new...

  • National food campaign aims to decrease high number of Latinos who go hungry

    LatinaLista -- Going hungry is a real problem in the Latino community. The most recent United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) study (Nov. 2009) available documented that 29.4 percent of Latinos go hungry. Seeing how the price of food has risen since then, it's an educated guess that leads to the natural...

  • Virtual summit empowers women to make an impact on the world

    LatinaLista -- Wherever we look around the world, and even in our own backyards, we see women are taking bolder stands -- running for political office, challenging social injustice or human rights abuses, leading coalitions, communities and governments. Some say the world is on the cusp of a new era that is...

  • New social media campaign covers all the bases in reaching Latino youth

    LatinaLista -- There are two indisputable truths about young people: They are the future and they are the YouTube generation. To young people, filming and posting their own videos -- that they shoot with their smart phones -- is second nature. They don't even think about it twice but a new social...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: A Mother’s Day kickoff for new campaign to End the War on Drugs

    LatinaLista -- Mother's Day is a day usually set aside to celebrate mom but this Mother's Day has a slightly different twist -- it's the kick-off date for a new national campaign entitled "Moms United to End the War on Drugs." The campaign is under the nonprofit A New PATH (Parents for...

  • Special Mother’s Day video makes mom star of her own movie

    LatinaLista -- The countdown to Mother's Day is underway -- it's this Sunday, May 8 -- and the number one question most children are asking themselves is: What am I going to give mom? For those on a tight budget but want a gift that is extra special in showing mom she's...

  • New magazine guides Nuevos Paisanos through the American labyrinth

    By Ytzel Arrunada Borderzine EL PASO -- Mario Fernandez, 45, crossed the border illegally in search of opportunity and a better life, but he found himself here without rights or guidance and countless unanswered questions. But now, a new publication is on their side. The first edition of Nuevos Paisanos is available...

  • Re-introduction of DREAM Act garners applause, hope and deja vu

    LatinaLista -- First came the White House immigration meetings with their star-studded, business powerhouse invitees; then came the policy speech on immigration reform in El Paso yesterday where President Obama repeated to the nation what he's been saying privately at those White House meetings. Now, comes a concrete piece of action that...

  • Guest Voz: ABA President creates commission examining legal issues of interest to Latinos

    LatinaLista -- The lack of diversity is still an issue when it comes to certain professions. One of those professions is the legal profession. It was a deficiency that didn't go unnoticed by the American Bar Association's current president and first Latino to hold that position, Stephen Zack. Mr. Zack noticed how...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Sharing love of Mexican history and culture one dance at a time

    LatinaLista -- With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, no fiesta is complete without two symbols of Mexican culture -- mariachis and folkloric dancers. Swirling bright-colored skirts, whipping braided hair decorated with ribbons while performing quick toe-heel tapping dance steps, folkloric dancers attempt to recreate a little bit of Mexico's cultural...

  • New bilingual family video-chat site creates real-time bridges for Latino families living apart

    LatinaLista -- What happens when the abuelos live in one part of the country and the nietos live in another? Well, it used to mean lots of long-distance phone calls. Then, when webcams were created, it meant precious face-time but the chance to color a picture with the grandchildren or read a...

  • Guest Voz: A once-a-decade opportunity awaits Latinas wanting to run for public office

    LatinaLista -- Not to be sexist but with all the recent gridlock in Congress it's clear that the only solution to a more bipartisan government is to elect more women to political office. A study published in the American Journal of Political Science earlier this year found that women actually rank as...

  • Positive Development Strategies for Disconnected Latino Youth

    MetroLatinoUSA WASHINGTON D.C. -- Latino youth are one of the fastest-growing segments of the population in the United States, poised to fill the workforce gap as millions of baby boomers retire over the next decade. Yet, achieving economic mobility remains out of reach for as much as 42% of Latino youth who...

  • North & South America join forces to promote Infant Immunization Week

    LatinaLista -- Measles, mumps, whooping cough, chicken pox, polio and hepatitis are but a few of the diseases that can strike children in a flash and have deadly or crippling consequences unless parents do one thing -- get their children immunized. Right now, Europe is seeing such a spike in measles cases...

  • Latino students contribute to Hawaii Team competing in 2011 Solar Decathlon

    By Marí Roma Villa, Editor Hawaii Hispanic News HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost effective, energy-efficient, and attractive, from all over the world. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability,...

  • Bilingual book giveaway to award $500 worth of books to lucky elementary school

    LatinaLista -- To be -- bilingual or not to be! It's a question that shouldn't even be asked in this day and age. Thankfully, more and more parents and schools understand how important it is for children to speak both English, and in this case, Spanish. Knowing Spanish isn't just a good...

  • Latest Pew Hispanic analysis reveals a Latino segment civically disenfranchised by choice

    LatinaLista -- The Pew Hispanic Center released a report today analyzing the Latino turnout in the 2010 midterm elections. According to the study, The Latino Electorate in 2010: More Voters, More Non-Voters, there are some marked distinctions among Latino subgroups regarding civic participation. However, the one area of discussion that has always...

  • World Malaria Day reminds the planet that it only takes a net to keep children from dying

    LatinaLista -- It is reported that every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria. In fact, malaria is a leading killer of refugees and children in Africa. This sobering stat is particularly meaningful today on World Malaria Day. Approximately half of the world's population is at risk from malaria, according to the...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Making the world environmentally friendly for kids

    LatinaLista -- Most people understand that there is a link between our health and our environment. There's a reason why people aren't thrilled living in neighborhoods towered over by power lines or living near smoke-spewing plants. The effects can be bad enough on adults but devastating to children's developing bodies and minds....

  • Guest Voz: It is time to challenge environmental racism

    LatinaLista -- Earth Day is one of those global observances meant to unite all of humanity behind a worthy mission. It doesn't get much worthier than realizing that the only home of us all needs to be cared for -- just like the people who inhabit it. Unfortunately, for people of color,...

  • Hispanic Heritage Run sets historic mark with 225 participants

    Juan Miret Hispano de Tulsa TULSA, Oklahoma - This year's five-kilometer Hispanic Heritage Run, held April 16 in downtown Tulsa, attracted 225 runners. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. gave the signal to begin the race, now in its fourth year, at Third Street and Boston Avenue. "It is a great honor to...

  • New site helps makes breast disease understandable to its victims

    LatinaLista -- Breast cancer has one of the highest rates of awareness among women but is still one of the least understood diseases. That realization hit Houston-based Dr. J.B. Askew, Jr., a pathologist specialized in breast pathology, during a Q & A session with attendees at some community classes he was speaking...