Education expert says Latino parents must create mandate for their children to succeed in school

By Maria de Lourdes Perez Ramírez LatinaLista María and Luis Durán do not speak a word in English nor have a formal education. Yet, the couple who came to the US from El Salvador in 1989 was the critical element in their two children’s educational success. Success that happens because of what Mariela Dabbah, a…

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From immigrant moms to queer mothers, new e-card tool creates Mother’s Day cards for today’s unique families

LatinaLista — The definition of family has not only evolved — as evident by President Obama’s recent declaration about same-sex marriage — but has expanded to include those not usually seen on Hallmark cards. Take for instance mothers. Everyone knows that not all moms are the same but given the lack of variety in choosing…

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New report shows the U.S. still failing new parents in providing protections for paid leave

LatinaLista — Nobody argues that parenting is hard work, and with all due respect to stay-at-home moms, those moms who find themselves having to return to work after giving birth to provide a decent quality of life for themselves and their children all too often suffer more stress and angst than their stay-at-home counterparts. While…

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New survey shows Latina moms online to be tech-savvy and politically aware

LatinaLista — Jobs, education and healthcare — in that order — were ranked the top three important issues by Latina moms online in a new survey released today by the web site Mamiverse. The Mamiverse Study of Online Latina Moms and New Media, done in partnership with the research firm MediaFix, surveyed more than 1,000…

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Over 20,000 Latino children waiting to be adopted as National Adoption Month winds down

LatinaLista — November is National Adoption Month. As of Sept. 2010, according to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report, there were 408,425 children in the foster care system. Latino children comprised over 84,000 who were in the foster care system in 2010; a little over 11,000 were adopted. It’s reported…

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Online exhibit celebrates the voices of mothers from around the world

LatinaLista — It is reported that among the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M. This simple bit of trivia underscores how the experience of motherhood is an uniting force for women everywhere. To showcase the unique perspectives of mothers from around the world, a special advance…

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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…