• 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hispanic farmers fight discrimination, litigation still pending

    By Johnny Hernandez La Prensa de San Antonio.- For Modesta Rodriguez Salazar, 65, a longtime farmer from Pearsall, Texas, discrimination is something she and her family know a little too well. In 1952, her father bought a farm in Pearsall from a wealthy physician. Neighbors tried to warn them about what had...

  • American Airlines connects with Latinos through virtual soccer match

    LatinaLista — Quiz: What is the most favorite sport among Latinos? If you said futbol, you were right. Actually, soccer to be more precise. Who doesn't like hearing the familiar "Goooooaaal!" blaring from our television sets during a sweaty match? Devotion to the sport has not gone unnoticed when it comes to...

  • 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...

  • Labor Sec. Hilda Solis puts a new kind of “spin” on Labor Day

    LatinaLista — Labor Day is the last big hurrah before everyone settles down to the old routines of school and work and counting down the days till the next day off -- Thanksgiving! Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis behind the mic at Sirius XM. In fact, Labor Day can be a little,...

  • New NCLR report reveals employers who exploit Latino laborers have little to fear

    LatinaLista — One of the arguments for reforming immigration and recognizing the people who, though living illegally in this country are working, is to bring them out of the shadows where unscrupulous employers take advantage of them on a continual basis. This Labor Day, it's only fitting that we remember those employees...

  • Online classifieds listings selling itself to Spanish-speakers

    LatinaLista — By now, anyone who has ever used classified listings to buy or sell something knows about Craigslist. Yet, with the huge Spanish-speaking readership in the country, it was only a matter of time that a Spanish version would be created -- and it has been! It's called Clasilistados. "Clasilistados" means...

  • Mexican resort chain offers Facebook-only contest for free getaway

    LatinaLista — Summer may be winding down but there's still time for one more getaway with the amigas -- and to get started all you need is a Facebook account. Las Brisas Ixtapa The Mexican chain of fabulous Brisas hotels and resorts is sponsoring a Facebook-only contest aptly dubbed "Brisas, Chicas and...

  • SPECIAL REPORT: As China rises and global economy falters, maquiladoras face uphill battle

    By W.J. HENNIGAN Cronkite News Service NOGALES, Mexico -- It is often said that when the U.S economy sneezes, the Mexican economy catches a cold. But these days, Mexico is more likely to be diagnosed with pneumonia than a case of the sniffles. Mexico's economy has been hammered in recent years due...

  • Spotlight: Mexico decriminalizes small amounts of drugs

    LatinaLista — The Associated Press reports that Mexico has passed a new law that makes it legal for people to be in possession of small amounts of drugs: marijuana - 5 grams (about 4 joints); cocaine - 1/2 a gram (about 4 lines); heroin - 50 milligrams; methamphetamine - 40 milligrams and...

  • Painting a broader picture of Latino talent one artshow at a time

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Veronica Valadez has been recognized as an Emerging Artist of the City of Ventura 2009 Mayor's Arts Awards, but to her this distinction has many meanings... LatinaLista — Art has many faces; one of them is named Veronica Valadez. A Latina visual artist, Aztec dancer, gallery owner, teacher and...

  • Special hotel campaign rewards volunteerism with a free/discount night stay

    LatinaLista — While volunteering is always good for the soul, not to mention the community, it's now also good for a free or discounted night at a posh hotel. Sage Hospitality is the mother company of such fine hotels as Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, various water resorts and over 50 hotels/resorts across the...

  • Phoenix Business Journal article reeks of yellow journalism in making unsubstantiated tie between crime and city’s undocumented population

    LatinaLista — Anyone who subscribes to newspapers knows times are tough in newsrooms, of all sizes, across the country. Loss of advertising revenue means smaller staff, less diversity and the fewer remaining reporters turning out more copy on shorter deadlines. Yet, a balanced news story shouldn't be the sacrificial lamb in this...

  • 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...

  • Wal Mart sponsors essay contest to help get needed supplies to classrooms — but Friday, July 24 is deadline

    LatinaLista — Across the country, summer vacation is winding down for millions of children and school will be back in session in a few short weeks. What has become a common problem is that many schools will be unable to supply their students with all the supplies they need. Taking their cue...

  • Workers without papers are expendable — literally!

    LatinaLista — The headline refers to a disturbing USA Today report recounting how though the overall number of workplace deaths has declined, the death of Hispanic workers on the job has risen. Hispanic construction worker deaths rank the highest among all Hispanic workforce deaths. (Photo source: latinowebcafe.com) While it's easy to lay...

  • Filling a fashion niche with the right fit creates a business always in vogue

    Seeing the growing influence of the Hispanic consumer on the fashion industry, entrepreneur Michelle Sanchez creates a modeling agency catered to representing Latina models.   LatinaLista — In Spanish, "moda" means fashion. To Michelle Sanchez, a 31-year-old Dallas, Texas entrepreneur, there wasn't a more fitting word to include in the name of...

  • News Corp considers Latino consumers nothing more than a genre

    LatinaLista — With the growing popularity of Facebook, the answer to that question would seem like a no-brainer but not so fast. According to a post by Jennifer Martinez at gigaom.com, Latinos actually do prefer MySpace. The blogger cites a study by Quantcast that claims 14 percent of MySpace U.S. users are...

  • Colombia: Competition fosters Human Development

    By Rocio Arango Giraldo LatinaLista Colombia: These days, I have been thinking what is the reason the Technology Park, where I work, has both the Government Secretary's Competitiveness Department and the Agency for Development. I think I know. Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in an event that centered on...

  • Blockbuster partners with Maya Entertainment to carry Latino films

    LatinaLista — In a move that sounds more like a strategic calculation to salvage a hurting business, Blockbuster announced today that they are partnering with Los Angeles-based Maya Entertainment. After Maya Entertainment sponsors a nationwide theatrical series of Latino films at selected theatres across the country beginning July 17 through September 4,...

  • Albany’s public radio station goes Latin Alternative

    LatinaLista — If the names Manu Chao, Café Tacvba and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs sound familiar then you're probably a fan of Latin alternative music. The folks at Albany's public radio station WEXT 97.7 are hedging their bets that there are a lot of Latin alternative music fans and want to reach them...