• New report shows life expectancy falling for women in the United States

    LatinaLista -- A new report about life expectancies of Americans reveals a deeply disturbing picture, especially for women. Women are now, overall, worse off than men in the number of years they can expect to live and for those who live in North Texas, the Deep South and Appalachia, the prospect of...

  • Community urged to call in to fight Oxnard redistricting that negatively impacts Latino voters

    Amigos805.com OXNARD, CA -- Oxnard residents are being urged to call the California Redistricting Commission to voice their opposition to a proposal that would split Oxnard into two Assembly Districts. Half of Oxnard's residents, as well as Santa Paula and Fillmore, would be split and go into Simi Valley's 37th Assembly District,...

  • For Latino, Asian and Black millennials, nation is far from a colorblind society

    LatinaLista -- A new report titled "Don't Call Them Post-Racial -- Millennials' Attitudes on Race, Racism and Key Systems in our Society" throws out the hopeful assumption that the nation has evolved into a colorblind society. The research shows that Millennials, ages 18-30, are cognizant that race seems to still matter in...

  • Alabama’s passage of most cruel anti-immigrant law harkens back to state’s racist past

    LatinaLista -- According to Merriam-Webster, the word "reform" has these three top meanings: 1a : to put or change into an improved form or condition 1b : to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses 2: to put an end to (an evil) by enforcing or...

  • Bolivia: Improving the Race

    By Angie Washington LatinaLista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- One arm balanced my chubby baby on my hip. The other flagged down a taxi. I crawled in and adjusted my cooing bundle on my lap. The taxi driver started in with the usual round of questions that most Bolivians have for this blue-eyed lady....

  • New site spreads message “Muslims are our fellow Americans”

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to being feared, insulted or ignored based on who you physically are as a person, a lot of Latinos know what that feels like. Another group who knows equally well how it feels is Muslim Americans. Take what happened last month: On May 6, five days after...

  • New manual shows suburban teachers that “race matters”

    LatinaLista -- Who would have thought that educators needed a manual on how to teach children? Well, it seems suburban educators, who are seeing their classrooms become more diversified over the last few years, could use a little guidance -- and they got it. The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles wrote a...

  • Obama’s election forces a new national dialogue on “multiculturals”

    LatinaLista — The election of Barack Obama forces the country to look at people of color and ethnicity in a new light and to begin a new conversation about dropping old labels and adopting new ones. Barack Obama’s White House win signals more than just a break from “old politics.” It is...

  • Conservatives who blame minorities for economic meltdown should get their facts straight

    LatinaLista — Now that the House of Representatives has signed off on the $700 billion rescue/bailout plan, people are breathing a sigh of relief that credit will finally start loosening up to get those car and college loans. They're also doing what should have been done a long time ago — looking...

  • It’s time to end the honeymoon with gender and race and reclaim this election

    LatinaLista — The word is that, after being distracted by the "Palin Effect," the Obama campaign is back on track to focus on what this election is all about the issues. The candidates who really matter in November. (Source: ABC news) However, after reading comments on Latina Lista and several other blogs,...

  • The morning after Obama’s speech: Gone is the day when politics is business as usual

    LatinaLista — It's an understatement to say that Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night for the Democratic nomination was a success. Barack Obama delivering his acceptance speech at Denver's Invesco Field. (Source: NYTimes) But it wasn't a success because of the historic speech he delivered or the line-up of speakers that preceded...

  • CDC explains why Puerto Ricans left out of major report documenting HIV incidence among U.S. Latino population

    LatinaLista — This past weekend at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the much anticipated report, Estimation of HIV Incidence in the United States. One group that was anxiously awaiting the release of this report was the Latino Commission on AIDS. Given the rising...

  • McCain’s reversal on affirmative action counters retired Latino general’s claim that officer ranks aren’t sufficiently diverse

    LatinaLista — Running for the presidency of the United States can make a person do some weird stuff like changing positions on an issue which at one time was considered the right thing to do and suddenly is considered to be too sympathetic to a constituency under attack. The latest example of...

  • Report on “Artists in the Workforce” show writing profession for under-35 to be 80% white

    LatinaLista — If you've been trying to stay cool this summer by catching up on your reading with a visit to your neighborhood book store or library, you might have wondered why aren't there more titles by talented Latina/o writers. Well, a little-noticed report released last month, "Artists in the Workforce 1990-2005"...

  • New poll searching for racial bias in America reveals subtle feelings run deep on both sides of the questions

    LatinaLista — As much as some of us would like to think that this election is all about the issues, there's no denying that a major issue for a lot of voters boils down to black versus white. In fact, the issue has become such a hot topic that there are reports...

  • Texas border town repeals ordinance that divided residents into Americans and “Spanish”

    LatinaLista — An interesting story from Texas' Rio Grande Valley surfaced today. It seems that in 1931 there was an ordinance created in Edcouch, Texas that divided the city into two sides: the American side and the Spanish side. Border town, Edcouch, Texas' water tower at sunset. (Source: kenanderson.net) For anyone of...

  • Tancredo’s Remarks Cross the “Line” in Insulting Texas Rio Grande Valley Residents

    LatinaLista — There's something inherently wrong when an elected government official insults fellow citizens, regardless of his stand on any issue. By virtue of his political office and power, an elected official should exercise diplomacy when speaking in public. Yet, time and time again, we've seen politicians in states like Arizona, Oklahoma...

  • Pennsylvania Primary Provides New Litmus Test for Racism

    LatinaLista — A common denial heard a lot these days is I'm not racist! Whether it's CNN's Lou Dobbs or Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio or every other supporter of punitive measures targeting undocumented immigrants, the denial is the first argument used to provide credibility to an already weak justification — the rule of...

  • Filmmaker of program “Roberto Clemente” urges Latino film community to press PBS to air more shows by or about Latinos

    LatinaLista — This week, PBS aired a program about the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente. The show was part of the PBS series American Experience. Baseball player Roberto Clemente I was planning on blogging about the film but a visit to the web site dedicated to the show can inform...

  • Guest Voz: Racial Hatred is Alive and Well

    By Cecilia Muñoz LatinaLista Cecilia Muñoz is senior vice president of research, advocacy and legislation for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). As such, she monitors developments across the country resulting from the enforcement/enactment of federal policies as they relate to the greater Latino community. In the following piece, Muñoz talks...

  • Texas Indigenous Group Pleads for Help from Assault by Homeland Security

    LatinaLista — When the term indigenous is used, first thoughts travel to foreign countries. For some reason, indigenous is equated to people who are of low education, speak in their own tongue, dress differently from the mainstream, live in poverty — far away. Rarely does the average person think of an indigenous...

  • New Pew Research Reveals White Disconnect with Minority Issues

    LatinaLista — A new NPR-Pew Research survey, Blacks See Widening Values Gap Between Poor and Middle Class, has a lot of interesting findings. Yet, the one that deserves further study is a section on how Whites, Blacks and Hispanics view problems in local communities. White, Black and Hispanic "Survivor" Players (Source: CBS)...

  • How Deep Does Racism Run In the Country?

    LatinaLista — It's a question that some on one side answer: "it doesn't exist" while the other side can't believe those who deny it can't see it. Maybe it's because racism has become such an acceptable way of talking and seeing people of other ethnicities that it's considered normal, at the least,...

  • Guest Voz: Earl Ofari Hutchinson Talks about the “Latino Challenge to Black America”

    By Earl Ofari Hutchinson LatinaLista Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author, syndicated columnist, political analyst and commentator. He has been a guest on the Today Show, Dateline, The Lehrer Hour, and BET News, America’s Black Forum. He is a frequent commentator for the American Urban Broadcast Network and Ed Gordon’s News and...

  • There Should be Something Different About This Year’s Hispanic Heritage Month

    LatinaLista — Mañana kicks off national Hispanic Heritage Month. In the past, there hasn't been a whole lot of coordination among the different groups of a city in celebrating the once-a-year, 30-day observance. And that has usually resulted in so many fiestas and parades happening on the same weekend that before we...