• Officials say fixing broken immigration system safeguards nation’s food supply

    LatinaLista -- The White House continues its campaign to pressure congressional lawmakers to address comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) with their latest White House press conference call on the issue. Compared to past White House efforts where Latino celebrities, Silicon Valley CEOs and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were in attendance, this call was...

  • Latina entrepreneurs help themselves and others

    by Elías Cepeda | trad. Victor Flores Extra News CHICAGO -- Tanya Diaz, a working mother of three and supportive wife, knew all the excuses for not exercising throughout a busy week. "I used them all," she says. "I'd say, 'I'm too busy with the kids.' Then I'd come home from work...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Raising the bar on treating the homeless

    LatinaLista -- San Antonio's newest and largest facility serving homeless adults and children draws attention because it isn't just another place where the homeless find refuge. Haven for Hope raises the bar on helping the homeless by creating the first "Homeless Transformation Campus" in the country. Citing their mission as "to transform...

  • Guest Voz: In this digital economy, Latinos have the most to lose

    By Jason A. Llorenz LatinaLista Today's economy has become so intertwined with the internet and computers that it stands to reason that anyone who isn't comfortable navigating cyberspace or has the skills to operate a computer and run various software is at a real disadvantage in this increasingly technical job market. However,...

  • 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...

  • Guest worker program needs reform of its own before including it in broader immigration reform bill

    LatinaLista -- One component of immigration reform that is considered to be the most "sellable" point is the guest worker aspect. Non-skilled immigrant labor is brought in on H2-A visas to perform temporary farm labor. This industry has always been in the forefront of attracting immigrant labor. According to a 2009 immigration...

  • Construction work can be an American nightmare for immigrants

    By Omar Perez Borderzine EL PASO -- Finding the American dream has always been difficult for new immigrants, but for workers in the construction industry the struggle has been especially tough. Squalid living arrangements and torment from unscrupulous employers are just two of the struggles that they endure in order to establish...

  • Global social trends report finds Mexican Latinas do the most unpaid work

    LatinaLista -- Cooking and cleaning for the family has always been known to be the biggest source of unpaid work by the women in families. But unpaid work is also volunteer work, helping neighbors and relatives, supporting charities, coaching Little League, being Girl Scout troop leaders, helping out at the kids' schools,...

  • A day to remember that Latinas and other women still don’t receive equal pay

    LatinaLista -- It is no exaggeration to say that women are the backbone of this country. According to the U.S. Census, there are more women in the United States than men -- 157.2 million vs. 153.2 million men; more women earn bachelor's degrees than men -- 29.9 million vs. 28.7 million men;...

  • GOP’s disconnect with average American Latino, senior citizen, black and low-income creates unbalanced approach to reducing nation’s deficit

    LatinaLista -- There's no debate that the United States needs to get our fiscal house in order. The big debate centers on who should be shouldering that responsibility. Though politicians have lately been saying that this is a shared burden among the American people, it's clear, from some of the programs that...

  • New survey shows Latino families pay higher driving costs for their teen drivers

    LatinaLista -- With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon, it's an understatement to say that people, especially families, are viewing their driving habits differently these days. Yet no matter how bad the economy, a new survey sponsored by Nationwide Insurance shows parents are still willing to make sacrifices just so their...

  • Brazil: Obama’s visit shows the world Brazil is ready for 21st Century

    By Edy Bestle LatinaLista SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -- In March, the whole of the country was ready for President Obama, his family and his entourage´s visit to Brazil. The schedule was slightly changed due to security matters and the bad weather; however, the visit was a success. People in Brasília - Brazil´s...

  • AARP report finds older Latinos see senior hunger a big concern but less likely to donate food or money

    LatinaLista -- Between 2006 and 2008, there has been a 115 percent increase in the number of older people facing hunger. There are now an estimated 6 million people over the age of 60 who go hungry every day. The nation, as a whole, sees hunger as a big problem, but not...

  • New website highlights opportunities in Hispanic-growing southeast Austin

    La Voz de Austin AUSTIN -- It's an area of town cited as one of the fastest-growing communities of Austin with the largest populated zip codes and a burgeoning Hispanic population. But only three out of 10 Austinites when surveyed are familiar with the southeast side or have ever visited the area. A...

  • Latino Congreso delegates underscore the need for Latinos to speak out on all issues

    LatinaLista -- To the casual observer of the recent National Latino Congreso held in Austin, Texas last weekend, he or she would be surprised to learn that of the 30 resolutions approved by the delegates from 15 states and over 100 organizations there were quite a few resolutions adopted that are considered...

  • Globalization and the Paso del Norte Region

    By Sarah Dahlen LatinaLista Ciudad Juarez has become an unfortunate symbol of all that is wrong at the U.S./Mexico border: violence, poverty, exploitation, lawlessness. With an average homicide rate of 200 people per month in recent years, this reputation is not entirely undeserved. But Juarez and the rest of the Paso del...

  • Delaware’s Hispanic population nearly doubled in 2010

    El Tiempo Hispano DELAWARE -- U.S. Census Bureau Delivered Delaware's 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting . Delaware's Hispanic population grew in 96.4% in 2010. The U.S. Census Bureau released more detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics to the governor...

  • Lameduck Congress just quacking about jobs if they don’t pass DREAM Act

    LatinaLista -- The Washington political news site Politico reports this evening that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to push for a vote by next week for the DREAM Act. It's not a surprising mandate. Whether it was Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Richard Durbin or Sen. Charles Schumer who would bring up...

  • New Latina Shopper Study reveals highest preference is for shopping online

    LatinaLista -- Recession or no recession, when it comes to shopping try keeping a Latina at home. The Latina shopper is a force to be reckoned with -- ask any poor man who wasn't smart enough to get out of the way. It's reported that Latinas control 80 percent of the purse...

  • Non-profit Spotlight: Empowering Latino families to seek a higher quality of life

    LatinaLista -- One of the core values of Chicago-based Casa Central is the belief that everyone has the potential to improve their quality of life. That simple belief is what has spurred the success and longevity of Casa Central since its founding in 1954. Founded by a variety of religious leaders at...

  • Revelation about Lou Dobbs underscores reality in U.S. economy that can’t be ignored any longer

    LatinaLista -- Today's revelation that Lou Dobbs, the most vocal and mean-spirited critic of illegal immigration, and undocumented immigrants, was discovered to have employed undocumented immigrants for years on his horse farm goes to show just how intertwined undocumented labor is with our economy. Lou Dobbs The trouble with Dobbs, Whitman and...

  • D.C. rally hopes to “progress” new movement focused on education, justice and jobs

    LatinaLista -- Conventional wisdom tells us if a movement really wants to attract attention -- from both the public and the media -- the best place to conduct a march or rally is not Spokane, Washington but Washington, DC. Our nation's capital has been and will be busy playing host to people...

  • Analysis reveals more than a quarter of the Latino population is food insecure

    LatinaLista -- Today, the Christian-based group Bread for the World released a new analysis of hunger and poverty among Latinos in the United States. The news is sobering. According to the analysis of 2008 data, Latino families are more than one and a half times to be "food insecure" as the overall population....

  • Without the DREAM Act, more U.S. jobs will be needlessly foreign outsourced

    LatinaLista -- Every argument I have ever heard about why the DREAM Act -- the bill that grants citizenship, affordable college access and the opportunity to enter the military to young undocumented students who were brought to this country as children and meet certain criteria -- makes sense. It makes sense that...