• Three Mexican guestworkers find doing things legally incurs a high cost

    LatinaLista -- When Marlen Guadalupe Landeros Covarrubias, Sandivel Villanueva Flores and Rita Dorali Curiel Sandoval decided to leave their native Mexico and come to the United States to work, they wanted to do it the right way. They decided to come as temporary migrant guestworkers to work for the North Carolina-based seafood...

  • New report on women in the workforce reinforces need for change in federal policy and business practices

    LatinaLista -- When Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress released The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation, it officially validated what everyone already knew: For the first time in our history, women now make up half of all workers in the United States. Mothers are now the primary breadwinners--making as much...

  • The sad state of Latino unemployment

    LatinaLista -- Everyone is suffering in this economy but until the Bureau of Labor Statistics' February report spelled it out in numbers, the high degree of unemployment in the Latino community wasn't truly appreciated. While national unemployment stands at 9.7 percent, Latino unemployment is at 12.4 percent and blacks suffer at 15...

  • President’s health summit illustrates the disconnect some in Congress have with the poor

    LatinaLista — For some reason, the United Kingdom newspaper, the Guardian, is running a two-day poll on their online site asking their readers to vote on who gave the "best performance" in President Obama's healthcare summit today. So far, Democrats are outpacing Republicans. Last I checked, and the poll counts the results...

  • New site provides a wealth of information about credit cards

    LatinaLista On Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, otherwise known as the Credit CARD Act, went into effect. It's supposed to protect credit card users from such actions as credit card companies suddenly increasing interest rates or changing fee amounts or any action that puts the...

  • 1.3 million Latino families projected to lose their homes to foreclosure

    LatinaLista — For sometime now, popular opinion has automatically blamed the downfall of the housing industry, a.k.a. home foreclosures, on subprime mortgages. It was thought that people, who were high-credit risks, were awarded these mortgages so they could fulfill their American Dream of owning a home, only to later default on their...

  • Online site aims to break the cycle of financial illiteracy among young Latinos

    LatinaLista — Financial literacy is an issue that is increasing in importance among the Latino community as the economy still teeters, jobs are still lost and people are still losing their homes. For too long, Latinos, and those who speak a language other than English, have been considered fair game by unscrupulous...

  • Housing sub-contractor calls police on undocumented worker who demanded rightful wages

    LatinaLista — One of the biggest fears and complaints from those who advocate for undocumented workers is employer exploitation. There are countless stories of unscrupulous employers who knowingly exploit their undocumented workers by not paying them wages owed to them. The most common scenario is that when an undocumented worker starts to...

  • San Antonio’s diversified economy thrives

    By Johnny Hernandez La Prensa SAN ANTONIO -- "This is about as good as it gets right now," said former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who delivered the keynote address at the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce's 39th Annual Economic Outlook Conference (EOC) held last month. The EOC served as...

  • Unsettled case of Hispanic farmers underscores lack of DC Latino leadership and concern from Obama

    LatinaLista After ten years, tomorrow should have been the day of reckoning at the Supreme Court for a group of Hispanic farmers who filed a lawsuit against the USDA for systematically denying them needed loans and credits to sustain their farms, while granting those same loans to white farmers. Though the Supreme...

  • New report shows unemployment rate highest in 25 years for single female households

    LatinaLista — The Institute for Women's Policy Research released a report this week underscoring the inequality of the labor force when it comes to men and women. Aside from pay differences that still exist between the sexes, we now see that even the media tends to focus more on male job losses...

  • Guest Voz: Spread the word, Haiti still needs help

    By Margaret Aguirre LatinaLista — Margaret Aguirre is the Director of Global Communications for the 26-year-old, California-based International Medical Corps (IMC). IMC goes anywhere in the world it's needed to save lives and improve the quality of life through health interventions performed by volunteer doctors and nurses. Ever since January 12, 2010...

  • USDA Sec. Vilsack would rather help Afghan farmers than Hispanic farmers here at home

    LatinaLista — One of the most well-documented cases of ongoing discrimination against minorities at the federal level has to do with the case of Hispanic farmers being denied access to farm-credit programs run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). New Mexico farmer Lupe Garcia filed a lawsuit nine years ago...

  • Bilingual gov’t site helps Latinos understand the concept of money managment

    LatinaLista — While headlines tout how Latinos are the hardest hit in this recession, one report show that prior to the economy's downfall, Hispanics had more of a disposable income. According to Latinum Network, while non-Hispanic consumer spending from 2005 to 2008 grew only 2.9%, Hispanic consumer spending increased 6.4% in that...

  • New website helps families understand the new tax credits that will “put money in their pockets”

    LatinaLista — Though "Tax Day" isn't for a couple of months, most families are already eagerly waiting for that W-2 form to arrive in the mail so they can cash in on what the government owes them -- especially during these unpredictable times. Yet, chances are a lot of families don't realize...

  • Deported military veterans plead to be classified as “non-citizen nationals”

    LatinaLista — The plea appearing on the Latina Lista Facebook page this week was simple: Will you PLEASE help us bring to light and expose this unjust and unfair treatment of U.S.Military Veterans.THANK YOU. The person who posted it was Hector Lopez, a U.S. military veteran. Lopez left a link along with...

  • Recent studies show Latinos climb ladder of success

    By Walter Ewing LatinaLista — As a front-page featured on the Washington Post reminds us: "Not since the last great wave of immigration to the United States around 1900 has the country's economic future been so closely entwined with the generational progress of an immigrant group." The story highlights the degree to...

  • Latino community gets only 3% of foundation and corporate dollars

    LatinaLista — The Latino population may be increasing, and it's a fact that it is, but one particular area where there is a sore lack of Hispanic representation is on corporate boards and among senior corporate management. The 2009 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index published by the Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility (HACR),...

  • Nashville Hispanic Chamber plays Santa to children turned away by local charities

    LatinaLista — Headlines are always filled with bad news. In fact, conventional thinking in the news industry is the worse the headline, the bigger the attraction. Unfortunately, it works. Yet, there should always be a time where we can take a rest from the bad headlines and see that there does exist...

  • Laredo, TX has only one Christmas wish: a bookstore for its city

    LatinaLista — It was just a couple of weeks before Christmas that the City of Laredo got the news that no man, woman or child should ever have to hear at this time of the year -- the Grinch really does exist. But rather than steal Christmas, this Grinch wants to steal...

  • New report shows financial industry has not done enough to meet the needs of low-income

    LatinaLista — Today the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released the 2009 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households. The report found that people who make less than $30,000, along with, blacks, Native Americans and Latinos are the four groups to be the ones who most likely don't have a bank...

  • Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner: 30 years of giving

    By Cristina Blackwell SAN ANTONIO -- For three decades, the nation's largest Thanksgiving event of its kind has brought together over 20,000 seniors, families and homeless in San Antonio to provide a free, home-cooked traditional Thanksgiving meal. The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner invites those in need of a warm holiday meal to...

  • Latina hotel housekeepers have highest rates of injury among peers

    LatinaLista — Cleaning house is hard work. Cleaning a hotel room is even harder work. A study that will appear in the January issue of The American Journal of Industrial Medicine found that while studying workers at 50 hotels in the U.S., Latinas had an injury rate two-thirds higher than their white...

  • 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...

  • New non-profit helps women battling cancer with free house cleaning

    LatinaLista — Though a lot of fuss has been made this week about the new mammogram guidelines, it doesn't diminish the fact that when breast cancer is found and treatment begun it's a grueling and emotional process. For most women, just to get out of bed to face another day is exhausting....