• USDA data shows more Latino children going hungry

    LatinaLista — In a nation of over 307 million people, 2.3 million doesn’t sound like a very significant number. As a number by itself, it isn’t. Only when it’s realized that 2.3 million refers to the number of Hispanic households with children who feel the pangs of hunger because they are “food...

  • Salvation Army takes their popular Angel Tree online

    LatinaLista — If you’ve been out shopping, you might have noticed that the Salvation Army Christmas ringers are already out in full force with their red kettles. With such dismal results last year, it only makes sense that they get an early start this year. Donations weren’t what they used to be...

  • 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...

  • New report challenges the definition of the ultimate “labor of love”

    LatinaLista — Though women are occupying the labor force in unprecedented numbers, and in many cases, are the major breadwinners in their families these days, when it comes to caregiving it’s still seen as a woman’s domain. A new report by WIDE, an European network of women’s organizations, titled WE CARE! Feminist...

  • 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...

  • Credit card companies’ tactics remind consumers of color of subprime mortgage fiasco – in reverse

    LatinaLista — Credit cards. Can’t live with the interest rates and can’t live without the convenience of fast cash — what’s a person to do? Well, too many families, especially Latinos, are finding they have no choice but to use their credit cards to survive these uneasy times. Unfortunately, usage is rising,...

  • First national pro bono legal service event lasts from Oct. 25-31

    LatinaLista — In these tough economic times, it’s not unusual for some people to need expert legal advice. The need for legal services among the poor is overwhelming. According to an American Bar Association study, at least 40% of low and moderate-income households experience a legal problem each year. Yet studies show...

  • New study shows most Latino students drop out of high school for economic need

    LatinaLista — It’s estimated that there are 6.2 million high school dropouts in the nation. Contrary to what some say, it’s the high school dropouts who are fueling the rise in our prison populations according to a new study.   Consequences of Dropping out of High School: Joblessness & Jailing for High...

  • Budget cuts taking Gwinnett County library branches out of Latino communities

    LatinaLista — Gwinnett County, Georgia is home to one of the state’s largest Latino communities. It’s also home to some of the most stringent county budget cuts being exercised in these recessionary times. The most drastic budget cuts are being applied to the county’s library system. It seems the Gwinnett County Library...

  • 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...

  • Disney rewards volunteerism with free one-day admission

    LatinaLista — We all know that volunteering is good for the soul. Now, we can also say that it’s good for the family pocketbook! A really cool program to inspire, and motivate, even the youngest of kids to lend a helping hand has been created by — Disney! Called Give a Day,...

  • 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...

  • One Home Owners Association checking legal status before allowing new residents in neighborhood

    (Update follows post) LatinaLista — In the latest example of how immigration enforcement has run amok, there comes a story out of the Dallas area where the home owner’s association (HOA) of a trailer park has taken it upon itself to decide who gets to live in their community. Though HOAs are...

  • 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...

  • Personal experience shows that private health insurance companies need more competition

    LatinaLista — Over the Labor Day weekend, I traveled to a small Mexican border town called Piedras Negras for a wedding. The town, across the bridge from Eagle Pass, Texas, was the typical Mexican border town — a gazebo in the town square, a maze of streets that twisted and turned down...

  • Happy Labor Day!

    The following statistics are courtesy of the US Census. This is only a partial list. The full list can be found at the U.S. Census web site. 155.1 million Number of people 16 and older in the nation’s labor force in May 2009. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Employee Benefits 83% Percentage...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Study shows food stamps an unhealthy influence on women’s nutrition

    LatinaLista — We know we’re a nation of gordos (fatties). And most of us are willing to take personal responsibility for the poor lifestyle choices we’ve made that have gotten us to the point where we tip the scales. Yet a new study shows that some women had no choice but to...

  • 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...

  • Texas Education Sec. wants state’s businesses not to hire dropouts. A crazy idea worth considering

    LatinaLista — When it comes to finishing high school, it’s been long known that Latino students have dismal success rates. In 2007, the most recent year for available statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics, it was found that Hispanic students had a 21 percent dropout rate versus 8.4 percent for...

  • Laredo, Texas spearheads city-wide book initiative to combat hunger and literacy

    LatinaLista — The saying “food for thought” has two literal meanings in Laredo, Texas thanks to the efforts of three dynamic women educators. These three women, Beverly Herrera, Carmen Escamilla and Annie Treviño (no relation that I know of to Latina Lista) have created a city-wide annual festival called One City, One...

  • 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...