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LatinaLista Who was Pancho Villa? Savior or outlaw? Saint or sinner? One thing is certain. Francisco (Pancho) Villa is synonymous with the Mexican Revolution and a leader whose notoriety crossed borders. Whether he was working the fields as a sharecropper or outsmarting his opponents by placing sombreros in strategic places among the hills surrounding a […]

LatinaLista — It’s a chapter in history that historians have known about since 1965 but nobody likes to rock the boat  especially when that boat is the esteemed Mayflower. In 1965, historian Michael Gannon revealed that 56 years before the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock, there was one held at St. Augustine, Florida between a […]

LatinaLista — The Hour of Reckoning is fast approaching for the fate of the Dream Act. In the balance hangs the hopes of roughly 60,000 young people who want nothing more to be able to afford college and put that degree to use once they’re done. Yet, if you were just listening to Republican Senator […]

LatinaLista — Today in Washington, in Room 2141 of the Rayburn Building, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law held a hearing on the STRIVE Act — a bipartisan immigration reform legislation introduced earlier this year by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). To many who […]

LatinaLista — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers outlined in his 6-page opinion that U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants have the right to receive in-state tuition. Earlier this month, with universities and colleges gearing up for fall enrollment, Republican and Democrat politicians wanted to hold the children of undocumented immigrants accountable for their parents non-citizen status as […]

LatinaLista — From all news accounts, the bill designed to fix our “broken immigration system” narrowly missed losing one of its key components of being an effective bill — addressing the humanitarian reality of the undocumented immigrants. The missile sent to blow apart the current bill under debate was launched by Texas Republican Senator John […]

LatinaLista — Sometimes the people in Washington say the darndest things. Education Secretary, Margaret Spellings, appearing before a special conference in Washington D.C. last week said that inner-city schools are nothing more than dropout factories — DUH! It’s taken this long for people who are mandating the educational curriculums in this country to realize that […]

LatinaLista — It’s a rather ironic situation: When it comes to family and friends, the majority of Latino teens don’t think twice about lending a hand. Yet, according to a new federal study by the Corporation for National & Community Service, if it involves doing volunteer work for a stranger, there doesn’t seem to be […]

LatinaLista — Though there aren’t many Latino leaders in Washington to emulate these days, it’s time to remember one man who is not only worth remembering and emulating — but celebrating. Cesar Chavez (Source: americaslibrary.gov) I’m talking about Cesar Chavez — the first Latino and labor leader who has been honored with an official public […]

LatinaLista — Babies having babies. It’s a thought that runs through everyone’s minds when they see a young teenage girl pregnant. It’s common knowledge that the majority of these “babies having babies” are young Latinas. In the state of Virginia alone, the Latina teen birth rate increased 50% between 1990 and 2003 as reported by […]

LatinaLista — It’s so easy to take for granted the strides women have made in countries that are developed and where educational access is equal for both men and women, or those women lucky enough to be born in the upper classes of society. But there’s a whole other side where women are still suffering: […]

LatinaLista — In light of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we must ask: When is a girl too flaca (thin)? When you can see her huesos (bones). To many of us, eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia affect other ethnicities – not us. After all, it was only last summer that a report was released […]

LatinaLista — This morning, it was revealed that Univision, the nation’s largest supplier of Spanish-language imported programming, got slapped with a record $24 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission. It seems that Univision was lacking when it came to educational programming for children. It’s no surprise since the network’s moneymakers are the Mexican-made telenovelas. […]