• Historians Agree: Spanish was Language of Choice at First Thanksgiving. So Why Don’t We Know?

    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,...

  • The Subtitle of the Immigration Debate: All Latinos are the Same

    LatinaLista — Anti-Latino rhetoric has become so rampant in the last few days that it rivals the speed and ferocity of the San Diego fires. Speaking of which, for some inexplicable reason, San Diego has become Ground Zero in the rhetoric. From accusing a Latino family of stealing supplies from Qualcomm Stadium...

  • Breaking News: A Sad Day for Undocumented Student Americans

    LatinaLista — The Senate just completed voting on whether or not to go to the next stage in the debate to move the DREAM Act to the next level — it failed. Sixty votes were needed to move the bill. If there is a silver lining in this day, it was that...

  • Tomorrow is “Make or Break Day” for the DREAM Act

    LatinaLista — I couldn't help but be drawn to the subject line of one of the first emails of the morning: PLEASE HELP US! I would have probably deleted it without opening it, assuming it was another one of those overseas money scams, but then I noticed it was from a listserve...

  • Guest Voz: Former Undocumented Student Shares What It Means to Be Somebody

    By Mariana Zamboni LatinaLista I am free at last! But, even though I received my green card just six months ago, it still doesn't wash away the 16 years of mental incarceration and humiliation one lives with when they are labeled undocumented and illegal in a place that is known globally as...

  • The Fate of the Dream Act Rests on Mobilizing the Truth

    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...

  • Boston Nonprofits Teach Undocumented Immigrants How to Defend Themselves Against ICE

    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)....

  • Breaking News: Colorado Allows In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants

    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...

  • New Report Shows that 96 Percent of the Nation’s Children are U.S. Citizens

    LatinaLista — The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released The 2007 KIDS COUNT data book online. The book is a compilation of kid-centric data and how states rank against one another in meeting the needs of the children living in their states. What's always interesting is that the information is broken down...

  • More Undocumented Students Go on Hunger Strike for an Education: Are Legislators Listening?

    LatinaLista — In just a few weeks, school starts. But for some of the 65,000 undocumented high school graduates, they would need to win the lottery to be able to afford to attend their hometown colleges. (Source: uga.edu) Some state legislatures, in their excitement to get on the bandwagon of persecuting the...

  • Another Bill Gets Pulled from the Senate Floor — And Students Without Papers are Forced to Wait Longer For A College Education

    LatinaLista — What happens when state legislators targeting undocumented immigrants decide to penalize the kids as well by not allowing them to pay in-state tuition for college? A school counselor comes to the rescue. A story out of Colorado tells how 10 undocumented students who wanted to go to college but couldn't...

  • Conservative Radio Talk Show Host Makes a Death Joke About Latino Students Fasting for Dream Act Passage

    Have shock-jock radio DJs not learned anything from Imus' example? Don Imus (Source: wikipedia.org) It would appear not since the latest contributor to the Hall of Fame of Beyond Bad Taste thinks it's okay to wish death upon a group of Latino kids who only want to go to school. (Extremist) Conservative...

  • Undocumented College Students Plan Caravan to DC to Ask Congress to Pass The Dream Act

    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...

  • Education Secretary Says Inner-City Schools Another Name for Drop-Out Factories

    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...

  • What’s Wrong with Educating Mexican Children in US Public Schools?

    LatinaLista — As everyone across the country waited today to see just how many marchers will try to duplicate last year's stunning success of the immigration marches, an article that appeared in the media yesterday seemed to fan the divisional flames of this ongoing debate. The article detailed how children from Mexico...

  • One College Campus Becomes First in the Nation to Help in Micro Lending Program

    LatinaLista — In the shadow of the worst shooting in this country's history, college campuses everywhere are feeling the repercussions. Yet, there are good things being accomplished on college campuses which deserve just as much attention as a monumental tragedy. Take for instance what is happening on the campus of the University...

  • Easy Access to Guns is Changing Inner-City Neighborhoods and College Campuses

    LatinaLista — Today's senseless tragedy on the campus of Virginia Tech which left 33 dead, more than 25 injured and scores traumatized leaves most of us speechless that someone could even think of doing such a thing. Virginia Tech campus (Source: NPR.org) The whole event had a video game surrealness to it....

  • Student Volunteer Study Illustrates How Institutionalized Discrimination Thrives in School Systems

    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...

  • Latino School Teacher Makes it His Mission to Remind the Next Generation About Cesar Chavez

    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...

  • Can Young Latinas Get the Message About Healthy Relationships From a Comic Book?

    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...

  • The Other Side of How Far Women Have NOT Come

    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...

  • Young Latinas at high risk for eating disorders

    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...

  • Not All Life’s Lessons Can be Learned from Telenovelas

    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...

  • Dallas Latino Middle School Students are Saying Cheese – But Nobody is Smiling; They’re Dying

    LatinaLista — The emails started coming this past Monday: "Latino kids being targeted. Please help. Get involved." That was the gist of a city-wide campaign in Dallas spearheaded by Latino community leaders when they heard the news of a 15-year-old Latino student, Oscar Gutierrez, who died last weekend after a long struggle...

  • Scholarship List for Undocumented Students

    LatinaLista hi right now im about to graduate and i come from a low income family since my father left us my mom has to take care of 4 children (including me) on a low wage and i want to go to college but im not eligible for scholarships because of my...