• San Antonio residents living in toxic Triangle to visit with world-renowned environmentalist

    By Tony Cantú La Prensa de San Antonio -- World-renowned environmental activist Wilma Subra -- often compared to Erin Brokovich -- is scheduled next month to meet with residents living around the former Kelly Air Force Base to help assess what's making many of them sick. Residents around the shuttered base --...

  • Architect envisions border wall as good neighbor

    By Kathleen Maclay UC BERKELEY La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- The U.S.-Mexico border wall may be here to stay, but a University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of architecture has some provocative ideas about how to redesign the barrier to slow illegal immigration and at the same time transform it...

  • A sister’s death spurs a life quest for environmental truth

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista Corpus Christi native, Suzie Canales, encounters federal bureaucracy, frustration and roadblocks in finding solutions to help her local neighborhoods impacted by environmental abuses. For more than 10 years, Suzie Canales, 51, has been fighting for a clean environment in the Texas coastal town of Corpus Christi. Through her...

  • Young Latina blazes trail in environmental activism in Puerto Rico

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista A young environmentalist leads the way in Puerto Rico to show how nature and humanity depend on one another for survival. Ana Elisa Pérez Quintero's love affair with nature began when she was only three-years-old and dunked her face into a mangrove swamp. It was this first...

  • Brazil: Nature’s revenge brings out the best in Brazilians

    By Edy Bestle LatinaLista.net SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -- People have been hearing and seeing things about the floods in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. This natural accident or Nature´s revenge caught us all by surprise. Although heavy rains are expected from January to March every year, it seems that we are...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Teaching a new generation the art of farming

    LatinaLista -- Rising food prices and rampant childhood obesity are two factors fueling a national surge in local communities exploring the idea of establishing community gardens. Yet for one group, the idea digs much deeper. La Semilla Food Center's tagline is "building a local foodshed." The nonprofit serves the Paso del Norte...

  • Migrant women farmworkers toil in nation’s “crying fields” to harvest food for the American people

    LatinaLista -- When it's said that undocumented immigrants do the jobs most Americans don't want, there is one industry that is the poster child for that statement -- the food industry. It is reported that six in ten of the nation's farmworkers are undocumented migrants. Thanks to the work of United Farm Workers,...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Cleaning the world a pair of hands at a time

    LatinaLista -- At the height of the swine flu scare, people didn't need to be told twice to wash their hands. Bottles of hand sanitizing lotion flew off store shelves. Not anymore. The same urgency to have clean hands doesn't exist like it did -- not even on Global Handwashing Day. Today,...

  • New site highlights impact of U.S.-Mexico border wall

    LatinaLista -- Back in the days when construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall was at its height (pun intended) -- seizing private and ancestral property, bulldozing its way through some selected neighborhoods and enraging locals on both sides of the border, a group of environmentalists, academicians, professionals and concerned citizens made it...

  • Bolivia: Feet and pedal power fuel Pedestrian Day

    By Angie Washington LatinaLista COCHAMBA, BOLIVIA -- Imagine a smog-free world. The sky becomes bluer. The grass becomes greener. The air is finally breathable once again. That is the goal of the annual Pedestrian Day in Cochabamba, Bolivia. On the first Sunday of September every year this city of 800,000 people nestled...

  • New housing research shows Latinos the most comfortable in diverse neighborhoods

    LatinaLista -- The quintessential American Dream is owning a home. Yet, there's a second part to that dream that nobody really talks about -- the neighborhood. Everybody wants to live in a "good neighborhood" but thanks to a new study by researchers for the Institute for Urban Research at Houston's Rice University...

  • United Farm Workers launch campaign to get unemployed Americans to fill farm job vacancies

    LatinaLista -- The argument that undocumented immigrants do the work most Americans don't want to do doesn't apply to the Gulf Oil spill -- yet. The Pensacola office of Workforce EscaRosa, an unemployment agency that serves the Florida region of beaches that find themselves littered with tar balls, fielded over 5,000 applications...

  • Latino families can cut down on obesity rates with home gardens

    LatinaLista -- Latinos have been identified as the largest group, ethnic or otherwise, who suffer from the highest rates of obesity. Part of that problem is due to eating too many unhealthy foods. Ideally, we should all be eating more fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, fruits and vegetables aren't as affordable as a...

  • New report highlights continued mistreatment of migrant farm labor

    LatinaLista -- As Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gets ready to step up their efforts targeting employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers, according to a plan that was recently leaked to the Texas Tribune and titled "Strategic Priorities for Fiscal Years 2010-2014," there is still one area that employers are acting with...

  • Guatemala: Suffering and loss from Guatemala’s natural catastrophes linger on

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz GUATEMALA CITY -- Everything began Wednesday, May 26, 2010, about three in the afternoon. That's when many in Guatemala City first felt a frightening tremor. This tremor wasn't the same which we customarily feel. Most of the time, it feels like a swing. This could be felt...

  • Special Report: Amid Oil Spill Crisis, U.S. Authorities Search for Undocumented Immigrant Cleanup Workers

    LatinaLista -- At a time when the worst environmental crisis has hit the United States, it seems federal authorities were going to ensure that undocumented immigrants were not going to profit from it in any way, such as, risking their own health to help clean up the mess. In the following special...

  • USA: BP oil crisis highlights fragile relationship with nature, as well as, with corporate executives and politicians

    By Ivan G. Marte Forty-five days and counting with no solution in sight, not to mention a government administration grappling to take control of the situation. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's governor, up in arms, the news media doing what they do best -- sensationalizing a serious story -- and BP in search of...

  • USA: For World No Tobacco Day, Stop Exposing Others to Dangerous Smoke

    By Amelie Ramirez, Dr. PH U.S.A. -- May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. It's a perfect opportunity to reflect on the effects of smoking and the opportunities to quit smoking, especially among Latinos. For every one person that dies from a tobacco-related cause, there are 20 more people who are suffering...

  • Yale social psychologist says AZ immigration law can’t help but lead to racial profiling

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to the new Arizona immigration law, everybody has an opinion. The latest organization to weigh in on the new law is the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA wanted to know if such could really be implemented without invoking assumptions, a.k.a. racial profiling about certain people. Yale...

  • Mexico: What about our kids?

    By Martha Ramos LatinaLista MEXICO CITY -- A couple of days ago, I was talking with a friend about old times. When we were kids, we played on the streets in Chihuahua. Last week, he was at a neighbor's funeral. This guy lived near where we played. Now, the violence there took...

  • Latino families need to be vigilant against lead poisoning

    LatinaLista -- Who worries about lead poisoning these days? Evidently not many people. Otherwise, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) wouldn't have joined forces with the Ad Council and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning on a new national multimedia ad...

  • When it comes to “going green” Latinos get the message loud and clear

    LatinaLista -- A new survey reveals that Latinos have embraced the concept of "going green." Of all the ethnic groups, Latinos rank the highest when it comes to being in tune to the planet, according to the survey Eco Pulse. Of course, this same survey revealed that most people buy green products...

  • Dump Day campaign raises money to feed people who live at Honduras dump

    LatinaLista -- It wasn't that long ago that Honduras dominated world headlines due to the country's political turmoil, and remains in the spotlight because of the increase in violence and murders of journalists. Yet there is another story in Honduras that, unfortunately, has never attracted the kind of global outcry as has...

  • Clinton Foundation challenges everyone to “Take Initiative” in honor of 40th anniversary of Earth Day

    LatinaLista-- While his wife is busy trying to diffuse one global crisis after another, former President Bill Clinton has been busy, among other things, with doing his part to find longterm solutions to a variety of global crises, through his foundation known as the Clinton Foundation. Clinton started his Foundation as a...

  • Low-income Latino and black children hit especially hard with Vitamin D deficiency

    LatinaLista -- If having the biggest rates of childhood obesity and diabetes weren't enough, now low-income Latinos and African Americans have something else to worry about -- not getting enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an invisible benefit from being out in the sun but with so many kids opting to play...