• Guest Voz: Sec. of Labor Solis recognizes Cesar Chavez as a Latino Green Movement pioneer

    LatinaLista -- In remembering the birthday of Cesar Chavez, one of the most famous Latino civil rights activists of the 20th Century, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis reveals in her blog post the role Chavez played as an environmentalist -- the forerunner to the Green Movement. As Secretary Solis points out, Chavez's...

  • While nation obsesses over “eating healthy,” little thought spared for farmworkers’ hardships

    LatinaLista -- Eating healthy is all the rage these days in light of the exploding rates of obesity occurring across the nation. As anyone knows, eating healthy doesn't just mean throwing less salt on our mashed potatoes or ripping open one less packet of sugar or even choosing foods whose labels tout...

  • For Haiti, this year’s World Water Day has new meaning

    By Crystal Wells HAITI -- March 22nd marks the 18th World Water Day, a date set aside each spring by United Nations proclamation to celebrate the importance of fresh water. For those living in the Developed World, it's a chance to remember that an estimated 900 million people globally still lack access...

  • Too many global communities still lack access to clean water or basic sanitation

    LatinaLista -- It's being reported by relief workers in Haiti that the lack of clean water and proper sewage could prove to be even more devastating than the initial earthquake. The lack of both of these essentials could cause widespread disease that could kill hundreds. Unfortunately, Haiti isn't the only place on...

  • Prayer campaign for Juarez, Mexico winds down as violence heats up

    LatinaLista -- A day hasn't gone by lately when Juarez, Mexico isn't in the news. The latest sad tale to come from Mexico's most violent city, and the most violent city in the world outside a war zone, is the senseless ambush of U.S. Consulate employees who were in separate cars with...

  • San Antonio goes solar with state-funded project

    By Johnny Hernandez La Prensa "This is the spark that the city needs to embrace solar energy," said San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, as he announced Thursday that the State Energy Conservation Office has invested more than $3 million for a distributed energy generation system at the Mission Verde Center @ Cooper,...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Casa de los Niños keeps children safe from child abuse

    LatinaLista -- Child abuse seems to be in the headlines more and more every day. Whether it's due to parents under stress from a bad economy or the fact that some people have no business being parents, the bottom line is that there are children, from infants to teens, who find themselves...

  • Mexico: Natural disaster floods poor area of Mexico City with sewage due to common government negligence

    By Anahi Parra LatinaLista   CHALCO, MEXICO -- Last Friday at 1:30 in the morning, an unexpected roar woke hundreds of families in a section of Mexico City known as Chalco. After a few seconds, the horror of the roar soon registered with the sleepy residents who saw their houses being flooded...

  • City of Laredo mobilizes for rare south-of-the-border arrival

    LatinaLista — Laredo, Texas is known for being on the frontlines of national security when it comes to border enforcement. The Border Patrol is ever vigilant about who and what gets across our shared border with Mexico. Yet the, technically illegal, arrival of one south-of-the-border visitor has caused such a sensation that...

  • With urban neighborhoods under siege by violence, Student Peace Alliance offers hope

    LatinaLista — Peace. It's more than a word. To some it's an elusive concept, but to others it's an achievable reality. Peace doesn't just mean eradicating wars but eradicating violence, even at the most basic level -- in communities. Some countries understand that to attain long-lasting peace in the 21st Century, resources...

  • Online petition sends message to Giumarra Vineyards that sexual harassment and retaliatory practices against farm workers is unacceptable

    LatinaLista — There's no industry in this country probably more dependent on immigrant labor than the agricultural industry. Latinos, both legal and undocumented, make up the bulk of workers who pick this nation's fruits and vegetables. It's the one industry where not much in technological advances has been made regarding the picking...

  • Guatemala: A national natural treasure is almost lost because of government indifference

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz   Guatemala -- Lake Atitlan, located in the Department of Solola¡, has one of the most beautiful landscapes found anywhere in Guatemala. Its beauty has been compared with Switzerland's lakes. Along the margins of the lake, there are three imposing volcanos: Atitlan, Toliman and San Pedro. The...

  • Latino and black children have highest rates of media usage — and it shows

    LatinaLista — A new national study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds, reinforced what too many Latino and black families already knew -- our children spend way too much time in front of the television, walking around with earplug cords dangling around their...

  • Spotlight: Community residents band together to fight impact of big industry’s pollution

    LatinaLista — A sad and all too often ignored fact is that the people who are on the frontline of Corporate America's environmental abuses are low-income and/or minority neighborhoods. In 2001, residents of the Commerce/East Los Angeles area were concerned about the increasing health and environmental impacts from the industrial pollution in...

  • New law, ban lifted, fireworks still illegal and dangerous

    By Johnny Hernandez La Prensa de San Antonio.- With the much rain the city has received since September, Bexar County has lifted the fireworks burn ban, but residents need to remember that it is still illegal and dangerous to use fireworks within the city limits. "Within the City of San Antonio, there's...

  • U.S. justice will decide if Arizona humanitarian worker is a criminal for saving lives

    LatinaLista — Critics of No More Deaths' volunteer Walt Staton say the 27-year-old web designer, theology student and human rights advocate has to go to jail because he broke the law. In June 2009, Staton was convicted for littering when U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted him in December 2008 placing unopened gallon...

  • Non-profit expects word-of-mouth to force Chevron to do what is right for Ecuadorian indigenous

    When newspapers cut their foreign news bureaus, they did more than just save themselves a few extra bucks -- they created a vacuum for news happening outside the United States. One of the casualties is news of an ongoing $27 billion pollution lawsuit between 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorians and the American oil company...

  • U.S. officials wrong in celebrating fall of the Berlin Wall as work continues on our own border wall

    LatinaLista — On this day, when so many dignitaries assemble in Germany toasting the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, it seems hypocritical that our country's leaders can't see that we are repeating what was considered the disgrace of Germany along our U.S.-Mexico border. Supporters of the U.S. wall...

  • “American Dream” becomes nightmare in Texas colonia

    By Johnny Hernandez SOUTH TEXAS -- It's kind of interesting and ironic that as you turn off the main highway leading to this subdivision, there's a sign out there that reads, 'Welcome to Sweet Water Estates...country living at its best,' that's just a farce," said Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott at a...

  • Survey says Latinos are the most stressed-out adults in the nation!

    LatinaLista — The American Psychological Association (APA) released their annual Stress in America survey and the findings are not good for Latino adults. Of all adults, Latinos are recorded as experiencing the highest levels of stress. Fifty percent of Latino adults reported to survey finders that stress has increased in their lives...

  • Environmental leaders look to ethnic media to help diversify movement

    By CHRYSTALL KANYUCK Cronkite News Service PHOENIX (Thursday, Oct. 8) _ The environmental movement has been dominated by upper-class whites even though the people most affected by environmental contamination and other such problems have been ethnic minorities and the working poor, leaders of a conference for ethnic media said Thursday. At the...

  • Guest Voz: NM Rep. Lujan aims to engage young Latinos in clean energy issue

    By Rep. Ben Ray Lujan New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján is a strong advocate for clean energy and chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Green Economy and Renewable Energy. Hailing from the Land of Enchantment, Rep. Luján has devoted his professional and personal life to promoting a clean energy...

  • Researchers: Study suggesting planet near tipping points has special significance for Southwest

    By ALEXANDER MacLEAN Cronkite News Service PHOENIX (Thursday, Sept. 24) _ A new study suggesting that human activities are nearing or exceeding the boundaries of Earth's ability to sustain life as we know it has special significance in the Southwest, which is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, two Arizona...

  • DHS strives to foster dialogue over border issues with new social network

    LatinaLista — In a move that I can only characterize as "odd," the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to amp up their PR when it comes to border security by creating their own social network. Visit Our Border Dubbed Our Border: A Southwest Border Civic Network, the site carries "blog...

  • Director of “The Wall” offers campuses film to screen to create dialogue about federal immigration policy

    LatinaLista — A lot has been written and filmed about the ongoing building of the border wall along the US-Mexico border. The latest film to chronicle the impact of the border wall in the region is simply titled "The Wall." The Wall is a new, feature documentary about the construction of a...