• New report shows life expectancy falling for women in the United States

    LatinaLista -- A new report about life expectancies of Americans reveals a deeply disturbing picture, especially for women. Women are now, overall, worse off than men in the number of years they can expect to live and for those who live in North Texas, the Deep South and Appalachia, the prospect of...

  • Senate hearing on DREAM Act is nice gesture but Latino community needs more

    LatinaLista -- This morning's first-ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act, chaired by Sen. Durbin, seemed, at times, like an exercise in "preaching to the choir." The audience was overwhelmingly supportive of the DREAM Act and, in fact, many DREAMers were in attendance. At one point, Sen. Durbin was the lone senator...

  • Latinos having hard time taking TX Gov. Perry serious for President

    LatinaLista -- Within minutes of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's appearance at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) conference last week in San Antonio, I was receiving emails from colleagues and friends sitting in the audience. By now, most of the country knows that while Perry has achieved rock star status...

  • Guest Voz: Colorado dairy farm immigration raid went too far in criminalizing workers

    LatinaLista -- Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced changes to the immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities (click on "What's New" tab). It's a program that many were lead to believe would only go after "criminal aliens," those who pose a serious safety threat to...

  • New accessory line for women inspired by Latin America

    El Tiempo Hispano DELAWARE -- Roxanna is a Venezuelan visual communicator that has lived in Delaware for the past five years working in the design of printed material and web pages. In these past two years she had the idea to broaden her creative spectrum and design some other products, mainly for...

  • More Latino political candidates seen as “viable” by mainstream organizations

    LatinaLista -- Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) announced they have selected their first endorsement for the 2012 political season. The PCCC raises millions of dollars for candidates who fit their select criteria. For their first "political investment," they chose New Mexico State Senator Eric Griego, who is running for a...

  • I have a confession — I’ve helped undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista -- Today, another young person with undocumented status revealed himself to the nation. His name is Jose Antonio Vargas and unlike the other young people we have come to know as "DREAMers," Jose is already living his dream -- in a sufferable kind of way. Jose revealed his citizenship status in...

  • Once blamed for the housing bust, Latinos now looked at saving housing industry

    LatinaLista -- It's rather ironic that Latinos, who were blamed for the nation's housing bust, are now being heralded as the ones who will save the industry from its demise. A new report State of Hispanic Homeownership by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals shows that if it were not...

  • President Obama’s no-show at NALEO conference underscores lack of will to really work with Latinos

    LatinaLista -- It must certainly seem to President Obama that no matter what he does, he just can't make Latinos happy. He's right. He invited various "stakeholders" and Latino community leaders and celebrities to the White House to talk about immigration reform and everything he can't do to get it passed in...

  • Rights Groups Say Proposed Tweaks to Secure Communities Program Are Too Little Too Late

    MetroLatinoUSA WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Center for Constitutional Rights, Detention Watch Network (DWN), Rights Working Group (RWG), National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the National Immigration Project reject Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) announcement of minor changes to Secure Communities, a federal immigration enforcement program that has come under fire by communities...

  • Latina director of equal rights organization speaks out on Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart decision

    LatinaLista -- The day of reckoning arrived today for the 1.5 million women who were included in a class action lawsuit suing Wal-Mart over sex discrimination charges regarding equal pay and job promotions. The Supreme Court rendered a decision that determined national class claims against Wal-Mart could not go forward but individual...

  • Just how long can Sen. McCain hold a grudge against Latinos?

    LatinaLista -- Latino cyberspace has been "aflame" with Sen. McCain's unfortunate weekend comments blaming undocumented immigrants for starting the fires raging across Arizona. To his discredit, McCain immediately politicized a tragic event by coupling it with two contentious issues facing Congress -- immigration reform and border security. However, according to local media,...

  • Latinos: A Better Life Awaits Us

    By Miguel Orozco After seeing one of the best films since Gregory Nava's El Norte, feelings of pride and personal connection disappeared when I realized that this powerful film called A Better Life, with an all-Latino cast and already garnering positive reviews, may not be seen by millions of Latinos unless we...

  • Guest Voz: It’s time for Latinos to rally to the defense of Head Start

    LatinaLista -- The nation's budget deficit is serious business. Nobody can argue that. Yet, the fact that some in Congress are arguing that the poor and children of color can most afford cuts or eliminations of programs that don't just provide a service but directly impact their fragile quality of life versus...

  • Hispanic economists and policy analysts offer ideas on how to strengthen financial outlook of Latinos

    LatinaLista -- Today, Hispanic university economists, financial executives and policy analysts gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to discuss "The Hispanic Economic Experience." Coming from across the nation and throughout Texas, the economists met to deliver their latest research findings regarding the financial state of Latinos in the United States....

  • New social media report could be blueprint for 2012 Latino outreach

    LatinaLista -- A long known profile characteristic of Latinos is that we are a very social people. So, it only makes sense that when it comes to social media Latinos have embraced it wholeheartedly. For example, 54 percent of Latinos regularly use Facebook compared to 43 percent of white Americans, according to...

  • Texas Latino community could take a few lessons from the Tea Party

    LatinaLista -- What some thought would never happen in the Lone Star State did. The Texas Senate passed a bill that now requires law enforcement officials to ask the immigration status of people who are lawfully detained or arrested -- at least those who are Latino. In a state, where the 2010...

  • Romney may have won last night’s debate but Gingrich had the answer Latinos were waiting for

    LatinaLista -- New Hampshire, the site of last night's CNN Republican debate, is 94 percent white, according to the 2010 Census. Latinos are the largest minority demographic in the state comprising 2.8 percent of the population followed by Asians at 2.2 percent. So, it's probably not a big surprise that the person...

  • United Farm Workers asks nation to sign petition supporting Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act

    LatinaLista -- One of the least contentious elements being proposed as part of a larger immigration reform package has to do with creating a guest worker program to serve the agricultural industry. The reasoning is that such a program would provide more security to undocumented farm workers who are subject to an...

  • Pew Hispanic profile shows Puerto Ricans top Hispanic graduation rates, along with, single motherhood

    LatinaLista -- The depth of the average American's ignorance in understanding Latinos was never more clearly illustrated than during the confirmation process of now Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Back then, there wasn't a day that went by that someone didn't question her citizenship status. The ignorance displayed with such a question,...

  • Community urged to call in to fight Oxnard redistricting that negatively impacts Latino voters

    Amigos805.com OXNARD, CA -- Oxnard residents are being urged to call the California Redistricting Commission to voice their opposition to a proposal that would split Oxnard into two Assembly Districts. Half of Oxnard's residents, as well as Santa Paula and Fillmore, would be split and go into Simi Valley's 37th Assembly District,...

  • Immigrants in America: More Skilled and Educated Than Ever Before

    MetroLatinoUSA.com Washington D.C. - This Thursday the Brookings Institution released a new report, The Geography of Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan Areas, which finds that more working-age immigrants hold college degrees than lack high-school diplomas. This newly-released data has broad implications for an immigration debate that is driven largely by myths...

  • For Latino, Asian and Black millennials, nation is far from a colorblind society

    LatinaLista -- A new report titled "Don't Call Them Post-Racial -- Millennials' Attitudes on Race, Racism and Key Systems in our Society" throws out the hopeful assumption that the nation has evolved into a colorblind society. The research shows that Millennials, ages 18-30, are cognizant that race seems to still matter in...

  • Led by a grieving poet, Mexico’s Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity serves as largest unified display of citizens’ unrest with country’s violence

    LatinaLista -- The grief of a parent over the murder of their child can manifest in a variety of ways. For Mexican poet, Javier Sicilia, whose 24-year-old son was kidnapped and killed in Cuernavaca this year by cartel members, his grief has manifested into a caravan of like-minded Mexican citizens who are...

  • Alabama’s passage of most cruel anti-immigrant law harkens back to state’s racist past

    LatinaLista -- According to Merriam-Webster, the word "reform" has these three top meanings: 1a : to put or change into an improved form or condition 1b : to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses 2: to put an end to (an evil) by enforcing or...