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  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Microfinance loans pair borrowers and donors in partnership to escape poverty

    LatinaLista -- The practice of microfinance -- loaning low-income entrepreneurs small loans to start or help their businesses along -- is not a new concept. In fact, it's been around, with a lot of success, for several years. Microfinance is especially popular in third-world countries where cash is short, need is long...

  • Editorial: Why Mexican Americans Should be Concerned With Immigration

    By Alfredo R. Santos, publisher La Voz de Austin First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't...

  • Almost 14 percent of Arizonans lived in “food deserts,” study says

    By Anthony Dewitt Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON - There's nothing simple about Phoenix resident Alex Turley's simple trip to the grocery store to buy the basics. He might walk more than a mile in triple-digit temperatures so that he can catch the light rail, bus or rent a Zipcar. From there, it's...

  • Obama’s willingness to cut Social Security benefits cuts deep into the Latino community

    LatinaLista -- The pressure for President Obama to resolve the debate between Republicans and Democrats over whether or not to raise the debt ceiling is reaching the desperate stage. It must be, if as reported by The Washington Post last night, that President Obama is now willing to consider cuts to Social Security....

  • Latest data reveals illegal immigration from Mexico has stopped. So, what will be the next GOP excuse for not working on CIR?

    LatinaLista -- The news doesn't get any better than this for any politician who has stalled the debate on immigration reform until there's proof of a secure border: According to Douglas S. Massey, co-director of the Mexican Migration Project (MMP), the flow of illegal immigration from Mexico has stopped. If anyone should...

  • The assault against undocumented immigrants is creating a new kind of humanitarian crisis

    LatinaLista -- One of the federal government's strategy in combating illegal immigration is to create a "culture of voluntary compliance" among businesses to not hire undocumented workers says Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gillian Chistensen. Of course, the voluntary compliance comes with the threat of being severely fined if the government finds...

  • Alabamians March Against Immigration Bill

    La Costa Latina GULF COAST -- On Saturday, June 25, starting at 6:30 p.m., Alabama residents and supporters will march in Linn Park in downtown Birmingham to protest the new immigration bill, HB56, signed by Governor Bentley on June 9. Participants are asked to wear a white shirt for solidarity and to bring...

  • Cost analysis shows why it’s important Congress doesn’t cut programs aimed to reduce teen pregnancies

    LatinaLista -- Having a baby is expensive. A teen mom having a baby is expensive not only for the family but for the state as well. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released a new analysis of the public costs of teen childbearing at both the national and state...

  • Gauging Latino influence has little to do with political clout — at this stage

    LatinaLista -- Whenever the "i" word, and I'm talking influence, is used in association with Latinos, people automatically resort to defining it as political clout. It's waved in the air as a defiant threat every time another anti-immigrant legislation is passed and signed into law. Just last week, the National Association of...

  • Veto of Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act isn’t fair to Latino farmworkers

    LatinaLista -- Time and time again over the last few years, we have seen how politics trumps common sense and common decency when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable in the nation. It has happened again. Last night, California Gov. Jerry Brown ignored the pleas of farm workers and their families...

  • Smugglers target Arizona for two of every three illegal border tunnels

    By Maggie Pingolt Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON -- Arizona has more than 90 illegal tunnels under its border with Mexico, the most discovered in any state in the Southwest, law enforcement officials told senators. Investigators have uncovered 88 in Nogales, Ariz., alone since the 1990s, accounting for more than half of the...

  • 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...