• 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...

  • The sad, mysterious and predictable murder of Evelia Valencia

    LatinaLista -- Evelia Villa Valencia was a 29-year-old mother of three when her eldest, an 11-year-old, made the gruesome discovery after school, on May 23, 2011, of his mother's lifeless body. She had been strangled in the bedroom of the family's apartment in Arlington, Texas -- she was still holding on to...

  • Bolivia: Improving the Race

    By Angie Washington LatinaLista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- One arm balanced my chubby baby on my hip. The other flagged down a taxi. I crawled in and adjusted my cooing bundle on my lap. The taxi driver started in with the usual round of questions that most Bolivians have for this blue-eyed lady....

  • Anastasio Hernández; A year without justice

    By Mariana Martínez La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- A year has passed since that night on May 28th 2010, when about twenty federal agents beat and tasered an undocumented immigrant, Anastasio Hernández, as he was being deported to Tijuana. The beating and tasing left him brain dead; he was declared...

  • In Texas, the battle for quality education for ALL children rages on

    By Alfredo R. Santos La Voz de Austin On June 4th, 2011, I went to a rally at the Texas State Capitol to help call attention to the fact that public education is under attack in Texas. As I stood in the rotunda of the Capitol shouting slogans and singing a modified...

  • New site spreads message “Muslims are our fellow Americans”

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to being feared, insulted or ignored based on who you physically are as a person, a lot of Latinos know what that feels like. Another group who knows equally well how it feels is Muslim Americans. Take what happened last month: On May 6, five days after...

  • President Obama has opened the White House and his agenda to Latinos but lacks opening one more thing

    LatinaLista -- Lately, President Obama has not made a secret of the fact that he has opened the White House to Latinos. Whether it's holding various strategy meetings with Latino community leaders, politicians or entertainment personalities or hosting the swearing-in and kick-off meeting of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for...

  • New poll shows how GOP’s usage of “the American people” is code word for white Americans

    LatinaLista -- Listening to GOP leadership speak on any given Sunday morning public affairs program, I'm always a little incensed when I hear them volley the term "the American people" to justify their stand on issues: "The American people want a balanced budget and know the Ryan plan is the best" or...

  • NY Gov. Cuomo applauded for rejecting Secure Communities. Time for Obama admin to review program

    LatinaLista -- New York's Governor Cuomo did something yesterday that only one other governor in the nation has done -- told the federal government his state would not participate in the program known as Secure Communities. The title of the program alone would make the most rational person think Cuomo may have...

  • Immigration Attorneys Merge to Create Dream Team

    La Costa Latina Gulf Coast, FL -- Immigration attorneys, Stanley Walker (formerly of Emerald Coast Immigration Law Office) and Marty Lester (formerly of Fleet, Spencer and Kilpatrick, P.A.), have created what is expected to be the ultimate immigration law firm on the Gulf Coast and the Southeast region. For years, the two...

  • Low-wage job growth bad thing for Latinos and the nation

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to the low-skilled labor market, it's been immigrant and minority workers who have served as the backbone in those industries. Yet, there was a time when a low-wage job was considered to be a stepping stone to better paying jobs on the way to achieving the proverbial...

  • ICE’s deportation of mother of Iraqi war veteran draws concern

    LatinaLista -- A New York Times' article over the weekend about how the Obama administration is now "smartly" enforcing immigration law by going after employers: In a break with Bush-era policies, the number of criminal cases against unauthorized immigrant workers has dropped sharply over the last two years Map shows deportation route...

  • New manual shows suburban teachers that “race matters”

    LatinaLista -- Who would have thought that educators needed a manual on how to teach children? Well, it seems suburban educators, who are seeing their classrooms become more diversified over the last few years, could use a little guidance -- and they got it. The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles wrote a...

  • New members of President’s Hispanic education comm. discuss challenges and solutions to reach nation’s Latino students

    By Cheryl Aguilar LatinaLista -- Grim statistics surrounding Latino educational achievement are often plaguing our community. Latinos have the lowest attainment level of any group in the US; only about half of all Latino students earn their high school diploma on time. Those who do complete high school are only half as...

  • New report shows Latinos remain targets of assaults and racial profiling

    LatinaLista -- Zane Seipler used to be a deputy at the McHenry County Sheriff's Office in McHenry, Illinois until he got fired for being a whistle-blower. It seems Seipler noticed that his colleagues on the force were handing out a lot of traffic tickets to Latino drivers and purposely misidentifying them in...

  • Peru: An election countdown to change and social unrest

    By M. Isabel Guerra LatinaLista LIMA, PERU -- June 5th is the scheduled date for the second round of voting in Peru's presidential elections. Polls indicate that the percentage of distance between the two candidates, Keiko Fujimori (Fuerza 2011) and Ollanta Humala (Gana Peru) has increased a bit, breaking their previous virtual...