• Voters approve proposition to cut affirmative action by state, local governments

    By REBEKAH ZEMANSKY Cronkite News Service PHOENIX - Arizona voters have approved a ballot measure to eliminate affirmative action programs in state and local governments. Unofficial returns showed Proposition 107 leading by a wide margin. Supporters said the need for affirmative action has long passed and amount to discrimination. They succeeded in...

  • An expected election night outcome brings Latinos an uncertain uneasiness for the future

    LatinaLista -- By 9 p.m. EST, some congressional races had already been called but real suspense is waiting for who the winner will be in states like Nevada, Alaska, California and a few others. So far, one Tea Party candidate, KY Rand Paul, has been declared a winner, as well as, FL...

  • USA: Making Latinos the boogeyman of the 2010 midterm elections

    By Mary Moreno LatinaLista USA -- In Louisiana, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and across the country, politicians in heated races have turned to vilifying immigrants and Latinos to appeal to their white base. Some, like Sharron Angle, have tried to create distance between the immigrants their ads say are out to destroy everything...

  • Texas politician plays slap-down politics with Latina opponent Linda Chavez-Thompson

    LatinaLista -- Who is Linda Chavez-Thompson? It's a question that has proven to be a challenge to answer for the campaign of the Latina running for the second most powerful job in the state of Texas -- Lieutenant Governor. Not because Democrat Chavez-Thompson doesn't have an inspirational story and a strong background...

  • From coast to coast, Latino voters poised to impact 2010 elections

    LatinaLista -- The epitome of strength of the Latino vote is, of course, turnout. If Latinos don't vote, there's no gain in political influence, credibility to deliver votes for politicians who introduce controversial legislation on behalf of Latinos, or even a show of support to potential Latino candidates who must rely on...

  • A just verdict for a hateful crime: The Shenandoah hate crime trial

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Guilty. It was a verdict the defendants, Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak, were not expecting. After all, Piekarsky had already been acquitted of third-degree murder and both were acquitted of ethnic intimidation during a weeklong trial last year for the Shenandoah, Pa., beating death of Luis Eduardo...

  • New Pew Hispanic report reveals Latinos more united than not

    LatinaLista -- A newly released Pew Hispanic report, Illegal Immigration Backlash Worries, Divides Latinos, highlights the fact that Latinos don't all think the same. In fact, they don't all think the same of each other. For example, in 2007, 50 percent of Latinos said that illegal immigration had a positive impact on Latinos already...

  • Keeping challenges in perspective leads one Latina to unforeseen success

    By NHLI Staff LatinaLista A highly involved, recognized and versatile leader, blogger and attorney, Aurelia Flores' story is truly inspiring to young Latinas and women nationwide. Becoming pregnant at 15 didn't slow Aurelia Flores down or shatter her dreams. Instead it fueled her desire to succeed and become more than a statistic....

  • Political ads scapegoating Latino immigrants create a new level of bullying

    LatinaLista -- It's been reported that Nevada's GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle has raised a war chest worthy of intimidating her opponent, Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid. But she didn't have to use any funds from that chest in the latest advertisement targeting her opponent and, again, taking square aim against Latino...

  • It’s a “Perfect Storm” for the return of the Latino Vote

    LatinaLista -- It's not a myth that Latino voters have the power to influence the outcomes of political elections. It's a fact that was proven in 2008 during the presidential election. Because of the outreach by the Democratic Party, and especially the Obama campaign, Latino voters across the country were energized to...

  • New Latina Shopper Study reveals highest preference is for shopping online

    LatinaLista -- Recession or no recession, when it comes to shopping try keeping a Latina at home. The Latina shopper is a force to be reckoned with -- ask any poor man who wasn't smart enough to get out of the way. It's reported that Latinas control 80 percent of the purse...

  • Million-member advocacy group joining DREAM Act lobbying efforts

    LatinaLista -- Of all the issues with which Congress should have an easy time, there is one that still proves to be a hurdle for some members to wrap their minds around -- the DREAM Act. As regular readers know, the DREAM Act acknowledges the plight of undocumented students who have been...

  • Latest political ad by Nev. GOP Angle slanders all Latinos — she should be sued!

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to politics, I have always striven to be respectful of peoples' candidate choices. I've had to. Within my own family exists a variety of political persuasions that taught me long ago I can debate the issues but not people's choices. After all, everyone has a right to...

  • For many on the Navajo Nation, it’s been a long wait for power

    By COLTON SHONE Cronkite Borderlands Initiative LUKACHUKAI - For more than 80 years of his life, William Yazzie didn't know what it was like to flick a switch in his own home and have light flood the room. While others could eat in their living rooms in front of blaring television sets,...

  • Non-profit Spotlight: Empowering Latino families to seek a higher quality of life

    LatinaLista -- One of the core values of Chicago-based Casa Central is the belief that everyone has the potential to improve their quality of life. That simple belief is what has spurred the success and longevity of Casa Central since its founding in 1954. Founded by a variety of religious leaders at...

  • For Latino voters, 2010 election may prove to be even more historic than 2008

    LatinaLista -- Ever since the first doomsday polling predictions were published forecasting low or non-existent Latino voter turnout at the polls in two weeks, non-Latinos have believed them. Come to find out that the hope was that Latino voters would believe them too. In fact, to make sure Latinos believed them, one...

  • Latest Gallup poll creates confusion and concern for Latino electorate

    LatinaLista -- One of the premier pollsters in the country, Gallup, posted a poll that appears to defy facts as it pertains to Latino voters. Unfortunately, because most in media just take it for granted that Gallup knows what it's doing, no one bothered to analyze the results. If any of us...

  • Ads telling Latinos not to vote disrespect the history, progress and future of Latino community

    LatinaLista -- In the 2008 presidential election, Latinos finally understood the mother of all civics lessons -- voting is the most powerful tool to fuel change. Since that time, with Democrats delivering a mixed message to the greater Latino community on immigration reform -- endorsing the DREAM Act but setting records for deportations...

  • CO politician Polly Baca joins the push to get more Latinas to run for elected office

    LatinaLista -- No one would ever know that women elected to public office have been flat-lined for the last ten years. In other words, the gains that were made in past decades are on life support. No one would know that given the media exposure to Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell --...

  • Regents’ report on undocumented students reveals different reality than what Georgia conservatives preach

    LatinaLista -- The way conservative politicians have continuously latched on to the illegal immigration issue and regurgitated the falsehoods fed to them by groups who have demonstrated their revulsion for the "rainbow" demographics evolving in this country is at the same time disturbing and infuriating. It's disturbing because so many people who...

  • Shenandoah Hate Crime: The New Awakening of Crystal Dillman

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista SCRANTON, PA -- Crystal Dillman woke up Friday with a feeling so long ago missing in her that it was almost surreal. "I finally feel relief," she said. "This is justice for me, my children and Luis." After more than two years, an all-white federal jury in...

  • Democrats create site to reinforce message of “Progress”

    LatinaLista -- Long before the candidates were announced for the upcoming November elections, politics has been nastier than usual. A day doesn't go by that the "American people" are not being told what a lousy job the Democrats are doing. According to their critics, no progress has been made under their leadership....

  • Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial Jury Verdict: Guilty

    LatinaLista -- Reporter Gustavo Martinez reports from the federal courthouse in Scranton, PA that the jury in the hate crime trial against Derrick Donchak, 20, and Brandon Piekarsky, 18, found both young men guilty of a hate crime. Donchak was also found guilty of aiding and abetting and conspiring a cover-up after...

  • Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial: Verdict Could Be Ready Tomorrow

    by Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 13, 2010 SCRANTON, PA -- The fate of the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime could be known this Thursday, after both sides took most of Wednesday to present their closing arguments. Derrick M. Donchak, 20, and Brandon J. Piekarsky,...

  • Arpaio continues to push the bounds of law versus lawlessness

    LatinaLista -- For anyone who has been monitoring immigration events in Arizona, long before SB 1070 was written, the story was all about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Federal officials to local activists agree that Arpaio's law enforcement tactics are reminiscent of a time in history when town sheriffs designated themselves the...