• 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...

  • Defense rests its case in Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial

    by Gustavo Martinez Contreras Latina Lista Posted on October 13, 2010 SCRANTON, PA — After just 45 minutes of testimony, the defense for the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime rested its case. Derrick M. Donchak, 20, and Brandon J. Piekarsky, 18, face life in prison if found...

  • “We’re going to start a civil war in Shenandoah”

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista October 13, 2010 Derrick M. Donchak and Brandon J. Piekarsky left the courtroom today after their defense presented their case, focusing on an unrelated event the prosecution brought up before resting its case. SCRANTON, PA — The witness with the strongest testimony today in the trial of...

  • New online campaign calls for Sec. Napolitano to let counties opt-out of Secure Communities program

    LatinaLista — Two issues that critics of immigration reform insisted needed to be addressed before serious talk could begin on what to do with 12 million people was secure the border and secure communities. With the deployment of additional National Guard troops and drone surveillance aircraft along the border, security at the...

  • Where’s la raza in the coverage of hate crime trial for the murder of Luis Ramírez Zavala

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 12, 2010 SCRANTON, PA — After a three-day recess, the federal trial against the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime stemming from the 2008 beating death of Luis Eduardo Ramírez Zavala, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, resumes. Derrick M. Donchak, 20,...

  • History’s tunnel vision is most apparent on Columbus Day

    LatinaLista — Winston Churchill got it right when he famously said, “History is written by the victors.” That statement has never been more true than on Columbus Day. Far from the idyllic school poem describing Columbus’ journey, there has been a growing realization among non-indigenous people that not everything was as sweet...

  • Latina Lista embarks on new path to bring value to news

    LatinaLista — In this era of New Media, there are countless news sites struggling to figure out what 21st Century journalism should look like, how it should be delivered and most importantly how to sustain it and its creators. Since 2006, when Latina Lista officially blossomed from a blog into a site...

  • Revelation about Lou Dobbs underscores reality in U.S. economy that can’t be ignored any longer

    LatinaLista — Today’s revelation that Lou Dobbs, the most vocal and mean-spirited critic of illegal immigration, and undocumented immigrants, was discovered to have employed undocumented immigrants for years on his horse farm goes to show just how intertwined undocumented labor is with our economy. Lou Dobbs The trouble with Dobbs, Whitman and...

  • New site highlights impact of U.S.-Mexico border wall

    LatinaLista — Back in the days when construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall was at its height (pun intended) — seizing private and ancestral property, bulldozing its way through some selected neighborhoods and enraging locals on both sides of the border, a group of environmentalists, academicians, professionals and concerned citizens made it...

  • Pima County, Mexican officials agree to share DNA data on border remains

    By REBEKAH ZEMANSKY Cronkite News Service TUCSON – In 2004, DNA analysis first helped forensic anthropologist Dr. Bruce Anderson give a family answers about one young woman who disappeared while crossing illegally into Arizona. “It showed everyone in our office that there’s nothing we can’t do to try to identify a person,”...

  • Puerto Rico’s Finest Get Caught: “Honor was sold for drug money”

    By Natalia A. Bonilla-Berrios LatinaLista SAN JUAN — One hundred and thirty-three arrest warrants were issued yesterday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in what is being described as the “largest police corruption investigation in the history of the FBI.” Dubbed “Operation Guard Shack,” the two-year investigation netted Puerto Rico Police Department...

  • The Race Issue in the Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 7, 2010 SCRANTON, PA — In opening statements today, defense attorneys said race is not an issue in the trial against two white Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime after the beating death of a Mexican undocumented immigrant in 2008. Both...

  • New record-breaking stats on deportations fail to tell the true story

    LatinaLista — If the Obama administration wanted to prove to GOP critics that they are indeed tough on undocumented immigrants, today’s announcement from Dept. of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano should do the trick. According to departmental record keeping, the highest number of deportations of undocumented immigrants in U.S. history has been achieved...

  • Jury Selected in Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial to Start Listening to Testimony

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 6, 2010 SCRANTON, PA — When opening statements begin at 1:45 p.m. today, there will finally be a jury seated in the federal trial of the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime for the beating death of an undocumented Mexican...

  • Jury in Shenandoah Hate Crime Trial To Be Ready Wednesday

    By Gustavo Martinez Contreras LatinaLista Posted on October 5, 2010 SCRANTON, PA — The trial of the two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime for the beating death of a Mexican undocumented immigrant could be under way before the week comes to an end. Today, the prospective juror pool...