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  • Guest Voz: Burning out doesn’t mean giving up for tireless rights activist

    LatinaLista -- No one ever said fighting for justice or human rights is easy. The problem is that, compared to the total U.S. population, only a smattering of people have ever actually fought for these issues. Aside from marching in the streets, waving protest signs or calling Congressional offices there is a...

  • The Associated Press’ continued sanction of offensive term to Latinos underscores disconnect with Hispanic readers

    LatinaLista -- The Associated Press (AP) headline was meant to startle not denigrate someone. After all, it was about a young college student body president who had grown up living in the United States illegally since he was three-years-old, though he only found out about it a few years ago. But the...

  • Migrant women farmworkers toil in nation’s “crying fields” to harvest food for the American people

    LatinaLista -- When it's said that undocumented immigrants do the jobs most Americans don't want, there is one industry that is the poster child for that statement -- the food industry. It is reported that six in ten of the nation's farmworkers are undocumented migrants. Thanks to the work of United Farm Workers,...

  • Latinos crossing party lines to support DREAM Act is important milestone in Latino unity

    LatinaLista -- "Hope springs eternal" is one of those sayings that can either be taken positively or negatively. In light of today's announcement from Sen. Harry Reid that he will introduce the DREAM Act as a stand-alone bill after Thanksgiving, the saying is an accurate description of how DREAM Act students and...

  • It’s in Congress’ hands to stop child sex trafficking in the United States

    LatinaLista -- In 2009, the organization Shared Hope released the report The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America's Prostituted Children. A year after that report, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Chris Smith, co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Human Trafficking, crafted a bill, currently in committee, called H.R. 5575: Domestic...

  • To Latinos, the DREAM Act is a moral issue rather than a political one

    LatinaLista -- Momentum to pass the DREAM Act is accelerating. Today, the White House issued a statement saying that President Obama had met with several representatives from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and he supported the strategy of the CHC to get this lameduck Congress to pass the DREAM Act. At this...

  • Pew report underscores underlying reasons why Latino community has no national leader

    LatinaLista-- The results from the Pew Hispanic Center's latest report, "National Latino Leader? The job is open," underscored two realities that exist in the current Latino community: There is not an overriding issue that unanimously unites all Latinos and broadcast media has an undue influence on the Latino community. According to the...

  • Guest Voz: Poor immigrant students offer untapped potential to enrich the nation — on many levels

    LatinaLista -- A single line in a commentary written by a young woman in Salt Lake City about a speaker she had heard at a teacher's conference caught my attention: "He came, he spoke, he inspired ... and very few people heard him." She was talking about Dr. Francisco Jimenez, a renowned...

  • Guest Voz: Fallen comrades must not be forgotten on Veteran’s Day

    By Luis Cantu LatinaLista On this Veteran's Day across the nation, while parades marched down the Main Streets of cities and small towns and parties were thrown honoring today's enlisted military personnelI, there were other observances happening as well -- much somber ones in cemeteries. Veterans eulogized their fallen comrades on this...

  • Lameduck Congress just quacking about jobs if they don’t pass DREAM Act

    LatinaLista -- The Washington political news site Politico reports this evening that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to push for a vote by next week for the DREAM Act. It's not a surprising mandate. Whether it was Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Richard Durbin or Sen. Charles Schumer who would bring up...

  • Gallup poll showing 4 million Hispanics would leave country underscores an ignored reality of U.S. illegal immigration

    LatinaLista -- A newly released Gallup Poll must be music to the ears of all conservatives who have laboriously hammered on the point of illegal immigration. According to the poll, four million U.S. Hispanics would leave the country permanently if they could. Those Latinos who opted for this one-way ticket out of...

  • TX GOP Riddle didn’t get the campaign memo about illegal immigration so she’s making one up

    LatinaLista -- A funny thing (read sad) has happened since the midterm elections -- Republicans have claimed that the American people have voted them back into office because they miss GOP leadership. Hardly. Every exit poll published since the elections clearly show the opposite -- the American people are equally fed up...

  • Some politicians need to learn meaning of “Nation of Immigrants”

    LatinaLista -- "We're a nation of immigrants." It's a fact that is invoked by politicians when they try to make themselves relevant to minority communities. Yet, if there is one lesson to be learned from the 2010 midterm campaigns, it's that the statement is nothing more than words-to-recite to some politicians who still...

  • Analyses of Latino midterm voter turnout shows the “Sleeping Giant” really is awake

    LatinaLista -- The initial analyses of Latino voter turnout in last night's midterm elections are filtering in and there's an overriding consensus being developed -- Latino voters turned out, in some races, in unprecedented numbers for a midterm election and it made a difference. According to election eve polling by Latino Decisions,...

  • Latinas and other women of color help increase presence of females in politics

    LatinaLista -- While women candidates were part of the casualty list in the 2010 midterm elections, there was history to be made also. The first Latina and Indian American governors were elected. In New Mexico, Republican Susana Martinez was victorious over her opponent Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. In her acceptance speech,...

  • 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...