Latino and black youth in juvenile justice system lose out on getting an education — twice

LatinaLista — It’s long been known that Latino and black students suffer the brunt of school suspensions and juvenile detention. Today, the Civil Rights Project released a study Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion from School which reports: National suspension rates show that 17%, or 1 out of every 6 Black school- children…

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As Latino politicians ascend, more must confront a political riddle unique to Hispanics

LatinaLista — Something Ted Cruz, the victor in the recent GOP TX Senate primary, said today has been getting a lot of coverage. He was advising Mitt Romney how best to appeal to Latino voters. Mitt Romney’s campaign should appeal to “conservative values: faith, family, hard work, responsibility” in making his case to Latino voters……

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Majority of Texas Latino voters left to wonder why the excitement over a Ted Cruz victory

LatinaLista — The political world is in a frenzy today because of what happened in last night’s Texas Republican Senate primary race — newcomer Ted Cruz beat veteran and current Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. The election of Ted Cruz has many, mostly outside the Lone Star State, speculating that the GOP is improving its odds among…

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New report shows that over a million undocumented youth live from ‘sea to shining sea’

LatinaLista — Today in Chicago, Rep. Luis Gutierrez announced the plans for DREAM Relief day events for Illinois undocumented youth to be held on August 15 at the Navy Pier ballroom. “This is the most important development in two decades for undocumented immigrants and we intend to get as many young people as are eligible…

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Cheney comments make it clear he doesn’t think Marco Rubio is on Romney’s short list of VP picks

LatinaLista — Over the weekend, former Vice President Dick Cheney made a couple of remarks during an ABC interview, but only one of his comments really caught the media’s attention — that the choice of Sarah Palin by the McCain camp was a mistake. Of course, McCain rebutted Cheney’s comment and came out in defense of his…

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In suspicious move, union ICE boss appears with GOP senators to denounce DREAMer policy

LatinaLista — Once upon a time being Commander-in-Chief meant that though people who worked in the various federal agencies disagreed with the man in the Oval Office, they may have griped among themselves but didn’t go public and certainly never held a joint press conference with the opposing political party. Yet, for some reason, those…

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Life Issues

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    Pediatrician helps Latino parents understand importance of vaccines

    LatinaLista — A new study published in the March issue of JAMA Pediatrics on the December measles outbreak, traced to California’s Disneyland, confirms what was on everyone’s minds — not being vaccinated caused the illness to spread. Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that a perfect storm was created…

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    Latino immigrants most appreciative of their local public libraries

    LatinaLista — With more than 17,000 public libraries and bookmobiles nationwide, serving 96% of the U.S. population, there’s opportunity for most people to visit a library or have access to books and library services. However, a new Pew study found that Latinos, who have used libraries, are the least informed when it comes to knowing…

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    New data shows Latino students’ work paying off on closing the achievement gap

    LatinaLista — It seems Latino students are getting the message that a high school diploma is the first step in having a successful future. The latest findings from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics reveals that Latino students, and other students of color, are improving their graduation rates and narrowing the…

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    Transcript: President Obama’s remarks at 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches

    Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015 It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning 50 years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel,…

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    North Texas activists protest killing of unarmed Mexican immigrant

    By Obed Manuel LatinaLista GRAPEVINE, TX — The Grapevine City Council conference room filled with shouts of “No justice! No peace!” Tuesday night as more than 100 people showed up to protest the officer-involved killing of Ruben Garcia Villalpando. Martha Romero, Villalpando’s wife, sat quietly in the front row of the conference room with her…

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    College advisor pens song advocating educational rights for DREAMers

    By Julie Diaz-Asper LATISM I met Steve Goodman because our kids are in school together. I knew he was an expert on college education and part of the top colleges team. I didn’t know that he was a songwriter who uses songs to advocate on educational issues. Here is the story behind “Let Julio Study”…

Global Views

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    Peru’s beautiful and ancient Vilavilani cave paintings left unprotected

    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week A cave containing some of southern Peru’s most beautiful, ancient paintings is unprotected and hardly known by the public. The Vilavilani cave, located in the Palca district of the region of Tacna in southern Peru houses cave paintings dating back to approximately 7,000 B.C. Archaeologist Jesus Gordillo told El…

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    Want to find your ‘happy place’? Gallup poll says look in Latin America

    LatinaLista — If the economy, Congress or national news headlines have you feeling blue, you might want to jet south of the border to Central or South America. Not so much for the sand and sun, though that would be sure to brighten any mood, but just to feel happier overall! It seems Paraguay, Colombia,…

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    Mexico launches nationwide whistleblower initiative with MéxicoLeaks

    LatinaLista — Mexico, along with many countries in Latin America, is a country whose people routinely suffer from daily acts of impugnity exercised by local police, politicians, corporations, drug cartels, the wealthy, etc. Past attempts to hold some of these perpetrators accountable — by bloggers, students, journalists or parents of missing children — has resulted…

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    Peruvians want to throw trash TV off the airwaves

    LatinaLista — Last month, the streets of Lima swelled with a new protest movement hoping to do away with trash TV in the country and encourage more cultural programming. Begun on Facebook, the “March Against Trash Television” (Marcha Contra La Television Basura) paraded down the streets of Lima, Peru on the night of February 27….

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    New threats challenge Mexico’s Teotihuacán’s chances of retaining splendor for next generation

    LatinaLista — Mexico’s pyramid Teotihuacán is not just a popular tourist destination and iconic symbol of Mexico’s significance in the annals of ancient history but it’s also an archeological treasure living on borrowed time. Located 25 miles northeast of Mexico City, Teotihuacán is a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city renown for its long-standing structures and well-preserverd murals….

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    Infested coffee plants have Peruvian farmers growing more coca leaf

    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week Rust-infected coffee plantations have left farmers in Puno poor and leaning towards growing more and more coca to feed and take care of their families, according to El Comercio. From 2013 to 2014, coffee production saw a 90% drop due to rust damaging crops. El Comercio went to the…