• The day after the march on Washington for immigration reform Latinos have to wonder: Did it do any good?

    LatinaLista -- The pictures prove it. Over 200,000 (unsubstantiated estimates go as high as 500,000) immigration reform marchers, dressed in white t-shirts and toting either American flags or signs marched and mingled at the National Mall in Washington, DC yesterday, while at the same time the House of Representatives busily debated the...

  • Washington, Get ready! The immigration reform marchers are coming and they won’t be easily ignored

    LatinaLista -- At about 6 this evening, busloads of people from El Paso, Houston, Waco, the Rio Grande Valley and Fort Worth began filtering into the chapel of the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. Church staff estimated that there were over 300 people. Dallas was the central meeting place...

  • Immigrant advocates wonder will Democrats fight as hard for immigration reform as they’ve done for healthcare?

    LatinaLista-- The unexpected statement from the President arrived late this afternoon. It was short and to the point: Statement by the President Praising the Bipartisan Immigration Reform Framework In June, I met with members of both parties, and assigned Secretary Napolitano to work with them and key constituencies around the country to...

  • New political movement Coffee Party USA could become Cafe Ole for Latinos

    LatinaLista -- Between coffee and tea, I really do like my coffee. So when I heard over the weekend about a new political movement called The Coffee Party, it caught my attention. When I heard the founder of the new movement, Annabelle Park, being interviewed on CNN, it piqued my interest further....

  • Latinos and blacks should be offended and angry over TX State Board of Education’s decision to dismiss minority contributions from school textbooks

    LatinaLista -- Democracy is a dying U.S. ideal -- thanks to the Texas State Board of Education (TSBE). In a vote of 10-5, the board, dominated by social conservatives, preliminarily adopted a new Social Studies and history curriculum that includes replacing the word "democratic" in referring to the form of U.S. government...

  • Waiting for bipartisan support before introducing immigration reform doesn’t sound too optimistic

    LatinaLista -- Politico is reporting that Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate's architect on the latest Senate version of immigration reform, is feeling "optimistic" about producing immigration legislation this year. He and his congressional colleague, Sen. Lindsey Graham, are scheduled to meet with the President tomorrow after a series of scheduled meetings had...

  • Texas 2010 Republican Primary Election: Prejudice at the polls

    LatinaLista --Incumbent Texas Railroad Commissioner Victor Carrillo should have won his bid this week for re-election, but he didn't. In fact, he was soundly beaten -- 61%-39%. Who was his opponent? A man by the name of Porter. According to Carrillo, that says it all. Though Carrillo spent $600,000 on his re-election...

  • New report underscores the rise of a new national pastime — immigrant bashing!

    LatinaLista -- In 2008, it seemed an odd coincidence that there should be two murders, later deemed hate crimes, of Latino immigrants so close together. In July 2008, Luis Ramirez was beaten to death in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Eventually six people were indicted for his death -- four of them police officers. Four...

  • President’s health summit illustrates the disconnect some in Congress have with the poor

    LatinaLista — For some reason, the United Kingdom newspaper, the Guardian, is running a two-day poll on their online site asking their readers to vote on who gave the "best performance" in President Obama's healthcare summit today. So far, Democrats are outpacing Republicans. Last I checked, and the poll counts the results...

  • Senate resignations underscore need to address immigration reform before Sept.

    LatinaLista — Ever since I posted the news that there is a massive march planned for March 21 in Washington by supporters of comprehensive immigration reform, response has been mixed. Some have supported it and others not -- not too surprising. But what was surprising was that people, who normally support such...

  • March’s “lion” will be the roar for immigration reform

    LatinaLista In areas across the country, a lot of people are looking forward to the month of March. Not because it heralds the arrival of Spring (March 20, 2010) but because they've been told that is when Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) will be introduced in Congress. The issue is mobilizing not just...

  • North Carolina bilingual school secretary loses job for translating for Spanish-speaking parents

    LatinaLista — One of the horror stories often told by Latino civil rights pioneers has always been the tale of how they were punished for speaking Spanish at school. Rightly or wrongly, it has become the standard for which to measure against how grossly violated a Latino's civil rights are. Thankfully, since...

  • New study on Latino voters shows the key to reaching many Latinos lies in the language of engagement

    LatinaLista -- If one thing is clear from a new report released today by America's Voice entitled The Power of the Latino Vote in America: They Tipped Elections in 2008; Where Will They Be in 2010? it's that no political party should underestimate the power of the Latino vote. According to the...

  • Latina Lista partners with Voto Latino and iTunes to promote 2010 Census

    LatinaLista — Filling out the U.S. Census is important. It's a message that the US Census Bureau has been trying to get across since the news that certain religious Latino leaders were preaching against filling out the US Census to mostly their undocumented parishioners. At first, the reason given for the Census...

  • Message to Democrats: Don’t obligate Latinos to feel grateful for just doing your job

    LatinaLista — A lot has been written this week on this site and others about how Latinos have become disillusioned with the Democratic Party. It's gotten to the point that the old strategies of engagement just aren't working. In yesterday's post, I laid out the guidelines, if you will, of how Democrats,...

  • How the Democratic Party can re-energize Latino voters

    LatinaLista — Last week, I wrote a commentary about being left unimpressed, unmotivated and uninterested in setting up any neighborhood watch parties to watch the President's State of the Union address. It's not that I'm on the GOP bandwagon to derail Obama at any cost, it's just that I'm not sure what...

  • Sen. Schumer’s talk with Lou Dobbs on immigration reform does little to inspire hope among Latinos

    LatinaLista — As Latina Lista noted before Obama's State of the Union address, it had been leaked that Obama would mention immigration reform in his speech. "Mention" was the right word since he said nothing new, nothing hopeful, pretty much nada. The message from Obama was perfectly clear in what he didn't...

  • President Obama’s State of the Union Address

    Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For two hundred and twenty years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They have done so during periods...

  • How much longer will the White House tease immigration reform?

    LatinaLista — In reading all the headlines regarding Obama's first State of the Union address, it's easy to see that everyone has their own idea of what Obama should talk about. While some of the topics he will cover have been leaked to the press, like banning the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"...

  • Democrats can’t use the tactics of 2008 to reach out to Latino voters in 2010

    LatinaLista — The news that the White House had brought back David Plouffe, Obama's former campaign manager, and the one person largely credited for getting Obama the presidency, had me wondering just what was he going to do to help Obama regain political traction. "He (David Plouffe) brings value added to our...

  • Grading Obama’s first year in office proves to be an incomplete review

    LatinaLista — Everywhere we turn in the media today, there are three stories that are dominating the headlines: Rightfully, the Haiti earthquake and the ongoing rescue efforts; Naturally, the Republican victory and what this means for healthcare reform and; Amazingly, a report card review of Obama's first year in office. As part...

  • Political poll has it wrong when it comes to MA’s Latino voters

    LatinaLista — In the old voting days, before the 2008 presidential election, Latino voters were hardly ever blamed for the defeat of a party -- but that's the old days. We know that thanks in large part to Latino voters there is now an Obama Administration, and if a new poll is...

  • TX Governor puts the needs of state’s Latino students behind his power-play of party politics

    LatinaLista — Texas is a majority-minority state. Of the minorities that call the Lone Star state home, 8.9 million are Latinos -- making Texas only second to California in having a high Latino population. Along with that distinction is the grim reality that Latino students are faring badly in the state's public...

  • New Pew survey reveals Latinos’ hopes for change under Obama are fading

    LatinaLista — The Pew Research Center released a report today meant to evaluate how blacks view the state of "black progress," especially since Barack Obama was elected president. Not surprisingly blacks responded favorably to most of the survey questions. In fact, they even admitted that the biggest group now facing discrimination, isn't...

  • Latino leadership needed to counter TX State Board of Education’s attempt to write minorities out of history

    LatinaLista — The Southern Education Foundation released a report last week, "A New Diverse Majority," that found, that for the first time in history, more than half of all the students attending public schools in the 15 Southern states (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina,...