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California's Latinos and blacks still lag in university eligibility

Despite recent improvements, Latino and black students continue to lag behind whites and Asians in becoming academically eligible to enter California's two public university systems, according to a state report released Tuesday.

The study by the California Postsecondary Education Commission also showed that female high school seniors still do significantly better than males in taking required classes and earning grades and test scores that… Continue

Added by News on December 10, 2008 at 2:17am — No Comments

When Hispanics suffer from depression, they're often too afraid to seek help

Depression and anxiety are frequently part of the experience as immigrants adjust to a new culture separated from families, social networks and emotional support. Experts say there is a need for mental health services to help Hispanics, whose numbers are increasing because of immigration, including illegal immigration.READ FULL…

Added by News on December 8, 2008 at 3:53am — No Comments

Valley Hispanics spend big, even in tough economy

With the struggling economy, many business leaders think that when it comes to marketing it's good to think Hispanic.

That's because the Hispanic market continues to grow, not only across the U.S., but right here in Arizona.

With the struggling economy, many business leaders think that when it comes to marketing it's good to think Hispanic.

According to the Hispanic chamber of commerce, Hispanics have the ability to spend… Continue

Added by News on December 8, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments

Latinos unhappy with Obama picks

If there is one message President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team has broadcast about Cabinet picks, it is that ethnicity and gender will not be the first considerations when filling the slots.

Credentials over tokenism, after all, was a fundamental principle of Obama’s presidential campaign that highlighted his ideas and community values over his African-American background. Still, if all goes as planned, Cabinet members with… Continue

Added by News on December 8, 2008 at 3:23am — No Comments

One Label Does Not Fit All

Geraldo Rivera -- who has gone from TV showman to defender of la raza with his new book subtitled "Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S." -- warmed up a Latino luncheon crowd the other day with the one joke he says he knows in Spanish.

"The only difference among us Hispanics is the color of our beans," he said in Spanish, to appreciative chuckles. "We're all in this together."… Continue

Added by News on December 8, 2008 at 3:03am — No Comments

Alone among us

Sharon Salyer and Alejandro Domínguez’s reporting on the mental health challenges faced by Hispanics is part of a health journalism program offered through the Annenberg-California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, administered by the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication. READ FULL…

Added by News on December 8, 2008 at 3:00am — No Comments

Wall Street isn't the only street hit

When a large white van slowed near Kennedy Park on a recent sunny -- but very cold -- November day, about six men didn't wait for it to stop before they opened the doors and jumped inside.

They were day laborers -- most were Ecuadorean immigrants -- and they were hoping for some work.

The contractor, who was building a house, only needed two workers that day. "Take me, take me," some of the nearly 20 men who gathered around his van shouted.

Wall Street may get… Continue

Added by News on December 2, 2008 at 1:37am — No Comments

European ancestry increases breast cancer risk among Latinas

Latina women have a lower risk of breast cancer than European or African-American women generally, but those with higher European ancestry could be at increased risk, according to data published in the December 1 issue of Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

"We need to study the possible factors that are placing Latina women of high European ancestry at greater risk," said Laura Fejerman, Ph.D., a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of… Continue

Added by News on December 2, 2008 at 1:33am — No Comments

New Program to Prevent Suicide Among Latinas

The Latina Adolescent Suicide Prevention Campaign was launched this week at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., to help inform young Latinas about how to seek help and prevent suicide in their community, reports El Diario/La Prensa. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among young people between 10 and 24 years of age in the United States. Research shows that adolescent Latinas have the highest rate of attempted suicides among groups of teenagers in the nation: 21 percent of Hispanic… Continue

Added by News on December 2, 2008 at 1:31am — No Comments

Mexicans in U.S. return home for holidays with less

Nearly 1 million Mexican migrants living in the U.S. are expected to head home for the holidays, but relatively few are returning loaded down with gifts and cash this year.

Many are simply moving back after losing their jobs in the U.S. economic crisis, a disappointing turn for an annual journey that has become a cherished tradition in towns and villages across Mexico.

In many impoverished hamlets, migrants are usually welcomed home with lavish festivities. Townspeople… Continue

Added by News on December 2, 2008 at 1:27am — No Comments

Cuba eagerly awaits Obama

Barack Obama's inauguration is still nearly two months away, but you can already hear the thawing sound over the Florida Strait. Latin America experts anticipate that Obama will quickly make good on his campaign promise to "immediately" revoke the restrictions imposed by George W. Bush in 2004 that severely limit Cuban-American travel and remittances home. Obama has also vowed to shut the Guantánamo Bay prison, long a gringo thumb in the eye to Cubans (and all Latin Americans).… Continue

Added by News on December 2, 2008 at 12:55am — No Comments

Thanksgiving 'a la americana' is back

Hold the pavochón, the pasteles and the pumpkin flan.

In at least one Latino household in the city, this Thanksgiving will turn into a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

The reason? The election of Barack Obama, and the born-again patriotism it has inspired even in the most cosmopolitan of New Yorkers.

“It’s cool for us to be gringos now,” says Vanessa Arce, 33, laughing. “It’s a bit of a joke, but it’s a joke… Continue

Added by News on November 26, 2008 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Latinos embrace American Thanksgiving traditions

When he was growing up in Mexico, Cesar Vera was fascinated with Thanksgiving, which he had heard about from television but otherwise knew nothing about. Today, having been in the United States for years, he has embraced the holiday wholeheartedly.

“For us, it is great, there is no religion involved and we are just grateful for it. We are completely converted. We look forward to this holiday. It’s a well-deserved break. We just go for it all the way, the traditional Thanksgiving,”… Continue

Added by News on November 26, 2008 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Happy Safe Thanksgiving to All

May you enjoy this thanksgiving holiday al lado de todos sus familiares y otros seres queridos and don't forget to give thanks for all that you have been bless with this past year specially health and work. Pidan por la reunificación familiar a través de una reforma de inmigración justa para todos. God Bless and don't forget to laugh a lot it's good for the soul!

Added by Maggie Rivera on November 26, 2008 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Bad New York City schools trap many minorities, study says

A disporportionate number of black and Latino students are stuck in the city's worst schools, a Daily News analysis shows.

About 30% of students in schools given "report card" grades last month are African-American, yet blacks make up 41% of the classroom rosters in schools rated D or F.

Similarly, Latinos are 39% of the population in the graded schools - but they make up 47% of the kids in those with the lowest rankings.… Continue

Added by News on November 24, 2008 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Immigrant advocates hope for policy change in new administration

President George W. Bush couldn't fix it. Neither could several sessions of Congress.

But several groups in the Bay Area are already sending their immigration policy suggestions to President-elect Barack Obama, hoping he can break the stalemate that for years has prevented lawmakers from enacting comprehensive immigration reform.

"Immigration is going to be kind of sticky, but I know he's going to do something," said the Rev. Marvin Webb of Richmond's Bethlehem Missionary… Continue

Added by News on November 24, 2008 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Election of Obama provokes rise in U.S. hate crimes

Barack Obama's election as U.S. president has provoked a rise in hate crimes against ethnic minorities, civil rights groups said on Monday.

Hundreds of incidents of abuse or intimidation apparently motivated by racial hatred have been reported since the November 4 election, though most have not involved violence, said the Southern Poverty Law Center.

White supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Council of… Continue

Added by News on November 24, 2008 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Latinos pin hopes of immigration reform on Obama

Barack Obama borrowed more from the immigrant labour movement than just a slogan.

Just as Latinos historically had marched for worker rights to the chants of "Yes, we can," ("Si, se puede"), they organised and stumped by the thousands this year to help elect Obama.

Although they initially leaned more toward Hillary Clinton, Latinos threw support to Obama by 67% nationwide, increasing their turnout, delivering several key states and gaining clout in the Democratic party.… Continue

Added by News on November 24, 2008 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Latina business owner creates success with work ethic

Yolanda Cuevas is living proof that the American dream is obtainable.

Founder, president and CEO of Cuevas Distribution Inc., a laboratory, medical and safety supply distribution company in Fort Worth, Cuevas is recognized as a pioneer in her industry and has captured nearly every top honor for her business acumen. Region III of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce and the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have… Continue

Added by News on November 24, 2008 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Ethnic grocery stores offer taste of home or something new

The smell of spicy meat permeates the tiny grocery store on Main and Racine streets.

Brimming shelves offer canned goods with brand names such as “Goya” and “La Morena,” along with spices and produce you don’t find at your average grocery store.

Customers murmur “perdoname” or “excuse me” as they squeeze through the narrow aisles to order chorizo sausage from the butcher or pick up some fresh tomatillos.

Soccer jerseys… Continue

Added by News on November 24, 2008 at 8:07pm — No Comments

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