By Latino Voices | 09/21/2011 - 14:15
"When I was in bed, I was begging the sheriff, 'Please let me free— at least one hand,' and he said, no, he didn't want to," Juana Villegas said in an interview with a local Nashville television station. She was describing the experience of being shackled to her hospital bed as she went into labor. Villegas gave birth in the sheriff's custody, after she was stopped by local police while driving without a valid license.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/14/2011 - 12:15
During a revealing interview at Northwestern University School of Law last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor admitted that she felt personally attacked at times during her Senate confirmation hearings in 2009.
By Grace Bastidas | 03/10/2011 - 18:11
Politicians have been waging a war against women across the country, pushing an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood and other free or low-cost clinics vital for our reproductive health. The amendment has already made it past the House of Representatives and could go even further if U.S. Representative Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who introduced the amendment, has his way. We talked to Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, deputy director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), to find out how this would impact us directly.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 03/04/2011 - 15:00
Sometimes it feels like Apple approves its apps in an utterly random way. Example: Apple once rejected an app by a prize-winning political cartoonist on the basis that it “ridiculed public officials,” yet approved Baby Shaker, in which users shook their iPhones until a digital baby died (it was pulled after complaints). So maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised by all the racist apps Apple has given the green light too.
Check out our list of five of the worst offenders.
Mariachi Hero Grande
By Mariela Rosario | 02/23/2011 - 17:49
The young men convicted of murdering Luis Ramirez by ruthlessly beating him in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania on July 12, 2008 were finally sentenced today, more than two years after the fatal beating.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 02/23/2011 - 15:35
A new Arizona immigration bill that some have called “SB 1070 on steroids” took its first step towards becoming law when it was approved by a key state legistative committee on Tuesday night. SB 1611, one of two immigration bills passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, squeaked by with a 7-6 vote. It will now go up to the full state Senate for vote.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/06/2011 - 12:35
The new congress just began, but already the Republican-held House of Representatives is attacking the constitutional rights of immigrants. A group calling themselves State Legislators for Legal Migration held a press conference to talk up a new initiative to take birthright citizenship away from children born on U.S. soil to undocumented immigrants.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/04/2011 - 15:35
That grilled chicken salad that you ate for lunch? There’s a good chance that everything in it, from the tomatoes to the lettuce to the bird itself was picked or processed by a Latina. Some 640,000 women (mostly Latinas) perform farm work and another estimated 63,000 work in poultry farms and processing centers.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/27/2010 - 12:13
The Justice Department and the FBI have opened civil rights and criminal probes into the town of East Haven after allegations of police harassment of Latinos has apparently prompted many to move away.
Among the complaints, according to an Associated Press report: False arrests, unnecessary traffic stops, police beatings, questionings over immigration status. Some Latino business owners have alleged that police officers park outside their shops and stop Latino-looking clients on their way into the stores, and tow away cars from the parking lot.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/12/2010 - 17:40
Tennesee lawmaker Curry Todd is in hot water with Latinos after comparing pregnant, undocumented immigrants to rats.
It all came about when Todd was speaking with fellow local legislators about the healthcare system and how to verify citizenship for pregnant women.