October 06 2016 at 00:07 am
In 2014, GBLN released The Silent Crisis: Including Latinos and Why It Matters; revealing that despite our growing population, Latinos in Boston, Chelsea, and Somerville are under- represented in executive positions in city government, as well as on municipal boards and commissions. The Silent Crisis went further, beyond the issue of re ective representation, to argue that active representation is often necessary to promote policies and strategies that can better the situation of under-represented groups. The report presented speci c recommendations for the leaders of municipalities as well as for the Latino community to support such representation. These are the starting points of The Silent Crisis II: A Follow-Up Analysis of Latin@ Participation in City Government Boards, Commissions, and Executive Bodies in Boston and Chelsea, Massachusetts. This second study was commissioned, both to update the “Silent Crisis” report after more than two years in terms of Latino re ective representation in the city governments of Boston and Chelsea and to assess progress toward the active participation of Latinos in those governments.