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Latinos report rise in discrimination, harassment

Half (50%) of all Latinos say that the situation of Latinos in this country is worse now than it was a year ago, according to a new nationwide survey of 2,015 Hispanic adults conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center.

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center:

Half of all Latinos say that the situation of Latinos in this country is worse now than it was a year ago, according to a new nationwide survey of 2,015 Hispanic adults conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center.

This pessimism is especially prevalent among immigrants, who account for 54 percent of all Hispanic adults in the United States. Fully 63 percent of these Latino immigrants say that the situation of Latinos has worsened over the past year. In 2007, just 42 percent of all adult Hispanic immigrants — and just 33 percent of all Hispanic adults — said the same thing.

These increasingly downbeat assessments come at a time when the Hispanic community in this country — numbering approximately 46 million, or 15.4 percent of the total U.S. population — has been hit hard by rising unemployment (Kochhar 2008) and stepped-up immigration enforcement.


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Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez is writing my foreword!

My friend Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez — the best-selling author of several novels, including the acclaimed “Dirty Girls Social Club” — has agreed to write the foreword to my book. I am thrilled!

I first met Alisa in 1997 when I was hired as a reporter at The Boston Globe (Alisa had been on staff for several years by then, churning out amazing stories). We became chummy back then and have kept in touch over the years, even after she left the Globe to work at The Los Angeles Times and then quit, returned to her hometown of Albuquerque, to write novels. (I have a similiar trajectory: I left the Globe to take a job as a columnist at The Denver Post and eventually returned to my hometown of New York City and am working on a non-fiction book.)

I have fond memories of watching Alisa literally roll into the newsroom (in Rollerblades!) on Saturdays when I worked the weekend shift. She was working on a novel back then and when she sat at the computer she got into zen mode. It didn’t matter if editors were yelling to interns from across the room, or if the police scanners were crackling. Alisa kept focused. Who knew back then that she was going to break huge barriers for Latina authors. (In 2005, Time Magazine named her one of the 25 Most Influential Latinos in the U.S.