This report provides an update on the participation of Latin@s in city government in Chelsea and Boston. Since 2001 several studies have documented a severe underrepresentation of Latin@s in policy-making bodies in government institutions that affect their lives (e.g., Hardy-Fanta, 2002; Uriarte, Jennings, & Douglas, 2014). The Silent Crisis, the 2014 study (Uriarte et al., 2014) commissioned by the Greater Boston Latin@ Network, found significant under-representation of Latin@s in the city governments of Boston, Chelsea, and Somerville. In each of the three cities, the representation of Latin@s in the population far outpaced their role in the municipal governments.
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Jennings, James; Douglas, Jen; and Uriarte, Miren, "The Silent Crisis II: A Follow-Up Analysis of Latin@ Participation in City Government Boards, Commissions, and Executive Bodies in Boston and Chelsea, Massachusetts" (2017). Gastón Institute Publications. 214.