New York Latinos demand representation in City Hall
Nearly 100 protesters gathered outside City Hall in New York on Nov. 17 to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to involve more Latinos in his administration, threatening to withdrawal support during his reelection if the administration doesn't represent diverse voices throughout the city.
— Latino Rep (@LatinoRepresent) November 17, 2014
Of 229 appointments, just 26 were Latino. That’s 11 percent in a 29-percent-Latino city. More than 60 percent of the appointees were white, compared to 33 percent of the city as a whole. The Campaign for Fair Latino Representation also pointed out that there are six Latino police chiefs out of 82 total.
That’s a similar story to representation throughout Philadelphia’s city government departments, especially among police. In a city where more than 13 percent of residents are Latino, around 8 percent of all Philadelphia police officers are Latino. Less than 0.001 percent of their commanding leaders are Latino. Most police commanders in Philadelphia (78 percent) are white.
In 2012 under Mayor Michael Nutter, 5 percent of Philadelphia city government workers were Latino. In 2013, the administration established the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs to serve the growing Asian and Latino immigrant populations in the city. Still, representation throughout the government — at city, state and national levels — remains disproportionately low.