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Roberto Lovato

Roberto Lovato
Roberto is a founding member of Presente.org and a writer and commentator with New America Media. He is a frequent contributor to The Nation and the Huffington Post and his work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Der Spiegel, Utne Magazine, La Opinion, and other national and international media outlets. Roberto has also appeared as a source and commentator in the New York Times, the Washington Post and Le Monde and in English and Spanish language network news shows on Univision, CNN, Democracy Now and Al-Jazeera. Roberto was recently featured on PBS, where he appeared on Bill Moyers Journal and figured prominently in an hour-long PBS documentary, ‘Latinos 08’. Prior to becoming a writer, Roberto was the Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN).

Anaheim and the Disney-Style Rebranding of Deadly Police Violence

Anaheim and the Disney-Style Rebranding of Deadly Police Violence

by Roberto Lovato on August 3 2012, 9:52AM

After police shot and killed three Latino men in a week, at least one unarmed, local media has embraced the imaginary narrative that “violent” protests are the real problem.

Topics: Anaheim Police, Criminal Justice

Occupy Oakland Faces a Troubled Police Dept.--and Historic Mayor

Occupy Oakland Faces a Troubled Police Dept.—and Historic Mayor

by Roberto Lovato on October 26 2011, 9:31AM

Oakland’s first Asian-American mayor, Jean Quan, has authorized violent police raids on the Occupy Oakland encampment. For many protestors of color, the move raised questions about the face—and complexion—of the power they’re fighting.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics

Cinco de Mayo, Primero de Mayo and the Birth of the United States of América

Cinco de Mayo, Primero de Mayo and the Birth of the United States of América

by Roberto Lovato on May 5 2011, 7:24AM

Thirty years, millions of mobile devices and a massive wave of migration later, Latinos have largely forgotten the meaning of Cinco de Mayo.

Topics: Immigration

Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama's Drug War Feels Eerily Familiar

Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama’s Drug War Feels Eerily Familiar

by Roberto Lovato on March 31 2011, 10:56AM

Salvadorans watch uneasily as a new leftist government militarizes daily life in the same way the old right-wing one did—only now, they hunt narcos instead of communists.

Topics: Dispatches, Drug War, Global Affairs

America's Grisly History Haunts Obama's El Salvador Visit

America’s Grisly History Haunts Obama’s El Salvador Visit

by Roberto Lovato on March 25 2011, 11:18AM

Many Salvadorans remain uneasy about a U.S. government that, for years, backed a murderous dictatorship.

Topics: Global Affairs

Dispatch From Cancun: Developing Paradise in the Suicide Capital

Dispatch From Cancun: Developing Paradise in the Suicide Capital

by Roberto Lovato on December 3 2010, 10:06AM

As world leaders gather for climate talks on one side of town, Roberto Lovato visits the other, where the turmoil of climate change threatens hearts and minds, too.

Topics: Dispatches, Environment

Screw the Midterms! We Need a People's Revolution

Screw the Midterms! We Need a People’s Revolution

by Roberto Lovato on November 8 2010, 4:29PM

Roberto Lovato says corporations have corrupted electoral politics. The good news is last week opens the door to real, people-driven revolution.

Topics: Election: Now What?, Politics

Upload Real Change

by Roberto Lovato on November 1 2008, 12:00PM

What activists can learn from Obama’s web politics

Topics:

Power from Below

by Roberto Lovato on May 29 2007, 12:00PM

It’s time to define the debate beyond Beltway politics and the border.

Topics: Criminal Justice