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Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Latinos

Broadcast date: 11/2/2017

Have you felt discriminated against in the workplace? In health care? What about interactions with law enforcement?  This week we will continue our coverage of a large national poll by NPR in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health which asks people about their personal experiences with discrimination. We will be joining with other NPR member stations for the series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America."

In the new poll, about a third of Latinos in the U.S. said they’ve experienced negative assumptions about ethnicity and overall, Latinos say that discrimination based in government laws and policies is a big problem they face today. Kris Kington Barker will join this important conversation with a local perspective, with guests Abraham Melendrez, a Community Organizer for CAUSE, and Matias Bernal, the Client Services Director with RISE and a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student living on the Central Coast. They will talk about the experience and views of Latinos and examine both the state of discrimination in America and discuss issues and attitudes closer to home.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.