Roberto Lovato

Roberto is a founding member of 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).

Dispatch From COP 21: Climate Change is the New Color Line

As the 2015 Paris Climate Conference comes to an end, Roberto Lovato reflects on race, global geography and the urgent need for people of color to tell their climate-change stories.

Anaheim and the Disney-Style Rebranding of Deadly Police Violence

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Dispatch From Cancun: Developing Paradise in the Suicide Capital

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.

Screw the Midterms! We Need a People's Revolution

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

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What activists can learn from Obama’s web politics

Power from Below

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