Latinos and African Americans must work together

Can Latinos and African Americans take back City Hall?

Black and Latino voters are natural allies. At least, back in 1983, when they coalesced with progressive whites to elect Harold Washington Chicago’s first black mayor.  At the height of Council Wars, Washington helped two Latino political activists — Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Luis Gutierrez — win special aldermanic elections that gave Washington control of the Chicago City Council.

Then Washington died in office. His historic electoral coalition perished with him.


Every mayoral election since resurrects rhetoric about getting the band back together, but successive mayors have skillfully deployed a divide-and-conquer strategy.

Now, thanks to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter, Me-Too and Donald J. Trump,…

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