More than 60 protesters chanting “Latinos excluded, time to be included” picketed Paramount Pictures
again today, armed with a petition signed by more than 12,000 supporters calling on the Hollywood studio to sign a memorandum of understanding to increase its employment of Hispanics.
“We’re going to keep this up until Paramount
decides to work with us and sign a memorandum of agreement to increase opportunities for Latinos in front of and behind the cameras,” said Alex Nogales
, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition
. “We’re going to be a pest and an annoyance, and we will effect their bottom line. Twenty-five organizations have joined us, and the next demonstration will be even bigger and will be staged in several cities.”
Organizers say Paramount “is the worst studio in town in hiring Latino actors, writers and directors.” They’d hoped to hand-deliver their petition to Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos,