Students for Economic Justice 2012 Fellowship
Mirna Cruz, a Chicana, wom[y]n of color, grew up in the communities of Logan Heights, Sherman Heights, Golden Hills, and San Ysidro. She is motivated by her mother, a strong wom[y]n whohas struggled to live in the U.S. At age 13, she participated in the student walkouts against H.R. 4437 also known as “The Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005”. In 2009, alongside her mother and AFSCME Local 3299, she protested to demand fair wages, stop layoffs, and fair treatment for the UCSD Workers. For many years she volunteered at the Golden Hill Recreation Center and Casa Familiar in San Ysidro. While attending Mission Bay High School she became active in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan and was part of Café en la Calle, Colectivo Zapatista, Education Not Arms Coalition (ENAC), and Project YANO. Currently she attends San Diego State University with a double major in Social Work and Spanish, and was the Vice-Chair of a student organization called Association of Chicana Activists. Her goal is to work with youth that have been incarcerated in the Juvenile Hall system. She aspires to help youth realize their college potential. In participating in the SEJ summer internship program, looks forward to gaining hands-on experience working in campaigns for economic and social justice that she can later bring back to her community. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, playing basketball, spending time with her loved ones and helping out her community.