July 25, 2012
I’ve been here half of my life. I could say most of my life I’ve been here in Arizona. My parents brought me here for a better life. I have a son who I think deserves the same that my parents wanted for me.
My name is Natally Cruz. I am 24 years old. I’ve been in the United States for sixteen years. I have a seven year old son and I live with my aunt and uncle.
Once I graduated from high school, I was unable to go to school. I was unable to work because I didn’t have a social security number.
I got involved with Puente two years ago when SB1070 started. What made me really want to get involved was the part that we could be discriminated against just by the color of our skin.
To me, it was really important to learn about the health issues because most of our community members do not have insurance to be able to help themselves if they get sick or something. The basic that we learned was like the high blood pressure, how to take it ourselves.
I’m going to get arrested because I am tired of living in fear. I am tired of all these laws that are passing not just here in Arizona but in the whole United States. And most of all for my family and my community.
I want them to know that we are not just doing this for ourselves, for our families, but for them too. We have seen so many families being separated each and every day. And people like the ones who are going to get arrested are the people who are being deported every day.
We want them to know we are coming out of our fear. They can come out as well.