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News :: Education
Community and peace activist wins election
10 Nov 2005
Community and peace activist wins election
Press Release

Contact: José A. Cruz 508-369-8494

Latina Peace Activist wins Election

Peace activist Martina Cruz won her election for School Committee in Lawrence,

Cruz, a leader of Latinos United for Justice and member of Merrimack Valley
People for Peace, campaigned against military recruitment in the schools, among
other issues. She is also a board member of the Women's Institute for Leadership
Development (WILD).

Cruz, an active opponent of the US invasion and occupation of Irak, campaign
against the giving student contact information to military recruiters. She
promised to work for an alternative opt-in policy rather than the current
opt-out. requirementl.

Cruz, originally from the Dominican Republic and a mother of three children, two
of them still in the public school system, said, "I will use my position to
further educate and advocate against the use of our children as cannon fodder
for the policies of the ultra-right and U.S. imperialist domination of the
world. We need to recruit children for well paying peacetime jobs and college,
not war."

Cruz, who also campaigned on the need for accountability and transparency,
promised to hold regular meetings with her constituents in the different
neighborhoods. "I will use these meetings to explain the policies the School
Committee is considering, my position on these, and listen to what the
community, especially parents, students and teachers, have to say about these
issues," she said. She also called on her constituents to criitcized her if they
fel she is failing them.

Cruz, who received 962 (65%) of the vote, had the endoresement of the Merrimack
Valley Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, as well as those of local leading

Her campaign manager, José A. Cruz (no relation), said, "We spent our time
going door to door talking with everyone, voters and non-voters, citizens and
non-citizens. Our base was composed of Democrats and working-class Republicans
as well as unenrolled voters. It was Latino and Anglo. As mayoral candidate
Marcos Devers said in endorsing her, "Martina is a fighter for the dispossed,
the poor, and the working class.'"


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