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Women Of The West: Terri Cruz, Chicanos Por La Causa Founder

By Mark Brodie, Kaely Monahan
Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 12:57pm

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Terri Cruz in her office at Chicanos Por La Causa's headquarters, the Terri Cruz Social Services Building. She passed away in 2017.

Arizona has a long history of women leaders and history makers, but many of their stories aren't as well known as they should be. Over the past few years, we've introduced you to Arizona women who made their mark on the state.

And this year for Women's History Month, The Show is introducing you to five more Women of the West — Arizona women who helped shape their communities and the state's history.

Terri Cruz was one of the founders of Chicanos Por La Causa. She was born in Tucson in 1927 and died in 2017. During her career, she was given numerous awards and commendations for her work in the community.

María Jesús Cervantes is director of public affairs and international relations with Chicanos Por La Causa and worked closely with Cruz.

The Show spoke with Jesús Cervantes about what Cruz meant to the organization, the community and to her, personally.

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