Miguel Cruz has been the Manager of Activist Networks since April 2010, after previously working for the ACLU from 2006 to 2009. He coordinates and facilitates activities hosted by all regional volunteer chapters of the ACLU of Southern California and builds a base of supporters at colleges and universities through the formation and associations of campus clubs.
Miguel assists in projects from the Community Engagement and Policy Advocacy (CEPA) Department which include a community and political grassroots organizing component. As part of CEPA, Miguel works to support existing activist networks and disseminates materials and public education information to chapters and campus clubs on priority issues/legislation/initiatives, plan and mobilize chapter members for public events/rallies and higher level actions such as lobby visits.
Miguel offers direct support to all activists involved in the network of chapters in Orange County, Pasadena/Foothills, Palm Springs, San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara, Ventura County, and the Westside as well as campus clubs at Bell Gardens High School, Chapman University, Claremont Colleges, Loyola Law School, UCLA Law School, USC Law School and Whittier Law School.
Miguel previously worked as a youth organizer for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and as a political campaign coordinator for Straightening Our Lives (SOL).
He is fluent in Spanish.