Latinos in Arizona, I tell you to order and buy these books. They think they can take away the books, but they can’t take away your freedom. Even if you don’t like to read, make it a point to read these. Si se puede!
Matuz first spoke out as an undocumented student in 2010 in Arizona. In 2008, she founded the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. As the founder and president, she brings together youth of all backgrounds to campaign on behalf of an estimated 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from high school in the United States each year, according to the Urban Institute.
Matuz found out about a month ago that she would be a part of the Time 100 list, which is chosen by the magazine’s editors. Actor and activist Eva Longoria penned a description of Matuz, writing that she “represents the finest of her generation.”
“It’s been overwhelming. I am happy and honored - but this recognition is not for me, but for all the undocumented students and youth that work with me,” Matuz said.
Right now, she’s working to rally the Latino vote in Arizona.
“There’s lot of responsibility,” Matuz said. “We have 300,000 unregistered Latino voters in Arizona, and we have to let them know that even though I cannot vote, I have a voice.”
Matuz said even though recognition has led to her undocumented status becoming well-known, she’s never been afraid of what might happen to her.
“My mom told me that fear is from the devil, so I am not afraid,” Matuz said. “I just can’t think about it.”
In Time, she said, “We are Americans, and Americans don’t give up.”
With its mind-bending possibilities, science fiction is the perfect genre for Native storytelling. Now, Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (University of Arizona Press, 2012), edited by Grace Dillon, is the first collection of stories, excerpts and poems from this overlooked field.