Hero’s name: Cesar Mata
Home city: Birmingham
How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world?
“I have never met someone who has such an amazing generous heart to participate in everything possible in the city.
He is a member of Adelante Alabama Worker Center, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice and a board member of Greater Birmingham Ministries.
He is a brother, an uncle and a good friend to many.
As an immigrant from Mexico, who can easily live in fear of being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for Cesar, that is the least of his worries (at least, this is what he shows to everybody else).
He is always available to represent any organization he is involved with.
He has helped many immigrants in the process to stop their deportations. He has given so much to the community. He really needs to be recognized for his community contributions.
He is ready to march and go to the streets, but he always has a smile and a good attitude with people. Cesar Mata is truly a hero among us.”
Honored by: Miguel Carpizo-Ituarte of Greater Birmingham Ministries
Note: This profile is part of Equal Voice News’ special Cesar Chavez Day Community Heroes edition. These submissions were edited for clarity.