Hero’s name: Maria Villarel
Home city: Compton, California
Organization affiliation: Latino Chamber of Commerce
How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world?
“Maria Villareal is a mother of four. As years went by, she embraced two more girls to her family with one at the age of 6 and the other at 8 months.
She has provided them with shelter, food, education and a family. I am very lucky to say I am one of those two girls. She is a very hardworking person.
She does anything possible to help her community, Compton. She fights for our Latino rights.
She’s always participating in community events and helping our small businesses in Compton.
She’s involved with many things, such as advocating for and representing small businesses, promoting small businesses, providing support and protecting civil rights of Latino.
She is very involved with education. She is not selfish in any kind of way. Whatever you need in order to achieve with your business, she will be there to provide you with it.
Maria Villareal has a vision to have equal rights for us Latinos in our community of Compton. Maria isn’t just involved with Latinos. The Latino Chamber of Commerce works with the African-American community.
So, as you can see, she is here to help each and everyone in this community of Compton. This is why I consider Maria Villareal as my hero of Compton.”
Honored by: Alma Flores-Villareal
Note: This profile is part of Equal Voice News’ special Cesar Chavez Day Community Heroes edition. These submissions were edited for clarity.