With great enthusiasm, I would like to welcome to First Church our new Social Justice Coordinator Cesar Cornier! Cesar comes to us through the Public Allies program. Cesar impressed me with his deep passion and commitment to social justice and his extensive knowledge of structural injustices. He is smart, kind, driven, and has a warm sense of humor. I feel very lucky that he will be coordinating our social justice work at First Church this year, supporting the Social Justice Council, our social justice teams, and our Anti-Racism Team. You can meet Cesar in person at Ingathering Sunday, and read his written introduction below!
Hi, my name is Cesar Cornier and I’m excited to be the new Social Justice Coordinator at First Church! I have always been passionate about helping those in my community, and realize that many people are still being discriminated against and marginalized today. I am eager to use my experience in social justice and outreach to help create a more equal and empowered community.
My mother has been a big influence on how I became involved in social advocacy. At a young age, I helped distribute food to low-income families through Centro Hispano. Doing this inspired me to create my own clothing drive, which I organized this past winter. Recently, I was a part of a docuseries in partnership with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, a bipartisan project geared at civic engagement and finding common ground, on how we can use dialogue to help bridge divides in the country.
As a musician and actor, I use my platform to speak on behalf of those who feel they are being silenced. I genuinely believe things need to change, which is possible when we unite to help each other. The First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee caught my attention because of its sincerity to help minorities and other marginalized groups. Being a Latino from the south side of Milwaukee, I’ve seen first hand the damage done by institutionalized racism and want to do my part in educating others. I am blessed to be in this position, and cannot wait to meet you all!