Emiliano Mataka Memorial Fund

$14,795 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 186 people in 45 months
With heavy hearts, we regret to share the news that Emiliano Amor Mataka tragically passed away this weekend.


Emiliano was a charismatic and dedicated organizer who helped shape the movement for social, education and environmental justice in the San Joaquin Valley.  He served as a Community Liasion for the Ceres Healthy Start program, was a founding member of Valley Improvement Projects (VIP)
  http://valleyimprovementprojects.org/videos/,  
was a member of  the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN), an unwavering advocate for the community of Grayson,  and a loving father, husband, brother, uncle, son and friend.


Emiliano dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice-- even naming his only child Maxemiliano Justice Mataka. He was a bright, compassionate, courageous young man that was deeply loved by so many.   A true warrior for the earth and people, friends described Emi as, "a beautiful soul that stood in solidarity with marginalized communities".


In addition to your love and light, we ask for your generosity in supporting Emiliano's grieving wife Veronica and their one year old son Maxemiliano Justice.


Your generous donations will help the family cover expenses in the wake of this unfathomable tragedy. 

Please remember...

"There's nothing that's a better life than yours! 
Much love family and loved ones."  - Emi

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Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your support through this difficult time. I wanted to let you know that we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. Emiliano would be so pleased by the goodness that exists within his community-- and we are comforted by your endless compassion.

Last Saturday, through the sadness there was light. We celebrated the baptism of Maxemiliano Justice Mataka. It was a beautiful day and Emi must have been smiling down at his family.

With Gratitude, The Mataka Family
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$14,795 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 186 people in 45 months
Created August 12, 2015
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$50
Anonymous
42 months ago
LB
$100
Laura Baker
43 months ago

A great guy and an amazing advocate. You will be missed.

$10
Anonymous
43 months ago
AR
$100
Alice Reynolds
44 months ago

My deepest condolences to the Mataka family.

CB
$100
Colin Bailey
44 months ago

A true community champion. Emiliano will be missed.

$20
Anonymous
44 months ago
AB
$50
Alex Barnum
45 months ago
FU
$100
Fabiola Urena
45 months ago

Emiliano was a great person all around, he was selfless, he was genuine and he had a smile that would light up a room.

HR
$25
Holly Roberson
45 months ago

My sincerest condolences to the Mataka family.

$200
Amber Ryan
45 months ago

Veronica and Little Emmy, you are often in my thoughts, always in my prayers for a happy, propsperous future for you both in spite of this great sorrow and devastation in your young lives.

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