The National Women’s Equality Day in San Jose, California- August 2015

On Saturday morning, August 29, 2015, I went to a women’s rights rally in San Jose, California. It was a fun time. I walked around and took photos and talked to various people about why they were there and how they hope women continue their fight for equal rights in all spheres of society. Many of them talk about how women’s rights are intertwined with economic inequality issues, immigrant rights, African American rights and LGBT rights. A few emphasized that the fight for women’s equality is liberating for men as well as women: men don’t have to be trapped in traditional gender roles, and can be much more empathetic husbands and fathers.

There was an inspirational and informative talk by various women speakers in the early morning. Then at around 10 a.m. the group marched around downtown San Jose chanting and holding signs. When they passed by the Cathedral, the rally organizers asked the marchers to stay silent to respect the mass that was taking place that moment. Several cars honked their horns in support of women’s rights. I was very inspired during the march.

Here is a youtube video I made with photos of the rally.

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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