A Women’s Day March in San Jose, California – January 21, 2017

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, my niece and I participated in the Women’s Day March in San Jose, California. I had never been to a political march that was so large. We wandered around and really enjoyed reading all the signs and talking to the people.

One of the things that filled me with the most joy was seeing people speak out for the rights of all groups who feel vulnerable or afraid. I saw Muslim women with signs supporting LGBT rights and immigrant rights. LGBTQ people holding signs supporting immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter. Women’s rights activists speaking out for environmental issues and religious tolerance. And so on and so on. I firmly believe that a person should not just fight for the rights of your particular group, but you should fight for the rights of all people. I’m glad there are other people who agree.

My niece liked the march. Her only complaint was that the march took a long time to get started and it was pretty slow. I think that’s just due to the large number of people who attended. At times I felt a little claustrophobic when the crowd was waiting to march. Once the crowd was marching, though, I had a great time taking photos and chanting.

I’m hoping my niece learns about the importance of social justice movements in making the United States a better country. We had many conversations with different groups of people. I had a great time.

A video I made of the Women’s Day March in San Jose, California

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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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One Response to A Women’s Day March in San Jose, California – January 21, 2017

  1. Diane Wahto says:

    These pictures are inspiring, Angelo. I didn’t march in Wichita because I can’t walk that far any longer. Also, I had a poetry reading that afternoon, so I didn’t really have time to march. According to the Wichita Eagle, around 3,000 people turned out for the March here and several Kansans went to Washington. I wish everyone had been that active before the election, but better late than never, I always say.

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