A May Day Rally in San Jose, California – Part 1

May 1 was a rather busy day. That morning I was expecting to walk a picket line, but found out that the strike that was scheduled was called off. The Sunnyvale Employees Association and the City of Sunnyvale negotiated until 2 a.m. this morning and came up with a compromise agreement. They met halfway on their positions and managed to come up with an agreement that hopefully the workers will accept.

I had taken the time off to attend two May Day rallies in the Mexican Heritage Center in San Jose and in Rengstorf Park in Mountain View. Both were fun events. I took lots of photos and talked to a lot of the activsts and participants.

I was wearing my Sunnyvale Employees Association shirt at the two May Day rallies. When several people saw the shirt, they congratulated me on the labor settlement and asked me a lot of questions about the Sunnyvale Employees Association (many of which I didn’t know how to answer). They were all very impressed with the SEA for their willingness to take a stand. It made me more proud to be a Sunnyvale employee.

I first went to the Mexican Heritage Center. At around 2 p.m. I picked up my niece from her school. She is really passionate about social justice issues and she knows more about certain issues than I do. I try to cover up my lack of knowledge by joking around, but I don’t think she’s fooled.

The Mountain View march was a lot of fun for Phoebe. She met a few Filipino American activists, and encountered a classmate from her high school. We marched to the Mountain View City Hall, where the Raging Grannies were waiting to greet the marchers with protest songs.

Here are photos of the May Day rally in San Jose.

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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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