May Day March in San Jose, California – May 2018

On May 1, 2018, I went to the May Day march and rally in San Jose, California. I had a good time. My niece had come with me to last year’s May Day march in Mountain View, but she left late from school this year and was unable to attend.

In all the political marches and rallies that I have attended, I have always seen intersectional activism take place. I saw LGBTQ activists, feminists, peace and justice activists, Native Americans, unions, Green Party members, Catholic clergy, Muslim Americans, all speaking out for immigrant rights. I’m especially proud to see Filipino American activists play a leading role in the fight for all immigrants.

I was talking to a Filipina American activist and she mentioned to me that for some reason, May Day always seems to fall on a hot day. It was a warm day. But several groups had boxes of bottled water to hand out to marchers. And there were ice cream vendors following the marchers.

One of the things that many of the speakers are emphasizing is to register to vote. Elections matter.

Here is a video of the march.

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. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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1 Response to May Day March in San Jose, California – May 2018

  1. Angelo–I’m so glad you’re out there doing the good things that need doing. I can’t do it any longer, but you’re setting a great example for your niece and others like her. Thank you.

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