Families Belong Together, San Jose, California – June 2018

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, I attended the Families Belong Together rally in San Jose, California, to support those families seeking refuge in the borders from the violence in their former home countries in Central America. It was a huge crowd, almost as big as the Women’s March in January.

It was a very diverse crowd, with a determination to fight for any group that is being attacked by this administration’s policies. Like the Woman’s March, there were a lot of families participating, with a lot of signs pointing out the immorality of separating children from their parents.

One of the big themes I found in many of the signs is the importance of voting. I’m not a fan of Trump, but one of the good things that he has inspired is a renewed interest in civic engagement and a realization of the importance of voting.

I’m also hoping that people realize the importance of patience and persistence. We’re going to win some battles. But we’re also going to lose some battles. It’s important to stay engaged even when times seem dark and nothing is going our way.

If you want to help with this issue, here is a link to groups working to protect kids separated from their families by ICE

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kidsattheborder

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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. 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 does 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 Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. 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 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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