A Women’s Day March in San Jose, California – January 19, 2019

On Saturday morning, January 19, 2019, my niece and I went to the Women’s March in San Jose, California. We had a wonderful time. We’ve been to every Women’s March and always come away feeling inspired. This year I noticed a lot of little girls wearing Wonder Woman shirts. As a comic book nerd, it made me happy to see Wonder Woman inspiring little girls on the power of feminism.

During the march, I encountered a group of Filipino American activists whom I met at previous protests and rallies. I wanted my niece to get to know them, as I want her to become more knowledgeable about issues facing the Filipino American and Filipino communities.

This year, a group of drummers were keeping a steady beat for the marchers. I’m not sure what it is, but I really enjoy hearing drums during a march. I think music is an important part of a protest or political rally. The Freedom Strmmers, a folksy music group, were playing some songs that the crowd enjoyed. The Raging Grannies were singing their political songs, to the delight of people passing by.

After the march, my niece and I wandered around downtown San Jose. We went to the San Jose Museum and saw a really cool exhibit by Dinh Le, a Vietnamese American artist. Le’s art focuses on the divide between Vietnamese Americans and Vietnamese. As a Filipino American, I understood where Le was coming from. I am proud of my Filipino heritage, but I’ve struggled growing up with connecting with other Filipinos since I’ve always felt more American.

We wandered around downtown hitting the galleries in First Street. On our walk, we encountered a Furries convention. My niece explained to me that Furries are people who dress up like furry creatures. Both my niece and I really enjoyed wandering around the Furries convention and seeing the Furries. It made me feel like a kid.

Here is a video I made of the Women’s Day 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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3 Responses to A Women’s Day March in San Jose, California – January 19, 2019

  1. Thanks for being there. I’m still recovering from the stroke, but I’m making good progress.

  2. saverango says:

    On this International #WomensDay Empower Women!

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