A Vigil Protesting Conditions in Migrant Detention Centers – July 12, 2019

On Friday, July 12, 2019, I went to a vigil in San Jose, California, to protest the terrible conditions in the detentions centers at the border and to protest the child separation policies of the Trump administration. A great diversity of people attended to voice their dissent against the Trump administration’s refugee policies.

One of the groups that made the most impression was a group of Japanese Americans who compared their experiences as internees during World War II and the experiences of today’s migrant families from Central America. A Japanese American woman spoke about the discrimination faced by the Japanese American community, how the federal government dehumanized the community as an excuse to intern them. The Trump administration is using the same scapegoating against immigrants and refugees.

Native Americans gave a special dance to commemorate their culture and show their solidarity with their Central American counterparts.

I was encouraged by the large number of people who attended the vigil. I was moved by many of the speeches.

Here are a series of videos by the Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) series “We Have Rights,” a national empowerment campaign to inform immigrant communities of what to do when interacting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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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