On Tuesday August 13, 2019, I did a presentation of my editorial cartoons to the Sunnyvale Rotary Club. They are a nice group of people who do a lot of good work for the community. As I was doing my presentation, I began to realize just how somber many of my editorial cartoons are. Because many of my cartoons deal with extrajudicial killings and the exploitation of vulnerable people, they tend to be very grim. Next time I do a presentation of my cartoons, I will mix in some lighter illustrations to vary the mood of the presentation.
After my presentation, several people came up to me to thank me. One Filipina woman thanked me for using my cartoons to highlight the issues that the Philippines are facing. She told me that her uncle was once shot at several times while he was in his car. Only the car’s metal prevented him from being shot. Her uncle had been an outspoken critic of government corruption and he believes that some government officials were sending him payback. The woman thanked me for using my cartoons to let the world know of the killings going on in the Philippines.
The Sunnyvale Rotary Club sponsors high school students in leadership and speech programs, provides books for elementary school youth, provides school and clothing to Sunnyvale Community Services, provides backpacks for school kids, participates in the March To End Polio, serves lunch for the Special Olympics, funds programs that promote peace and alleviate poverty, and delivers wheel chairs to indigents around the world.