Going to a George Floyd Protest in Mountain View, California on June 6, 2020

This was the first protest that I’ve attended in this COVID 19 era. I saw a post on my Facebook page about a political rally in Mountain View to protest the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020. I wanted to do something but wasn’t sure what to expect with a protest with the pandemic in mind.

It turned out to be a friendly protest, with parents taking their children to participate. It’s the type of protest that I like: nonviolent, no vandalism, no attacks against the police. I saw a few activists whom I met at previous political rallies and caught up in our lives the past two months. People were outraged, but friendly. They all were wearing masks and, for the most part, were keeping social distance.

I stayed only around 20 minutes, as I had promised my wife that I would fix a drawer for her. But I was glad to attend.

I share most people’s dismay at the protests that had vandalism and violence against the police. I felt really bad for the small business owners that were already struggling due to the pandemic shutdowns.

I watched a recent PBS News Hour segment where a historian compared the effects of nonviolent and violent protests in the 1960s. Nonviolent protests tended to have a liberalizing affect on the counties where the protests took place, with local residents becoming more receptive of Black civil rights. Violent protests tended to have a more backlash effect in the communities where protests took place, with local residents becoming more concerned with law and order issues.

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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