Going to a George Floyd Protest in Sunnyvale, California on June 5, 2020

On June 5, 2020, I went to a protest for George Floyd in Sunnyvale, California. I was hesitant at first to go. I’ve been reading for the past week about protests that have gone violent and looting and I didn’t want to be a part of that. The group that organized the protest though was the Peninsula Peace and Justice, who have done many nonviolent protests in the area.

Before the protest, I wandered around downtown Sunnyvale. Several of the businesses were boarding up their windows as a precautionary measure. I don’t blame them. After the looting of the past week, I felt really bad for the business owners were having enough problems with the downturn of the economy.

There were a lot more people who attended the protest than I expected. This is both good and bad.

On the one hand, it was great to see how many people care about racial justice. It was a diverse crowd, of all races and ages. There were families with children in strollers. Parents taking their teen children. Elderly people. Young professionals.

From a pandemic point of view, though, it was a social distance nightmare. Everyone was wearing masks and were very polite. But as the crowd grew larger, it was difficult to keep social distance. At times, I felt uncomfortable knowing the COVID 19 pandemic hasn’t passed yet.

Due to worries about the COVID 19, I prefer smaller protests like the one I attended in Mountain View last week rather than a larger protest like this one. Since the Mountain View protest was relatively small, I was expecting the same thing for today.

At City Hall, there were several speakers. It was hard to hear them unless you were closer. But the closer you were to the speakers, the more crowded it was. I heard one speaker emphasize that the movement doesn’t think all police officers are bad. But too many unarmed Black people have died and the system needs changing.

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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