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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. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.

Progressives Bridging the Divide Between Working Class White and Minority Communities

One of the big challenged that I see for progressives in these times is to bridge the divide between the working class white communities that supported Donald Trump and the minority communities that feel threatened by Donald Trump. Many people … Continue reading

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The Good and the Bad of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is this complicated mix of very good and very bad, in much the same way the United States is a complicated mix of good and bad. On the one hand, Jefferson was one of the strongest voices among … Continue reading

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Loving America in the Age of Trump

Every Fourth of July, I reflect on what I love about our country. This is more important than ever in the presidency of Donald Trump. With the increase in political polarization in this country, and with Trump making personal attacks … Continue reading

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An LGBTQ Pride March and Rally in San Jose, California – June 2017

On Sunday June 11, 2017, I went to the LGBTQ Pride March and Rally in San Jose, California. It was a very inspiring event. People were very friendly and reaching out to get to know people they didn’t know. There … Continue reading

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Radicals and Reformers

I strongly believe that social change in democracies occur when radicals put pressure for change outside the political system and reformers work for change within the system. The radicals are like the canary in the coal mine: they spot the … Continue reading

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A May Day Rally in Mountain View, California – Part 2

On May 1 I took time time off work to attend two May Day rallies in the Mexican Heritage Center in San Jose and in Rengstorf Park in Mountain View. Both were fun events. I took lots of photos and … Continue reading

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A May Day Rally in San Jose, California – Part 1

May 1 was a rather busy day. That morning I was expecting to walk a picket line, but found out that the strike that was scheduled was called off. The Sunnyvale Employees Association and the City of Sunnyvale negotiated until … Continue reading

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