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By Diane Wahto on July 31, 2013

The Wichita Eagle recently ran an article by Eryn Brown of the Los Angeles Times, “Diaper Crisis among Poor Families,” that spelled out the bind poor families are in when they can’t afford diapers for their babies. Reading that article took me back to a day years ago when I attended a meeting of some women at the Episcopal Church I attended in Mexico, Missouri. Under discussion that day was the plight of the poor in our community. Most of the women at the meeting were wealthy. My husband was the county librarian, so we weren’t among the wealthy of the community, but we weren’t poor by any means. What has stayed with me from that meeting was one woman who responded, when another woman complained that the poor were often dirty and smelly, by saying that soap was expensive and some poor people couldn’t afford to keep themselves clean.

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By Angelo Lopez on July 28, 2013

Last week, I got caught up in reading various internet articles, facebook posts and magazine articles on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy. One of the things that made me sad was the wide racial divisions that came in view over the way the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy was interpreted. When I read some of the comments that readers gave to several of the articles and of the various comments to several of the facebook posts, I am sad that many of those comments dismiss how this tragedy affects the African American community and opens painful wounds based on their own experiences. I think there is legitimate reasons to debate on whether George Zimmerman deserves to be acquitted on the evidence or not. There are good arguments for and against his acquittal. But I don't think it's right to make derogatory comments about Trayvon Martin and I don't think it's right to dismiss the concerns that the wider African American community have about racial profiling when so many of them have suffered from it. Many of these abrasive comments serve to widen the racial divisions and misunderstandings in our nation, when we need more temperate voices to try to bridge those misunderstandings and help each other understand more. In many of these debates, people seem to be talking past each other rather than listening to each other and they seems more intent on proving themselves as being right and preaching to the choir. That's not a national dialogue, that's two monologues going past each other. There are many whites who are sincerely trying to listen and understand what African Americans are worried about concerning the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy, and history has shown that there have been white people who have tried to bridge the racial divide of this nation. Here are some white individuals who have participated in the civil rights struggle and have acted as bridges of better understanding between different people.

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By Angelo Lopez on July 25, 2013

Great blog, Ken. You're asking the right questions.

By Ken Poland on July 25, 2013

Angelo, I liked your blog on the Zimmerman trial.

I’ll try my hand , at writing, and share my observations and opinion on the issue.

We don’t have the court room evidence nor have we been privileged to witness the first hand testimony. Both sides on this issue have taken liberties in publishing un verified stories and evidence to the media. Outsiders, who have no direct involvement in this particular case, have jumped in with conclusions based on their own preconceived notions, whether they are prejudiced or not.

I have no problem with neighborhood watch programs. But, keeping your eyes open and observing activities does not require armed vigilante actions.

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By Angelo Lopez on July 22, 2013

Before last week I have to admit that I hadn't followed the tragic events involving Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman very closely. About three years ago the Bay Area was transfixed by the sad death of Oscar Grant and I didn't want to follow another tragic racially charged case. I got caught up, though, in an informative email exchange and saw an explosion of outrage among many Facebook friends and I began to read more about the details of the case. In reading a lot of the comments about the case, a huge divide among our nation seemed to come clearly into view.

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By Angelo Lopez on July 18, 2013

Last year, I enjoyed listening to a panel of left wing and right wing cartoonists in Washington D.C. that was sponsored by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. All of the panelists were thoughtful and intelligent, but I was most impressed by the answers of Scott Stantis, the conservative editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune. He has been editorial cartoonist for the The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee, The Arizona Republic, and the The Birmingham News and his work is syndicated in 400 newspapers and has been featured by Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, "CBS This Morning" and "Nightline." Stantis is a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC), the largest organization of its kind in the world and was in the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Central and Northern Alabama. In 2004, Scott Stantis started the comic strip Prickly City which is syndicated in 100 newspapers. I was helped in coming up with some of the questions for this interview by Ted Rall, a famous leftist cartoonist and a close friend of Scott Stantis.

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By Angelo Lopez on July 3, 2013

On this 4th of July, I reflect on the things about this country that I love. I do not think this country is perfect, but I love this country for the great history of reform that has expanded the reach of the bill of rights to an ever expanding reach of people. The abolitionists, woman's suffragists, labor organizers, civil rights activists, feminists, LGBT activists, immigrant rights activists and the countless radicals and reformers have helped us to redefine what it means to be an American. These activists did the hard work of petitioning, organizing, educating and persuading our Presidents, our Congress, and public opinion to new directions that have helped us to live up to our highest ideals. This inspired a cartoon I did for the February 19, 2013 edition of the Philippines Today.

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By Angelo Lopez on July 1, 2013

Last week was great news for my gay and lesbian friends as the Supreme Court decided that the Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional by a 5-4 vote. That same day, the Supreme Court ruled that ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of California's Proposition 8 that ban gay marriage in the state, lacked legal authority to appeal Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 decision overturning Proposition 8. When the decision was made, I had a great time reading on Facebook the exhilaration that many people felt over the ruling. What was especially gratifying was the joy that many Christians shared with their gay and lesbian friends and family members. Ever since the 2008 California elections, when the Catholic, Mormon and Evangelical Churches lobbied hard to pass Proposition 8, more and more Christians have been speaking out for LGBT rights and challenging their churches' teachings on homosexuality.

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