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By Angelo Lopez on April 30, 2014

Recently a movie about Cesar Chavez came out that documents the life of Cesar Chavez and his role in the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I've read that it's a good movie. One of the things that the movie does is bring out the important but largely forgotten contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement. Since the 1920s, when Filipinos first learned to organize into unions in Hawaii, Filipinos were important leaders in organizing farmworkers to fight against unfair working conditions. Here is a cartoon I did for the April 16 edition of the Philippines Today to commemorate those forgotten Filipino leaders.

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By Diane Wahto on April 27, 2014

The recent so-called stand-off between the Bureau of Land Management agents and Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has grazing his cattle free of charge on government land, has brought about a seemingly never-ending stream of TV, newspaper, and internet coverage. The BLM agents backed off, not desiring to cause a calamitous outcome to what amounts to a theft of taxpayers’ property. Meanwhile, many right-wingers took up Bundy’s cause, that is until he showed his true ignorant, racist colors. These same right-wingers some on Fox News and some on Facebook, blamed the BLM agents for the situation. Some called the agents “government thugs, and other such derogatory names.
As I thought about this, it occurred to me that I have a couple of those government thugs in my family and one of my friends is a retired government thug.

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By Angelo Lopez on April 20, 2014

This week it was announced that I won the Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartoons for newspapers with a circulation of less than 100,000 readers. I have never won any awards for my cartoons before and am honored to have won it. I'm thankful for the Philippines Today for publishing my cartoons and am grateful for the online friends I made at the Everyday Citizen blogsite. I've learned a lot from reading the bloggers at Everyday Citizen, especially to Diane Wahto and Ken Poland for their continuing contributions to the site.

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By Diane Wahto on April 3, 2014

As a registered Kansas Democrat, I find myself on every Democratic fundraising e-mail that ever existed. These e-mails come from local candidates as well as state and national candidates. I even get fundraising e-mails from candidates for office in other states. Lately, I’ve noticed these e-mails have been citing Nate Silver and his projections for the fall House and Senate campaigns to rouse Democrats to send money to different groups. Since I don’t plan to respond to these e-mails, I’m not even sure which groups are targeting me and other Democrats.

Silver, the statistician who was featured as a character in the movie Moneyball, used his skills to aid a baseball team manager build a winning team. (See the movie if you want the details. It’s a fun one, particularly if you like baseball…and Brad Pitt.) Silver also uses his skills to predict election outcomes. In 2012, he predicted Barack Obama would win a second term, despite others who said Mitt Romney would win.

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