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By Angelo Lopez on November 29, 2015

Recently a few friends asked me if I would support Bernie Sanders in his run for the Presidency. I replied to them that my support for the Presidency would depend on how I think the 2016 Congressional elections would go.

From what I read, most experts expect Republicans to retain their majority in the House of Representatives after the 2016 elections due to gerrymandering. A major consideration that I have is which candidate would best be able to handle the Republican opposition when he or she becomes President. Would a President Sanders be able to pass progressive legislation through a House with a conservative Republican majority and a Senate that is vulnerable to a Republican filibuster?

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By Angelo Lopez on November 21, 2015

Recently, there has been a controversy where a Christian public official named Kim Davis went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who wanted to get married. For weeks I would open up my Facebook page and found many of my gay and lesbian friends offering their opinions of Kim Davis and the homophobia in many conservative Christian churches. This Kim Davis episode reminds me a lot of the 1950s and 1960s, when segregationist Southerners resisted the Supreme Court ruling Brown versus the Board of Education, which ruled that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional.

Kim Davis and her supporters give the impression that all Christians are against marriage equality. In reality, a growing number of Christians in all denominations are supporting LGBT rights and marriage equality. As more Christians know an LGBT friend, coworker, or family member, they are much more likely to support LGBT rights.

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By Angelo Lopez on November 21, 2015

These past few months Donald Trump has been capturing the headlines with his comments about most illegal immigrants coming from Mexico being violent criminals. While it is true that violent criminals have crossed the border to cause trouble, various studies have shown that illegal immigrants are less likely to commit violent crimes or be behind bars than the native-born American population. I fully sympathize with those families who have suffered from violent crime. I think violent criminals should be imprisoned. But the vast majority of illegal immigrants are not violent criminals and should not be punished for stereotypes that Donald Trump is perpetuating.

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By Angelo Lopez on November 19, 2015

In the past few years, the tragic deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers have led the grassroots movement, Black Lives Matter. This movement has highlighted many of the economic and societal problems that still exist as hurdles for many African Americans to gain true equality in this country. One of the big issues that the Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted is the tense relationship between police and minority communities in many areas in this country. There are areas, however, where police and local communities are working together to try to improve police/minority relationships.

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By Angelo Lopez on November 19, 2015

On Saturday, August 30, 2015, I went to the first Women's Equality Day rally in San Jose, California. It was a fun time. I walked around and took photos and talked to various people about why they were there and how they hope women continue their fight for equal rights in all spheres of society. Many of them talk about how women's rights are intertwined with economic inequality issues, immigrant rights, African American rights and LGBT rights. A few emphasized that the fight for women's equality is liberating for men as well as women: men don't have to be trapped in traditional gender roles, and can be much more empathetic husbands and fathers.

There was an inspirational and informative talk by various women speakers in the early morning. Then at around 10 a.m. the group marched around downtown San Jose chanting and holding signs. When they passed by the Cathedral, the rally organizers asked the marchers to stay silent to respect the mass that was taking place that moment. Several cars honked their horns in support of women's rights. I was very inspired during the march.

By Diane Wahto on November 16, 2015

Living by pacifist values in a time of perpetual war, in a time when innocent people are slaughtered mindlessly by those who seem to have only evil on their minds is almost impossible. Impressed by the example of Gandhi and the anti-nuke activists in Britain, I declared myself a pacifist when I was 17. Born at the start of WWII and a teenager when the Korean War was waged, I had lived through war for much of my life. I believed war was wrong.

Then came the ‘60s and Vietnam. I demonstrated against that war when I returned to college to finish a bachelor’s degree. Eventually, the war was ended, thanks to Pres. Nixon, who implemented a draft lottery, thus making sure that all men could be called up, not just the poor and minority men. I was sure, after the resounding defeat in that misguided “police action,” and after the human cost and the cost in dollars to America, that surely no one would think to start a war based on shaky grounds again.

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