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By Angelo Lopez on October 29, 2008

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Coit Tower, one of the great landmarks of the city of San Francisco. Coit Tower is a frequent tourist attraction that offers a breathtaking view of San Francisco and the Bay. Within its walls are a series of murals created by 26 different artists during the 1930s. These murals depict many of the struggles that working class people were going through during that time. It came at a time when the San Francisco art scene began to develop its distinctive personality, one that reflected the multicultural diversity of the city by the bay.

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By Angelo Lopez on October 28, 2008

It’s always difficult for an individual to go against a group of people. We all want to get along and be liked by people, so we often keep quiet about opinions when we’re with a group of friends or family members who may not agree. I learned the hard way that keeping quiet about one’s opinions and allowing other people to think for me does long term harm to myself. I’ve been very interested in learning about the dynamics of groupthink, the tendency of a group to limit independent thinking and questioning in the quest for consensus and group cohesiveness. The dangers of groupthink are numerous, from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, China during the Cultural Revolution or in the McCarthy era in America in the 1950s. While it is good to find a community where one can find love and acceptance, it’s also important to be able to speak for oneself and to be able to think independently.

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By Angelo Lopez on October 23, 2008

One of the great sources of liberal and left wing thought has always been the leftist magazine and newspaper. I’ve learned a lot about left wing thought and the social problems that are hidden from the general media from periodicals like the Nation, the Progressive, the Catholic Worker, Z Magazine, Mother Jones, and the Progressive Populist, magazines that are available in many libraries. One of the common things I found in all these magazines is the rich array of great satiric artists that grace its pages. This linking of great satiric art and strong leftist writing first occurred in The Masses, a magazine that circulated in the early twentieth century.

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By Angelo Lopez on October 19, 2008

As California voters decide on the fate of Proposition 8, a ballot measure to ban gay marriage, it is well to consider the forty-first anniversary of a Supreme Court ruling that also had a profound effect on the institution of marriage in the United States. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case Loving Versus Virginia that the state of Virginia’s laws against interracial marriage (known as the Racial Integrity Act) were unconstitutional and went against the Fourteenth Amendments’ principle of equality. At the time 17 states enforced laws prohibiting marriage between whites and nonwhites. This ruling overturned a long history of a horrible injustice that was inflicted on African Americans, Filipinos, Native Americans and Asians for simply trying to marry a loved one who was of a different race. Much of this information is from wikipedia .

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By Angelo Lopez on October 17, 2008

In the thirtieth anniversary of the assasination of gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk, a proposition is now being considered that would ban gay marriages in the state of California. This proposition, Proposition 8, would create a state constitutional amendment to take away the rights of gays and lesbians to get married in California and would overturn a ruling by the California State Supreme Court to allow such marriages to take place. Many of the more conservative Christian believers from the Catholic, Mormon, and Evangelical churches are spearheading a strong organized drive to get Proposition 8 passed, while the more liberal Christian and Jewish groups have been less organized in their efforts to defeat Proposition 8. Matthai Kuruvila wrote an informative article in the October 15, 2008 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle about the fight between liberal and conservative Christians over Proposition 8 and the issue of gay marriage.

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By Angelo Lopez on October 11, 2008

Cartoons have always been a particular obsession with me. Since I was a kid, I would scrawl Charlie Brown and Snoopy on any scrap of paper that I could find. So I've appreciated the opportunity to do cartoons for the Tri-City Voice, a local newspaper that covers the Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, Sunol, and Milpitas areas of the California Bay Area. These past few weeks, I've focused on the presidential campaign and the recent financial crisis.

William and Sharon Marshak founded the Tri-City Voice to cover the local art, culture, sports, and entertainment of the eastern Bay Area cities and it promotes the diverse multicultural population and the rich history of the area. With a circulation of 25,750, the newspaper has the largest readership in the 5 cities that it covers. William Marshak's editorials offer insight into the political scene with the city councils and downtown economies.

The pick of Sarah Palin has dominated the news for the past few weeks...

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By Angelo Lopez on October 10, 2008

I recently read that Berkeley Breathed is retiring his wonderful character, Opus, after almost 30 years of creating wonderful gentle satire of American culture and politics. Opus is part of a long tradition in comic strips of sharp political satire. From Al Capp and his comic strip Li’l Abner, to Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury, to Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks, a few comic strips in each generation have taken on the politicians, celebrities, and wall street financiers that dominate the nation’s news. One of the first cartoonists to tackle political subjects in his work was Walt Kelly in his comic strip Pogo. It has the reputation of being one of the best comic strips to ever grace the news page.

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By Angelo Lopez on October 4, 2008

One of the hallmarks of Christmas since I was a child has been watching It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s a great film, one that makes me appreciative of my friends and family. The director of It’s A Wonderful Life is Frank Capra, one of the finest directors of the 1930s and 1940s. One of the things that I love about the Capra films is the love that Capra has for the average American and it’s extolling of the values of American community. The characters are fun, energetic and humble, and they have supportive and loving family and friends. The optimism and sentimentality in these films though are balanced by a willingness to look at the harsher aspects of American life. Frank Capra’s films offer us a look at how Americans viewed themselves in the Roosevelt era, and they influence how we would like America to be today.

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