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We marched for our lives

Claudine, Danny, and Justin at the March for our Lives in San Francisco, CA
At the march with Claudine and Danny

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Proud to call California home

…and so proud of Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin of 3 Fish Studios.

Eric Rewitzer's California Keeper
California Keeper by Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin

Like many of the other nearly 9 million people in California who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, artist Eric Rewitzer reacted to Donald Trump’s victory as if a tornado had swept his house away. “I just didn’t believe he was serious,” says the longtime San Francisco resident. “And I didn’t see it coming.” As disbelief gave way to sadness and then anger, the bespectacled printmaker found himself sitting at the table in the middle of his studio just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. He and his wife are known for their prints of a sweet “California bear,” a version of the grizzly on the state’s flag that likes to give hugs and sells very well at airport souvenir shops. But after he spent 40 hours carving and pressing a giant sheet of linoleum, a vastly changed animal appeared—roaring, teeth glaring, claws out. “You’ve stirred a beast,” says the usually sweet and soft-spoken Rewitzer. “Watch out.” —California Prepares to Resist the President in Uncertain Times, Time Magazine

Also worth reading is the Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election from which the quote above comes and Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State Address, California is Not Turning Back, Not Now, Not Ever.

Proud to support the ACLU and Planned Parenthood

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Starting today, I will be donating $30 to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood every month.

Update: Due to a change of financial priorities, I’ve opted to suspend my monthly donations as of August 2017. It’s possible that I will reconsider restarting them, or donating my time, at some point in the future.

Historic, 8 years later

My 2016 vote for president: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine
2016 Presidential Election


Cuddly Communism

When I think of Vietnam, my first thoughts tend toward the Vietnam War (which I’ve taken a liking to calling the “American War” as they do locally), and not that they are one of the few remaining communist states. This fact was immediately brought home as we left the airport and were greeted by banners displaying the hammer and sickle draped from every lamppost. I laughed to myself.

From all outward appearances, it’s “communism in name only” after the market reforms of Doi Moi (similar to perestroika in the Soviet Union) that occurred in the late 1980s. Vietnam today is booming. That said, they still go all out with the communist symbolism, albeit with a warm and flowery kawaii-esque makeover. I’d call it “pastel propaganda”—much of it related to the Tết Festival that was happening while we were in HCMC.

Communist billboard in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam during Tết Festival 2011
Communist billboard in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam during Tết Festival 2011
Communist billboard in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam during Tết Festival 2011

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