In response to last week’s election, wherein Donald Trump received enough electoral votes to become President-elect, vigils and protests (not to mention a horrifying number of reported hate crimes) have popped up all over America. The Bay Area, of course, is no different.
Following on the heels of action in San Francisco and downtown Oakland, Lake Merritt played host to a peaceful protest on Sunday. Billed as Hands Across Lake Merritt, scores of people gathered at the East Bay lagoon and joined hands in a comparatively quieter protest to voice their frustration at the impending administration.
According to East Bay Express, an estimated “5,000 to 10,000 people converged on the lake.” Here are some scenes from yesterday’s protest.
"They came to Lake Merritt to hold hands with strangers, joining together as a cathartic force to push back against racism, sexism and the backlash against gay and Muslim communities. They created a human chain around the 3.4-mile perimeter of the Oakland lake, occasionally clapping. At one point, people chanted, 'We reject the president-elect.'" :@gabrielleluriephoto #oakland #trump #protest #