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East Bay Anti-Trump Protests

Destinee Yarrow holds up a sign reading "Pussy grabs back!" to Oakland riot police during an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Destinee Yarrow holds up a sign reading "Pussy grabs back!" to Oakland riot police during an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

The streets of Oakland erupted after the election of Donald Trump. Every night around 5pm, the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza fills with thousands to share space with others who feel the same anger towards a President-elect they don't feel represents the values of America. Topics such as immigration policy, police brutality, systemic racism, women's rights, and climate change were discussed in the plaza before taking the streets. Despite property damage, broken windows, and street fires from a small percentage of protesters, the majority of protesters were peaceful and chants of "Peaceful protest!" echoed any act of damage towards the city of Oakland. 

Photographing this week's events post-election has been surreal. Here are some of the images I made in the last week in both Berkeley and Oakland, CA.

Protesters embrace holding a sign that reads "not my president" as Oakland Police Department riot police attempt to break up an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Protesters embrace holding a sign that reads "not my president" as Oakland Police Department riot police attempt to break up an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

UC Berkeley students march through downtown Berkeley in protest of President-elect Donald Trump on November 10, 2016. Chants of "Immigrants are here to stay!" reflected the groups demands to defend sanctuary cities and campuses and shut down immigrant detention centers in the United States.

UC Berkeley students march through downtown Berkeley in protest of President-elect Donald Trump on November 10, 2016. Chants of "Immigrants are here to stay!" reflected the groups demands to defend sanctuary cities and campuses and shut down immigrant detention centers in the United States.

Protesters hold up signs reading "El Diablito" (the little devil) during an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 10, 2016.

Protesters hold up signs reading "El Diablito" (the little devil) during an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 10, 2016.

Sydney Hausken, middle, and Chandler James, right, students of San Francisco State, march in downtown Oakland in protest of President-elect Donald Trump on November 10, 2016.

Sydney Hausken, middle, and Chandler James, right, students of San Francisco State, march in downtown Oakland in protest of President-elect Donald Trump on November 10, 2016.

Protesters hold up signs of peace to Oakland Police Department riot police in the late hours of an anti-Trump protest that filled the streets of downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Protesters hold up signs of peace to Oakland Police Department riot police in the late hours of an anti-Trump protest that filled the streets of downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Isaiah Woosley of Berkeley closes his eyes during a moment of solidarity with his fellow protesters after being blocked by riot police to move forwards. "I have a lot of friends who are undocumented and the LGBT policies are really upsetting," says Woosley. "I have a well-abled body and to stay behind my phone is not using my voice. I'm going to use my voice."

Isaiah Woosley of Berkeley closes his eyes during a moment of solidarity with his fellow protesters after being blocked by riot police to move forwards. "I have a lot of friends who are undocumented and the LGBT policies are really upsetting," says Woosley. "I have a well-abled body and to stay behind my phone is not using my voice. I'm going to use my voice."

Performers dance and drum through the streets of downtown Oakland as part of the anti-Trump protest that took place on November 10, 2016.

Performers dance and drum through the streets of downtown Oakland as part of the anti-Trump protest that took place on November 10, 2016.

Patrons took to the streets to protest President-elect Donald Trump in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Patrons took to the streets to protest President-elect Donald Trump in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Protesters burned trash cans and spray painted building facades of downtown Oakland late into the night in protest of President-elect Donald Trump on November 9, 2016.

Protesters burned trash cans and spray painted building facades of downtown Oakland late into the night in protest of President-elect Donald Trump on November 9, 2016.

President-elect Donald Trump protesters broke through freeway fencing and attempted to take Interstate 580, but were stopped by riot police in downtown Oakland on November 10, 2016.

President-elect Donald Trump protesters broke through freeway fencing and attempted to take Interstate 580, but were stopped by riot police in downtown Oakland on November 10, 2016.

President-elect Donald Trump protesters broke through freeway fencing and attempted to take Interstate 580, but were stopped by riot police in downtown Oakland on November 10, 2016.

President-elect Donald Trump protesters broke through freeway fencing and attempted to take Interstate 580, but were stopped by riot police in downtown Oakland on November 10, 2016.

Patrons took to the streets to protest President-elect Donald Trump in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Patrons took to the streets to protest President-elect Donald Trump in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Oakland Police Department riot police push back protesters to get to an unlawful street fire during an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Oakland Police Department riot police push back protesters to get to an unlawful street fire during an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Protesters are arrested by Oakland Police Department riot police in the late hours of an anti-Trump protest that filled the streets of downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Protesters are arrested by Oakland Police Department riot police in the late hours of an anti-Trump protest that filled the streets of downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Nicholas Large of Clayton holds a sign at the row of Oakland Police Department riot police during an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Nicholas Large of Clayton holds a sign at the row of Oakland Police Department riot police during an anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Anti-Trump protesters demolish a Pleasanton Police car in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016. The peaceful protest escalated to property damage and street fires late into the night.

Anti-Trump protesters demolish a Pleasanton Police car in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016. The peaceful protest escalated to property damage and street fires late into the night.

Kayla Corelovo and Kevin Garcia, middle, embrace during a chant at the anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 10, 2016.

Kayla Corelovo and Kevin Garcia, middle, embrace during a chant at the anti-Trump protest in downtown Oakland on November 10, 2016.

Two protesters embrace during the first hour of the anti-Trump protest at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Two protesters embrace during the first hour of the anti-Trump protest at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland on November 9, 2016.

Emily Harger