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A Journey Through Post-Protest Berkeley

As of at least right now, I am living in Berkeley, California - the home of America's top public university, the site of the Free Speech Movement fifty years ago and a bastion of progressivism and radicalism. It shouldn't come as a big shocker that the riots and protests taking off after the non-indictments of several police officers who killed unarmed men have taken root in such a place.

It's been a bit strange - for a couple days helicopters were very, very present overhead and a pizza guy even said to me, "Stay safe out there." The BART train closed very early in the afternoon. The pictures I took were during the day, when the protests were either over or had moved on to elsewhere:






The couple and I got a pretty cool conversation about Hillary and who the political candidates were that, if not anti-war, were at least reluctant about war. She mentioned Bernie Sanders and I mentioned Rand Paul, which caused her to cringe. The boyfriend in the couple, Lucas Oshun, said afterward that the look he made was supposed to show "WTF" but one could misconstrue him as being enthusiastic about Hillary.



Both of those pictures were taken in front of the Berkeley Student Food Collective.


Things get a bit darker as I continued on and saw what was left from the protests;





Lastly, some members of Berkeley's sizeable homeless population had a good amount of wisdom about the situation:


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