In the Bay Area, hope and anxiety

Posted on November 9, 2020

Cal Matters / November 6, 2020

As President Trump and his supporters moved to stop the counting of mail-in votes in key battleground states yesterday, local activist groups greenlighted rallies in several Bay Area cities. Their message was simple: count every vote.

Anxious, scared, but cautiously optimistic, hundreds of protesters peacefully gathered in parks and plazas in the aftermath of an unprecedented election night. Together, they stirred a cocktail of emotions as they waited for results.

“There’s definitely anxiety about what’s going to happen,” said Kimi Lee, co-organizer of the Oakland protest and director of the Bay Rising activist collective. “Folks are talking about stopping a coup.”

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