Sunday afternoon, protesters from DXE (Direct Action Everywhere) gathered outside the BART station in Berkeley, CA. Their goal today, stop the sales of fur in Berkeley, citing recent actions banning the sales of fur in Hollywood. The group came prepared with demonstration signs, audio equipment and an established plan to utilize road guards to block traffic and keep the marchers safe as they made their way towards the University of Berkeley campus. Several of the demonstrators also brought their dogs along to march beside them in solidarity. Following a brief overview of plans and instructions, demonstrators proceeded to march down Shattuck Ave, making their way towards Sproul Hall Plaza.
The road guards successfully diverted traffic from interfering with the march and maintained peace while doing so. The demonstrators caught the attention of several people going about their business, who often stopped to see what was going on and take photos with their cell phones. Initially, Berkeley police were not present, but a few officers showed up as the protesters neared the campus. They asked a few questions but kept a distance and maintained peace. Upon arrival at the campus, a short break was called where the group had prepared a table setup with vegan food.
Before speakers took stage, a group of individuals noticed a pigeon entangled with string around it’s foot. Approaching slowly and offering food to the bird, members tried to get close enough to remove the object. Though nearly successful, the pigeon was spooked and flew away. Speakers took to the steps near Sproul Hall to speak out against the sales of fur. One guest speaker included Clifton Roberts, one of the 2016 presidential candidates, who shared personal stories and his own reasons for choosing his vegan lifestyle. A follow up action to send e-mails directly to council members in the city expressing their ideals was announced. Shortly after the demonstration came to an end and the crowd dispersed.