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Protesters March through Emeryville Shopping Mall to “Reclaim MLK Day”

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Peaceful protesters briefly entered stores at the Emeryville Shopping Mall including Forever 21, Apple & Old Navy with drums & chants of “Stop shopping, shut it down” and “Black Lives Matter”. An estimated 100 Protesters blocked traffic on Shellmound and Bay Street in an attempt to disrupt what they refer to as an attempt to coerce the MLK holiday for capitalism and reclaim its meaning as a day of activism.


The EPD blocked traffic for the protests and no arrests were reported. The protests concluded after about 45 minutes behind the Public Market.

Oakland-area protests disrupt Sunday shoppers

By Julia Carrie Wong, Special for USA TODAY
About 50 protesters held a “die-in” outside the Walmart, and later in the afternoon more than 100 people disrupted shoppers and stores at the outdoor Bay Street shopping center in Emeryville, Calif., near Oakland.

At the Walmart, some carried signs calling on the giant retail chain to pay workers $15 an hour and chanted “poverty is violence.” At the shopping center, some protesters wore signs reading “Black Lives Matter” while chanting and drumming inside several stores including Victoria’s Secret and Forever 21.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


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