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‘We The People’ Have Spoken

Election Result Brings Relief, Joy as People Pour into Streets

By Juan Mendoza

The announcement of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States brought a few thousand people out Saturday morning to Pershing Square in downtown L.A. to celebrate.

With posters in hand, flags, t-shirts and drums people rejoiced and welcomed their new leader. People were dancing, singing and extremely emotional because they can see the end of the Trump presidency, and the new hopes the Biden administration represents. 

“We are happy that Trump is out of office, but the work is not done,” Skyler Perez Grogan said. Grogan works with the Feminist Uprising Organization Group. “We need to be organizing on the ground and doing grassroots [work] to hold elected officials accountable,” she said. “We need health care for all, student debt must be eliminated, and pass anti-violence against women.” 

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is an historic milestone for Black women in particular and women of color, in general. The first female elected to the office of Vice President in the history of the United States, Harris is the daughter of immigrant parents from India and Jamaica. 

“This is a great day for America,” Miguel Putin said. “Where the voice of the people spoke against chaos, and many voters reward President-elect Biden for choosing a woman of color as a Vice President.”

More Americans turned out to vote in this election than in the history of this country. CNBC reported that 159.8 million votes were cast in the 2020 presidential election 

“The fight is not done, and we want to make sure that the voices of our progressive leaders in congress are not silenced,” said Luca Rodriguez who was one of the celebrants. “We need to get progressive policies like the new deal, and accountability for the people killed by the police.”

“I’m thankful that we will have a new administration,” said optimistic voter Taha Redford. She hopes President-elect Biden can get the coronavirus pandemic under control. “Our country can move towards learning how to live with the virus until a vaccination is available.”

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