Several young women wearing black and with bandanas look happy and are passing out free water bottles on the street during a protest in Berkeley.

Thousands Turn Out for Huge Demonstration in Berkeley for Black Lives Matter

I left the demonstration/funeral procession feeling more hopeful than usual. Maybe all of these demonstrations around the country, from the Bay Area to small towns like Pleasanton and Fargo, N. Dakota, might lead to the systemic changes that people today were clearly demanding — no more police killings of Black and Brown men and women and the demilitarization of police forces. […]