Thousands gathered to protest Donald Trump on Saturday, marking the fourth day of political demonstrations across the country.
Jacob Moss, Los Angeles based photographer, took to the streets as well — both to oppose the president-elect and document the demonstrations in his hometown. We spoke with Jacob about his experience, his thoughts on law enforcement, his Jewish heritage, Trump’s hateful rhetoric, and more.
“Before the 2016 elections, I had never actively participated in a protest,” the 25-year-old told Canvass.
“The first event I attended was the night of the 9th in Downtown LA which coincidentally was the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht. I am Jewish and on that night 78 years prior, my great grandfather was taken from his home by Nazis. Fortunately, he survived, and he, my great grandmother and my grandmother were able to escape to the United States.”
“Making the Nazi connection with Trump is not a stretch, the hateful rhetoric he used during his campaign empowered those with hateful ideologies and further indoctrinated others. He played off the genuine anger and discontentment of many Americans while making a point to blame minorities — religious and racial — for the problems in our country.”
“There were people who stood idly by while Hitler came to power saying the same things that people are saying today, in America. I thought about my Mom’s family, specifically my Great Grandfather and I felt compelled to take a more active role.”
“Both protests I attended have been overwhelmingly positive. Not once did I feel unsafe. Words cannot properly describe the feeling of being in that crowd. It was a very empowering and heavy experience.”
“Law enforcement were nothing but professional and actually supportive. I shook many officers’ hands, I thanked them for being there and they thanked me for protesting. There was no tension. The issues surrounding police are extremely important, and while this instance doesn’t absolve them of responsibility with regard to other issues, it is definitely worth noting.”
“I felt like the best way I could participate beyond just marching was to bring my camera.”
See the rest of Jacob’s moving images below.
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