US election live: Joe Biden wins and says ‘It’s time for America to unite’ | US news


US election live: Joe Biden wins and says ‘It’s time for America to unite’ | US news

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The Guardian’s Kari Paul reports from Kamala Harris’s childhood neighborhood in Berkeley, California:

On Saturday morning, after the announcement that Joe Biden had finally secured the US presidency, a small group of celebrants in Berkeley, California gathered in front of the childhood home of the vice president-elect Kamala Harris.

Harris was born in neighboring Oakland and lived in Berkeley, where her parents studied at UC Berkeley, until she was 12 years old. She has frequently cited her experiences of being bused into wealthier white schools as part of an integration program as foundational in her political career.

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I’m outside of Kamala’s childhood home in Berkeley where a group of people has gathered to celebrate the first female VP

November 7, 2020

Abby Friedman and Dan Schifrin live near Harris’s former home, and brought their seven-year-old daughter Elia to see the home where the first female vice president grew up. They looked on as their daughter, wearing a neon “resist” hat, wrote “we did it!” in chalk on the sidewalk.

“She’s been she’s been on a reading tear, reading biographies of Rosa Parks and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And so she feels it. She feels that Kamala Harris is part of a lineage and she wants to be part of that lineage too.” Schifrin said of his daughter.

Leslie Fields-Morris, 54, said she and her friends wandered over to Harris’s house from brunch where they were celebrating the Biden-Harris victory. They grew up in Oakland and are excited to celebrate a fellow African American woman making it to the White House.

“We are just so proud, seeing an average girl from Oakland running the world,” she said.

Others stopped to take photos of their children with Harris’s home. Sarah Zimmerman, a local organizer, wrote in chalk on the sidewalk, “when we fight for each other we win.” She said she’s celebrating while recognizing there is a lot more to do once Donald Trump is out of office.

“We’re still fighting,” she said. It’s a relief, but it’s not the end. It’s a really good there’s a lot more to do.”

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