Charlie Kirk speaks at UC Berkeley, 4/13/2022

I shot these photos for the Daily Californian during the UC Berkeley stop of conservative commentator Charlie Kirk's "Educate Don't Mandate" speaking tour. Kirk is the founder of Turning Point USA, an activist group espousing conservative values on college campuses.

Despite coordinating press access with the event organizers beforehand, when I arrived at the venue where Kirk was set to speak, I was barred from entry and informed that the event was at capacity. I shot the first two images through a window looking in on the event space before shortly being ushered away by security.

Looking in on the venue from the outside, I noted that it was not filled to capacity. I had a hunch (but was unable to confirm) that capacity in venue was limited to the maximum number to gather without requiring proof of vaccination.

The photo and story appeared in print, and online coverage is available to read here.

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