Livermore Hosts Rally for Love

Raina Jiang | Co-Editor in Chief

Hundreds gathered in front of the Bankhead theater on Feb. 12 for the Rally for Love, celebrating diversity in the Tri-Valley. Many attendees wore red and sported signs with slogans such as “Love always wins” and “All we need is love!” The event was from 12 to 1:30 p.m. and featured multiple speakers and booths from nonprofit organizations, such as Interfaith Interconnect.

Speakers included Holocaust survivor Ruth Gasten, Livermore mayor John Marchand, California Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, Pleasanton Muslim activist Abdul Awwal, and others. Gasten spoke about her childhood experiences growing up after
Hitler came to power and the anti-Semitic laws were passed. She recalls asking her mother why all the doors on her street were closed and being told, “It’s because you’re Jewish, and Hitler said Christians are not to fraternize with Jews.”

Gasten and Awwal both work with the group Interfaith Interconnect, a Tri-Valley organization that works to “enrich, inform and educate ourselves and others about the great diversity of faiths and cultures in our valley,” according to their website.
Music for Change club members from Amador High School also performed several songs, while other students read poetry about love and honoring civil rights.

All photo credits: Raina Jiang

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