The second annual Rally for Love will be held this weekend to celebrate the vibrant diversity in the Tri-Valley, and show solidarity with those who feel vulnerable.
The event at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore will have speakers and music, for a chance to form relationships to make local communities more connected, safe and loving.
Local mayors and other public officials have been invited to speak, and there will also be tables with representatives of nonprofit groups to share information.
This family-friendly, non-partisan gathering invites people of every race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural background, legal/social/economic status, family makeup, physical ability, age -- in other words, everyone.
At the Peace Pole, people can write a personal message of peace to tape onto the pole, and they can write messages of peace and love to the White House, which will be sent together in a package.
There also will be tables of Native American crafts and an art table for making signs and Valentines. At the immigration table, people can write their family's arrival story and place it on the Rainbow Bridge.
A small-group discussion and sharing activity will be held in a quiet room, and ethnic dancers will perform in the Fellowship Hall.
The Rally for Love is set for 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 11) at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave. in Livermore. The event is sponsored by Embracing Diversity, a local group, and by Interfaith Interconnect, whose members represent many faiths and cultures.