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An estimated crowd of 500 participated in the 2017 Rally for Love, which was also held at the Bankhead Park Plaza. (Photo - Doug Jorgensen)

The 3rd Annual “Rally for Love” will be held Sunday, June 9th from 1–3 p.m. at the Bankhead Park Plaza in downtown Livermore.

This year’s theme is, “We are Community.” There will be music, speakers, and opportunities to establish relationships that make the community more connected, safe, and loving. Several public officials will be attending.

State Senator Steve Glazer, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Livermore Mayor John Marchand, and Dublin City Council Member Shawn Kumagai are scheduled to join the rally this year.

“We are happy to see that the spirit of inclusion is spreading through the Tri-Valley. Dublin‘s City Council just approved a June Pride Month proclamation. The Livermore City Council passed a proclamation in April supporting a culture of welcome, inclusion, and respect. We invite our community members to celebrate our diversity with love and respect and learn more about each other’s culture and perspectives,” said lead organizer Shana Peete.

Inspiration for this event began with an interfaith group in Livermore, “Embracing Diversity.” The group’s goal aims to promote and celebrate diversity in the Tri-Valley communities, honoring the human and civil rights of all persons, irrespective of age, race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or economic status. Tri-Valley Interfaith Interconnect also sponsors the event.

The “Rally for Love” is planned as a peaceful, family-friendly, non-partisan gathering to honor and celebrate diversity, and to demonstrate solidarity with those who feel vulnerable. It is sponsored by Asbury United Methodist Church, the Bankhead Theater, and Tri-Valley Interfaith Interconnect.

To learn more, see the event listing for “Rally for Love Tri-Valley” on Facebook.