Lab/Shul, along with more than 20 NYU and community organizations, are hosting a rally in Washington Square Park on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 1-3 p.m. to bring together diverse communities and focus on love triumphing over hate. Come share that Lab/Shul Love by helping Naomi and Ezra rep our community at this one-of-a-kind event. We can’t wait to hear the brand new original musical poetic mash-up jam that they’ve been working on.
Click here for more info on where to meet and how to participate in the optional DIY sign making before the rally.
The Love Rally, organized in part by the Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity (PACH) at NYU, will gather world leaders, interfaith leaders, musicians, spoken word poets, students, activists, and policymakers for an afternoon of readings, remarks, and performances all focused on love and our common humanity.
“Valentine’s Day is often defined by commercialism and romantic love. But the love we need right now in our hate and violence filled world is not simply romantic love, but love of our common humanity,” said Niobe Way, the founder of the PACH and professor of applied psychology at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “We need to support leaders, such as the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, who lead with love and respond to hate and violence with love, rather than more hate and violence.”
Select notable speakers at the rally include Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Sarah Sayeed, Senior Advisor in the Community Affairs Unit, New York City Mayor’s Office; and Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. For a current list of speakers, performers, and additional information, please visit the event’s Facebook page.