Emotions have been running particularly high across the country and around the world since election night, when Donald Trump became president-elect of the U.S. In response, four Washington University and Saint Louis University students banned together to plan a "Love Rally" for tonight in an effort to bring the community together — and they're inviting you to join them.
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, all are welcome to gather at Washington University's Mudd Field outside the Danforth University Center (6475 Forsyth Blvd.)
to join in the peaceful rally, a non-partisan demonstration of love, support and healing after the election season. Missouri Rep. Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis) is scheduled to speak, and possible student performances such as music and slam poetry are being solidified. The rally is planned to take place at the same time as similar events in Boston, New York and various other cities across the country.
The St. Louis Love Rally is the brainchild of students Erin Klein, Elizabeth Doyon and Craig Yugawa of Wash U. and Joy Kudia of SLU. The foursome knew each other from various campus social groups and working together on political campaigns in the St. Louis area, but it wasn't until after the election results came in that they all connected to form tonight's event.
"There were some members of the Washington University School of Law LGBT organization that voiced hope to do something to bring people together to show that we care about each other," Doyon, a second year Wash U. law student, explains. "We all started talking, and I got connected with Erin, which was great, and it all just kind of flowed from there."
Klein, a second year med student at Wash U., says they hope this rally gives people the energy and resolve to get involved or continue their involvement in the causes they're passionate about, and to continue to improve the community.
"This is a time to figure out how do we come together and how do we go forward from here," she says.
Kudia, a junior political science and communications major at SLU, adds that she hopes people will be motivated to do the most good that they can and keep fighting. "My hope also is that people two weeks from now don't get complacent, that this is just the first step."
Ultimately, however, Doyon stresses that they want all people, no matter their background or political affiliation, to feel welcome and heard in this act of solidarity.
"Even politics aside, just remembering that we truly are stronger when we love and when we don’t perpetuate hate," she says.
For parking, disability access and other details, visit the Love Rally's event page on Facebook