Join us on Valentine’s Day to express our love for each other, and our beautiful city, on a march through the downtown Oakland area. Participants should wear red and/or pink in celebration of Valentine’s Day, and are encouraged to bring flowers, bubbles, Valentine’s candy to share, glitter, confetti, and flower petals.
At 6:00 PM, we will hold a “Make Love, Not War” rally in solidarity with Syria, Egypt, and other nations whose people are currently suffering from state and/or police repression.
At 6:30, we will hold a “Reproductive Health” rally, complete with safer sex supply giveaways.
At 7:00 PM, we will have our “Hella ♥ Oakland” march through the downtown area. While people are encouraged to bring candy and flowers to share with fellow marchers, and with bystanders, it is important to note that these things are not to be given to the police. In light of recent events, it would be extremely insensitive to diminish the suffering of the people of Oakland (and abroad) at the hands of OPD in such a way. In the event of potentially repressive police presence, everyone is encouraged to hug and/or kiss someone nearby. While this is still a peaceful and family-friendly event, the police have shown us time and time again that they are NOT our friends and are not to be treated as such.