On Monday, February 6, 2017, white supremacist fliers were circulated throughout my hometown of Norwalk and surrounding towns in Connecticut. Covered in plastic sheets and filled with a few small pebbles to weigh them down, they were left in driveways and mailboxes. The fliers stated “We must secure the existence of our race and future for white children. Make America White Again.”
As the daughter of a predominately black father and an openly gay white mother, I was taught at a young age to simply love everyone. So the moment I heard that hate had hit our beautifully diverse city, I knew I needed to stand up for our community and for those most vulnerable during these uncertain times. The best way that I could offset the hate is by inviting my community on a journey to love ALL.
Just two days after reading about the hate fliers, I started a community movement on Facebook called “Love ALL Project”. Love ALL Project is a volunteer non-partisan organization whose mission is to stop the cycle of hate by fostering understanding and relationships between different cultures through community collaborations. Love ALL Project will provide ways for our community to link arms and work together to better understand one another.
With the right resources and support, we can spread the love by sharing our community model with other towns and cities.
We hope that you join us on our community journey to love ALL!
Let love rule!
Sharon R. Baanante
Founder, Love ALL Project
Events + Notes
Community Storycast at the SoNo Arts Festival - August 4-5, 2018
WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR STORY! Stop by our booth at the SoNo Arts Festival, Aug 4-5, in South Norwalk, CT as we record podcasts and film for the launch of our Community Storycast! You'll have a chance to tell us a 2-5 minute story about the time when you were welcomed into a community or time when you welcomed someone into your community. Maybe you have a powerful story about love, community, or inclusion? We want to hear it. Open to anyone in the area including visitors! Podcasting will occur on Saturday, August 4 and filming on Sunday, August 5. Let love rule!
Goodnight Neighbor with Eric Niederer, Board Member and Former Co-Chairman of SPED Partners – July 2018
Hello parents and guardians! Put your elementary students to bed with this new episode of "Goodnight Neighbor" featuring our special guest reader, Eric Niederer, Board Member of SPED Partners as he reads "My Brother Charlie" written by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete. This picture book mirrors the real life of actress Holly Robinson Peete and her then 12-year-old daughter, Ryan who is the fraternal twin of a brother with autism.
Advanced Screening - Won't You Be My Neighbor? - June 21, 2018
Thank you to everyone who came out last week for our advanced screening of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?". We also want to thank Garden Cinemas Norwalk for their warm hospitality and Focus Features Film for helping us make this happen. The documentary was extraordinary! Special thanks to Hector Pachas Photography for volunteering to take photos. For more photos, please visit:
Love All Project Facebook Page.
Goodnight Neighbor with Theresa Rangel, Principal of Tracey Elementary School – June 2018
Hello parents and guardians! Put your elementary students to bed with our first episode of "Goodnight Neighbor" featuring our special guest reader, Theresa Rangel (Principal of Tracey Elementary School), as she reads "How Oliver Fits In" by Cale Atkinson. Goodnight Neighbor is a series of monthly cultural and diversity readings by civic leaders in our community. This series is in collaboration with the Norwalk Public Library and Love ALL Project. Let love rule!
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Community Table - dinner & a story - May 19, 2018
We had an incredible evening at Harbor Harvest for our "Community Table - dinner & a story". Marta Figueroa shared her personal immigration story of incredible courage, hard work, and perseverance. Thank you to Building One Community for partnering with us and clarifying myths and facts about immigrants and immigration. For future Community Table events, please be sure to follow us on Facebook or check back on our website.
Goodnight Neighbor - May 2018
This summer, Love ALL Project will be partnering with the Norwalk Public Library and launching "Goodnight Neighbor", a series of monthly online cultural book readings for young children by civic leaders in our community. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/loveallproject) to view the monthly readings or check back on our website.
Community Table - dinner &
a story – May 17, 2018
Please join Love ALL Project and members of our community at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 17, at Harbor Harvest for our upcoming "Community Table - dinner and a story". Local dinner guest Marta Figueroa, will join us for dinner and will tell us her inspiring story about life as an immigrant in Connecticut. This event will offer attendees the chance to join a small group dinner, listen to an incredible life story, engage in conversation, and learn.
Love ALL Project would like to thank our community partner, Building One Community, for helping make this event possible.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND TO PURCHASE A TICKET FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE VISIT
Community Table - dinner &
a story - April 5, 2018
Thanks to everyone that came out to Harbor Harvest for our inaugural "Community Table - dinner & a story" event with dinner guest Raven Matherne, CT's first transgender lawmaker. We also want to thank the inspiring Raven Matherne for sharing her personal journey with us and Triangle Community Center for their support. For more information on the event, please see the article:
The Hour News Article
Community Table - dinner &
a story - April 5, 2018
We are thrilled to launch our "Community Table - dinner & a story" event series! Please join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 5, at Harbor Harvest, for our first "Community Table - dinner and a story". Dinner guest, Raven Matherne, Connecticut's first transgender lawmaker, will join us for dinner and will tell us her inspiring story about life as a transgender person. This event will offer attendees the chance to join a small group dinner, to listen, engage, and learn. Sponsored by Triangle Community Center.
Love ALL Project Volunteers "Immigration Love Story" - Feb 14, 2018
We are proud to share this "Immigration Love Story" that features two inspiring Love ALL Project volunteers; Danny (former DACA recipient) and Victoria (U.S. & Ecuadorian Citizen). Thank you Danny and Victoria for opening our hearts and our minds to love and immigration.
Click here to view the full segment.
Pure Poetry Let Love Rule Fundraiser - Feb 11, 2018
Thank you Pure Poetry and the incredible Trumbull High School students who volunteered their time and efforts to help raise funds for Love ALL Projects's Community Table event series. Let love rule! For more event pictures or information on this series of events, please visit our facebook page.
SoNo's Ugly Sweater Party - December 16, 2017
It was a fun time at Saltwater SoNo's Ugly Sweater Party on December 16! We want to extend a huge thank you to Saltwater SoNo for donating a portion of their evening proceeds to Love ALL Project. We are also thankful to those who braved the cold to come out and support us!
Love ALL Project - Children's Community Drum Circle - November 19, 2017
Love ALL Project hosted a Children's Community Drum Circle at the Community Thanksgiving Luncheon at Cornerstone Community Church in Norwalk on November 19. A select group of children from Person to Person, Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield and Cornerstone Community Church participated in this professional music workshop and short performance. Using percussion instruments and rhythm as a tool for unity, the children made new friends and beautiful music! For more pictures, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/loveallproject. Let love rule!
Peace, Love & Justice Rally - October 29, 2017
Thank you First Congregational Church for inviting Love ALL Project founder, Sharon Baanante to speak at the Peace, Love & Justice Rally alongside Congressman Jim Himes, CT State Senator Bob Duff, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and other community activists and leaders. Thank you to those who braved the storm to be a part of this special event. We are proud of our CT legislators, leaders, organizations, and community activists who continue to work towards uniting and supporting our diverse community. Together we are a community movement.
For more pictures of this event, please visit our Facebook page!
A special thanks to our volunteer photographer Hector Pachas Photography!
Love ALL Storytelling Family Event - November 5, 2017
Love ALL Project is pleased to announce our second Love ALL Storytelling Family Event in collaboration with the NORWALK PUBLIC LIBRARY and Family & Children's Agency. Please join us Sunday, November 5 at 1:00pm for an interactive afternoon of fun with local author and storyteller Karen Hall (Ms. Karen of Acting Out). This free event will be focused on diversity through Ms. Karen's unique telling of the story of Ferdinand. The children will also have an opportunity to create their own stories about kindness, compassion and celebrating differences. Complimentary pizza and drinks will be provided. Recommended for children ages 5-11 and their parent(s)/guardian(s). FREE ADMISSION.
RSVP on Facebook
or call the Norwalk Public Library at 203.899.2780 X15131.
Space is limited. Let love rule!
Newsletter - Our Community Journey - September 2017
Check out our first Love ALL Project newsletter! We'll take a look back at our first six months, what's on the horizon and how you can help. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter through the link or via our Facebook page. Let love rule!
September 2017 Newsletter
10 simple things you can do in response to Charlottesville
Most of us are still trying to make sense of what happened in Charlottesville. How could our great country have white nationalists marching in the streets in broad daylight and in the night with torches? How could such hate and violence appear in our country whose fundamental values are based on liberty and justice for all? How do we stop this madness? It’s overwhelming and surreal but we have to start somewhere. We ALL have to start doing something, right here and right now, ALL OF US. We cannot allow our country to revisit one of the darkest chapters in American and world history. We have to make a change and we have to do this together.
Click Read More below for 10 things you can do to stop the hate. Let’s counter the hate with our words and our actions! Let love rule!
SoNo Arts Festival, August 5–6, 2017
Thank you to all of those that supported us at the Love ALL Project kids booth at the SoNo Arts Festival, May 5 and 6 in South Norwalk, CT. It was terrific to see such great support of our project. We are confident our community support will allow us to continue spreading the love!
Check out the pictures: Photos
SoNo Arts Festival, August 5-6, 2017
Calling all kids and kids at heart! Swing by our Love ALL Project kids booth at SoNo Arts Festival in South Norwalk on Sat, Aug 5 - Sun, Aug 6. Our fun activity booth will be open from 10am-5pm. While you are there, don't forget to pick up a Love ALL Project car magnet. Let love rule!
SoNo Arts Fest: http://www.sonoartsfest.com/
SoNo Art Playground: https://www.sonoartplayground.org/
Love ALL Family Storytelling
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Thank you to all of the families that came out for our Love ALL Family Storytelling Night on Tuesday, June 20. The evening focused on teaching children to embrace diversity by celebrating differences, practicing empathy and showing compassion. A special thanks to the NORWALK PUBLIC LIBRARY and Al-Madany Islamic Center for collaborating with Love ALL Project. We also want to thank Karen Hall of Acting Out with Ms. Karen for donating her time and talent to teach our next generation to love. Let love rule!
See event photos on Facebook
Love ALL Project
Volunteer Meeting | Business Kit Assembly
Sunday, May 21, 2017
761 Main Ave (I.Park), Norwalk
Mark your calendar for our Love ALL Project volunteer meeting, Sunday, May 21 at 7pm. We will be assembling “Love ALL Project Business Kits”. This is one of many projects that will help us activate community support of diversity. The kits will include a Love ALL Project window cling for community businesses to show their support for diversity. For businesses who have customers waiting for a service or product (i.e. restaurants, salons, etc.) we will provide a Love ALL Project origami heart activity set that will encourage those to share their stories about diversity. Please sign up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/loveallproject/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Lauren Henry Photography
Love ALL Project Car Magnets
Our Love ALL Project car magnets show our love, support and respect for everyone regardless of their race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, citizenship status or disability. Show your support of diversity and pick up your free magnet at our volunteer owned hair salon, Stylin’, located at 345 Main Ave (next to Café Dolce) in Norwalk, CT. A huge thank you to Stylin’ for supporting our journey.
Let love rule!