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A love-in is a peaceful public gathering focused on meditation, love, music, sex and/or use of psychedelic drugs. The term was coined by Los Angeles radio comedian Peter Bergman, who also hosted the first one in March 26 1967 in Elysian Park[1] It has been interpreted in different ways by different organizations, but is often connected to protesting local, social or environmental issues.[2][3] Such protests were held in opposition to the Vietnam War.[4]

Love-ins are largely considered a staple of the 1960s counterculture hippie culture.


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  2. ^ Book of Life Archived 2017-01-03 at the Wayback Machine reference to early love-ins
  3. ^ A Houston-area "Love In Archived 2011-03-12 at the Wayback Machine" -- a flash mob gathering to save Love Elementary School from being shut down, in March 2011.
  4. ^ "Newsreel". Retrieved 2010-09-01.