On the occasion of what would have been John Lennon’s 72nd birthday, Yoko Ono awards Pussy Riot with the LennonOno Grant for Peace today in Iceland. The official ceremony takes place in Reykjavik on this date, but we met up with Ms. Ono at Ace Hotel New York on September 21 in Liberty Hall where she personally handed the award to jailed Pussy Riot member Nadia Tolokonnikova’s husband Pyotr Verzilov and daughter Gera with Amnesty International Director Suzanne Nossel. It was a gorgeous, landmark moment we were honored to host. As John said, “Love and peace are eternal” — may we all remember this when we face repression.
Happy birthday John Lennon, you are and always will be missed :(