“When people are overflowing with emotion, help channel their energy into something good”, this is what Matthew “Levee” Chavez has been doing underground at Union Square Station since the 2016 election results blindly shocked New York City. Everyday since November 8th, 2016, people are are making their way to Union Square to participate in Subway Therapy, where a collection of post-it notes expressing hope and support for one another has been growing day-by-day. It is a wonderful example of the diverse community and the peaceful solidarity we have in NYC and how our community has become stronger together over this past week.
Timeline of Subway Therapy
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
It’s election day! I’m going to be somewhere in the 6th ave stop on the L train. I imagine people will have lots to say about the election, and I’m excited to hear it.
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016
Today is a stressful day for many people all over the world. I am going to give them an opportunity to channel their energy into something positive and inclusive.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
The last several days have been pretty stressful. I’ll have post-its so people can express how they are feeling.
Friday, November 11, 2016
I will be at my table with materials so people can express their hopes and fears in a safe space.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Come see what has been making people feel good in a stressful time. Express your feelings in a neutral, inclusive, and non-partisan space.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
As the week continues I want to encourage people to come out and share their messages of love and inclusion with the world.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Come share your message with the world and chat with me about the future. If I have put away the post-its at the main location, make sure to check out another more permanent wall at Union Square Station.
By last count tens of thousands people have participated in Subway Therapy over the past week.
Subway Therapy is about making people smile, laugh, and feel less stress. If someone needs to get something off their chest or has a burning question, Matthew “Levee” Chavez is happy to be there for them. He believes that people grow and learn through dynamic conversation. In reference to the 2016 election he says, “Instead of talking at each other, I encourage everyone to talk with each other. America is a country that is diverse. It is what makes our country great. Embrace that, even if it means putting differences aside so we can learn and grow with each other.” To check out a collection of Post-Its that have been collected and scanned click on his post called Channeling the Fire.