Month: February 2019

Success! Here’s what happens when we #ReclaimLove...

Dear Friends,

Our campaign to #ReclaimLove was a success! So many of you sent in letters of love and solidarity to some of the people who most need support right now. Together we reached millions of people on social media — and your letters are still pouring in from all over the country.

Let's keep up the momentum and generate even more letters to show our love and solidarity for those impacted by the criminal justice system, climate change, the opioid epidemic and family separation at the US/Mexico border. We will continue collecting letters through March 15.

Here are three ways you can continue to send love:

1. If you haven’t sent a letter yet, you can go here to learn how.

2. If you’ve already sent your letters, please share one of these posts with #ReclaimLove and tag 5 friends who you know would be up for writing letters:

3. Or post a picture of the letter you wrote with #ReclaimLove and tag 5 of your friends.

We want to see our tables overrun with letters, homemade Valentines, and notes — so keep them coming! If you want to read the impact of letters such as these, check out this NYT story.

- Valarie, Amy, Valarie, Elizabeth, Julianna, Melissa and the Fellows of the Revolutionary Love Project


Scroll down to watch our Declaration and witness some of what we've done together...

Watch and share the video Declaration of Revolutionary Love featuring Rev. William Barber, Ani DiFranco, Debra Messing, America Ferrera, Sister Simone Campbell, Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Parker Palmer, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Brian McLaren, Carmen Perez-Jordan, Michael-Ray Mathews, Sally Kohn, Tim Blessed, Deepa Iyer and more.

Watch the Video


We declare our love for all who are in harm’s way — refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, queer and trans people, Black people, Latinx people, the indigenous, the disabled, women and girls, working-class people and poor people. We vow to see one another as brothers, sisters, and siblings.  Our humanity binds us together, and we vow to fight for a world where all of us can flourish.

We declare love even for our opponents. We oppose all policies that threaten the rights and dignity of any person. We vow to fight not with violence or vitriol, but by challenging the cultures and institutions that promote hate. In this way, we will challenge our opponents through the ethic of love.

We declare love for ourselves. We will protect our capacity for joy. We will rise and dance. We will honor our ancestors whose bodies, breath, and blood call us to a life of courage. In their name, we choose to see this darkness not as the darkness of the tomb – but of the womb. We will breathe and push through the pain of this era to birth a new future.


We're collecting letters until March 15th. You still have time to send your note of Revolutionary Love to people who need to receive it.

Our activism is only as strong as our solidarity is deep—and our words infused with #revolutionarylove can spark the kind of authentic connection that binds us together. So we're sending love letters to people impacted by four of the most devastating issues facing our country: the criminal justice system, the opioid crisis, climate change and extreme weather events and family separation at the U.S./Mexico border. Read about the project and our partners at ReclaimLove.Us, and get everything you need to send your letters here.

Write a Letter


In this special episode, hear the vision and inspiration behind Revolutionary Love in Valarie Kaur's conversation with Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, the Deputy Director of Faith in Action and a leading voice in our movement.

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Join America Ferrera, Rev. William Barber, Debra Messing and more as we rise up in Revolutionary Love

Dear Friends,

Happy Valentine's Day! We just released THIS one minute video featuring some of the voices in our movement reading our Declaration of Revolutionary Love —

Click here to WATCH the video on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We invite you to SHARE this video on social media today. You can also share why you are inspired by this declaration and how you put Revolutionary Love into practice. We are showing up on Twitter for a "Heartstorm" at 9am PT / Noon ET and throughout the day. Sample posts below! Use the hashtag #reclaimlove so that we can amplify you!

When you post, you will join a broad coalition of activists, artists, and faith leaders who are exercising their voices in this movement, including those featured in this video — America Ferrera, Rev. William Barber, Ani DiFranco, Sister Simone Campbell, Carmen Perez, Debra Messing, Parker Palmer, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Brian McLaren, Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Rev. Michael-Ray Matthews, Sally Kohn, Tem Blessed, Deepa Iyer, and more.

The video directs folks to www.reclaimlove.us — and shows people how to put love into action. We've already generated hundreds of cards and letters to some of the people in the country who most need our solidarity. If you haven't sent a card yet, click here.

Together we are reclaiming love as a force for social justice! Tag us at @revloveproject @valariekaur so that we can thank you! And may you feel surrounded by love today, in all the forms that it comes.

- Valarie, Amy, Elizabeth, Melissa, Julianna and the Fellows of the Revolutionary Love Project

 

Spread the Word!

Let's flood social media today! Use a sample post below, or write your own with the hashtag #reclaimlove. We are showing up on Twitter for a "Heartstorm" at 9am PT / Noon ET and throughout the day. Find more sample posts and images in this toolkit.

I'm so proud to join @valariekaur @AmericaFerrera @RevDrBarber & a powerful coalition of activists, artists, faith leaders rising up to #ReclaimLove as a force for justice on #ValentinesDay. Sign the declaration to join us! www.reclaimlove.us @WeAreLoveArmy @RevLoveProject

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Our movement  is only as strong as our solidarity is deep. Sign the declaration & recommit to #revolutionarylove as a force for social justice. Then send a #Valentine to some of those who most need our love & solidarity right now. Info here: ReclaimLove.us #ReclaimLove 

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“Love is the choice to enter into labor—for others, our opponents & ourselves. In the face of the fires of injustice, I've seen labors of love deliver us. In this era of enormous rage, #revolutionarylove is the call of our times.” @valariekaur #ReclaimLove ReclaimLove.us

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Sample Posts for Facebook and Instagram:

Happy #ValentinesDay! I am so excited to join THIS broad coalition of artists, activists, and faith leaders who are making a declaration of Revolutionary Love. We are making a vow to ground our lives and our social justice work in the ethic of love. Here's how to join us: www.reclaimlove.us. #ReclaimLove #LoveArmy #ValentinesDay

“In the face of the fires of injustice, I have seen labors of love deliver us. Revolutionary Love is the choice to enter into labor — for others who do not look like us, for our opponents who hurt us, and for ourselves. In this era of enormous rage, when the fires are burning all around us, I believe that #revolutionarylove is the call of our times.” - Valarie Kaur www.ReclaimLove.us #ReclaimLove #LoveArmy #ValentinesDay

Today we #ReclaimLove as a force for justice! Thousands of us are sending cards of love and solidarity to children separated at the border, recently released prisoners, climate refugees and people recovering from opioid addiction. Our heartfelt words hold the power to spark real human connection — to see one another as family, honor our collective pain, and call forth our enduring strength. Want to send a revolutionary #Valentine too? Go to: www.reclaimlove.us. #ValentinesDay #RevolutionaryLove #LoveArmy

Click to share the campaign on Facebook
 

 

Above are some of the cards we are sending out today! Sending a card is a simple act, but it can mean so much to someone who is suffering. A little bit of love, in the form of a note, can spark the human connections that save us. That’s why we’re writing cards to put love into action, and we hope you will too. We have already begun to send a flood of love notes to some of the people who most need to feel our support and solidarity right now -- people impacted by mass incarceration, the opioid crisis, climate disasters, and family separation at the U.S. border with Mexico. We will collect and sort the notes and deliver them into the hands of someone who needs your solidarity. We invite you to gather with your friends, family, students, and children to write cards together. We deliver any card sent between now and March 14th.

Get all the info you need to write your card
 

 

If you are looking for a meaningful Valentine's gift for your sweetheart or friend today, please consider giving them a #Beloved200 membership — your beloved will receive special invitations and sneak previews into our work AND a beautiful postcard with original art. Make a $15 monthly donation in their name here.

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It's Valentine's week — let's #ReclaimLove

Dear Friends,

We are staging a cultural intervention this Valentine’s Day! As we weather a constant barrage of cruel policies and hate crimes, it becomes easy for us to mirror the vitriol we are fighting. So together with a broad coalition of artists, activists, educators, and faith leaders, we are making a declaration of Revolutionary Love this Valentine’s Day. We are rising up to #ReclaimLove as a public ethic and force for justice.

Will you join us?

First, sign the Declaration of Revolutionary Love. The greatest nonviolent social movements in history were rooted in the ethic of love – love for others, our opponents, and ourselves. They showed us that love is more than a feeling. Love is sweet labor – fierce, bloody, imperfect and life-giving. A choice we make again and again. By signing, you are renewing your vow to anchor your life and activism in the practice of love.

Now, put that love into action. Use our toolkit to write a Valentine or love note to some of the people in our country who most need our solidarity right now

Send a card to:

  • A child and family who were separated at the US/Mexico border
  • A recently released prisoner returning to their lives as citizens
  • A climate refugee made homeless by fire or hurricane
  • A person recovering from opioid addiction in West Virginia

We will deliver your card through advocacy organizations working directly with these communities. The idea is to spark authentic connection and solidarity through relationship-building.

We wanted to make this easy, so you can find information and the signup to get everything you need to send your card at ReclaimLove.us. Sign up to get the toolkit to create and mail your card using our templates and prompts. You can send your own note or use an online service that will create and mail a card for you. We partnered with the online service MyPostcard so that our first postcard writers can create and mail their first card free! (Additional cards are just $1.99).

Are you a teacher, faith leader, or organizer? Gather people together and host a Valentine writing party using our free toolkit – in classrooms, houses of worship, or living rooms. We will deliver any Valentines and letters sent between now and March 14th. Use the hashtag #ReclaimLove to post a picture of you or your gathering on social media.

We are proud to lead this campaign with our partner #LoveArmy. For the last two years on Valentine's Day, we joined #LoveArmy and more than 60 organizations to mobilize thousands of people across the country to gather in person and online to reclaim love as a force for social justice. Last year, the campaign reached more than 14 million people and held 200 live events across the country. We believe our movement is only as strong as our solidarity is deep. So this year, we are going deeper with this letter-writing campaign. We are excited for you to join us.

Stay tuned for more updates during this week of Revolutionary Love. Thank you for laboring together to birth the world we long to see!

- Valarie, Amy, Elizabeth, and the Revolutionary Love Team

Above are some of the letters and postcards already sent to families who were separated at the US/Mexico border. Our partners at Bay Area Border Relief tell us that such letters play an important role for families healing from the trauma of separation. So they will help us get thousands of Valentines and notes of love and solidarity into the hands of children who need them. Are you ready to write one? Click here to get a toolkit with address details, downloadable postcard images, and more.

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Watch Valarie Kaur, America Ferrera and Rabbi Sharon Brous discuss what it looks like when women warrior lead and the role of love and sisterhood in our movements, especially in the context of #MeToo and #TimesUp. May this conversation at last year's Revolutionary Love Conference offer a deep breath. And to sign up for the 2019 Middle Collegiate Church Revolutionary Love Conference, click here.

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