Revolutionary Love in Public Discourse

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

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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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#RevolutionaryLove on Rosh Hashanah

Rabbi Diane Eliot at Torah of Awakening in Berkeley chants Valarie Kaur’s TEDTalk as part of its #RoshHashanah (New Year’s) service. Rabbi Diane opens with, “It’s important to listen to our contemporary prophets, and especially our women prophets.”

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the beauty of this holy gift!

Watch the service now >>


Michelle Alexander's Revolutionary River

Thank you to our sister Michelle Alexander for lifting up the birthing metaphor of our movement: We are a nation still waiting to be born. That means that resistance alone will not deliver us. We must be the midwives of a more just and welcoming world. Read her brilliant and inspired NYT op-ed that echoes and amplifies the call of#RevolutionaryLove:

"A new nation is struggling to be born, a multiracial, multiethnic, multifaith, egalitarian democracy in which every life and every voice truly matters."

Read the New York Times article now >>


Seattle University's Gender Justice Center

Scenes from a Revolutionary Love community board at Seattle University!

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The hard work of becoming anti-racist

Thoughts from @emilyrvballard, image via @wildmysticwoman

"Nothing can save us from the hard work of becoming anti-racist.
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Not yoga classes. Not thoughts and prayers. Not that-not-for-profit-is-sending-my-$25-and-that’s-good. Not shit talking Trump around the water cooler. Not respecting rap.
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This work will force us to let go of people who no longer understand us and don’t want to understand why. It will force us to change our spending habits. It will invite us tell our children about Emmett Till and the wrong thinking that led to his murder and how no, they don’t need to fear for their young lives - not because things have changed, but because they are white and their whiteness protects them. This work will ask us to sit with them while they cry about this new knowledge. And it will ask us, after a few minutes have passed, to gently let them know that the pain they’re feeling right now is necessary so they can understand. And how it’s the tiniest fraction of the agony people of color have lived with for centuries.
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Anything that makes us feel *good* about becoming anti-racist is performative; this shit hurts because it’s supposed to and because it needs to.
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Revolutionary love is boundaried. It is loud and it is clear. Revolutionary love does not settle for what you’re willing to give - it tells you what it expects. Revolutionary love makes you better, but not before it tells you to grow the fuck up and heal your wounds because it’s got shit to do and it’s not waiting around for you. Revolutionary love is the tough love you think you hate and eventually realize you need.
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It’s time for all of us to decide what we stand for. And we must remember: not deciding is a decision.


On expanding personal compassion

Sable Knapp shares a letter to the editor on expanding personal compassion to break cycle of violence caused by division:

Read the letter >>