The Revolutionary Love Project

declare revolutionary love, resist & rise up

We, people of faith and moral conscience, resist all policies, actions, and rhetoric that put people in harm's way. We refuse to mirror the hate and vitriol that we oppose. We commit to fight for justice through the ethic of love -- love for others, our opponents, and ourselves. We are rising up across the U.S. and around the world in protest, music, dance, and direct action to declare that #RevolutionaryLove is the call of our times.

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We pledge to rise up in Revolutionary Love.

We declare our love for all who are in harm’s way, including refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, LGBTQIA people, Black people, Latinx, the indigenous, the disabled, and the poor. We stand with millions of people around the globe rising up to end violence against women and girls (cis, transgender and gender non-conforming) who are often the most vulnerable within marginalized communities. We vow to see one another as brothers and sisters and fight for a world where every person can flourish.

We declare love even for our opponents. We vow to oppose all executive orders and policies that threaten the rights and dignity of any person. We call upon our elected officials to join us, and we are prepared to engage in moral resistance throughout this administration. We will fight not with violence or vitriol, but by challenging the cultures and institutions that promote hate. In so doing, we will challenge our opponents through the ethic of love.

We declare love for ourselves. We will practice the dignity and care in our homes that we want for all of us. We will protect our capacity for joy. We will nurture our bodies and spirits; we will rise and dance. We will honor our mothers and 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 are hiring!

SEEKING A SENIOR ASSOCIATE AND RESEARCH SCHOLAR

Interested in joining our team? The Revolutionary Love Project is making its first hires: a Senior Associate to lead communications and strategy and a Research Scholar to support thought leadership. Both positions are currently part-time with the likelihood of becoming full-time. The Revolutionary Love Project is based at the University of Southern California ORL. Candidates may be located anywhere, with a slight preference for Los Angeles. Most work will be done remotely.

Senior Associate

The Senior Associate will serve as right-hand to Valarie Kaur and co-lead communications and strategy for the Revolutionary Love Project. This position is designed for a professional who can write for public audiences, contribute to high-level movement-building, and manage day-to-day project execution. The Associate must be an outstanding writer and have strong communications experience, including engaging online audiences through e-blasts and social media. We are seeking a candidate who can grow with Kaur over the long-term as a thought partner as well as execute communications with precision and excellence. If you are seeking social justice work with start-up energy, this position offers an opportunity to build the movement within the movement — to champion the ethic of love within the Resistance.

Duties Include

  • Develop short-term and long-term strategic plans for the Revolutionary Love Project.
  • Draft and implement regular e-blasts, calls to action, and social media posts.
  • Help draft grants, articles, and other vital communications as needed.
  • Manage and engage audiences on email and social media and respond to inquiries.
  • Update and maintain websites: www.revolutionarylove.net and www.valariekaur.com
  • Represent Revolutionary Love at meetings with movement partners and at public events.
  • Tap volunteers for as-needed research support.

Work Experience and Capabilities

  • Excellent writing and communication skills for mainstream audiences, i.e. able to produce clear analysis that ignites the imagination and storytelling that moves the heart.
  • Substantial background in writing and engaging public audiences in social movements or related nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience developing a brand, building an organization, and/or leading action campaigns.
  • Ability to build an online community and lead social media engagement via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Comfort with WordPress, MailChimp, YouTube and other engagement tools and platforms.
  • Ability to work with flexible hours and in rapid response when required.
  • Strong listening and strategic thinking skills.

Ideal Qualities

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, dedication, flexibility, vision, attuned to the news cycle and pulse of the movement, sense of joy inside the work.

To Apply

This position will begin immediately as a part-time paid position, starting at 10-15 hours/week. It may grow into a full-time position, pending performance and funding. Payment is commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume. Applicants are encouraged to use the letter to convey why they are an ideal match for this position and demonstrate communications acumen.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to Meha Charaya meha.chiraya@revolutionarylove.net on or before July 17, 2017.

For background, review:

Research Scholar

The Research Scholar will directly support Valarie Kaur in writing a book on Revolutionary Love. The book is a memoir and manifesto on practicing the ethic of love in an era of rage and will be accompanied by a curriculum and toolkit. It draws upon multiple disciplines and modes of knowledge. The Research Scholar will produce weekly memos on topics that arise in the book writing and engage in regular meetings with the author as a thought partner. The Scholar will take the lead on building the curriculum for Revolutionary Love, as an ethic and practice, and assist the author on the development of the toolkit. The Scholar will be acknowledged in the book credits and have the opportunity to continue to shape the Project as it grows. This position is designed for a professional with substantial research and writing experience, such as an academic, author, or researcher seeking to collaborate on innovative thought leadership.

Research topics could include

  • Philosophical, ethical, and theological sources on love.
  • Science, biology, and psychology of love.
  • Legal and political thought on love in social justice and politics.
  • Archival research on family and community histories.
  • Tools for cultivating love as a form of interior, interpersonal, and social transformation.
  • Represent Revolutionary Love at meetings with movement partners and at public events.
  • Civil rights issues such as hate crimes, racism, mass incarceration, immigration, etc.

Ideal Qualities

  • Inter-disciplinary thinking, strong educational background, research experience, clear and compelling writing, flexibility, vision, and sense of joy in the work.

To Apply

This paid part-time position begins immediately, starting at 10-15 hours/week. Payment is commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume. Applicants are encouraged to use the letter to convey why they are an ideal match for this position and demonstrate communications acumen.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to Meha Charaya meha.chiraya@revolutionarylove.net on or before July 17, 2017.

For background, review:

About the Revolutionary Love Project

We are a volunteer-run project that offers calls to action, tools, inspiration, and support to fight for social justice through the ethic of love. The Revolutionary Love Project was founded by activist Valarie Kaur in September 2016 at the University of Southern California, ORL.

Why Revolutionary Love

Love has been captured by Hallmark cards, sidelined as purely personal and romantic -- far too fickle and sentimental to be a political force. But throughout history, prophetic leaders from Gandhi to King built social movements rooted in love. They understood that love is an inexhaustible wellspring that can inspire and embolden us to rise up with courage we did not know we had.

We have built a coalition of faith and moral leaders, public voices, and organizations rising up to reclaim love as a public ethic and a way to fight for justice. "Love is not just a feeling but an action. Love is the commitment to extend our will for the flourishing of others, opponents, and ourselves. When we love even in the face of fear and rage, we can transform a relationship, a culture, and a country. Love becomes revolutionary. The way we make change is just as important as the change we make. In this dangerous new era, Revolutionary Love is the call of our times." -- Valarie Kaur, Sikh American civil rights activist, Founder of the Revolutionary Love Project

Watch the 6 min video calling for Revolutionary Love.

The Call of Our Times

The President has signed a cascade of executive orders that threaten the safety and lives of hundreds of thousands of people – refugees, immigrants, Muslims, the indigenous, Black people, and all working people in need of healthcare. He closed our borders to all refugees and also immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries — a de facto Muslim ban. He has directed our government to construct a wall on our southern border, punish sanctuary cities, facilitate the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and construct pipelines across the sacred lands of indigenous people. He has escalated a rape culture and threatened the rights of women on every front. And he has signaled there is more to come, including curtailing LGBTQI rights and rolling back voting rights. In order to change a culture of normalization that makes these policies possible, we as people of faith and moral conscience rise up in an army of moral resistance rooted in love. #RevolutionaryLove #LoveArmy #1BillionRising #MoralResistance

Past Initiatives

Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Uprising - February 14, 2017. In a nation-wide day of action, we generated hundreds of calls to Congress, hundreds of revolutionary love letters, and thousands of events held across the US and around the world, including an Artistic Uprising with Eve Ensler, artists, and faith leaders in New York City. We joined forces with One Billion Rising, the Women's March on Washington, Love Army, Moms Rising, and many more. The result: we rose up to resist unjust policies and reclaimed love as a public ethic that can nourish, sustain, and ground us in the movement.

Get Out the Vote Campaign - November 2016. In the days before the 2016 presidential election, our coalition generated 45,000+ calls to Muslim American homes in Florida to help voters reach the polls, combat hate and voter intimidation, and show our solidarity.

Together Tour - October 2016. We co-created a 6-city tour with visionaries Valarie Kaur, Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Glennon Doyle Melton and Seane Corne that brought the message of Revolutionary Love to 20,000 on the eve of the presidential election in Fall 2016. Learn more here.