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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Sign the Declaration
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.
Practice Revolutionary Love
1. SUPPORT THE MAI BHAGO RETREAT (February 25)
We are holding the first-ever Mai Bhago Retreat for Sikh women justice leaders in Los Angeles together with the Sikh Coalition, Auburn Seminary, and Loyola Marymount. Mai Bhago was the first woman warrior in the Sikh tradition -- you can read more about the Warrior Saint tradition and what it offers us today in the piece The Sword and the Dilruba. If you are in LA, we invite you to the public evening lecture on Spiritual Warriors and Revolutionary Love at Loyola Marymount: Learn more here.
2. SHOW UP AT RESISTANCE RECESS (February 25-26)
This week was the first recess of the 115th Congress, when representatives met with constituents in town halls across the country. These events will continue through the weekend. The revised executive order on the Muslim and refugee bans are expected next week. So we invite you to attend an event this weekend and use this script to voice your concern. Plug in your zip code here to find an event near you.
3. JOIN THE NATIONAL DAY OF EMPATHY (March 1)
We are proud to champion a national day of action to cultivate empathy for those in the criminal justice reform. The Day of Empathy will feature storytelling, digital media, and virtual reality content to humanize formerly incarcerated people, survivors of violent crime, and millions of others affected by the system. Explore how you can get involved in your city through events hosted by The Dream Corps and the Gathering for Justice.
4. SUPPORT A DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN (March 8)
We are joining the Women's March on International Women's Day to support thousands of women across the U.S. who will take the day off from paid and unpaid labor, avoid shopping for one day (with the exception for small, women and minority owned businesses) and/or wear red in solidarity. On that day, we invite you to attend the artistic uprising and mass protest in Washington DC in front of the Department of Labor with One Billion Rising. Learn more here.
5. ATTEND THE REVOLUTIONARY LOVE CONFERENCE (April 28-30)
You are invited to attend the conference "Revolutionary Love: Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism." We are co-hosting this conference at Middle Church in NYC with our sister Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis. The line up includes signatories on the Declaration of Revolutionary Love, including Rev. William Barber, Brian McLaren, Rev Jacqui Lewis and Valarie Kaur. It will be an opportunity to think together about the theory and practice of love in our movement. Register here.
6. WATCH A FILM AND HOST A DIALOGUE
See the critically acclaimed documentary film DIVIDED WE FALL on hate crimes against Sikhs and Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11 to understand the historical context for the escalation of hate and violence today. We invite you to screen the film on your campus or in your community using our dialogue guide. Watch the film here.
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
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
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.
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