The Revolutionary Love Project envisions a world where love is a public ethic and wellspring for social change.

what we do

We produce stories, tools, curricula, conferences, films, TV moments, and mass mobilizations that equip and inspire people to practice the ethic of love. Our current projects focus on racism, nationalism, and hate against Sikh, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian American communities. We are a national initiative based at the University of Southern California, Office of Religious Life.

what is revolutionary love

We believe it’s time to reclaim love as a public ethic. Love has been captured by greeting cards and pop songs as personal and romantic — too fickle and sentimental to be a revolutionary force. But the greatest social reformers in history grounded entire movements in the ethic of love. When we reclaim love through a feminist lens, then love is a form of sweet labor — fierce, bloody, imperfect, and life-giving. That means love can be taught, modeled, and practiced. Revolutionary Love is the choice to labor for others, our opponents, and ourselves.

why now

We believe Revolutionary Love is the call of our times. In an era of enormous rage, we must resist dangerous policies and acts of hate that threaten our most vulnerable communities. But resistance alone will not deliver us: We will burn out or even start to mirror the rage we are resisting. So we are staging a cultural intervention to birth a new future. Our mission: to equip our movements and communities with tools to labor in love — love for others, our opponents, and ourselves. When we pour love in these three directions, then love becomes revolutionary.

“The future is dark — Is this the darkness of the tomb, or the darkness of the womb? Is our nation dead or still waiting to be born? We choose to believe that our nation is in Transition. We are in labor. Labor requires pain — and love. Revolutionary Love is the call of our times.” – Valarie Kaur, civil rights activist and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project

here is what we have done together:

the day of revolutionary love, day of rising

to reclaim love as a public ethic with V-Day, Women's March & Love Army and... 50 PARTNERS + 120 THOUGHT LEADERS + 60,000 FOLLOWERS

exclusive panel for nbc

to get underrepresented stories on TV with our partner Harness, resulting in first-ever TV moment with a Sikh on THIS IS US + more to be announced

thousands of dollars raised

to support visionary candidates in local elections, including the first Sikh mayor of a major US city

45,000 phone calls

to protect Muslim Americans from voter suppression with Emerge USA

320 grassroots leaders + 50,000 more online

equipped at the Revolutionary Love Conference hosted by Rev. Jacqui Lewis at Middle Church with Rev. William Barber, Van Jones & Bill Moyers

100 film screenings, workshops, & keynotes

to combat hate against Sikh & Muslim Americans, equipping 5000+ college students

hundreds of calls to congress

to defend threats to healthcare, economic justice, and net neutrality + to declare #NoMuslimBanEver

first-ever leadership retreat

for Sikh American women justice leaders, with partners Auburn Seminary & The Sikh Coalition, providing support for 20 Sikh women leaders

and here’s where we’re going:

a tv series in development at nbc

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a book with random house + curriculum

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a ted talk on revolutionary love

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the revolutionary love conference

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week of revolutionary love, 2/2018

Sign the Declaration

mai bhago retreat for sikh women leaders

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