Revolutionary Love in Public Discourse

#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!

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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."

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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:

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