“what if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb?”

Valarie Kaur is a social justice activist who leads campaigns for civil and human rights. Her story-based advocacy has helped win policy change on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom. In order to equip a new generation of advocates, she founded Groundswell Movement, the Yale Visual Law Project and Faithful Internet. During her work, inside supermax prisons, on the military base at Guantanamo, and at sites of mass shootings, she identified a surprising key element for social change: the ethic of love. Today she leads the Revolutionary Love Project to champion love as a wellspring for social action. Kaur earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School. She is a member of the California Bar. She lives in Los Angeles with her film partner and husband Sharat Raju and son Kavi.


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The Revolutionary Love Project is a national initiative that champions the ethic of love in movements for justice.

Founded by activist Valarie Kaur in September 2016 at the University of Southern California, ORL., the project presents Revolutionary Love as a new public ethic and practice that can help transform American culture and politics.

The Revolutionary Love Project offers calls to action, tools, inspiration, and support to fight for social justice through the ethic of love.

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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“Revolutionary love is a well-spring of care, an awakening to the inherent dignity and beauty of others and the earth, a quieting of the ego, a way of moving through the world in relationship, asking: ‘What is your story? What is at stake? What is my part in your flourishing?’ Loving others, even our opponents, in this way has the power to sustain political, social and moral transformation. This is how love changes the world."

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“'It’s sort of like getting the Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis, the Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschels, the Dorothy Days, the Fannie Lou Hamers of our time together and creating a sense of community,' said the Rev. Katharine Henderson, the president of Auburn Seminary in New York.``