“what if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb?”
SATNAM! WELCOME! I lead the Revolutionary Love Project, where we are producing stories, tools, conferences, TV moments, and mass mobilizations rooted in the ethic of love. Right now, I’m working on a book with OneWorld at Random House and can’t wait to share it with you when it’s ready. I believe that we can make love a public ethic and shared practice in the next twenty-five years, by the time the United States is a multiracial nation. Will you join us? Sign here.
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Valarie Kaur is a seasoned civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. Her social justice campaigns have helped win policy change on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom. She founded Groundswell Movement, the Yale Visual Law Project and Faithful Internet, initiatives that equip new generations with tools for social change. 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 public ethic and wellspring for social change. Kaur earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School. She is a member of the California Bar. Born and raised in Clovis, California, she lives in her home state with her film partner/husband Sharat Raju and son Kavi. Click for more.
HATE CRIMES – SOLITARY CONFINEMENT – IMMIGRATION – RACIAL PROFILING – LGBTQI EQUALITY –WOMEN’S EQUALITY – NET NEUTRALITY
The Revolutionary Love Project envisions a world where love is a public ethic and wellspring for social change.
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.
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.
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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."