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100 Dialogues for Revolutionary Love This Election Season

  • 20th September 201620/09/16
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This election season, campuses and communities across the country will host 100 FILM SCREENINGS and DIALOGUES on Revolutionary Love. They will screen our film Divided We Fall, the first documentary film to chronicle the struggles of Sikh and Muslim Americans in the aftermath of 9/11 and their resilience in the aftermath of violence. This is the first call to action of the Revolutionary Love Project, my new initiative at University of Southern California ORL. Click on any public event below to join a dialogue near you. Or sign up here to host your own film viewing and dialogue on #RevolutionaryLove. DIVIDED WE […]

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Live from #GroundZero and Second Ground Zero

  • 15th September 201615/09/16
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Live From #GroundZero. Watch here. I was with Kerri Kelly on 9/11 to honor her step-father Lt Joe Leavey, a fireman who rushed up flights of stairs to save people and was killed 15 years ago today. She wants an end to hate & bigotry in Joe’s name. Together we are reclaiming 9/11 in the name of #revolutionarylove. On 9/15 she joined me in Phoenix to honor my family friend and uncle Balbir Singh Sodhi, Sikh American and the first of dozens killed in hate crimes in the aftermath of 9/11. Sign to join us: http://act.ctznwell.org/vote_for_love Live from the “Second Ground […]

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I’m Still finding Love in America

  • 8th September 20168/09/16
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One of the first people killed in a hate crime after 9/11 was a family friend, Balbir Singh Sodhi. He was 52, a Sikh father who wore a turban and beard as part of his faith. He was the first of dozens of Sikhs and Muslims in America killed in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attack. But his murder barely made the evening news. I was 20 years old, afraid for both my country and community. The Sikh faith calls us to social action, even in times of crisis. Desperate to act, I grabbed my camera and drove across […]

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Combat Hate with Love: Join Me this Election Season!

  • 1st September 20161/09/16
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The way that America commemorates the 15 year anniversary of 9/11 will shape our nation’s future. Will we honor the dead by recommitting our nation to love? Or will we allow 9/11 to be used to incite hate and violence this election season? As a Sikh mother, the question is a matter of life or death. Because on every 9/11 anniversary, we see an astounding rise in hate against Muslim and Sikh Americans – profiling, bullying, beatings, and killings. That’s why, for the first time ever, we are releasing our award-winning film DIVIDED WE FALL for free. And we invite […]

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Announcing the Together Tour! Coming to a City Near You this Fall…

  • 9th August 20169/08/16
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A few months ago, I made a leap of faith. Every night, when I lay my son in his crib, my love for him swells up in my heart – and then fear lodges in my throat when I think about him coming of age. This election year, it feels like fear and hate threatens to swallow America whole. I can’t protect him from the fires of life; I can only try to give him a better world. But after 15 years as an activist, I’m tired of fighting in reaction to the latest tragedy. I want solutions rooted in […]

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On the Four Year Anniversary, Will America #RememberOakCreek?

  • 5th August 20165/08/16
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I’m in Oak Creek today to commemorate the four-year anniversary of a mass shooting on Sikh Americans. On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist opened fire in a Sikh gurdwara in this small town in Wisconsin, spilling blood in a place of prayer and peace. He killed six people and wounded many more. The tragedy too quickly fell out of national memory. But that’s not why I keep coming back. As a Sikh, all my life I have been taught “chardi kala” – the spirit of optimism and revolutionary love even in suffering. But I had never witnessed this kind […]

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SEEKING APPLICANTS: Revolutionary Love Project

  • 16th July 201616/07/16
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In response to the alarming escalation of hate in American life and politics, Valarie Kaur is developing a new project on the theme of “revolutionary love.” The project aims to turn bystanders into agents of change this election year and beyond. Currently in production at Seva Productions: a film, book, tour, and app. We are seeking Fellows at Seva Productions — talented and passionate team members who will work remotely on these projects on a part-time basis. Fellowships are currently unpaid but ideal for professionals, graduate students and exceptional undergraduates seeking to deepen their engagement with social justice. The following […]

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A Call to Action to End Racism and Violence

  • 15th July 201615/07/16
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A call to action: If you grieve the police officers killed in Dallas and the black people shot by police, if you believe we can demand police accountability and join hands with police officers who want to end racism and violence, if you hunger to channel anger and grief into #revolutionarylove, then please read and sign this letter. We are going to deliver this letter to police departments and Black Lives Matter chapters across the country. I wrote this letter with prophetic faith leaders Jacqui Lewis Brian D. McLaren Gene Robinson Sister Simone Campbell and Michael-Ray Mathews. In this time of deafening crisis, we can break the cycle of hate […]

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Kaur and Archuleta: A Sikh, a Mormon, and a dozen Interfaith University Graduates …

  • 29th May 201629/05/16
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I was honored to deliver the address to the graduating class at Chapman University’s recent Baccalaureate service. After the service, Gail Sterns, the Dean of Wallace All Faiths Chapel at the University, wrote this wonderful article: If I had been a Christian, I would be a preacher, she said to me. You are – you have found your way! I replied. Valarie Kaur is easily one of the best speakers I have ever heard, and I am a preacher. With great care, Valarie called and emailed students the week prior to her address so she could answer their questions when she spoke at our Baccalaureate […]

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The Compassion Collective Takes Back Mother’s Day 2016

  • 11th May 201611/05/16
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Take back Mother’s Day with the Compassion Collective. Mother’s Day wasn’t created to honor the kind of love that stays home and hoards our blessings. It was created to honor the kind of love that marches out and serves. I’ve teamed up with five stellar authors — Glennon Doyle Melton, Brené Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell, and Cheryl Strayed — and invite you to join us. On any given night in Europe, tens of thousands of refugee children are cold, hungry, and alone. As they’ve fled war, they’ve lost their parents—temporarily or forever. On any given night in the United States, […]

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