Many of us are longing to experience a season of joy, but we feel winter's darkness spreading in the midst of relentless violence, cruelty, and dehumanization.
I will be giving a Ted Talk this fall - the announcement just went up! I am putting together stories + studies in ethics, law and even science to make the case for why Revolutionary Love is the call of our times. Especially in the face of white supremacist violence. Deep breath. If you can, please join my parents, baby Kavi, and me in New Orleans this November! Click on these links for information on tickets and on the inspiring line up. Photo taken from tedwomen2017.ted.com
This was a difficult day. For two years, I had worked full-time at Stanford Law School to protect net neutrality -- and I was relieved and overjoyed that we won Open Internet rules in 2015. I had just become a new mother and thought: No matter what happens, the next generation will have the tools to speak, resist, and organize. But today, the FCC voted to begin the process of reversing what we fought so hard for. News about the vote was buried in the astounding avalanche
Some joyful news! I'm working with a publisher to write a book on Revolutionary Love, a memoir/manifesto that responds to this moment in history. It's hard to describe what this means in my life. I took my first book-writing course in college fifteen years ago this semester. It was shortly after 9/11 and starting a life as an activist, I had a sense that the stories I was collecting needed to be heard. Fast forward, and the stories now fill a treasure chest. After the election, I opened
To all the mothers! May you celebrate today all the ways you pour your body, breathe, and blood into your families. You have a particular kind of wisdom that the country needs right now. You know that birthing new life can feel like drowning, like dying. You can teach us how to breathe and push, and breathe again through our country's Transition. You know that love gives you strength you never knew you had. You love even when your nipples are bleeding or perineum torn or sleep only comes
People are looking for a ‘Religious Left.’ This little-known network of clergy has been organizing it.
This article originally appeared in the Washington Post on April 26, 2017. When Linda Sarsour got involved in planning a massive Women’s March for the day after President Trump’s inauguration, she needed dozens of speakers to give brief remarks onstage. Sarsour, a Muslim activist, quickly found diverse and willing participants of faith, including a rabbi from California, a nun who travels the country. All were women she had last seen in November at a gathering of a new network of eminent religious leaders. This little-known group — which has 18 members,
Dear Friends, As we approach 100 days into this administration, I want to share with you the most powerful and life-giving moment of our year: Just over a week ago, we gathered with immigrant families and faith leaders at a church in downtown Los Angeles and listened to stories of those swept up in recent raids, including Romulo Avelica who was arrested in front of his daughter on the way to school. In their name, we marched from the church to the local immigration detention center in song, music,
Dear Friends, Millions of us have marched, rallied, and called Congress to fight bans and protect health care. Every act of resistance matters. But here´s the truth: No number of policy wins will solve the conditions that gave rise to this presidency or this era of polarization, nationalism, and rage. We need solutions that change our culture and politics. I am excited to invite you to the Revolutionary Love Conference on April 28-30 in New York City. We will gather to ask: How do we make love a public ethic
This piece originally appeared on Scroll.in on March 12, 2017. The founder of the Revolutionary Love Project shot into the spotlight with an inspirational New Year's Eve speech. On New Year’s Eve, Valarie Kaur, a documentary filmmaker and civil rights activist based in Los Angeles, California, delivered a moving speech at a historic African-American church in Washington DC. In her speech, she spoke of the dark times ahead and how instead of leading to despair, this could be an opportunity for change. This speech was actually the message of the
Just hours ago, the President signed a new Muslim ban that shuts our doors to refugees and targets immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. The administration has made tweaks to the original order. But make no mistake: This is #MuslimBan2. The White House’s own policy advisor promised the new ban would “have the same basic policy outcome.” I'm heartbroken. But resolved to fight. It will take more time to challenge this new ban in the courts. That means we need to go to Congress. If our representatives receive enough phone