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Sikh interfaith leader Valarie Kaur to address Northeastern community

This piece originally appeared in the India New England News. Valarie Kaur, Northeastern University’s 2017 Interfaith Leadership Fellow, delivered a talk on Friday, February 11, at 5 p.m. in the Curry Student Center Ballroom titled “Revolutionary Love in an Era of Enormous Rage.” Her speech will serve as the cornerstone of the second annual New England Interfaith Student Summit, which is hosted by Northeastern’s Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service in partnership with other universities and interfaith nonprofits across the region. The two-day event—which is designed to educate participants in the principles of interfaith cooperation, social justice, and religious literacy—will […]

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Kaur issues call to ‘revolutionary love’

At the conclusion of Valarie Kaur’s Jan. 4 electrifying keynote address at the College Conference at Montreat, the tandem lines on either side of Anderson Auditorium were at least ten deep with students all but on fire to have her respond to their questions. In fact, “fire” was an operative word for Kaur, an American interfaith leader, lawyer, filmmaker, Sikh activist, and founder of The Revolutionary Love Project based at the University of Southern California. She had so galvanized the conference by charging her listeners “to have the courage to walk through those flames of hatred and bigotry and rage, […]

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Special Invite: Will you join us to Get Out the Vote?

We have 12 days left to Election Day — an election that will determine the course of our future and character of our nation. Are you planning to vote but want to do something more? Traveling the country this fall, I witnessed up close how this election season has vilified, shamed, and intimidated communities of color — especially Muslim Americans. With every new threat of voter intimidation at the polls, Muslim families worry that they may not be able to exercise the sacred and fundamental right to vote. But we can change that — together. Can you donate 3 hours […]

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My Vote Is My Voice—And Voting Is An Act Of Love

Every Election Day, I go to the polls with someone I love. It used to be my parents; now it’s my husband. I like standing in line, meeting neighbors I had no idea were neighbors. I take in the rush of yard signs, bumper stickers, whole streets decorated in varsity red and blue. I wear my i voted sticker with a touch of pride and exchange smiles with strangers on the street wearing theirs. The day has always been a favorite for me, even before I was old enough to vote. In school, we learned that voting is a civic […]

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15 Years Later – Rana Sodhi and I Speak with the Man Who Murdered Balbir Sodhi

On September 15, at sunset in Arizona, a crowd gathered at the corner of a Chevron gas station called the Mesa Star. Like every year since 2002, Rana Sodhi hosted a memorial here for his brother, Balbir Singh Sodhi. Balbir was shot while planting flowers in front of his store on September 15, 2001 — four days after the 9/11 attacks. On this night every year, the station is transformed into sacred space, where we listen to prayers, hold candles and place red roses on the cool marble where Balbir died. I took my seat on the ground next to his widow, […]

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Live from #GroundZero and Second Ground Zero

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

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!

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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SEEKING APPLICANTS: Revolutionary Love Project

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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Beyond ‘Us and Them’ – Harvard Divinity School

I was honored to receive the Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Award this week from my alma mater, Harvard Divinity School. Here is the wonderful article that Harvard posted: When Valarie Kaur, MTS ’07, visited the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, after a white supremacist shot six people there in August of 2012, she found none of the recriminations and finger-pointing that characterized the politics of gun violence in the United States. Instead, she joined the community in responding to the hate crime with love, solidarity, and resolve. “I witnessed courage that astounded me,” she says. “The Sikh […]

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