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Love is only revolutionary as action

Breaking report: Sikh man in Kent, Washington shot last night by a gunman who yelled “go back to your own country.” This shooting happens on the heels of the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla last week. Hate breaks bones and sears flesh. But it’s also in the air we breathe. Right now, I’m having a hard time breathing. I wipe away tears, light a candle, post this note, hold my son & husband, go to the sea to taste the salt in the air, and then resolve to fight another day tomorrow. What can you do? Love is only revolutionary as […]

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Mai Bhago Retreat: Sikh American women justice leaders

On Saturday, Feb 25th, we held the inaugural Mai Bhago retreat in Los Angeles! It was the first of its kind — a gathering for Sikh American women justice leaders. Twenty Sikh American women gathered from all corners of the country. Our circle was diverse: We were brown and white, young and old, gay and straight, turban-wearing and not, and of many professions — educators, artists, activists, lawyers, and scholars. We were bound together through Mai Bhago, the first Sikh woman warrior, whose legacy inspired the retreat. I see these women as the Mai Bhagos of our time — women […]

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This fall I have been on stages across the country with the Together Tour. Each evening courageous, trailblazing women gather to share their stories, to weave them into a beautiful tapestry. It has been a humbling and magical experience thus far. I am so thankful to Kaur Life for the beautiful feature, below, on the Together Tour and my most recent initiative, The Revolutionary Love Project. The tour is half way done, but there is still time to join us! Upcoming stops: BROOKLYN 10/17, ATLANTA 10/19, DENVER 10/24. Use code VAL10 for discounted tickets: As hate crimes, violent rhetoric, and polarizing politics threaten […]

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Global Rally for Humanity is Anti-American

URGENT: This weekend, hateful protests are planned at Muslim community centers & mosques in 20 cities in America in a coordinated effort called “Global Rally for Humanity.” If you’re a Sikh or Muslim American, you’ve likely received an email urging us to be cautious and vigilant against the threat of hate violence. Simply, it’s a frightening moment. I don’t want to see bloodshed this weekend. I choose to believe that our public solidarity and love can overwhelm and prevent hate. What can you do? Stand with us. Please tweet, post and share this urgent article (below) by Congressman Keith Ellison […]

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My Top 10 Moments of 2014

Today, families are gathering together around great bonfires in Northern India and around the world to celebrate Lohri, the harvest festival of Punjab. As a girl, I would blink at the growing flames, listen to the pounding of the dhol (drum), and hold my breath as family members stepped forward to announce good news of the last year: A wedding! The birth of a daughter! A son’s first day at school! A new job! We would then jump up and dance around the fire, singing folk songs, throwing popcorn into the flames, and celebrating the news all together. It’s one of my favorite festivals! […]

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