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Joyful news, I am taking a writing sabbatical

Some joyful personal 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 the treasure chest and began to writing a book proposal called […]

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How we are going to fight Muslim Ban 2.0

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 calls from us, we will embolden them to fight this. Please call […]

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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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We Rise Up To Reclaim Today for #RevolutionaryLove

This entry was originally posted on OnFaith. When we love even in the face of fear and rage, we can transform relationships, our culture, and our country. Love becomes revolutionary. Since the President’s executive orders began to come down, we have barely had a chance to breathe. Thousands of people – including those who have never protested before – have rallied at airports, held vigils, supported legal action, called Congress, flooded social media with our voices and even engaged in civil disobedience. Our show of resistance helped stop the administration’s ban on Muslims and refugees, at least for now. That’s […]

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ANNOUNCING A DAY OF REVOLUTIONARY LOVE…

This was originally posted by Auburn Seminary. Since the executive orders started coming down, we have barely had a chance to breathe. Thousands of you took to the streets, showed up at airports, held vigils, called Congress, and even supported civil disobedience. Our show of resistance helped win a restraining order on the ban on Muslims and refugees – it’s temporary relief but a true moral victory. All this in only 20 days. Will we burn out? If we let fear, fatigue, rage, or despair overcome us – yes, our resistance will fizzle. Worse, we will start to mirror the […]

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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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Our Inauguration Oath For #RevolutionaryLove

This was originally posted by the Auburn Seminary. In a matter of hours, our next president will place his hand on a Bible and speak an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” It is an oath sworn many times throughout history, but never before by a person whose ideas represent such a direct threat to the Constitution. I share your sadness and anger, uncertainty and pain. I am not asking you to suppress these emotions — I’m asking you to honor them and choose love anyway. Love is not a passing feeling; it is an […]

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The Sword & Dilruba: Spiritual Activism in an Era of Rage

On January 5th, millions of people around the world celebrated the 350th birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth teacher of the Sikh faith. We honored him with pilgrimages, services, stories, and sweets. But this moment offers more than celebration. In our current moment of political and moral crisis, the Guru’s birthday offers an opportunity for reflection. His life shows us the path of spiritual activism — how to fight for justice through the ethic of love, even in an era of rage. Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) lived in a time when an empire waged war on religious minorities […]

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Christmas Eve in the Era of Rage

It is 2AM on Christmas Eve. I sneak out of the bed where Sharat is asleep and sit next to our little tree to write by its lights. Shadi is curled up on the couch, where she’s not supposed to be, but I let her stay. Kavi is in his crib, talking in his sleep, “Mommy, hold this.” The only other sound is the hum of the heater keeping out the cold. This is usually a magical night for me, even as an adult. The pure joy and anticipation I felt as a little girl, straining to hear sleigh bells […]

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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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