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100 days in, THIS was our most life-giving moment

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, and rituals for Passover, Easter, Lailat al Miraj, and Vaisakhi. Then […]

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Invitation to the Revolutionary Love Conference

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 in American consciousness and politics? How can we harness this […]

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Interview: Sikh-American activist Valarie Kaur is fighting hate with revolutionary love

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 Revolutionary Love Project, an initiative she launched in autumn of […]

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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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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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Rising up in love + justice this weekend

Dear Friends,On Tuesday, Feb 14th, thousands of you took part in the Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Rising! Together we generated hundreds of calls to Congress, hundreds of love letters, and thousands of events held across the US and around the world, including a powerful and life-giving Artistic Uprising in New York City.You can watch our Facebook Live with the Women’s March where we go behind the scenes of the Artistic Uprising with Eve Ensler and talk about Revolutionary Love as an ethic and call to action.We were deeply inspired by all of you who joined us in person […]

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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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