Our Year in Review

Our Year in Review

One year ago, I asked this question:

Is this darkness the darkness of the tomb — or of the womb?

The question went viral and 30 million people joined us to watch and wonder about a nation waiting to be born.

One year later, the question still burns bright. In the last year, we have lost so much — in hate crimes and mass shootings, detentions and deportations, bans and border walls, assaults on the free press and the courts, and policies that provoke violence abroad and at home. This is not a battle between left and right, but between democracy and authoritarianism.

In the darkest moments of the year, I have tasted ash in my mouth.

Yet at the same time, we have seen millions of people rising up in the streets and online to march, protest, and organize on a scale we’ve never before seen. Together we are laboring with communities in the fire, creating pockets of revolutionary love in our cities, classrooms, homes, and in the small venues of our lives.

There are times it feels like we are birthing a new future.

Labor requires pain – and love.

This is where we come in as the Revolutionary Love Project — to produce tools, stories, and thought leadership to help us labor in love. We are building a curriculum, book, TV series, trainings, and national days of action. The goal: to equip people in practicing love as a public ethic — love for others, our opponents, and ourselves.

So far, we’ve done all this work as a band of volunteers. We are a team of scholars, educators, and activists. Many of you have asked how you can support us so that we can scale up our work. We’ve finally made that possible.

I invite you to be a FOUNDING DONOR of the Revolutionary Love Project — at any amount, whether $10, $100 or $1000. If you donate before the year’s end, we will mail you a 5-pack of Revolutionary Love postcards as our thank you gift. If you donate $100 or more, please leave your number so that we can thank you personally. Donate here.

Thank you for journeying with us — and we’re only just getting started.

Scroll down to see our year-in-review — and a preview of what’s to come! 

In Chardi Kala, joy even in the darkness —

Valarie + Amy, Melissa, Julianna and the Fellows of the Revolutionary Love Project

Here's what we've done so far:

And here is where we're going:


A TV Series in Development at NBC


A Book and Curriculum with Random House

Supported by a team of research scholars.

A TED Talk + Resources on Revolutionary Love

The Revolutionary Love Conference

The Revolutionary Love Conference, April 6-8th


February 2018: #reclaimlove


The Mai Bhago Retreat for Sikh Women Justice Leaders

Would you continue this labor of love with us?

Click Here to Support the Work of the Revolutionary Love Project

We invite you to make a gift of any amount and become a founding donor. Thank you for breathing and pushing with us. #BreatheAndPush