It’s Valentine’s week — let’s #ReclaimLove
We are staging a cultural intervention this Valentine’s Day! As we weather a constant barrage of cruel policies and hate crimes, it becomes easy for us to mirror the vitriol we are fighting. So together with a broad coalition of artists, activists, educators, and faith leaders, we are making a declaration of Revolutionary Love this Valentine’s Day. We are rising up to #ReclaimLove as a public ethic and force for justice.
Will you join us?
First, sign the Declaration of Revolutionary Love. The greatest nonviolent social movements in history were rooted in the ethic of love – love for others, our opponents, and ourselves. They showed us that love is more than a feeling. Love is sweet labor – fierce, bloody, imperfect and life-giving. A choice we make again and again. By signing, you are renewing your vow to anchor your life and activism in the practice of love.
Send a card to:
- A child and family who were separated at the US/Mexico border
- A recently released prisoner returning to their lives as citizens
- A climate refugee made homeless by fire or hurricane
- A person recovering from opioid addiction in West Virginia
We will deliver your card through advocacy organizations working directly with these communities. The idea is to spark authentic connection and solidarity through relationship-building.
We wanted to make this easy, so you can find information and the signup to get everything you need to send your card at ReclaimLove.us. Sign up to get the toolkit to create and mail your card using our templates and prompts. You can send your own note or use an online service that will create and mail a card for you. We partnered with the online service MyPostcard so that our first postcard writers can create and mail their first card free! (Additional cards are just $1.99).
Are you a teacher, faith leader, or organizer? Gather people together and host a Valentine writing party using our free toolkit – in classrooms, houses of worship, or living rooms. We will deliver any Valentines and letters sent between now and March 14th. Use the hashtag #ReclaimLove to post a picture of you or your gathering on social media.
We are proud to lead this campaign with our partner #LoveArmy. For the last two years on Valentine’s Day, we joined #LoveArmy and more than 60 organizations to mobilize thousands of people across the country to gather in person and online to reclaim love as a force for social justice. Last year, the campaign reached more than 14 million people and held 200 live events across the country. We believe our movement is only as strong as our solidarity is deep. So this year, we are going deeper with this letter-writing campaign. We are excited for you to join us.
Stay tuned for more updates during this week of Revolutionary Love. Thank you for laboring together to birth the world we long to see!
– Valarie, Amy, Elizabeth, and the Revolutionary Love Team
Above are some of the letters and postcards already sent to families who were separated at the US/Mexico border. Our partners at Bay Area Border Relief tell us that such letters play an important role for families healing from the trauma of separation. So they will help us get thousands of Valentines and notes of love and solidarity into the hands of children who need them. Are you ready to write one? Click here to get a toolkit with address details, downloadable postcard images, and more.
Watch Valarie Kaur, America Ferrera and Rabbi Sharon Brous discuss what it looks like when women warrior lead and the role of love and sisterhood in our movements, especially in the context of #MeToo and #TimesUp. May this conversation at last year’s Revolutionary Love Conference offer a deep breath. And to sign up for the 2019 Middle Collegiate Church Revolutionary Love Conference, click here.