Hi! I’m Valarie Kaur. I have fought for racial justice for twenty years. Jump to bio. Every day I ask:

The future is dark. Is this the darkness of the tomb – or of the womb?

Some days are so deadly, I can taste the ash in my mouth. Other days, I see glimpses of the nation, the world, wanting to be born. A society awakened to the truth of our interdependence. I believe that we can birth that world together. Sound government is necessary but not sufficient to transition us. We need a shift in consciousness and culture. A revolution of the heart. A new way of being and seeing that leaves no one outside our circle of care. A love without limit. Revolutionary love. 

Revolutionary love is the call of our times. 

My vision is to seed “pockets” of revolutionary love across the country and around the world. A critical mass of people building beloved community – anti-racist, equitable and sustainable. I believe this is how we birth the world to come.

This brings me to you.

You have a role. You have a sphere of influence. You have a part no one else can play. But you don’t have to grind your bones to the ground. You don’t have to make yourself suffer to serve. You can face the horrors of the world and find longevity, resilience, and joy. There is a way to find liberation here and now.

Are you ready to practice revolutionary love?

Revolutionary love is the choice to labor for others, for opponents, and for ourselves. Love is sweet labor — fierce, bloody, imperfect, life-giving, a choice we make. It begins with wonder. You can look at anyone and say: You are a part of me I don’t yet know. From there, we begin to transform the world around us, and inside us.

This is a place for you.

This is a place to learn how to practice revolutionary love. Here you will find tools, practices, art, music, and a swiftly growing movement. If any of this speaks to you, it’s because we are uncovering what is already inside you. The call to love is ancient. We are simply reclaiming love for a new time. Love is your birthright. Come claim your birthright. 

Where to start?

Explore our Learning Hub and all our free tools to bring revolutionary love into your life and community. I invite you to read my book SEE NO STRANGER: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love. And when you are ready, sign up to take a 10-day course with me.

VALARIE KAUR is a renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, and author of the #1 LA Times Bestseller SEE NO STRANGER and the founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. Valarie burst into global consciousness when her 2016 Watch Night Service address went viral with 40 million views worldwide. Her question “Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?” reframes the historical moment and is now a mantra for people fighting for change.

Valarie became an activist when a Sikh father and family friend Balbir Singh Sodhi was the first person murdered in hate violence in the aftermath of 9/11. For two decades, in his memory, Valarie led visionary campaigns to tell untold stories and change policy on issues ranging from hate crimes to digital freedom. Her work ignited a national movement to reclaim love as a force for justice. In 2021, she led the People’s Inauguration, inspiring millions of Americans to renew their role in building a healthy, multiracial democracy. Today, the Revolutionary Love Project is seeding networked communities of practice across the country, equipping people with the practical tools to build beloved community and transform the nation from inside out.

In the last two decades, Valarie has won policy change on multiple fronts – hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, Internet freedom, and more. She founded Groundswell Movement, Faithful Internet, and the Yale Visual Law Project to equip advocates at the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and justice. Valarie has been a regular TV commentator on MSNBC and contributor to CNN, NPR, PBS, the Hill, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. She is a celebrated prophetic voice and has spoken widely, including at President Biden’s Inaugural Prayer Service. Valarie earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School, and holds several honorary doctorates. In Fall 2022, President Biden honored Valarie at the White House in the first-ever Uniters Ceremony, naming her as one of 16 leaders whose work is healing America.

A daughter of Punjabi farmers, Valarie grew up on the farmlands of California, where her family has lived for more than a century. Her grandfather gave her Sikh wisdom through stories and songs that showed the way of the sant-sipahi, sage-warrior. The sage loves; the warrior fights — it is a path of revolutionary love.

To experience Valarie’s vision for America, watch her TED Talk and read her acclaimed book SEE NO STRANGER: A Memoir & Manifesto of Revolutionary Love. 

— THE CENTER FOR American Progress