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 best-selling author of SEE NO STRANGER. She leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice. Valarie burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her 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?” reframed the political moment and became a mantra for people fighting for change.

Twenty years ago, when Valarie was a college student, a family friend was murdered in a hate crime a few days after 9/11. He was a turbaned Sikh man she called “Uncle,” killed by a man who called himself a patriot. Across the U.S., people of color were beaten, chased, shot, and stabbed in thousands of hate incidents that were barely reported in the media. Valarie took her camera and began a journey across America to tell her community’s story and fight for racial justice. That journey continues today.

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 inspire and 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. Valarie earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School.

Valarie’s vision of “Revolutionary Love” is deeply rooted in her Sikh faith. She grew up on the farmlands of California, where her family has lived as Punjabi Sikh farmers for more than a century. As a child, whenever she felt lost, her grandfather would give her Sikh wisdom through song and point to the path of the sant-sipahi, sage-warrior. The sage loves; the warrior fights — it’s a path of revolutionary love.

Valarie’s debut book, SEE NO STRANGER: A Memoir & Manifesto of Revolutionary Lovewas released in 2020 and expands on her “blockbuster” TED Talk. Click for full bio.

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