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We are birthing a future where love is a force for justice.

The Revolutionary Love Project, founded by seasoned civil rights activist Valarie Kaur, inspires and equips people to ground their lives and social justice work in the ethic of love. We believe we each have a role in creating a future where we are all safe and free to flourish. We envision a world where love is a conscious shared practice that drives social change. We produce stories that center the voices and wisdom of marginalized communities, generate thought leadership on how the love ethic can challenge systems of injustice, and build tools for people to practice the love ethic in our lives and movements.

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The Revolutionary Love Project envisions a world where love is a force for justice and wellspring for social change.

what we do

We produce stories, tools, curricula, conferences, films, TV moments, and mass mobilizations that equip and inspire people to practice the ethic of love. Working with incredible organizations and partners, we’ve already reached over 14 million people through projects like #ReclaimLove and The People’s Inauguration — and we’re just getting started. 

The Revolutionary Love Learning Hub offers a guide to teaching and learning about revolutionary love in classrooms and community spaces, and can be used by individuals for their own independent learning. 

what is revolutionary love

We believe it’s time to reclaim love as a public ethic. Love has been captured by greeting cards and pop songs as personal and romantic — too fickle and sentimental to be a revolutionary force. But the greatest social reformers in history grounded entire movements in the ethic of love. When we reclaim love through a feminist lens, then love is a form of sweet labor — fierce, bloody, imperfect, and life-giving. That means love can be taught, modeled, and practiced. Revolutionary Love is the choice to labor for others, our opponents, and ourselves.

why now

We believe Revolutionary Love is the call of our times. In an era of enormous rage, we must resist dangerous policies and acts of hate that threaten our most vulnerable communities. But resistance alone will not deliver us: We will burn out or even start to mirror the rage we are resisting. So we are staging a cultural intervention to birth a new future. Our mission: to equip our movements and communities with tools to labor in love — love for others, our opponents, and ourselves. When we pour love in these three directions, then love becomes revolutionary.

The Declaration of Revolutionary Love

We pledge to rise up in Revolutionary Love.

We declare our love for all who are in harm’s way — refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, queer and trans people, Black people, Indigenous people, Asian Americans, Latinx people, the disabled, women and girls, working-class people and poor people. We vow to see one another as brothers, sisters, and siblings. Our humanity binds us together, and we vow to fight for a world where all of us can flourish.

We declare love even for our opponents. We oppose all policies that threaten the rights and dignity of any person. We vow to fight not with violence or vitriol, but by challenging the cultures and institutions that promote hate. In this way, we will challenge our opponents through the ethic of love.

We declare love for ourselves. We will protect our capacity for joy. We will rise and dance. We will honor our ancestors whose bodies, breath, and blood call us to a life of courage. In their name, we choose to see this darkness not as the darkness of the tomb – but of the womb. We will breathe and push through the pain of this era to birth a new future.

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The Revolutionary Love Learning Hub

The Learning Hub equips us to practice revolutionary love as a tool for personal and political transformation. The lessons offer a guide to teaching and learning about revolutionary love in classrooms and community spaces, and can be used by individuals for their own independent learning. It draws upon Valarie Kaur’s book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love.

Signatories

Also…

Andre C. Willis, Anurima Bhargava, Carolyn Dixon, Clinton Wright, Deepa Iyer, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa, Emily Welty, Erin Ruble, Gurwin Singh Ahuja, Janet M. Cooper Nelson, Joanna Samuels, Joanne Welter, John-Michael Parker, Jonah Geffen, Jonathan Frank B. Diaz, Jonathan Slater, Josh Buchin, Joshua Lesser, Joy Friedman, Julie Roth, Juval Porat, Katherine Wilson, Khadija Gurnah, Mark Nepo, Marjorie Berman, Megan GoldMarche, Nitika Chopra, Pastor Scott Hill, Rabbi Allen Secher, Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Rabbi Annie Lewis, Rabbi David Paskin, Rabbi Heather Miller, Rabbi Jonathan D. Klein, Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, Rabbi Laura Owens, Rabbi Marc Kline, Rabbi Marci Bellows, Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Rabbi Paula Marcus, Rabbi Raquel Kosovske, Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, Rabbi Stan Levy, Rabbi Susan Talve, Rabbi Suzanne Singer, Rebecca Kislak, Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson, Rev. Dr. Kevin Downer, Sari Heidenreich, Scott Hartman, MD, Senior Rabbi Lisa Edwards, Sharon Groves, Sharon Stanley-Rea, Shifra Bronznick, Tara Hyun Kyung Chung, The Rev. Christian Scharen, Ph.D, Tricia Rose, William Chiang

Partners

“The future is dark — Is this the darkness of the tomb, or the darkness of the womb? Is our nation dead or still waiting to be born? We choose to believe that our nation is in Transition. We are in labor. Labor requires pain — and love. Revolutionary Love is the call of our times.” – Valarie Kaur, civil rights activist and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project

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