Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Rising
Tuesday, Feb 14th
We, people of faith and moral conscience, reclaim Valentine's Day as a Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Rising. We resist all executive orders and policies that put people in harm’s way. We commit to fight for social justice through the ethic of love -- love for others, our opponents, and ourselves. On Valentine's Day, we will rise up across the U.S. and around the world in music, poetry, dance and engage Congress to declare that #RevolutionaryLove is the call of our times.
Sign the Declaration
We claim February 14th as a Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Rising.
We declare our love for all who are in harm’s way, including refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, LGBTQIA people, Blacks, Latinos, the indigenous, the disabled, and the poor. We stand with millions of people around the globe rising up to end violence against women and girls (cis, transgender and gender non-conforming) who are often the most vulnerable within marginalized communities. We vow to see one another as brothers and sisters and fight for a world where every person can flourish.
We declare love even for our opponents. We vow to oppose all executive orders and policies that threaten the rights and dignity of any person. We call upon our elected officials to join us, and we are prepared to engage in moral resistance throughout this administration. We will fight not with violence or vitriol, but by challenging the cultures and institutions that promote hate. In so doing, we will challenge our opponents through the ethic of love.
We declare love for ourselves. We will practice the dignity and care in our homes that we want for all of us. We will protect our capacity for joy. We will nurture our bodies and spirits; we will rise and dance. We will honor our mothers and 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.
What to do on V-Day
1. CALL CONGRESS WITH LOVE
Call 1-855-408-2357 and we will connect you to your representative to ask them to fight for justice with love. Sample script:
“My name is ____, and I'm calling to ask my Senator to oppose the President’s executive orders that harm [refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, LGTBQI people, Black people, Latinos, women and girls, the indigenous, and/or all people in harm's way]. Today is Valentine’s Day. I believe that love for our country requires us to love and protect one another. I ask the Senator to [keep fighting OR take a stand] and join millions of us who are committed to moral resistance throughout this administration. Thank you.”
2. SHOW UP WITH 1 BILLION RISING
Rise up with music, art, poetry, and dance! On Valentine's Day, women and men throughout the US and in 200 countries worldwide will come together and RISE to end violence against all women and girls (cis, transgender and gender non-conforming) as part of V-Day’s massive annual One Billion Rising campaign. In NYC, join us in Washington Square Park for an Artistic Uprising & Call for Revolutionary Love. Together we will stand in solidarity and declare our moral resistance grounded in love.
3. POST A LOVE LETTER
Write a Love Letter to others, to your opponents, or to yourself. Go to our Love Letters site hosted by #LoveArmy to write your letter and share it on social media.
Post "#RevolutionaryLove is... " and fill in the blank with an idea, story or photo that shows what love means to you.
Got some paper handy? Write a love letter or make a Valentine by hand. Cut out a heart from a piece of paper, write your letter, and post a picture.
Use hashtags #RevolutionaryLove #WomensMarch #LoveArmy #1BillionRising to be retweeted!
Love Letter to Others:
“I vow to fight for [refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, LGTBQI people, Blacks, Latinos, Jews, women and girls, the disabled, the indigenous, or all people in harm's way] by [speaking even when my voice trembles; protesting, marching, organizing, going on strike, calling Congress once a day, etc] throughout this administration. #RevolutionaryLove”
Love Letter to Our Opponents:
“I will oppose all forms of inequality and bigotry thru the ethic of love by [refusing to mirror the fear and hate of the other side, fighting systemic injustice not just individuals, standing up in solidarity, etc.].” #RevolutionaryLove”
Love Letter to Ourselves:
“I will care for my own body, spirit & relationships by [protecting joy each day, dancing, eating, sleeping 8 hours, making art, building community, remembering art and nature and beauty] even as I rise up in moral resistance. #RevolutionaryLove”
Millions of us marched. Thousands of us rallied at airports, held vigils, called Congress, supported legal action, and flooded social media with our voices to protest the executive orders. Together we helped win a restraining order against the Muslim and refugee bans. This is a moral victory, but the fight continues. Will we burn out?
If we let fatigue or despair overcome us, then yes, our resistance will fizzle. Worse, we will start to mirror the same kinds of fear and rage that we are resisting. But if we ground our moral resistance in the ethic of love, then we will be able to sustain our movement in the months and years ahead.
Why Revolutionary Love
Love has been captured by Hallmark cards, sidelined as purely personal and romantic -- far too fickle and sentimental to be a political force. But throughout history, prophetic leaders from Gandhi to King built social movements rooted in love. They understood that love is an inexhaustible wellspring that can inspire and embolden us to rise up with courage we did not know we had.
We are a coalition of faith and moral leaders, public voices, and organizations rising up to reclaim love as a public ethic and a way to fight for justice. "Love is not just a feeling but an action. Love is the commitment to extend our will for the flourishing of others, opponents, and ourselves. When we love even in the face of fear and rage, we can transform a relationship, a culture, and a country. Love becomes revolutionary. The way we make change is just as important as the change we make. In this dangerous new era, Revolutionary Love is the call of our times." -- Valarie Kaur, Sikh American civil rights activist, Founder of the Revolutionary Love Project
The Call of Our Times
The President has signed a cascade of executive orders that threaten the safety and lives of hundreds of thousands of people – refugees, immigrants, Muslims, the indigenous, Black people, and all working people in need of healthcare. He closed our borders to all refugees and also immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries — a de facto Muslim ban. He has directed our government to construct a wall on our southern border, punish sanctuary cities, facilitate the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and construct pipelines across the sacred lands of indigenous people. He has escalated a rape culture and threatened the rights of women on every front. And he has signaled there is more to come, including curtailing LGBTQI rights and rolling back voting rights. In order to change a culture of normalization that makes these policies possible, we as people of faith and moral conscience rise up in an army of moral resistance rooted in love. #RevolutionaryLove #LoveArmy #1BillionRising #MoralResistance
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