Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Rising – Tuesday, Feb 14th

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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, LGBTQI people, Black people, 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.

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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.

Click here to find an event near you or create your own as part of #1BillionRising.

3. POST A LOVE NOTE

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. Cut out a heart from a piece of paper, write your note, and post a picture.

Use hashtags #RevolutionaryLove #WomensMarch #LoveArmy to be retweeted!

Samples:

Love Note to Others:

“I vow to fight for [refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, LGTBQI people, Black people, Latinos, Jewish people, women and girls, 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 Note to Our Opponents:

“I will resist every dangerous govt policy 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 Note 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”

About

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. Watch the 6 min video calling for Revolutionary Love.

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

Signatories

signatories

Also…

Andre C. Willis, Carolyn Dixon, Clinton Wright, Deepa Iyer, dream hampton, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa, Emily Welty, Erin Ruble, Gurwin Singh Ahuja, Janet M. Cooper Nelson, Joanna Samuels,Joanne Welter Jonah Geffen, Jonathan Frank B. Diaz, Jonathan Slater, Josh Buchin, Joshua Lesser, Joy Friedman, Julie Roth, Juval Porat, Katherine Wilson, Khadija Gurnah, 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 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, 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

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more info: http://www.revolutionarylove.net

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15 Comments
  1. Dear Jane, being from Portugal, Europe, how can i be part of this? Can i?

    Oh, and once more, my bow to you 🙂 You’re amazing.

    Love, Isabel

  2. “There are only two emotions: LOVE and FEAR. All positive emotions come from love, All negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate, anxiety and guilt. It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear. But it’s more accurate to say that there is only love or fear, for we cannot feel these two emotions together, at exactly the same time. They’re opposites. If we’re in fear, we are not in a place of love. When we’re in a place of love, we cannot be in a place of fear.”- Dr. Kubler Ross

    Dostoevsky wrote, “Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams.”

    Dorothy Day taught, “The only thing we can do about people is to love them…The final word is love.”

    Jimi Hendrix nailed it, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

  3. I call Trump The Invigorator and in ALL the best of ways so is Jane Fonda who invigorated me this AM to write:

    Valentines Day and The Resistance
    http://thearabdailynews.com/2017/02/13/33103/

    NOW I will go offline and smile out loud as I ‘dance’ to “FIRM & BURN Jane Fonda: PRIME TIME” with gratitude -for the PRIME TIME series- and especially today for the BONUS MEDITATION encore!

  4. I totally agree Jane! I took an aerobic class ,step.And the girls were very supportive but some of the men were mean! UGH! I love the 80s gear tights leos, and legwarmers! So I went to the class but the men made me to where I will just stay home and workout with you! I’m BI and I need love too! Sent the girl that led the class a heart and hashtag sayin ty! Thanx for being you ! your very inspirational to people like me! LUV YA GIRLFRIEND, KENNY

  5. I love this! These are great, easy ideas for all of us to participate in. Thank you for sharing! Let’s keep making sure our voices are heard.

  6. If you think you’re too small to make an impact or difference, spend a night in a small
    Room with a few mosquito’s…
    Dalai Lama

  7. Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
    http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/today-i-rise/

  8. Jane – My 10 yr old daughter wants to organize a little girl march/movement. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, “day without women” is executed, she wants to do “day without little girls” and boycott school for the day. She wants to name it “GRG – Girls are the Glue”. Instead of school, she wants to organize a beach march in Miami with little girls holding hands across the city. Are you in?

    • Nicki, I think it’s a terrific idea and I send kuddos to your daughter.

  9. I know you private. You use twitter to promote events but you dont promotion twitter to talk to people which limits your effectiveness

  10. The 90-year-old Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Nanh is considered to be one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers and is known for creating the idea of Engaged Buddhism, a method of linking mindfulness with social action. In the video a monk speaks also about Standing Rock. Personally I learned a lot from Standing Rock. The loving and peaceful way to protest was/is one part of that.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zen-and-the-art-of-activism_us_58a118b6e4b094a129ec59af

  11. Yes, Yes, Yes!! I love that this has the self love component. So many times this is left out and we feel drained, exhausted and defeated and don’t know what to do next…Self care Not feeling guilty for taking a break to restore ourselves before continuing!

  12. Dear Jane, I’m writing you ask your permission to use your letter to Wells Fargo about withdrawing your funds and closing your account. It’s a wonderful letter. I’m a member of Greenpeace in Denver, CO and would like to share your letter with others as a template for them to use to close their accounts as well. I find the simpler we make things for people, the more involved they will become.
    Peace, Love, Hope
    Nancy
    Activisit, Greenpeace member,
    Denver, CO

  13. The Resistance as of February 21, 2017 from Clermont, Fl. a suburb of Orlando.

    US Rep. for District 15, Dennis Ross was OVERWHELMED by over 200 thoughtful and vocal patriots who were NOT paid to challenge the Congressman as a fan of the Tea-Party Trump enabler claimed.

    This 100% volunteer reporter attended the Town Hall foremost as a constituent on many missions as I play the wave that erupted with the Women’s March Wave, and so I wrote “Republican Congressman Dennis Ross ‘Overwhelmed’ at Town Hall Meeting”
    http://thearabdailynews.com/2017/02/22/town-hall-meeting-for-republican-congressmen-dennis-ross-was-overwhelming/

    NOW I am wondering what will Jane Fonda do and write about next?

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