An Open Letter from the Women of the #LoveArmy

We are the Women of the #LoveArmy. And we want to talk about love.

It’s hard to love right now.

It’s hard to love when we’re scared that we or someone we love will be deported to a far away country that is no longer home.

It’s hard to love when our planet is threatened and the knowledge and policies needed to fix it get sidelined by profits and greed.

It’s hard to love when we’ve worked our whole lives for a coal company that is now taking away our pensions when we’re too sick and old to work.

It’s hard to love when we’re afraid we’ll be persecuted for our religion, gender, sexuality, or race.

It’s hard to love when we’re not given control over our bodies, or when we can’t parent our children in health and safety.

It’s hard to love when our tribal lands are being exploited and our people continue to be beaten and dehumanized.

It’s hard to love when the people we care for are likely to lose the healthcare upon which we depend.

It’s hard to love when so many people misunderstand love as something weak; a form of surrender or compromise.

It is hard to love right now.

But even with all of our questions, with all of our concerns -- we choose love anyway.

When it gets harder to love, we love harder.

We choose love because it is powerful.

Love has powered justice struggles of the past and present: movements for abolition, indigenous resistance, sovereignty, civil rights, women’s liberation, farm worker and labor rights, anti-Apartheid, LGBTQ rights, and fights to show that black and brown lives matter.

We choose love because we are fighting for everyone’s humanity, regardless of whether they recognize our own.

We choose love even when it is messy.

We choose love even when others do not love us, our family, or our community. For those of us who have experienced different forms of oppression, the burden of choosing love over hate -- is heavy. And it is our heaviness -- this burden -- that adds to the fierceness of our love. Our love motivates us, in all of our heaviness, to keep fighting.

We choose love even when it hurts -- because it also heals. Anger has its place, but it doesn’t sustain us; and hate eventually consumes us, it rots our insides. Love is how we become fuller. Our love allows us to feel pain and anger and then use it -- channel it -- to be fierce defenders of our own and others’ freedom. Love frees us from the burden of hate.

We choose love because it is necessary.

Love is not just what we need to survive, it's what we need to build a better future.

Love is what allows us to see people as human beings.

Love is what allows us to turn to each other, not on each other.

Love is necessary for honest grief and the strength to go on.

Love inspires action.

That is what the #LoveArmy hopes to unleash. A legion of people acting out of love in our own unique ways, in relationship and solidarity with each other. Free to be ourselves and to disagree but held by a community committed to the same principles. Committed to building a future where we all feel valued, safe, and free.

We write to you as women, not because we all cleanly fit into that category. Not because we all fully identify with that gender and its sticky place in history. We write to you as women because we acknowledge female leadership in all movements and we stand up for more visibility of such leadership in this movement. We have to. It’s what we need to win. And it’s simply what we need to do better. In all of our similarities and differences, we write to you, dedicated -- committed to standing with you, for you, in love, and in conflict.

We invite you to join the Love Army. To let this be your movement, and to bring your full selves. We want to learn from you, to deepen our already-expanding vision of what love can do and mean in this critical moment, together.

In Love + Power,

The Women of the #LoveArmy:

  • Ai-jen Poo Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance 
  • Sarita Gupta Co-Director, Caring Across Generations
  • Carmen Perez Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice
  • Valerie Kaur The Revolutionary Love Project
  • Sarah Fong PhD candidate, University of Southern California 
  • Divya Kumaraiah Community Organizer
  • Sarah Shourd Activist/Storyteller
  • Jennifer Dillon Communications Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance 
  • Micky ScottBey Jones, Director of Healing Justice Initiatives, Faith Matters Network
  • Emily May Co-Founder and Executive Director, Hollaback!
  • Michelle Romero, Dream Corps 
  • Ebony Childs, Dream Corps
  • Ebony Roberts, Dream Corps 
  • Whitney Smith, Dream Corps
  • Cricket Crawshaw, Dream Corps
  • Julie Mai, Dream Corps
  • Krista Stinson, Dream Corps 
  • Tamyra Walker, Dream Corps
  • Danya Sherman, Cultural & Urban Planning Program Director, Writer, and Organizer
  • Ilana Lerman
  • Annie Leonard Executive Director, Greenpeace
  • Rinku Sen Executive Director, Race Forward
  • Illyse Hogue President, NARAL
  • Lili Farhang Co-Director Human Impact Partners 
  • Aspen Baker Executive Director, Exhale
  • Angela Rye, Esq. Impact Strategies and Political Commentator
  • Kate Schatz Author, Rad women worldwide, Rad American women A-Z
  • Janet Kim Communications and Culture Change Director, Caring Across Generations
  • Jennifer Bailey Faith Matters Network
  • Lennon Flowers Co-founder & Executive Director, The Dinner Party
  • Jenna Chambers, Dream Corps
  • Gus Alexander, Dream Corps
  • Vien Truong, Dream Corps
  • Emily Frappier, Dream Corps
  • Kim Noble, Dream Corps
  • Lilia Villa, Dream Corps
  • Nisha Anand, Dream Corps
  • Somer Huntley, Dream Corps
  • Kalia Lydgate, Dream Corps 
  • Rachel Bagby
 
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Goal: 200 signatures

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