These are heartbreaking times. Family Separation policies mean babies have been taken from their mothers, zero tolerance rules criminalize and imprison migrants seeking safety and a better life, people from Muslim-majority countries are cut off from their parents, partners, and families by the travel ban, and we are facing the possibility that a new Supreme Court could reverse Roe v. Wade. Our hearts are heavy.
We’ve heard a lot of people saying things like “this is not who we are.” But the sad truth is, this is who America has always been. Separating families, condemning whole groups of people based on prejudice or for profit has always been the American way. The same tactics come up over and over in our history - from the genocide of indigenous people, to slavery, to Japanese internment camps - just to name a few. This is America. But it doesn’t have to be.Read more
What happened when a white women called the police on some black people who were barbecuing in a Oakland public park? Something that could have ended in tragedy instead resulted in some laugh out loud creative expressions both viral and local.Read more
The Love Report with Tem Blessed
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Guiding Principle #5 Build Relationships
Relationship and community are the foundation of change. Call each other up - not out. Healthy competition has its place but cooperation is more often what we need. Take responsibility for your actions. Talk to each other, not about each other. Heal divides.Read more
The Love Report with Tem Blessed and Cita Light
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Guiding Principle #4: Promote a More Perfect Union
We continue the patriotic tradition of dissent in the pursuit of liberty and justice for all. We are governed by values, not just rules and rulers. Government should reflect the people.
Puerto Rico - Sgt. La David Johnson - Kaepernick Boycott
It has been a few weeks since the We Rise Tour Powered By #LoveArmy concluded, and we have had time to reflect on its meaning and impact.
As you know, over the summer we toured 14 cities to engage local communities in conversation, to compare notes about what’s working for us and what isn’t, to talk real solutions, and to encourage people to rise above hate and find solutions on common ground.Read more
"If you are reading this, I’m in jail for standing up to the Trump administration’s repeal of DACA...I am committed to putting everything on the line right now. We immigrant youth have always known DACA was temporary, and this time we are unwilling to settle for anything less than permanent protection, respect and dignity, for ourselves, our parents and our communities.
I participated in this action because it is imperative as a person with DACA that I cry out for justice for all undocumented people. No human being can ever be illegal."
A message from Erika Andiola, Political Director of Our Revolution and DACA Recipient
All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.
The #LoveArmy kicked off the Summer of Love and Resistance with World Peace and Prayer Day encouraging our community to get rooted in whatever it is that brings us strength. We are beginning a larger conversation about love and compassion.
Whatever your relationship to religion, spirituality or prayer, we invited everyone to join us to support the gathering of indigenous leaders in Hawaii and to get ourselves into the right mindset to both resist what is and imagine what could be.Read more
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline fight with song, prayer and nonviolent civil disobedience. In December 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement that would allow the pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.Read more