On February 22nd 2017, Srinivas Kuchibholta and Alok Madasani were shot in a Kansas bar by a man yelling “get out of my country.” Mr. Kuchibholta died from his wounds. Ian Grillot, a regular at the bar, pursued the shooter and was shot in the hand and chest. He reports that he did so in order to prevent the shooter from going after anyone else. In February (2017), Think Progress reported that 261 hate crimes against individuals and communities had occurred since the election. When counting hate crimes against public and private places like mosques and churches, that number rose to 867, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.Read more
Mountaintop removal, a mining practice which removes the tops of mountains to expose coal seams for extraction, causes large-scale environmental destruction, pollution, and public health problems. This mining practice is cheaper and faster than underground mining. It has damaged more than 400 mountains in Appalachia. Because of their love for the mountains and the communities within them, activists such as Larry Gibson and Judy Bond fought tirelessly for healthier and more sustainable mountain communities through organizations such as The Keeper of Mountains Foundation and Coal River Mountain Watch. Although both Gibson and Bond have passed away, these organizations continue to empower local residents to defend the mountains and their communities.Read more
Van Jones and the #LoveArmy Team announced that together, we’re going to do everything we can to save the health benefits of more than 20,000 coal miners.
This is one of the most important fights of this year. If we don’t stand up for coal miner retirees and their families today, then we will set a precedent that it is okay to take away the benefits of retired teachers, nurses, and so many more.Read more
All over the country kids are taking action for their families, their friends, and their futures. The #LoveArmy has teamed up with We Belong Together, a campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, to help create a chain of unity across the country to stand with youth and tell the Trump Administration that WE BELONG TOGETHER.Read more
#ICANTKEEPQUIET is a global movement initiated by musician MILCK, which was sparked by the viral video of her song "Quiet".Read more
“There are really only 2 emotions. Love and Fear. Which one will you choose today? Let me start. I choose love. It is fear that causes people to push away another person...it is our fear of those that we really don't know that leads to assumptions about people we really don't know. Love, on the other hand, acknowledges other people. Love is not soft. It does not mean passive agreement. But it does mean acknowledging that each and every human person deserves to belong, to participate, to contribute and to succeed in our society. Love is the answer to fear.Read more
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967 Speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?”)Read more
I will stand with ALL people in harm's way. I will practice revolutionary love by protesting, organizing... and in particular, by helping my client's in every way I possibly can. Those that are innocence and those that are guilty. I will take care of myself and keep my soul happy in order to continue this fight against systemic injustice. #RevolutionaryLove #LoveArmy #WomensMarch #JusticeWarriorinProgress
That we are nothing with all those, near and far, who impact our lives. Lives in the past, present, and future all play a role in the people we transform ourselves into. To my friend who makes me their enemy... I am sorry you feel that way. I am sorry for your pain and suffering thay leads you to see me this way. I am sorry my existence, my identities, and my communities were not sufficient to make you realize that I am human enough to eternally be your equal on this planet. I am sorry that I could do enough to make you realize we need each other. All those that you have made your adversaries are already your partners, your benefactors, and the very reasons why you live the life you live. They stack your shelves with food, the sew the thread of your clothing, they build your houses and maintain them. They educate your children, are your colleagues at work, and could some day be your life partner. The enemy you are creating for yourself has been the very foundation of your life... And you have not realozed that yet. We are siblings in destiny. If we can only want the best for ourselves, it is all rooted in wanting the best for others. The Muslim, the homosexual person, the refugee, the immigrant could be a playing a more essential more in your life than your own family. And that might just be an uncomfortable feeling. But so not despair... The truth is bitter and uncomfortable sometimes. And I know you will grow out of this hate and ignorance to realize that we can either let history repeat itself... Or write a new chapter in history that remarks the inclusion and pluralism we sorely deserve as the United States of America, an experiment of over 240 years that calls us to find the entire world from sea to shining sea. #WeAreBetterTogether #WeAreStrongerTogether #WeAreOne -TS
Dear Mom, I am both glad and sad that you are not around to see the state of this country right now. It's been two years since you passed away and I think of you every day, but I want you to know that you have raised a compassionate warrior. You taught me by example that we are all created equal and that we all matter. Back in the 1960's when a traveling singing group came to our small Kansas town, I love the fact that you and Dad volunteered to take all of the African Americans into our home because you knew that they may not be welcome in the other homes. I love the fact that when the time came, you calmly told me the facts of life because you knew that a woman's body was nothing to be ashamed of and in fact, something to be proud of. I love that you taught me to be color blind and blind to differences in faith and lifestyle. I love that you taught me to believe that I could be anything I wanted to be and that I had just as much value as anyone else. I love that you lead by example and followed your dreams to finish your college education, graduating to a standing ovation at the age of 88. Since this last election, I have been part of several demonstrations. I wear the pendant I had made with your ashes, so I feel like you are there with me. Thank you for having such a big heart, an open mind and a sense of fairness that preceded your time. I hope you are proud of this compassionate warrior and I love you.