I will show love to others by standing up for my immigrant sisters and brothers! I will fight to keep our government conscious of the great positive impact immigrants have on our county. I will learn the policies and fight to make more comprehensive ones if necessary. I will use my voice to help encourage and tell your story. I will spread the story of my immigrant family and the opportunity this country showed us.
I will open discussion with those who oppose immigration and try to understand their view. I will help weed out those who are profiting of unlawful practices against immigrants and show those where the real evil resides.
I will love myself by sharing my families story and reminding myself of the struggles my parents faced to give me the amazing opportunities I have.
I WILL LOVE NO MATTER WHAT!
For me, #RevolutionaryLove is a process of reflection that commits to principled action. It is an ethic of care that drives me, even in anger and sadness, to seek out and defend not only my humanity, but yours as well. It is a promise that I will not succumb to hate, even for those who refuse to love me or the communities of which I am a part. Perhaps more importantly, it is a promise that I will bring all that I am to the long fight against the structures of injustice and dehumanization. It is a promise that I will do my part to build a future based on reciprocity and equality. It a promise that I will love myself, that I will love you, today and all days.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO A AWESOME GROUP OF COURAGEOUS LOVE ACTIVISTS!
Activist Alice Walker has been a voice for peace for nearly 40 years....she shares the keys to being a LOVE Activist passionately committed to healing our troubled world.
Recommit Every Day
When you're on a mission of peace, your commitment to nonviolence is tested daily. So every day, you’re called to recommit to who you are, to keep your heart open and to stand your ground as a peacemaker.
Protect What Matters Most
Know what you’re defending: What’s within you that’s worth protecting so you don’t become just like the people who are trying stop you? Guard it dearly and use it as your inspiration for nonviolence.
Stand for Truth
When you stand with, and for, the marginalized and abused, bring a kind heart, an open mind and a good conscience. This can only be achieved by acknowledging what has truly happened. The suffering must be seen and the wounded must be embraced.
Women in particular have a key role to play in bringing peace into our homes, communities, spiritual circles and world. So be courageous, even audacious, speak up and share your unique gifts. The world needs your leadership!
Love the Earth
Nature is a vital life-giving source that we cannot take for granted. Be a conscious steward of the Earth. Treat Her with respect and nature will keep us happy and healthy in return.
Embrace Your Joy
Peace is not just the cessation of war. It’s also the act of embracing JOY. To have peace is to be fully awake and vibrantly alive! Find the small joys in daily acts of peace.
Daily Practice: Bring Joy & Peace Wherever You Go
Look into the eyes of those you come into contact with. Smile when you're on the street and be aware of feelings of defensiveness and fear. Breathe in resistance, exhale ease.
Once you begin to practice being fully present in this way, you can see how much sadness and pain there is in the world. You’ll become less concerned about your own stuff and available to the present moment, so you can bring more joy and peace to others.
I will stand up and respond when I see hateful actions and hear hateful words. I will reach out a loving hand of encouragement and hope. I will take care of my body, mind and spirit. I will tend joy. I will be willing to examine my own actions or words. I will continue to engage with others in opposing hate with love.
I will follow Jesus of Nazareth and love who He loves--the widow, orphan, poor, outcast, vulnerable, marginalized--with my voice and hands and feet. I will not fight the war of Us or Them. I will sacrifice with Jesus, Us for Them.
As I write this Love letter, I am sending love and prayers to my soul sister and her family for the terrible loss of 14-year old Filip, who took his life because he was gay.
"He left a note explaining that he hopes his death can bring some light to the struggle of being gay in today's society. He encouraged us all to watch the film "Prayers for Bobby" and to listen to the song "Same Love" by Macklemore. Filip's message and hope was for people to become more tolerant and accept people for who they are."
This weighs heavy on my heart; I too found myself in this dark place right before coming out to my very traditional Mexican mother (at the time). It was probably the toughest thing I've ever experienced. Unfortunately, this is how the story goes for many of us. When we are young, problems sometimes feel insurmountable, and taking our life seems like the only way to take control... the only way to make the inner turmoil stop. It even seems like a bold way to get back at society to prove a point. Albeit drastic, it's definitely one that we know will be noticed. It is a profound pain many of us feel, and it stems from a rejection of something within us that we didn't choose... something we can't deny but that society tells us is wrong.
Luckily for me, I was able to get myself the help I needed at the right time... had I not been able to do that, I wouldn't be here today. Sadly, we are not all as fortunate.
This is serious. Our youth are precious and fragile and it is our duty to nurture, reassure, and protect them. We still have much, much, much more work to do and we cannot give up this fight.
Have the conversation with your kids...tell them you love them no matter what.
Tell your siblings you love them for who they are.
Make sure your friends know you're someone they can talk to.
We must be lights in the dark for those who may not be able to see.
We must stand up when someone makes a judgmental comment or joke.
We must be compassionate even if we don't understand.
We must know that we have a right to be loved for who we are.
We only get one shot at life....I myself am living proof that it gets better.