#ReclaimLove as a force for justice.
In a time of deep polarization and escalating hate, we are staging a cultural intervention.
We are reclaiming love as a force for justice.
Sign the Declaration of Revolutionary Love and receive details on this year’s action.
“We pledge to anchor our lives and our activism in the ethic of love — love for others, our opponents, and ourselves.”
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Send a love letter or Valentine to people impacted by four of the most devastating issues facing our country: the criminal justice system, the opioid crisis, climate change and extreme weather events and family separation at the U.S./Mexico border. We will collect and sort the notes and, working with partners, get them into the hands of someone who needs to feel your love.
This is a picture of letters and postcards recently distributed by our partner in reaching families affected by border separation, Bay Area Border Relief. They tell us that the need for our love and encouragement is great, and our messages mean so much, especially to the kids.
To join the movement to send thousands of postcards, click here to sign up to get a toolkit with address details, downloadable poster card images, and link to our online partner MyPostcard.com, where you can create and send your postcard for just $1.99–they’ll do the mailing for you! They’re even sending a limited number of our first postcards for free, so sign up now.
The 4 groups you can reach with your cards:
Click on a title to read more about each group.
The CDC estimates the more than 72,000 people died from drug overdose in 2017, a 10% increase from the previous year. Nearly 49,000 of those deaths were due to opioid overdose. Opioids killed more people in 2017 than gun violence, car crashes or AIDS have ever killed in a single year. The impact of addiction on family and friends is profound and people often do not have adequate support to manage such a heartbreaking and complex issue. This crisis is devastating entire communities and the government’s response has been completely inadequate.
One Woman’s Story
In and out of jails and prisons for years due to addiction, she’d been clean for 6 years when she relapsed and ended up back in prison. One day in line, another woman also stood when they called her last name. She approached the woman and asked for her first name. It was her daughter, whom she had lost custody of when she was only 3 years old. She had no idea where her daughter was and had been praying for years to find her. She and her daughter will be released from prison within months of each other and have made a commitment to go to rehab together when they are both out.
This is just one of many heartbreaking stories of how addiction and the criminal justice system impact families across generations.
An Example Card:
We are partnering with Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles to reach individuals affected by addiction. They work to foster interest in social, economic and environmental conditions and growth of their community and assist in the development of low income housing in Southern California communities.
The U.S. is home to 5 percent of the world’s population. Yet, we are responsible for locking up 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population. Nearly two million people are behind bars in the United States. At a time when highways are crumbling and schoolchildren go without books, America spends $80 billion every year on the incarceration industry – an expense that has a devastating impact on individuals, communities, and society as a whole. Reliance on overly long sentences and tough on crime policies is both morally indefensible and economically unjustifiable. #cut50 works to popularize bipartisan alternatives and practical solutions that can safely and smartly reduce our incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years.
One Man’s Story
Matthew Charles was released from prison in 2016 after 21 years. He was determined to make his second life count and quickly got a job, started volunteering and reconnected with family. But after a year and a half, he was sent back to prison after the government appealed the Judge’s decision to him. In December 2018, the First Step Act was signed into law, a sweeping criminal justice reform bill that included a provision to shorten sentences for crack cocaine-related offenses. Mr. Charles’ story helped get the First Step Act passed and the law will help nearly 2700 people like him come home sooner. On January 3, 2019 Mr. Charles came home, one of the first people to be released under the new law. Since leaving prison, Mr. Charles has continued to look for ways to advocate on behalf of those he left behind.
An Example Card:
We are partnering with #Cut50, an initiative of the Dream Corps, to reach people affected by a broken criminal justice system. #Cut50 campaigns are led by people who have been directly impacted by the justice system and want to create change. They bring together unlikely allies—formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, community members, crime survivors, local elected officials, and law enforcement. By recognizing the humanity of those impacted, we can change laws in order to create safer streets and more peaceful neighborhoods.
2018 was a devastating year for natural disasters. From the Woosley and Camp Fires in California to Hurricanes Michael and Florence – and Maria the year before – many of us have watched with heartache as thousands have lost everything. In losing their homes, people lose both a part of their history and an understanding of their future. The rebuilding will take years, and many are doing it in the face of huge physical, emotional and financial losses.
One Woman’s Story
An Example Card:
We are partnering with Green for All to reach individuals who have lost their homes due to hurricanes or fires. Green for All works to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Their goal is to make sure people of color and working families have a place and a voice in the climate movement.
In the spring of 2018, the Trump administration began officially implementing a zero-tolerance policy at the US-Mexico border, arresting people seeking asylum and separating children from their parents and caretakers as they entered the country. In June 2018, the Department of Homeland Security reported that over 2000 children had been separated from their parents or caregivers. In January 2019, the US Dept. of Health and Human Services reported that thousands more children may have been separated. If and when the families are reunited, medical and mental health experts agree the children will suffer lifelong harm from this cruelty.
We believe that the character of a country can be defined by the way it treats the vulnerable, especially children. Even when we oppose the actions of our government, we can still stand as citizens to be a force for love.
Spanish phrase to include:
Tus sueños importan, tus esperanzas importan, tu importas translates to Your dreams matter, your hopes matter, you matter.
Other good phrases to include are Estas contigo, which means We are with you, and Todos somos hermanos, which means, We are all siblings.
Two Spanish language postcards are available in the toolkit and at MyPostcard.com, and we will work to translate your notes into Spanish if possible.
An Example Card:
We’re partnering with Bay Area Border Relief to reach recently reunited families. They are an organization that that serves and advocates for children and families
seeking their human right to asylum in the U.S.
We pledge to rise up in Revolutionary Love.
We declare our love for all who are in harm’s way
Refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, queer and trans people, Black people, Latinx people, the indigenous, the disabled, women and girls, working-class people and poor people. We vow to see one another as brothers, sisters, and siblings. Our humanity binds us together, and we vow to fight for a world where all of us can flourish.
We declare love even for our opponents.
We oppose all policies that threaten the rights and dignity of any person. We vow to fight not with violence or vitriol, but by challenging the cultures and institutions that promote hate. In this way, we will challenge our opponents through the ethic of love.
We declare love for ourselves.
We will protect our capacity for joy. We will rise and dance. We will honor our 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.
I joined the movement to #ReclaimLove as a force for justice – will you? http://reclaimlove.us @wearelovearmy @revloveproject
“The future is dark — Is this the darkness of the tomb, or the darkness of the womb? Is our nation dead or still waiting to be born? We choose to believe that our nation is in Transition. Labor requires pain — and love. Revolutionary Love is the call of our times.” – Valarie Kaur
Thousands of people have mounted a powerful resistance against the authoritarian policies and hate crimes that threaten our most vulnerable communities. We will continue to defend the pillars of our democracy. But resistance alone will not deliver us. We will burn out, or worse, start to mirror the forces we are resisting.
We are staging a cultural intervention to ground our lives and movements in the ethic of love.
Love has been captured by greeting cards and pop songs as purely personal and romantic — too fickle, too sentimental, and too anemic to be a political force. But the greatest social reformers in history — Gandhi, King, Cabral, Mandela — grounded entire movements in love as an ethic, seeing love as sweet labor — fierce, bloody, imperfect, life-giving. That means love can be taught, modeled, practiced. When we love others, opponents, and ourselves, love becomes revolutionary.
We believe that we can make love a public ethic over the next twenty-five years. Starting now.