What a week. A hellish week. A week of terror for so many of our family.
Through executive orders, our new president is attempting to limit our freedoms, to silence us, to make us cower in fear.
But we who believe in freedom are ready to resist every day when we see and hear unjust actions.
Already, thousands have protested in airports around the nation, standing in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who have been banned and detained. Loud and proud, we shout #NoBanNoWall.
I am calling on you, as part of the Love Revolution, to organize and resist in the following ways:
1. Protest. If you’re in NYC, join the Lower East Side Rally Against Hate in Tompkins Square Park tonight, 1/30 at 6:30 pm. Not in NYC? Find a protest in your area here. Share your photos and videos with the hashtag #RevolutionaryLove and I will re-share.
2. Call members of congress and your local and state representatives. Find contact information here or dial 202-224-3121. Let your elected representatives know that you oppose the #MuslimBan and urge them to fight against it.
3. Sign this petition to support Civil Disobedience as an act of #MoralResistance. Rev. William Barber II, Valarie Kaur, and a coalition of faith leaders are helping to organize this resistance across the nation.
4. Last but not least, join the Love Revolution Crew to receive updates. Share this invitation to your family, friends, and colleagues.
I wrote this in my recent Huffington Post blog, but I'll say it again here: Freedom is the aim of our movement. And none of us is free until all of us are free.
Bless you as you resist. Protest. Make calls. Donate. Lead. And love.
From the bottom of my heart,
I lost my Mom on April 25, just two weeks after her 80th birthday, and five days after she and Dad celebrated 58 years of marriage. Mom was a fighter who gave stage four metastatic lung cancer an amazing fight for seven years. Whenever we told her we love her she replied joyfully, “I love you more!”
On Good Friday, my mom was hospitalized with pneumonia and the doctors confirmed that her cancer had spread throughout her body. She is in hospice now. I flew to Chicago that day and flew back to New York for Easter morning. As I wrote this year’s Easter sermon, my Good Friday and Easter Sunday theologies took on even more poignant meaning. I love Mom SO much. Even in the midst of grief, she resists her cancer and its power to end her life. She is the most resilient person I know. Even in these twilight times, Mom just keeps rising! After you listen to the sermon, let me know how you experience resistance and resilience in the face of your Good Friday moments and how the rising of Easter is real in your life. I’d love to hear from you!!
Today, The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Trump Ryan Take Care Away Death Bill. If passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump, this bill will lead to more death, more hurt, and more pain for millions of people and families across this nation.
The executive orders coming out of the White House are destroying the lives of the vulnerable, inside and outside our borders. We won't be silent; we will resist. We will continue to stand in solidarity with those on the margins; we will demand justice from our leaders.