Dear Revolutionary Lovers:
We are reclaiming this Hallmark holiday week as one for Revolutionary Love. Here is what you can do:
On Monday, February 13, join our partners in the #CLOSERikers Campaign outside the Apollo Theater, 6-8 pm, where Mayor de Blasio will give his State of the City Address. Activists are showing up to remind the mayor to act on this moral issue.
On Valentine's Day, there are four ways to be a Revolutionary Lover.
- Make a pledge to power love here.
- Join our gospel choir and Jacqui as they kick off an evening of Artistic Uprising from 6-9 pm in Washington Square Park.
- Act from home: Call Congress (use this guide from Mom's Rising for important talking points).
- Make sure you connect with L2O through the Revolutionary Love Community! Keep a look out for some beautiful pictures from Sunday on L2O.
On Wednesday, join us for a forum at NYU, "From Fear to Focus: Race in America and the Urgency of Now." I will moderate the panel with guests:
- Van Jones, CNN contributor, author, and president & co-founder of Dream Corps
- Trabian Shorters, founder & CEO of BMe Community
- Aunjanue Ellis, co-founder of Take It Down America, actress and activist, and president & CEO of Miss Myrtis Films
- Anurag Gupta, founder & CEO of Be More America
- Special performance by Genesis Be featuring Ebonie Smith
This discussion will also be livestreamed--sign up here.
In Revolutionary Love!
P.S. Register for the Revolutionary Love Conference, April 28-30 at Middle Collegiate Church! Don't wait; we are filling up!
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.