Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Rising

We’re reclaiming #ValentinesDay as a day of #RevolutionaryLove!

The Love Army is joining the Women's March on WashingtonV-Day, and thousands to reclaim #ValentinesDay as a Day of #RevolutionaryLove, Day of Rising. We resist all executive orders and policies that put people in harm’s way. We commit to fight for social justice through the ethic of love -- love for others, our opponents, and ourselves."

"It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains."
― Assata Shakur

Here are 3 ways to reclaim #ValentinesDay for #RevolutionaryLove!

1. Call Congress at 1-855-408-2357 and we will connect you to your representative to ask them to protect people in harm’s way in the name of justice and love.

2. If you're in NYC, join us in Washington Square Park at 6pm ET on February 14 for an Artistic Uprising & Call for Revolutionary Love. Together we will stand in solidarity and declare our moral resistance grounded in love. If you're not in NYC, tune into the event live stream tonight, find an event near you, or create your own event as part of V-Day’s massive annual #1BillionRising campaign to come together and end violence against all women and girls (cis, transgender and gender non-conforming).

#3 Post "#RevolutionaryLove is... " and fill in the blank with an idea, story or photo that shows what love means to you. Got some paper handy? Write a love letter or make a Valentine for others, our opponents, and ourselves. Cut out a heart from a piece of paper, write your note, and post a picture. Instructions here: www.revolutionarylove.net

Together we can change the way we talk about love in America and ground our #MoralResistance in the ethic of love for months to come! #Love Army #1BillionRising #WomensMarch.

Sign the declaration: www.revolutionarylove.net 


Love Thy Neighbor

With the forces of hate and intolerance on the march, good people must stand up and be counted.  

The #LoveArmy is joining Our Three Winners, a nonprofit founded to further the legacy of three beautiful, compassionate individuals - Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan - who lost their lives two years ago on February 10th in a tragic hate crime murder committed by their next door neighbor.  

Together, we’re calling on people across the country to stand against hatred, xenophobia, and prejudice.  

We will not let attacks on immigrants and Muslims define who we are.   

There are people in our community who are in need of our support and friendship.  Every major religion values service and solidarity with our neighbors. It’s an age-old tradition. It’s an American tradition.  

In remembrance of Deah, Yusor, and Razan, and in support of all who are impacted by hate, here is what YOU can do right now to #LoveThyNeighbor:  

ACT:  Perform an act of kindness, service or solidarity for your neighbor or fellow community member this week.  Join thousands of others and share your experience with the hashtags #LoveThyNeighbor, #LoveArmy, and #OurThreeWinners, or share directly on our new Facebook page.

DONATE:  Support these frontline organizations fighting for refugees and against Islamophobia:  Our Three Winners: Project Refugee SmilesMPower Change, or DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving).   

SHARE:  Watch this video and share on social media with a personal message about #LoveThyNeighbor.

Join us as we #LoveThyNeighbor, stand against hate, and stand up for love.  

Sincerely,

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The #LoveArmy Team

P.S. We’re building our platform, and we’ve got some big plans for the coming weeks.  Please follow our brand new pages on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to stay updated and to help us share the love!


Our First #LoveArmy Revival

On January 28th, 2017, the Dream Corps hosted our very first #LoveArmy Revival. Van Jones and India.Arie created a night of love, solidarity, and courage. 

You can watch the video of the speakers and performances (Check back soon for our final video cut):

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Check out the photo gallery of some beautiful moments

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And don't forget to sign up for the #LoveArmy and be the first to hear about upcoming revivals, actions and events in your area.


#LoveArmy Marches on Washington

Last Saturday we saw one of the largest protests in United States history. The #LoveArmy was proud to march on Washington in solidarity with over 1 million women to fight for an inclusive country where everyone counts and everyone matters. But, the Women’s March was only the beginning. It doesn't end there. Now is the time to get your friends, family, and community together to take action. Sign up to join the #LoveArmy at lovearmy.org and learn more about how you can fight hate with love + power. 

Check out some of our favorite photos from the march. 

 

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Watch Van Jones' speech at the Women's March: 

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"The Messy Truth" hosted by Van Jones returns to CNN

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Washington, D.C.—Jan. 5, 2017The Messy Truth, a Town Hall hosted by CNN Political Commentator Van Jones, will return to CNN for two nights, on Wednesday, Jan. 11 and Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 9pmET.

On Jan. 11, Jones will moderate conversations with Americans to reflect on President Obama’s legacy and look ahead to the Trump Presidential Inauguration.  Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and former Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will also join the conversation and take questions from the audience.

The Town Halls will air on CNN, CNN International and will be live-steamed online and across mobile via CNNgo and CNN SiriusXM channel 116.

The Messy Truth will also be available On Demand the day after the linear premiere on cable VOD and on CNNgo via iPad, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, and desktop at www.cnn.com/go.


Join the #LoveArmy: #FightDifferent

The #LoveArmy is an alternative to the hate and divisiveness gaining momentum in our communities and in our country. Democracy doesn’t just happen on Election Day. Democracy happens every day, through every interaction we have and every action we take. As divided as we may be, we have far more in common than not. Despite our difference, our common pain should give us common purpose. Let’s work together to bring the country forward.

Watch Van Jones talk about how you can join the #Love Army 

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The Messy Truth

Check out The Messy Truth, Van's first TV Special on the playlist below:

And to read more about why & how Van took on these difficult conversations, check out some of these press hits:

And this is not new post-election. Van had "messy truth" conversations before the election with our pals from Meridian Hill Pictures. To check out his pre-election conversations, see below:

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Don't let Trump ruin your Thanksgiving!

Advice from Van Jones.

Headed home for the holidays? Thinking about how to talk with Trump supporters in your family?  

Van offers some advice based on his experience talking to people with different views -- around the country, on the set of CNN, and among his circle of friends.  Here’s the headline: STAY HUMAN.

More specifically:

  1. Listen empathically

  2. Speak authentically

  3. Expect to be surprised

We at the Dream Corps headquarters in Oakland wish you the very best.  You are part of a growing community of people around the Dream Corps who are guided by a fierce abiding love for humanity.  We are working to get you better connected to each other. Please help by sharing your Thanksgiving plans and experiences on our Facebook page.

Our team has compiled a few additional resources that might be helpful to you this Thanksgiving.  Our friends at Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) are running up a text message holiday hotline. Some of our staff found this article helpful:“Understanding Trump” by George Lakoff.  And this crowdsourced document circulating on social media “How to talk to your loved ones about a Donald Trump presidency” has some stuff we found helpful.  

If you have other good resources, please share them on our Facebook page.

We appreciate you!  You can help us grow the Dream Corps.  Share this post, Make a donation, and encourage your friends to join us.


WhiteLash: Van describes the nightmare for parents, people of color, muslims, immigrants

"It is hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids, "don't be a bully." You tell your kids, "don't be a bigot. You tell your kids do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome. You have people putting their kids to bed tonight... who are afraid of how do I explain this to my children "


The New Yorker: Van Jones and Kayleigh McEnany Try to Fight the Right Way

On Monday night, a day before travelling to Las Vegas to cover the final Presidential prizefight, the left-leaning CNN political commentator Van Jones took the stage at Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau, to debate his right-leaning CNN counterpart Kayleigh McEnany, in front of a thousand Trump-leaning students. Jones is a forty-eight-year-old Yale Law School graduate and the president of a social-justice accelerator called the Dream Corps; he worked in the Obama Administration and supported Bernie Sanders before Clinton won the nomination. McEnany is a twenty-eight-year-old Harvard Law School graduate who interned in the second Bush Administration and has supported Donald Trump since the primaries. This was the first time they’d met on a stage, at lecterns, with their own debate moderator—Rick Althaus, an avuncular professor of political science at the university—to discuss what Jones later described to me as “this dumpster fire of a campaign.”

Despite their obvious differences, Jones and McEnany are friends. After walking onto the university stage—Jones in a charcoal suit and his usual rimless glasses, flashing a peace sign; McEnany in a blue dress and heels, waving queen-like to the crowd—they embraced. There were humorous digs here and there: McEnany, after coughing loudly, said, “I guess I have more in common with Hillary than I thought.” Jones, after McEnany cited what he considered suspect economic figures, said, “I’m as anti-establishment as anybody, but I’m not anti-math!” But their debate, which ran a little more than an hour, was as amicable and consensus-oriented as the actual Presidential debates have been pejorative-laden and divisive. This was what Trump would call a love fest.

The most striking moment of accord came toward the end of the debate, when Jones gave an impassioned civics lesson on two words from the Pledge of Allegiance. Republicans are strong proponents of liberty, he said, but unchecked liberty can lead to the tyranny of corporations. Democrats, meanwhile, prioritize the pursuit of justice, which can result in the tyranny of the government. “See, that back and forth: liberty and justice,” he said, gathering momentum. “That’s America. And it’s tough business. And it’s back and forth. And it’s heated. But when we do it right you get Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton. You get Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill. When you get it right, you get a great country.” He paused. “Your generation’s job is not to never fight. No! These are important issues. Like Kayleigh said, you’ve got to fight. But you’ve got to fight the right way. What we’re doing now is not the right way.”

McEnany nodded her approval as the audience roared. “My friend Van Jones is the real deal,” she said. After the debate had ended, as the crowd was filing out, a young man in a John Deere hat turned to another young man and said of Jones, “I’d vote for him straight up, right now. At least he knows his shit.” When told of this comment later that night, Jones responded with a pundit’s wry chuckle: “I’m not running for office. I’d rather be the stick than the piñata.”

We had repaired to the hotel where he was staying. There, Jones contrasted the influence that Trump is having on the national discourse with the influence once wielded by a friend of his: Prince. A decade ago, Prince made a large, initially anonymous donation to one of Jones’s green-energy nonprofits. (Given its size, Jones insisted on knowing its source.) Within a few years, Jones was spending time at Prince’s Paisley Park home near Minneapolis, talking politics and playing the tambourine or cowbell (“terribly,” he says) during mandatory-participation jam sessions. “At a Prince show,” he said, “it was every color, every class, every gender, every sexuality, every age. All of them of one accord. Like, he could hit that one note and see every person united. So he knew it was possible. And he wanted us to see that.” He added, “When you’ve seen the Prince effect night after night, and then you see the Trump effect—everyone divided by someone with the same gift for mystique and attention-grabbing—you can’t be quiet. Because I know people can get past all this stuff to a different place.”

McEnany told me she’d been conservative since she was sixteen. “I carried around a Ronald Reagan quote book,” she said. But she and Jones had found common ground. “Among Republican circles, people are, like, ‘Van Jones, that left-wing energy guy for Barack Obama,’ ” she told me. “But he’s so much more than that ideological profile. When I met him, the first thing he said to me was, ‘Oh, Kayleigh, you’re wearing your cross. That’s so great.’ He appreciated the outward expression of my faith. It was so kind and welcoming.” Jones, she said, has since helped her better understand the Black Lives Matter movement.

Over the past year, Jones’s conciliatory approach has resulted, notably, in a moving five-minute exchange with CNN’s conservative pundit Jeffrey Lord, on Donald Trump’s relationship to the Ku Klux Klan. (“I really wanted to make my point, but I also really wanted to not break community, because that’s what these demagogues want,” Jones recalled.) He has also won over young Trump supporters working for the Web site Infowars, who engaged him in a half-hour “street debate” that could have easily turned ad hominem, this past July. His willingness to criticize élites in both parties, including Clinton, tends to bolster his credibility. As does his firm belief in the dialectical process.

“You want to have an ecosystem of ideas, not a mono-crop,” Jones said. “A lot of times, NPR liberals are, like, ‘If only everybody thought like us, everything would be great.’ Sometimes we on the left get so indulged or outraged that we actually break community with our conservative sisters and brothers, and it’s just arrogant how it comes across: ‘If only these dumb Republicans were better educated, they’d vote like us.’ I hate that.” Also, he added, “I actually want us to be challenged.”

So, a challenge: How would Jones approach a debate with the Republican nominee, which he’ll analyze on the air tonight? “I wouldn’t study any policy at all,” he told me. “I’d study Trump’s children. That’s what he cares about, his family. And I would try to figure out a way to make my points so that every one connected back to something his children had done or cared about. That would be it. Literally, I would say, ‘I want to quote Ivanka Trump on something.’ You put him in a position where, in order to attack you, he’s got to attack his kids. And then he’d get very quiet, because he’s not going to do that.”

After the final Presidential debate, McEnany told me, she and Jones and the rest of the CNN commentating team will more than likely share some pizza and beer. “There’s something to be said for good old-fashioned getting in a room together and hammering out a solution over a long conversation and developing a mutual respect,” she told me. “But, with these candidates, I don’t see that happening.” Then she said goodnight to Jones and left to catch a plane to Vegas.

(via The New Yorker)



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