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Action-A-Day 2/14: Stand Up for Love

ACTION:
Recognizing St. Valentines Day as a Christian as well as a secular/cultural day devoted to love, we encourage you to rise up in the spirit of mercy and compassion and show that love for all those in harm's way.

BACKGROUND INFO:
The 45th President has signed a cascade of executive orders that threaten the safety and lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the United States as well as around the globe. Refugees, immigrants, Muslims, the indigenous, minorities, people of color, women and all people in need of healthcare. He closed our borders to refugees and also immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries — a de facto Muslim ban. He has directed our government to construct a wall on our southern border; to punish sanctuary cities; to facilitate the repeal of the Affordable Care Act; and to construct pipelines across the sacred lands of indigenous people, which may very well bring harm to life sustaining water supplies. He has escalated a rape culture and threatened the rights of women on every front. And he has signaled there is more to come, including curtailing LGBTQI rights and rolling back voting rights. In order to change a culture of normalization that makes these policies possible, we as people of moral conscience rise up in an army of ethical resistance rooted in love, care, compassion and kindness.

Actions to take:

1. CALL CONGRESS WITH LOVE

Call : US Representative, Andy Harris
Bel Air office at 410-588-5670,
Kent Island office at 410-643-5425;
Salisbury office at 443-944-8624
D.C. Office. 202-225-0254

US Representative Jamie Raskin at 202-225-5341
Senator Ben Cardin at 202-224-4524
Senator ChrisVan Hollen 202-224-4654

Sample script: “My name is __________, and I'm calling to ask _______________ to oppose the President’s policies that harm refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, Jewish people, LGTBQI people, people of color, Latinos, women, girls, the indigenous, and all people in harm's way. Today is Valentine’s Day. I believe that love for our country requires us to love and protect one another. I ask ____________ to keep fighting OR take a stand and join millions of us who are committed to moral and ethical resistance to this dangerous administration. Thank you.”

Alternative actions:

2. SHOW UP WITH 1 BILLION Rising

Rise up with music, art, poetry, and dance! On Valentine's Day, women and men throughout the US and in 200 countries worldwide will come together and RISE to end violence against all women and girls (cis, transgender and gender non-conforming) as part of V-Day’s massive annual One Billion Rising campaign. In NYC, join us in Washington Square Park for an Artistic Uprising & Call for Revolutionary Love. Together we will stand in solidarity and declare our moral resistance grounded in love.

3. POST A LOVE LETTER

Post to twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Email or other social media: "#RevolutionaryLove is __________ ". And fill in the blank with an idea, story or photo that shows what love means to you.

4. WRITE A LOVE LETTER (samples below)

Love Letter to Others: “I vow to stand up for all people in harm's way by speaking even when my voice trembles; protesting, marching, organizing, going on strike, calling Congress once a day..... whatever it takes, throughout this administration. #RevolutionaryLove”

Love Letter to Opponents: “I will resist every dangerous government policy thru the ethic of love by refusing to mirror the fear and hate of the other side. I will fight systemic injustice and stand up in solidarity for people in need. #RevolutionaryLove”

Love Letter to Ourselves: “I will care for my own body, spirit & relationships by protecting joy, dancing, eating, sleeping 8 hours, making art, building community, remembering nature and beauty even as I rise up in moral resistance. #RevolutionaryLove”

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Thanks to Christa of the CTA team for this action idea. Further links and information found at : http://vday.revolutionarylove.net/?signed=true