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Day 15: Proclaim Love

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Jan 30, 2012

The message below went out on Monday, January 30, 2012 to those Standing on the Side of Love supporters who signed up for daily Thirty Days of Love emails. You can sign-up for the 30 Days of Love emails here.

As I’ve watched the presidential campaign season unfold around me these past few weeks, I can’t help but notice that the underlying themes of fear, of scarcity, and of “the other” permeate every discussion. Our political culture has become toxic on both sides. We have become obsessed with ensuring specific benefits for ourselves, our subset of society, and even our country at the expense of others instead of creating solutions that make our global community as a whole better, stronger, and more just.

Instead of allowing yourself to be seduced by this pervasive narrative of fear and scarcity, take a look at this video of Congressman Keith Ellison speaking about love and abundance: “Proclaim love, proclaim love not just as a fuzzy warm notion but an active principle, engaged in informing us about how we live with each other, with our planet, with this economy, with the way we do business.”


For today’s action, let’s counter our society’s oppressive, hateful rhetoric by making this video go viral.  Let’s allow Rep. Ellison’s love-inspired words reverberate around the World Wide Web.  And as we use this week to discuss our “story of now,” let us use his message of love and abundance to inform how we engage with our community.

“But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.


In faith and love,

Meredith Lukow
Program Assistant
Standing on the Side of Love

2 Responses to “Day 15: Proclaim Love”

  1. Nadine Sapirman says:

    Thank you for sharing that powerful excerpt from Representative Ellison’s speech at General Assembly. It’s so true! If more people embraced LOVE as a guiding principle in our lives, there would be far fewer problems and we would be able to provide for those in need in our society.

    There is enough (resources); it just needs to be distributed more justly.

  2. Nancy Holland says:

    Wow! Representative Ellison’s speech makes so much sense. It seems so logical, so realistic, so achievable. Why would anyone not embrace this way of living?

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