Valarie Kaur

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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Valarie Kaur is a social justice activist who leads campaigns for civil and human rights. Kaur was born and raised in California´s Central Valley, where her family settled as Sikh farmers a century ago. When a Sikh family friend was the first person murdered in a hate crime after 9/11, she made her first film on hate violence in America. Since then, her story-based advocacy has helped win policy change on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom.

In order to equip a new generation of advocates, she founded Groundswell Movement, America’s largest multi-faith online organizing community of 300,000 known for “dynamically strengthening faith-based organizing in the 21st century.” She also founded the Yale Visual Law Project and co-founded Faithful Internet. During her work, whether inside supermax prisons, on the military base at Guantanamo, or at sites of mass shootings, she identified a surprising key element for social change: the ethic of love. Today she leads the Revolutionary Love Project to champion love as a wellspring for social action.

Kaur earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School, and is a member of the California Bar. She lives in Los Angeles with her film partner and husband Sharat Raju and son Kavi. She believes: “The way we make change is just as important as the change we make.”