AwareNow: Issue 20: The Kind Edition

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH VALARIE KAUR

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THE VOICE & VISION OF REVOLUTIONARY LOVE Valarie Kaur is a renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, and celebrated prophetic voice. She leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice. Valarie burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 40 million views worldwide. In the last twenty years, Valarie has won policy change on multiple fronts – hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, Internet freedom, and more. But that’s just part of her story...

Allie: Professionally, you are known as an accomplished civil rights leader, lawyer, author, filmmaker, educator, and innovator. Valarie, what is it that personally led you to lead this movement that you are now known for as well of Revolutionary Love?

“The first person killed in a hate crime after 9/11 was a Sikh father, who I knew as a family friend. His murder really turned me into an activist.”

Valarie: It began 20 years ago. I wasn't planning to be an activist or to work in civil rights, it was in the aftermath of 9/11 when I was a college student, and Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed. The first person killed in a hate crime after 9/11 was a Sikh father, who I knew as a family friend. His murder really turned me into an activist.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH VALARIE KAUR

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