On February 14th, 2019 a group of us came together to celebrate Valentine’s day. We redefined Valentine’s day as a day not just for romantic love between two people involving gifts such as flowers or chocolate or Champaigne but a day that represents a broader perspective of love, a love inclusive of self, family, community, work place, opposing political parties etc.… a love understood as a public ethic, a public health issue and a force for personal and social change.
The proponents of this kind of love include (based on the Revolutionary Love Project): Love for all those in harm’s way such as women, girls and boys; working class and poor people; LGBTQI folks; people living with different physical emotional and mental needs; those who suffer with mental health issues.
A love that vows to see one another as brothers and sisters and acknowledges our humanity as what binds us together. A love that vows to fight for a world where all of us can succeed and flourish.
A love that declares love even for our opponents and opposes all policies that threaten the rights and dignity of any person; a love that vows to fight for the right of all humans by challenging cultures and institutions that promote hate. A love challenging our opponents through an ethic of love and not violence.
A love that declares love for ourselves allowing all of us to rise up and dance with one another. A love that honours our ancestors whose bodies, breath and blood calls us to live a life of courage. A love that commits to birthing a new future even amongst so much conflict and pain.
And so on Valentine’s day we gathered in St. George’s and reclaimed this day as a Revolutionary Love day and we danced, shared stories, listened and witnessed one another’s humanity, shared food and committed to gathering in the name of love, revolutionary love.
Maureen St. Clair