Nov11

Promoting Love

Author // Elaine Davenport Categories // Member Blogs

Just yesterday I wrote about the need for fostering resistance, and one way to do that is by promoting love. Radical love is itself an act of resistance, especially in the face of radical hate. That’s why Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity created the Love Rally.
 
We hosted the Love Rally back in April just a few days after the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, whose words and work are an inspiration for PACH, “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
 
The event brought together educators, activists, artists, and thought leaders of all ages and backgrounds and faiths. It highlights those who continue to work toward a just and humane society by fighting against racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, anti-semitism and other forms of hate.
 
In this time of great division, it’s important to remember actions, stories, and experiences of love and resistance. I encourage you to watch and share the video below for a celebration of humanity and justice. And we hope you’ll join us at PACH’s next Love Rally in 2017. Let’s drown out the voices of radical hate with radical love!

About the Author

Elaine Davenport

Elaine Davenport

Elaine Davenport is the Director of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity (PACH). She is an experienced nonprofit manager, program developer, and trainer. Her professional experience includes eight years at national oral history project StoryCorps, four years at renowned college access program The Posse Foundation, and four years as a board member for local theater company New York Shakespeare Exchange. Elaine earned her bachelor's degree in human and organizational development at Vanderbilt University, completed the Columbia University Business School Institute for Nonprofit Management, and in May 2016 earned a Master of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.