This past summer my heart has been hurting. So many tragic stories on the news. A constant barrage of negativity and name calling courses throughout this messy, scarred patchwork of country I love. I have felt helpless and alone as the trolls keep surging out from under the bridges they have hidden under for so long. Where is there hope? Am I brave enough to stand up to hate?

Then, just this morning I came across a blog post from Glennon Doyle Melton, a writer and love warrior I follow on Facebook and Instagram. She has made it her life’s mission to reach out to others with passion and a fierce desire to improve this world, one step at a time. Her message resonates with me. Today she had a guest blogger who wrote about encountering a truck full of bullies one evening as she was out with her sons. This mother knew then she couldn’t continue to be silent. So she and Glennon developed #WeStandWithLove, a campaign that will “speak to the power of love in the face of hate and racism.” Starting September 15, they are gathering religious leaders, writers, and activists to spread the word, to make a public declaration that love is always stronger than hate. 

This inspired me to gather my own team of warriors, fighters who want to stand with love. I am inviting writers, poets, photographers, and all advocates of respect and inclusion to share your visions of hope. Together our voices will be loud and boisterous and proud. I will share these stories on this new page #WeStandWithLove. When we stand together, we are strong.

Want to join the revolution? Make a commitment to stand with love. 

Laughter, song, and dance create emotional and spiritual connection: they remind us of the one thing that truly matters when we are searching for comfort, celebration, inspiration, or healing: We are not alone.
— Brene Brown, The Art of Imperfection