This is a moment of transition.
We need collective renewal, accountability, and a strong moral vision for the country we could become. Each of us has a role in building an America where all of us are safe and free, and we will only succeed if we lead with the ethic of love.
Three Steps to Take Together:
Second, create your own People’s Inauguration event or experience! Bring your friends, family, students, or community together (virtually). Click here to browse event templates our partners have created to help get you started.
Then, post your oath (the text, a video or image of you taking it) on social media with the hashtags #PeoplesInauguration and #RebuildingTheUnion
Third, join us for a teaching series: 10 Days to Activate Revolutionary Love.
Taking part in the #PeoplesInauguration is just the beginning. We will come together in community to anchor our people’s oath in the ethic of love. Join Valarie Kaur along with visionaries, faith leaders, movement leaders, artists, and healers in a teaching series hosted by the Revolutionary Love Project and Sounds True.
Now that that free, live 10-days series is over, a complete set of event recordings is available for purchase or you can apply for a scholarship and pay what you can. Fifty percent of all proceeds will go towards the non-profit work of the Revolutionary Love Project and will support organizing, teaching, and mobilization centering BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) stories, resilience, and wisdom.
Anyone can create their own swearing-in using three elements:
- Oath: A recitation or expression of the People’s Inauguration Oath, modeled after the presidential oath.
- Witness: One or more people who can help you fulfill it.
- Seal: A tangible object, creation, or photo to keep as a reminder.
The People’s Inauguration Oath
“I, (insert name),
do solemnly vow
that I will faithfully execute my role
in healing, reimagining, and rebuilding
and will to the best of my ability,
preserve, protect, and defend
dignity, justice, and joy*
for myself and for all around me,
and that I will do so with love.”
* You can fill in other core values that mean something to you: truth, liberty, wonder, regeneration
This People’s Oath is inspired and modeled after the presidential oath of office as written in the U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 1, Clause 8.
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A Blessing for the People’s Inauguration
by Brynn Saito
This morning you woke to wren-song in the house of winter.
There was tea or there wasn’t.
There were sirens coating the avenues
or snows packed hard against glass
or western sunlight lacing the haze of a coastal sky.
There were fires followed by freezing
followed by sickness
followed by war. So you went into the garden
or you shuddered before the television
or you dressed again for the frontlines
in this unsheltered season of gunmetal grief.
But every oath tells a new story.
It’s the story of a daughter
stepping to the mic at the century’s beginning and reciting her future.
It’s the story of a dreamer with their bone-tired body still turning towards wonder.
It’s the vision of a son
unbroken by night and lifting a spoon to his mother’s mouth in healing.
It’s the story of we the people
grieving and strong
breathing through the fires of this country’s transitions
while tending to history’s wounds.
We inhabit, with power, every shade of light, take up paintbrush
and plow and voice and pen
to labor for a home that’s never been
though we see it on the cusp of our dreaming.
This shoreline is a threshold; we can almost taste the sea.
Dear steady accomplice: will you stand beside me
and call in the future with your prodigal heart?
Dear country-at-a-crossroads: will you bloom with the songs of your ancestors
like a lotus in a mud-pit
floating with the spirit of a bloodless protest?
Dear grandmother and grandfather: I remember your struggle—
what right have I to forget?
Now step with me into the freedom field
we’ve made it this far.
By beloved deliverance
let us sing this country into its new beginning.
Let’s regenerate, with the pain of our love, the unimagined world.