Valarie Kaur, JD, is a Sikh American civil rights activist, lawyer, educator, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She is the founder of The Revolutionary Love Project, a nonprofit aimed at engaging people in the practice of love as a force for justice.
Chardi Kala is an important expression used in Sikhism for a mind frame that a Sikh has to accept and practice. It loosely means a “positive, buoyant and optimistic” attitude to life and the future. Always be in “high spirits,” “ever progressive,” “always cheerful,” etc.
“Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?” asks Valarie Kaur. Although we’ve mounted a powerful resistance to tyranny, injustice and violence during the Trump era, with 2020 in sight, we need more than resistance. We need to birth a new America.