At three years old, your choices are limited. You eat what’s prepared for you and listen to the music waking you up from the kitchen. Your parents tug your arm, gently but with purpose, and you move. You move to where they want you to go, like your amoo’s (Persian word for ‘uncle’) house, a party hosted by a relative, the market on a busy afternoon, or…the United States of America.

Like many of you it’s many years since my family and I first arrived here as immigrants. We are now proudly integrated into our local communities, contributing our own special brand of cultural flavor and energy to our adopted country; a country with a rich tradition of embracing refugees and immigrants from all over the world.

Yet, this historically long and inspiring American tradition is being challenged. And, as such, so are all Iranians, Arabs, Latinos, Muslims, and other minorities, regardless of where they live.

Efforts to “other-ize”, and dehumanize in an effort to cynically shape how we are perceived is evidenced by the Muslim travel ban, concentration camps at the U.S./Mexico border, march towards war with Iran and daily racism seething through the mouth of pundits. We do not need to rebut or debate these false narratives; such an approach would only add to the cacophony of disinformation and co-opt our attention capital.

This is where you come in…

While the fires of conflict continue to be stoked by Trump’s administration, halls of Congress, mainstream media and other capitals, let’s instead persist in our joy. Let’s stand in solidarity with our peace-loving Brothers and Sisters, within the wider marginalized communities of this country and beyond, and share our relentless optimism in the midst of the cycles of aggression, racism, and heartache.

Let’s proudly go organic and celebrate the beauty of culture, each other, and our best selves. That joy emanating from each of us isn’t a gift, though — it’s a Revolution. That radical kindness we extend to our families, friends, neighbors, and strangers is a device for change, empowerment and most importantly, self-love.

Let’s affectionately embrace each other and our community the same way we wish to be embraced.

Shift the conversation

The #MakeLoveNotWar social media campaign against racism and war

Through the power of intentions, pictures, words and hashtags, the #Make Love Not War campaign’s mission is to showcase the authentic and diverse truth of who we are. We are loving dads, mothers, sons, daughters, friends, relatives, and neighbors. We are diversity, proud of our rich history and culture.

Please join us in sharing your most inspiring photos, videos, memes, art, music, and words on Instagram with any of the following hashtags #MakeLoveNotWar #LoveExpands. Together, we’ll spread the power of optimism, joy, and peace. After all, love is contagious.

Shine,

-Saïd

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Throwback to when Giannis time traveled and dunked on Hitler! Many people don’t know this, but Giannis ended WW2 with a one handed jam on old Adolf’s head lodging a basketball into his skull, inadvertently killing him. . . . . . . #giannisantetokounmpo #greek #freak #greekfreak #nba #dunk #ww2 #hitler #fuckhitler #timetravel #milwaukeebucks #makelovenotwar #onehandjam #goat #basketball #nba2k20 #souvlaki #zeus ...

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I’ve never found an account about to help me with everything. So I’m hoping to become that for the people in my position. This is a mess of everything but a good way to get ideas out there. #loveyourself #youmatter #allbodiesaregoodbodies #gayrights #scienceisreal #makelovenotwar #speakup #imhereforyou ...

Instagram post 18070165924190439 salam 🌞 shalom 🌙 peace 🌈 .
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salam 🌞 shalom 🌙 peace 🌈 . . . . . #israel#southofisrael#negev#negevdesert#beduinhost#beduins#deserttrip#peace#salam#shalom#makelovenotwar#middleeast#mandala#colorlove#travelisrael#travelgram#roadtrip#explore#placestosee#streetart#create#creativity#spirit ...

Instagram post 17868329710475940 Bröllop ena dagen och kalas den andra. En förkylning som ligger och gottar sig. Tackar gudinnan för makeup och färger 😂😍🙏 #wedding #bithday #makeup #ladypink #mylife #unicornmom #vegetarian #septum #piercing #love #makelovenotwar
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Bröllop ena dagen och kalas den andra. En förkylning som ligger och gottar sig. Tackar gudinnan för makeup och färger 😂😍🙏 #wedding #bithday #makeup #ladypink #mylife #unicornmom #vegetarian #septum #piercing #love #makelovenotwar #fuckrasism #jb21 #picoftheday # ...

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Instagram post 17892818833381531 Peace out weekend ✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻 .
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Нет, это не очередная группа довольных туристов 😉 это #командавнеш традиционно отметила середину напряженного сезона в дружной компании на свежем воздухе! Hippie Party 2019 прошла на ура. Приятно, что наши корпоративы уже стали почти семейными 😊😍 жаль только, что в разгар туристического сезона наших гидов невозможно словить в Беларуси, они все в трудах! #внешинтурист #корпоратив2019 #hippieparty #makelovenotwar

#Repost vneshintourist with make_repost Нет, это не очередная группа довольных туристов 😉 это #командавнеш традиционно отметила середину напряженного сезона в дружной компании на свежем воздухе! Hippie Party 2019 прошла на ура. Приятно, что наши корпоративы уже стали почти семейными 😊😍 жаль только, что в разгар туристического сезона наших гидов невозможно словить в Беларуси, они все в трудах! #внешинтурист #корпоратив2019 #hippieparty #makelovenotwar ...

Instagram post 17850464593596187 #21daysofabundancemeditationchallenge 
So grateful to be included in this 21 days of abundance by my beautiful soul yogini sister marypgregory❤️
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Yes I love being surrounded by positivity, yearn for boundless joy and look for constant ways of self improvement. 
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#21daysofabundancemeditationchallenge So grateful to be included in this 21 days of abundance by my beautiful soul yogini sister marypgregory❤️ . . . . Yes I love being surrounded by positivity, yearn for boundless joy and look for constant ways of self improvement. #soulsister #abundantlyblessed #21daysofabundance #meditation #anandakoshamaya #holistichealing #iamblessed #beblessing #iamenoughyogis #godisgood #blessedlife #blessedfamily #ilovemyhubby #ilovemydaughter #ilovemyfriends #makelovenotwar #makepeacewithyourself ...

Instagram post 17844641041628949 Ich hoffe Ihr habt alle das schöne Wetter genutzt und /oder Zeit mit euren Lieblingsmenschen verbracht ☺️immer daran denken ...seid einfach wild und frech und wunderbar ☺️auf eure eigene Art toll ☺️so wie ihr seid#❤️ #sundaymood #behappy #presents#loveisintheair #justme #inkedgirls #tattoedgirls #happygirl #happygirls#alwaysbeyourself #love #makelovenotwar

Ich hoffe Ihr habt alle das schöne Wetter genutzt und /oder Zeit mit euren Lieblingsmenschen verbracht ☺️immer daran denken ...seid einfach wild und frech und wunderbar ☺️auf eure eigene Art toll ☺️so wie ihr seid#❤️ #sundaymood #behappy #presents#loveisintheair #justme #inkedgirls #tattoedgirls #happygirl #happygirls#alwaysbeyourself #love #makelovenotwar ...

Instagram post 18055803577170709 On this very place 3500 people were chot dead in to the river Danube during WWII. Before they got chot they were forced to take their shoes off. So pointless. Sometimes I loose my faith in the goodness in this world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On this very place 3500 people were chot dead in to the river Danube during WWII. Before they got chot they were forced to take their shoes off. So pointless. Sometimes I loose my faith in the goodness in this world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #budapest #hungary #chainbridge #travel #photography #history #architecture #makelovenotwar ...

Instagram post 17851139695584756 Cute hippie sandals 💖🌞🌈🌻🍄🌿✌🏼🌸😍✨ via hippiefashionx
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Cute hippie sandals 💖🌞🌈🌻🍄🌿✌🏼🌸😍✨ via hippiefashionx . #hippielife #hippielifestyle #hippiestyle #hippies #hippy #hippieatheart #bohoinspo #dreadlocks #dreadlife #hippiespirits #boholife #bohoroom #bohemian #boheme #dreadhead #boholike #makelovenotwar #hippiesoul #hippielove ...

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Instagram post 18027847954220875 „Nie złamie wolnych żadna klęska,
Nie strwoży śmiałych żaden trud –
Pójdziemy razem do zwycięstwa,
Gdy ramię w ramię stanie lud!”
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Piosenki z tamtego czasu są wyjątkowe. Jednak najbardziej niezwykła jest zawsze reakcja ludzi, którzy ich słuchają. Szczególnie tych, którzy w tamtym czasie walczyli o wolną Polskę, o nasz kraj i niepodległość. Cudownie,  że w naszym artystycznym życiu możemy w ten subtelny sposób oddac im hołd, śpiewając dla nich utwory tak ważne, choć nieraz spojrzenie w ich oczy zaciska gardło ze wzruszenia.. Chwala im. I NIGDY WIĘCEJ WOJNY. .
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#makelovenotwar 
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„Nie złamie wolnych żadna klęska, Nie strwoży śmiałych żaden trud – Pójdziemy razem do zwycięstwa, Gdy ramię w ramię stanie lud!” . Piosenki z tamtego czasu są wyjątkowe. Jednak najbardziej niezwykła jest zawsze reakcja ludzi, którzy ich słuchają. Szczególnie tych, którzy w tamtym czasie walczyli o wolną Polskę, o nasz kraj i niepodległość. Cudownie, że w naszym artystycznym życiu możemy w ten subtelny sposób oddac im hołd, śpiewając dla nich utwory tak ważne, choć nieraz spojrzenie w ich oczy zaciska gardło ze wzruszenia.. Chwala im. I NIGDY WIĘCEJ WOJNY. . #nigdywięcejwojny #makelovenotwar #powstaniewarszawskie #warszawskiedzieci #75rocznicapowstaniawarszawskiego #80rocznicawybuchuwojny #koncert #polishtradition #polishhistory #polishgirl #singerslife #patriotic #costume #historicalcostume #vocalist #emiliaklimczak #chwałapowstańcom ...

 

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