• “a standout figure in the world of interfaith organizing and activism”
  • a regular contributor to MSNBC
  • an award-winning filmmaker
  • “one of the most exceptional speakers and thinkers”
  • founder of groundswell, a multifaith movement for justice
  • valarie kaur: storytelling for social change


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About Valarie

Valarie KaurValarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, and interfaith leader who centers her work on storytelling for social change. She is the founder of Groundswell Movement, the nation’s largest multifaith online organizing community of 100,000+. She has led campaigns on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, marriage equality, solitary confinement, and the open Internet. She currently serves as Media and Strategy Fellow at Stanford Law School. She believes “the way we make change is just as important as the change we make.”

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Upcoming Appearances

  • Tue
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    Sep
    2015

    Sikh Women Leaders Retreat

    SeptemberTBA
  • Wed
    14
    Oct
    2015

    Keynote Address at the Montreat Conference

    TBA
  • Thu
    15
    Oct
    2015
    Mon
    19
    Oct
    2015

    Featured Speaker at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions

    Salt Lake City, UT

    How do we face the injustices of our time with wise and courageous action? The open Internet has become the prophetic platform of the 21st century, but the interfaith world has not yet tapped its potential to create social change. Valarie Kaur, seasoned Sikh activist and founder of Groundswell Movement and Faithful Internet, offers tools for faith and interfaith leaders to use stories to build and sustain social movements – on the ground and online. Kaur shares the behind-the-scenes story of the 2012 mass shooting in a Sikh American gurdwara as a case study, showing her short film OAK CREEK. Through guided visualization, dialogue, and storytelling, Kaur then takes participants on a journey to advance their own leadership – from personal faith to public story to online action. Along the way, participants craft their own “story for social change” rooted in faith and ready for online engagement. The workshop shows participants how Internet freedom or “net neutrality” is vital for the future of interfaith movement and leaves them with a set of spiritual and political tools to channel faith into action.

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