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Once again we are reclaiming the month of February and Valentine's Day!


Historically the month of February is dedicated to valentines, traditional concepts of love, and consumerism. In February 2021 and 2022, artEquity raised the love vibration with the launch of “For the Love of Justice”. The campaign gave us a way to center legendary activists and activism. We also provided educational resources to support our ongoing learning. 

In 2023, we invite you to revisit the love and passion of these activists on this day and to learn more about their work with resources from those previous campaigns! Let it reconnect you to your work and activism today and everyday.

The support we receive from our beloved community has made it possible to share free and subsidized programming and ongoing resources. We LOVE us some resources! If you’d like to sprinkle some sugar our way, please find ways to give below.

In gratitude, 

The artEquity Team!

 2022 Social Justice Valentines
and Resources

 2022 Social Justice Valentines
and Resources

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Trailblazing feminist author, critic and activist that explored the intersectionality of race, capitalism, gender, and their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination through her writings.

“The heart of justice is truth telling, seeing ourselves and the world the way it is rather than the way we want it to be.”



White abolitionist, journalist, and educator dedicated to the cause of racial equality that organized across racial divides in environmental, women's, and anti-nuclear movements.

“I believe this is the genius of humankind, the thing that makes us half divine: the fact that some human beings can envision a world that has never existed.”



The co-founder of the American Indian Movement and a longtime leader in the fight for Native civil rights. AIM began as a local organization in Minneapolis that sought to grapple with issues of police brutality and discrimination against Native people. The group quickly became a national force.

"I'll be there, and even if I'm not there, I'll be there. My spirit will be leading the charge."



Filipino American labor leader who organized West Coast farm workers, starting in the 1930s, including the five-year Delano grape strike that won better pay and benefits for agricultural workers and led to the eventual formation of the United Farm Workers.

“Everybody has equal rights and justice. You’ve got to make that come about.”



Prolific novelist, essayist, poet, editor and professor. Winner of multiple prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.

“Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it.”


Desmond Tutu

South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.


Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”


Elandria Williams

Queer, Black, Affrilachian Grassroots organizer, Unitarian Universalist leader, and Popular educator on topics of Solidarity Economy, Black Liberation, Disability Justice, Resourcing the Global South and Appalachia, Dismantling the Global Far Right, Youth leadership, and Art, Culture and Spirituality in movements.


"We are worthy not because of what we produce. But because of who we are."

 2021 Social Justice Valentines
and Resources

Gloria E. Anzaldúa


Chicana lesbian writer and cultural/queer theorist whose poems and essays reveal the isolation and angst of occupying the fringes of identity.

"Write with your eyes like painters, with your ears like musicians, with your feet like dancers. You are the truthsayer with quill and torch. Write with your tongues on fire."



Prolific orator, debater, author, and activist whose personal and searing analysis of race in the United States ran parallel with the civil rights and gay liberation movements of the mid-twentieth century.

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."


Grace Lee Boggs


Chinese-American activist, author, and philospher whose Marxist leanings and vision of what an American revolution could be led to a hefty FBI file and legendary imprint in Detroit.

"Love isn't about what we did yesterday; it's about what we do today and tomorrow and the day after."

Marsha P. Johnson


A pioneer of the LGBTQ+ community, prominent figure of the Stonewall riot, gay liberation activist, and self-identified drag queen. She sang, she modeled for Andy Warhol, she created a home for those who didn’t have one, and word on the street is she threw a shot glass that was “heard around the world.”

"No pride for some without liberation for all of us."

Audre Lorde


A "concert of voices," Audre Lorde was a writer, feminist, lesbian, and civil rights activist wose work magnified the conflicting differences within the self and the necessary resistance of injustice.

“If [we] cannot love and resist at the same time, [we] probably will not survive.”

Rigoberta Menchú Tum


K'iche' feminist and Indigenous rights activist from Guatemala and founder of the country's first Indigenous political party, Winaq.

"I am like a drop of water on a rock. After drip, drip, dripping in the same place, I begin to leave a mark, and I leave my mark in many people’s hearts."

Stacey Park Milbern


Korean-American disability rights activist and advocate of fair treatment of people with disabilities and advisor to the Obama administration.

"Grow. Change. Be better. But also [...] know you are a beautiful human being who deserves love and tenderness and care as you are."

Harvey Milk


First openly gay elected official in the history of CA who shifted San Francisco politics and sponsored a bill that passed banning discrimination in public accommodations, housing, and employment on the basis of sexual orientation.

"If you are not personally free to be yourself in that most important of all human activities—the expression of love—then life itself loses its meaning."


Sylvia Rivera


Puerto Rican/Venezuelan gay liberation and transgender rights activist and drag queen who co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries with Marsha P. Johnson.

"We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are."



Thank you!

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