Love is Louder
The JED Foundation has re-ignited their Love is Louder campaign. The campaign centers around a community of people working together to build a world where we all feel connected and supported. The foundation wants individuals and communities all over the globe to commit to taking actions that make us all feel a sense of unity.
Now feels like a good time to revisit the Love is Louder message. Once again, we find ourselves in a time where tensions are high on and offline. Conversations have become a war of insults. Instead of celebrating and embracing our differences, we’ve let them divide us. We’ve forgotten the power of communicating with kindness and taking the time to really understand each other. It feels like our digital lives are disconnecting us instead of bringing us closer together. That’s why we are asking you to help us grow the Love is Louder community. That’s why we are asking you to commit to being #LouderTogether. Over the next week, we will be sharing ways that we can all tune out some of the negative noise, turn our social media accounts into positive forms of expression instead of speaker systems for harmful words and actions, and to help us better understand and respect each other…even if we don’t always agree.
~ Co-founder Brittany Snow
How to get involved
- Spread the word – Follow Love is Louder on social media and spread the word. Take a picture with “Love is Louder” and #LouderTogether written on your hands or a sign. Post on social media with a message like “I’m joining the #LoveisLouder community because I know we’re #LouderTogether”.
- Take care of yourself and your friends – Now isn’t the time to get in arguments on social media or stare at the news all day long. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or afraid, then disconnect from the things that make those feelings worse. Instead, do something fun that you enjoy. Take a break and go for a walk. Hang out with a friend who makes you feel supported. And, if you’re worried about a friend who is having a hard time, reach out and offer support. You don’t even need to talk about current events, just be there for each other.
- Take Action – We can use our words and action to make positive change and to make everyone feel more connected and supported. Identify the issues that are important to you and become an advocate for those issues. Volunteer in your community. Work to better understand all members of your campus or community.
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