Robin is the lead producer for Bloom Baltimore.
First Nations elder, Ilarion Merculieff says, “everything is about relationships” (2012). This is a poignant reflecting point in the wake of the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump, who has been endorsed by the KKK and is beginning to appoint white nationalists, such as Alt-Right Steve Bannon, to his cabinet. Threatened relationships abound as African Americans, Mexican Americans, women, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, people with disabilities, etc. fear what their lives will be like and what liberties will be lost under a presidency of intolerance. It’s here in this turbulent, uncertain, and heartbroken space where it becomes essential to return to what connects communities themselves together. It is our relational bonds to each other and what cultural critic, bell hooks, and Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, would call Communities of Love (2000) that are essential for not only our individual and collective happiness, but also our survival as a people and species. This paper will explore aspects of love, the detrimental aspects of consumerism on love, how neoliberalism leads to fascism, and how communities of love are themselves, essential to and at the very heart of sustainability, resistance and resilience.