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Love is The Antidote: 36 QUESTIONS FOR CIVIC LOVE

Featuring San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and multimedia journalist Yesica Prado

This Valentine’s Day, join the opening night of the SF Urban Film Fest as we celebrate and center practicing love as an antidote to the relentless crises in our cities worldwide. How can love lead us to decriminalize homelessness, rethink incarceration, face hunger, and survive a pandemic?

National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) joins us as co-host, presenting their toolkit, 36 Questions for Civic Lovewith special guests District Attorney Chesa Boudin and multimedia journalist Yesica Prado.

In 1997, psychologist Arthur Aron explored whether intimacy between two strangers could be accelerated by asking each other a set of 36 questions. NPHM adapted his questions for use in a new kind of social experiment, aimed at helping us all fall in civic love. 

What is civic love? Civic love is one’s love for society, expressed through a commitment to the common good. We manifest it through all kinds of actions—volunteering, marching, speaking against systemic injustice, making reparations—but the love itself is the emotional heart of the work. 

District Attorney Chesa Boudin and multimedia journalist Yesica Prado will ask and answer a set of 36 Questions for Civic Love, specially curated for the SF Urban Film Fest, that includes a focus on housing, self-care, and community healing.


For the full experience, come back on Friday, February 19th at 4:30pm PST for Let’s Make Civic Love, where you can practice the exercise with a stranger over Zoom.


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Yesica-PradoYesica Prado Activist and Journalist

Chesa-Boudin Chesa Boudin District Attorney, SF

Co-Presented byNational Public Housing Museum

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