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Making Good Trouble

I’m making good trouble — for John Lewis, as I know he will ever continue to do in the heavens high above. The giant of a man fought for justice, for equity, for freedom with his full heart and whole body for an entire life, exhibiting phenomenal courage, unparalleled bravery and strength of spirit that have inspired generations… this woman being one of countless souls across ages, backgrounds and experiences touched, mobilized and propelled by the hero, force in Congress and civil rights icon. As an unrelenting champion of goodness, he underscored that we all have a mission and mandate and moral obligation to be on the right side of history. What he lived through, what he fought for, what he overcame, what he achieved, what he represents, what he inspires is unbelievable, historic, paradigm-shifting. And so we must listen to his profound wisdom, learn from his remarkable leadership, channel his faith in radical change and people and progress, and trust in his belief that this time has chosen us; the time is now to demand, to sacrifice, to rise, to unite, to find joy, to love, to work, to bend the arc, to sit, to stand, to march, to act. “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. We will find a way to make a way out of no way.” What gratitude I hold to have walked this earth with John Lewis. May his memory forever be a blessing and may we all cause good, necessary trouble every day forever.


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