|Vol. 15 No. 15
JULY 27, 2020
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
by Jamala Rogers
by Jonathan Gramling
In honor of the late and great Congressman John Lewis, I have named this column Good Trouble.
Throughout his personal, professional and political career, Lewis urged people to make good trouble, that is
civil disobedience and other forms of non-violent — meaning physically and emotionally — that would
inevitable cause ripples through the system and the present state of affairs.
if you were African American. And sitting at those lunch counters caused people like John Lewis to be arrested. It caused problems for the system, results that Lewis
called “good trouble.
It was the Selma to Montgomery March that defied the orders of local and state authorities in Alabama and caused a police riot. Many people were severely injured and
arrested, Lewis among them. This was good — if not painful — trouble. And the Selma to Montgomery March — the third iteration — led to the Voting Rights Act of
1965, which in turn led to the election of hundreds of African Americans to local, state and national offices.
And while there have been many protests of late making “good trouble” to make sure that the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t fade away without meaningful
change happening, there is another form of “good trouble” that people need to engage in on August 11th and November 3rd. It is the act of voting, one of the most
revolutionary things you can do in combination with like-minded citizens.
How do I know that you might ask?
Well I became absolutely convinced after the 2008 election when Barack Obama became the United States’ fir African American president. His election created quite a
stir within the establishment. In some people’s point of view, that was not supposed to happen.
I remember the reaction of then Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman — who has since been elected to the U.S. Congress — when it was announced that Barack
Obama won Wisconsin, due in large part, to the high voter turnout in the City of Milwaukee. And what led to that voter surge was the high turnout of African
Americans determined to help Obama go over the top.
And so what was Grothman’s response? Did he advise the Republican Party that it needed to appeal to the needs and interests of Wisconsin’s African American
community? Did he applaud the resurgent interest in voting and the exercise of people’s constitutional rights? Unfortunately no..
Grothman’s response was that there had to be widespread voter fraud in the city of Milwaukee because Grothman was convinced — in spite of the “science” and the
changing demographics — that it couldn’t have been because more Wisconsinites — of all races — who supported Obama. And so Grothman was convinced it was
fraud because, I am sure, he vowed in his heart that he would never allow Black folk in Milwaukee top elect his leader.
And so in the following 10 years, especially after Scott Walker was elected in 2010, Grothman and the rest of the Republicans began passing voter suppression
legislation like voter ID and started limiting voting hours so that African Americans couldn’t go down to city hall as a congregation on Sunday after service to vote.
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by Jamala Rogers
It was the sit-ins in places like Nashville, Tennessee, Greenville, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia that brought about the desegregation of
many public accommodations, especially those under the purview of the federal government. Sitting at the lunch counters was against the law ’
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