John Lewis Good Trouble - Title

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE tells the story of Congressman John Lewis, an American hero who has spent his life fighting for voting rights and racial justice. He fought alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement and helped get the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965.

However, our democracy is now under attack. Since 2013, new voter suppression tactics like strict voter ID laws and shortened voting times have intentionally made it difficult for low-income areas and Black people. But you can help. $1.50 will cover postage to help register 1 person to vote in areas where voter suppression laws and online registration systems hit hardest, like North Carolina and Georgia.

MAKE GOOD TROUBLE by fighting voter suppression and protecting the right to vote.

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Help fight voter suppression in areas where restriction laws hit hardest, like Georgia.

Use the Percent Funded tool (in purple) to identify which areas need the most support.

HOW TO USE:

1) Use the map navigation or search bar to find the location you want to help. You can dive into specific counties and voting precincts!

2) Once your location is visible in the box, use the + and – buttons to easily select how many registrations you want to send.

3) Complete your action by clicking the blue button.

Hey There, Troublemakers

We need you. We need people like you to make good trouble, to amplify the voices of others, to stand up for what’s right.

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John Lewis Good Trouble - Title

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE tells the story of Congressman John Lewis, an American hero who has spent his life fighting for voting rights and racial justice. He fought alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement and helped get the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965.

However, our democracy is now under attack. Since 2013, new voter suppression tactics like strict voter ID laws and shortened voting times have intentionally made it difficult for low-income areas and Black people. But you can help. $1.50 will cover postage to help register 1 person to vote in areas where voter suppression laws and online registration systems hit hardest, like North Carolina and Georgia.

MAKE GOOD TROUBLE by fighting voter suppression and protecting the right to vote.

GET CAUGHT UP
Register Voters
Sign-Up

Help fight voter suppression in areas where restriction laws hit hardest, like Georgia.

Use the Percent Funded tool (in purple) to identify which areas need the most support.

HOW TO USE:

1) Use the map navigation or search bar to find the location you want to help. You can dive into specific counties and voting precincts!

2) Once your location is visible in the box, use the + and – buttons to easily select how many registrations you want to send.

3) Complete your action by clicking the blue button.

Hey There, Troublemakers

We need you. We need people like you to make good trouble, to amplify the voices of others, to stand up for what’s right.

Sign up to stay up to date on GOOD TROUBLE news and updates.

 

THE FILM

John Lewis: Good Trouble is a new documentary about Congressman John Lewis, an American hero and inspirational symbol of civil and voting rights. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, the film explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family, and his fateful meeting with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. 

The GOOD TROUBLE CAMPAIGN celebrates the legacy of Congressman Lewis, as we fight against the injustice of voter suppression. Current voter suppression tactics prevent millions of citizens  from having their voices heard and votes counted. This year, we’re making good trouble together to increase voter turnout and fight voter suppression. 

MAKE GOOD TROUBLE

In 2013, the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder allowed for a wave of new voter suppression laws that make it harder for poor communities, immigrant communities, indigenous communities, and communities of color to vote. This is especially true in southern states where the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow are ever-present. 

To combat this, you can use your voice and privilege to support others’ right to vote.

Check out the highlighted states below to see where voter suppression is already silencing voters at alarming rates (Source: Brennan Center) and then help empower disenfranchised communities by facilitating others to register to vote.

If voting didn’t matter, they wouldn’t make it so difficult.

Since the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, 25 states enacted new laws aimed at reducing voter turnout, primarily affecting communities of color. Check out the highlighted states above to see where voter suppression is already silencing voters at alarming rates (Source: Brennan Center)

Brennan Center Map

If voting didn’t matter, they wouldn’t make it so difficult.

Since the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, 25 states enacted new laws aimed at reducing voter turnout, primarily affecting communities of color. Check out the highlighted states above to see where voter suppression is already silencing voters at alarming rates (Source: Brennan Center)

GET THE GUIDE

Watch the film and follow along with the GOOD TROUBLE handbook to learn how you can stay informed, take action, and make sure everyone has the ability to vote.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You can follow in the footsteps of John Lewis and make good trouble by helping get out the vote in your community and supporting the Good Trouble campaign. $1.50 will help 1 more person register to vote in states most impacted by voter suppression. Register2Vote makes it easy to register voters by sending a pre-filled voter registration form and a stamped envelope to eligible unregistered voters so all they have to do is sign it and drop it in the mail. This system has been used to register thousands of voters since 2018 and we hope to help register many more. Help register voters here.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history. It came about as a direct result of the work of John Lewis, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, with the goal of overcoming state and local laws that denied Black people their constitutional right to vote. Prior to the passing of the VRA, various blatantly discriminatory practices were used to prevent Black people from voting. The Act enshrines on every American citizen the equal opportunity to vote. Unfortunately, in 2013, the Supreme Court decision Shelby County v. Holder gutted the Voting Rights Act. (Read more: Brennan Center)

In 2013 the Supreme Court did away with one of the most important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 4 made it so counties with a history of race-based discriminatory election practices couldn’t change the rules without “preclearing” them first with the U.S. Justice Department. Within hours of the ruling, a floodgate of new voter suppression laws were enacted to restrict the equal opportunity to vote. (Read More: Brennan Center)

While voter suppression has existed since the beginning of our democracy, over the last 10 years it has become more prevalent than ever. In 2013, the Supreme Court decision to gut the VRA allowed states to make it intentionally difficult for people to vote by enacting strict voter ID laws, reducing early voting days, shortening voting times, restricting voter registration and purging voter rolls (deleting registered voters off the system). These tactics are meant to keep voters away from the ballot box, particularly people of color, poor people, the young and the old. And it works - because of these laws, significant numbers of eligible voters have been kept from exercising their fundamental right to participate in democracy. (Read More: Brennan Center)

Since the beginning of our democracy, voter suppression laws have disenfranchised Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander communities; poor people, seniors, immigrants, and people with disabilities. Furthermore, 6.1 million Americans are excluded from the democratic process due to criminal disenfranchisement laws (Sentencing Project). These laws take away from people the right to vote simply based on a criminal past.  (Read more: Brennan Center)

While voter suppression laws exist in a number of states, Georgia and North Carolina are two of the most impacted. The Shelby County v. Holder decision coupled with a legacy of voter suppression allowed an all-out assault on voting rights. Additionally, these two states mean a lot to Congressman Lewis. He was the President of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) which was founded in North Carolina, and Georgia is Congressman Lewis’ adopted home state, where his legacy is embedded in local history and culture. Both states also have competitive Senate races, the outcomes of which will be crucial to whether or not the Voting Rights Act will be reinstated next year.

REGISTER VOTERS

The right to vote is critical for an effective and fair democracy that works for all of us. For $1.50 per person, you can help fight voter suppression in states that need it most, like North Carolina.

We're partnering with Register2Vote, a non-profit and non-partisan, voting rights organization, to mail pre-filled voter registration forms to eligible unregistered voters. Recipients will also receive a pre-stamped return envelope, so all they have to do is sign it and drop it in the mail. Then, Register2vote will track it to make sure it arrives safely at the County Registrar. By lowering the barriers to voter registration, we can make a difference in the fight against voter suppression.

HOW TO USE:

1) Use the map navigation or search bar/magnifying glass icon to find the exact location you want to help. You can dive into specific counties and voting precincts! Use the Percent Funded tool (in purple) to identify which areas need the most support.

2) Once your location is visible in the box in the lower left of the map, use the + and – buttons to easily select how many registrations you want to send.

3) Complete your action by clicking the blue button.

 

 

VOTE

Make sure you're set to make GOOD TROUBLE this election season.

- Check that you're registered to vote here.

- Register to vote here.

- Confirm you have the ID you need to vote in your state here.

- Make sure you’re an informed voter here.

- Check your polling place here.

VOTE

Make sure you're set to make GOOD TROUBLE this election season.

- Check that you're registered to vote here.

- Register to vote here.

- Confirm you have the ID you need to vote in your state here.

- Make sure you’re an informed voter here.

- Check your polling place here.

VOLUNTEER

CALL YOUR REP

Contact your congressperson to ask them to support vote-by-mail, early voting, and safer polling locations.

MAP THE VOTE

Find unregistered voters in your community and help them register to vote.

GET ORGANIZED

Organize your community around getting registered with When We All Vote.

HIT THE POLLS

Volunteer to be a poll worker at your local precinct. 

Social Media Assets

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Thousands of protests. 45 arrests. 33 years in Congress. Sometimes change calls for a little trouble. John Lewis: Good Trouble comes to theaters and on demand July 3rd#JohnLewisIsGoodTrouble

Thousands of protests. 45 arrests. 33 years in Congress. Sometimes change calls for a little trouble. John Lewis: Good Trouble comes to theaters and on demand July 3rd#JohnLewisIsGoodTrouble

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