We lost John Lewis (D-Ga) tonight. I have no words to describe my sorrow or the loss we suffered. So this article will be short. Lewis passed after a short but intense battle with pancreatic cancer. He stepped up to join other civil rights leaders in 1961, when he was one of the first Freedom Riders. In 1963, he spoke at the March on Washington. In 1965, he was savagely beaten by racists during a march in Selma, Alabama. His SNCC colleague, Courtland Cox, said of Rep. Lewis: In the face of what John considered the evils of segregation, he was fearless. He served in Congress for decades, consistently fighting for the rights of African-Americans and for democracy as a whole. He fought for right and justice for every human being everywhere. He was among the best America has to offer. I lack the heart to write more. Let some of our best speak instead. Speaker Pelosi: "All of us were humbled to call Congressman Lewis a colleague, and are heartbroken by his passing. May his memory be an inspiration that moves us all to, in the face of injustice, make 'good trouble, necessary trouble.'" — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 18, 2020 I simply have no words to express the magnitude of this loss. This is just too much. Rest in peace and power #JohnLewis. pic.twitter.com/Jrp0JX005w — Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) July 18, 2020 John Lewis was an American treasure. He gave a voice to the voiceless, and he reminded each of us that the most powerful nonviolent tool is the vote. Our hearts feel empty without our friend, but we find comfort knowing that he is free at last. — Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) July 18, 2020 We learned from civil rights giant Congressman John Lewis that we have “a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate, to speak up, speak out and get in good trouble.” In honor of his legacy, we will continue on this path of good trouble. Rest in power, Congressman. — Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 18, 2020 From 2015: .@RepJohnLewis never stops. Arrested for a Freedom Ride in 1961. Arrested for immigration reform in 2013. #Selma50 pic.twitter.com/EKtztTzwsf — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) March 7, 2015 And from Rep. Lewis himself: Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. #goodtrouble — John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 27, 2018 Godspeed, sir. You have all the love in our hearts and your family and friends have our prayers and our well wishes.
Our beloved alma mater and mothership brings us the news that Congressman John Lewis of Georgia has been diagnosed with stage IV Pancreatic cancer. A devastating diagnosis, but not a death sentence. There are some treatments to try, but pancreatic cancer is perhaps in the top 3 of “the worst” to get, and his is advanced. Breaking: Congressman John Lewis says he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.More at 6. @wsbtv — Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) December 29, 2019 His statement: I have been in some kind of fight- for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now. “This month in a routine medical visit, and subsequent tests, doctors discovered Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis has been reconfirmed. “While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance. “So I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross. “To my constituents: being your representative in Congress is the honor of a lifetime. I will return to Washington in coming days to continue our work and begin my treatment plan, which will occur over the next several weeks. I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon. “Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this journey.” Pancreatic cancer at this stage has a staggeringly low survival rate, though it is not the untreatable brain cancer that brought down Ted Kennedy and John McCain. There have been people successfully treated for this type of cancer, including my wife’s aunt. They are rare exceptions. But if there was ever a person I would bet upon to fight it, it would be the man who practically had his head beat in protesting for civil rights, crossing a bridge. He could have died that day, but fought through it. If you pray, pray like hell. Not because we need Cong. Lewis in the fight for this nation, but simply because Congressman Lewis is just that good a person. He deserves more time to help more people on this earth and more time to be helped and thanked. If you don’t pray, do whatever you can do to assist him in his fight, donate to the American Cancer Society, call his office with warm wishes, donate $10 to the SPLC in his name, something, anything. He deserves no less. May God and the loving moral spirit of this universe be with you, Congressman. We support you with love and charity. We will do our best to follow your example, always. **** Peace, y’all Jason firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @MiciakZoom
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