(San Francisco, CA, July 18) –– Climate activist, NextGen America founder, and former Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer released the following statement on the passing of Civil Rights titan, Congressman John Lewis:
“Today, the entire nation mourns the loss of Rep. John Lewis, whose courage, moral clarity, and tireless commitment to justice taught generations how to fight. John Lewis’ fight began as a youth activist leader, demonstrating that the way we enact lasting change is by engaging and empowering our youth. He supported youth-led movements throughout his life, maintaining the belief that our nation’s young people will be the disruptors and shepherds towards progressive change.
John Lewis’ fearlessness prevailed throughout his career as an activist and Congressman. From his leadership on laws to defend every voter’s ballot, end discrimination, and protect vulnerable communities, Rep. Lewis forged and fortified pathways of equality for this nation. The right way to honor his legacy as a lifelong civil and voting rights champion, is to continue that fight; to pick up his mantle and march boldly towards the future he never stopped fighting for. As we ask ourselves the legacy we want to leave behind, we must ignite Rep. Lewis’ light and never stop making good trouble in the face of systemic injustice.”