Good Trouble is the helpful antidote to all the pessimism and name-calling that is permeating today’s political and social dialogues. Revisiting episodes from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, it highlights the essential lessons that modern-day activists and the civically minded can extract and embrace in order to move forward and create change. In words and vivid pen-and-watercolor illustrations, journalist Christopher Noxon dives into the real stories behind the front lines of the Montgomery bus boycott and the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins and notable figures such as Rosa Parks and Bayard Rustin, all while exploring the parallels between the civil rights movement era and the present moment. This thoughtful, fresh approach is sure to inspire conversation, action, and, most importantly, hope.




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“Christopher Noxon’s elegant sketches and visceral use of words brilliantly capture the urgent courage and integrity required of the men and women who stepped up for the civil rights movement. Noxon’s personal and emotional storytelling walks us right into the story so that, as each page goes by, we begin to see not a history lesson but instead feel a riveting call to action for our own present day. At this moment in time, when leadership feels like it’s on life support and we are all aching for something to believe in, Good Trouble is not just good medicine—it’s the best medicine.”
—Shonda Rhimes


Why Good Trouble?

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How to Cause Good Trouble:

Democracy is a government that is of, by, and for the people. That means us! There are so many ways for people to have our say over the policies that impact our lives and the people that represent us. Especially now, it is more important than ever that we say loud and clear that all people in America deserve a chance to thrive so that our candidates and elected officials know the type of governing we need.


Lucky for us, there are numerous ways to get involved and stir up some good trouble.


  • Fight for Democracy: The League of Heroes is a community of citizen activists like you who are fighting to save our democracy. Will join us to help fightback, defend our democracy and be a hero?


  • Volunteer with a grassroots organization: Across the country, there are local organizations that bring people together to organize their communities. Together, we have more power to make a difference. Check out if there’s a Center for Popular Democracy affiliate in your community.

  • Invest in the movement: Support our work as continue to work towards creating a world where communities have the freedom to thrive with the dignity and respect they deserve-


All author proceeds from this book are being donated to the Center for Popular Democracy, a nonprofit advocacy group that is devoted to racial justice, health care, and poverty issues.

The Center for Popular Democracy is a national network of more than 50 community organizations dedicated to achieving racial and economic justice through local grassroots organizing. CPD trains and supports leadership, staff, and members to grow base-building organizations to scale and leverage that strength to win cutting-edge policy victories at the federal, state and local level.







About The Author

Christopher Noxon is a journalist who has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Los Angeles Magazine, and Salon. He splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.