Over the last few years, I've had the privilege of working with, and doing my best to assist, some of the world's leading changemakers, activists and social-entrepreneurs.
I met Desmond and Sheena Meade, a husband and wife team that worked tirelessly to bring voting rights back to 1.5 million formerly incarcerated Floridians, making us question how we define justice and redemption. I never knew how many we disenfranchised until they were brought back into the fold.
I watched as Robin Steinberg forced us to live our morals - "innocent until proven guilty" - and began bailing out those too poor to buy their freedom. I never understood how we coerced our poor into criminal records or properly understood the injustice of cash bail until it was spelled out to me.
My wife and I helped Nobel Peace Prize nominee Salam Aldeen support women and children refugees in Lesvos, Greece. I never could have imagined how cruel Europe's policy would become until I saw them first hand.
I was introduced to Aziz Alhamza, the leader of a Syrian citizen journalist group that ran an anti-propoganda campaign that crippled ISIS' ability to recruit. I had never fully grasped the heroism of journalism until we spoke.
And on and on and on. Each leader opening my eyes to a new problem. Each showing me a solution and a vision for tomorrow that I hadn't seen.
Building a community of directly impacted leaders and those fighting on the front lines of systemic change has been an enlightening, painful, wonderful experience. It has made me question and often change past stances, untethered me from my binary political views, and consistently made self-aware of the hypocrisy, ignorance, and privilege I swim in.
These folks are the heroes of our society, and the ones that best help us understand the problems we are facing. While we are great at holding up historical figures like MLK, Nelson Mandela, and Ghandi, their modern peers are often not afforded the reverence they deserve.
So I'm launching WWDK with a few goals in mind
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Wishing you and your loved ones peace, love, and health during these uncertain times.