R.I.P. Garry Davis (1921-2013)

27 July 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in activism, people | 1 Comment »

One of my inspirations and personal heroes, Garry Davis, died Wednesday, a few days shy of his 92nd birthday.

The world has lost a true visionary.


World Service Authority flag

Davis renounced his US citizenship in 1948, proclaiming himself a citizen of the world. He went on to advocate for global, rather than national, governance, and founded organizations to that end. Since 1954, the World Passport that Davis devised and issued has facilitated crossings of some 180 national borders, and has has saved tens of thousands of lives. as bearers and their families used it to flee conflict zones and genocides.

Garry’s legacy lives on, both in the ideals he articulated and in the lives and descendants of the people his “fake” passports saved.

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