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The U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987.
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ENG: John Robert Lewis (born February 21, 1940) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987. He was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), playing a key role in the struggle to end segregation. He is a member of the Democratic Party and is one of the most liberal legislators. Early life and activism Born in Troy, Alabama, the third son of Eddie and Willie Mae Lewis. His parents were sharecroppers. Lewis was educated at the Pike County Training High School, Brundidge, Alabama and also American Baptist Theological Seminary and at Fisk University, both in Nashville, Tennessee, where he became active in the local sit-in movement. As a student he made a systematic ...
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Rep. John Lewis Introduces SAFETY Through Non-Violence Act

Rep. John Lewis re-introduced a bill establishing a national initiative to make federal grants to community advocates, local, state, and tribal governments to teach the principles and discipline of non-violence to American youth. Lewis first heard about non-violent activism as a teenager when he was only 15 years old. He heard Martin Luther King Jr. talking about the non-violent struggle in the city of Montgomery, and that radio broadcast changed his life. He knew then that he wanted to participate in the work of non-violent change ensuing in America. To this day, he himself is still an ...

Congressman John Lewis speaks at Legal Aid event

He was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative ofGeorgia’s Fifth Congressional District since then. That district includes the entire city ofAtlanta,Georgia and parts of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties. Often called“one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him ...

Congressman John Lewis at Occupy Atlanta

Congressman John Lewis visited the Occupy Atlanta rally at Woodruff Park last night approximately 45 minutes after its planning session, or General Assembly, started. Despite saying he did not want to speak, the civil rights icon was invited to address to the crowd. When the topic of allowing Lewis to speak was presented to the group, "Joe" (pictured in red) held up his arms to "block" Lewis from speaking. "Joe" said he was against Lewis speaking because the movement is "not about one individual" and that it has been built on the idea of "no hierarchy." The crowd decided the congressman could ...

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Reps. John Lewis and Bennie G. Thompson Joint Statement on Not Attending Opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
WASHINGTON — “After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil rights activists, and many citizens of our congressional districts, we have decided not to attend or participate in the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. “President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi. President Trump’s disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and countless others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place. “After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum.”
Rep. John Lewis Honors 2017 Congressional App Challenge Winner
WASHINGTON— Representative John Lewis is excited to announce Mr. Maanit Madan as the winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge in Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. The Congressional App Challenge is designed to spark an interest in students’ participation in STEM and coding technologies. Participants are responsible for designing their own apps, with the goal of showcasing their creative and technical abilities. The judging committee included Ms. Natasha B. Rachell, Atlanta Public Schools; Mr. Asante Bradford, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Dr. Kamau Bobb, Georgia Institute of Technology; and by members of Rep. Lewis' District Office staff. Mr. Madan created the app Chef Cal, which he says is aimed at “receiving tasks from a user and automatically organizing a calendar for them.  This calendar makes sure that the user can comfortably complete the task without missing the due date. The goal of this app is to create a solution for students to get work d
Follow Republican Tax Cut Legislation
On Thursday, November 2, House Republicans introduced H.R. 1, their bill to cut taxes for the richest Americans on the backs of working and middle-class families, students, and seniors.  This plan affects every American, every taxpayer in current and future generations.  In response to constituent concerns about this bill's impact, the below pages track every aspect of the bill's movement in the House and Senate.   This tax plan has roots in H. Con. Res. 71, the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed by the Congress on October 26.  This budget resolution directs Congress’ two tax committees – the House Ways and Means Committee, on which I serve as a senior Member, and the Senate Finance Committee – to develop tax legislation.  Unfortunately, it also directs other committees to develop deep, harmful cuts for key domestic and safety net programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. On Thursday, November 16, two weeks after introduction, the U.S. Hou
Rep. John Lewis Remarks on World AIDS Day
WASHINGTON — In recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day, Representative John Lewis made the following statement:  “We have made tremendous progress in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, and we have come too far to turn back now. “The medicine we have today is stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS and saving lives.  Each and every person must get tested.  This year’s World AIDS Day is as about increasing impact through transparency, accountability, and partnerships.  The United Nations says we can reach an AIDS-free generation by 2030.  I believe we can do it, and I am committed to saving lives and protecting critical public health programs.” “Most importantly, I would like all of my brothers and sisters in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District who are living with HIV/AIDS to know that you are loved, respected, and cherished.  I understand that traveling to see doctors and to get medicine is difficult.  It can be overwhelming.   Your life is valuable.  You

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