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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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Rep. John Lewis Commemorates the Passing of Two Great Journalists
“Journalism is such a powerful force in American society.  Freedom of speech and of the press is the cornerstone of our democracy.  Walter Cronkite once said that, 'A free press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.' “Bill Minor, a Mississippi journalist who wrote for the New Orleans Times-Picayune was a brave and courageous journalist.  He was a crusader on the frontlines of reporting at the height of the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century.  It was very, very dangerous for him to use his pad and pen to report objectively on the events he witnessed in Mississippi.  He was threatened, but he did not stop speaking truth to power.  We are forever in the debt of journalists like Bill Minor, who placed their lives in their hands to tell the stories now so familiar but then unheard of.  It was journalists who got the word out.  They helped to demonstrate the injustices people of color were facing, and their news helped create a crisis of conscience that ch
Rep. John Lewis Against Trumpcare Health Bill
WASHINGTON--Rep. John Lewis made this statement today during the debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with H.R. 1628, the Health Care Repeal Act, also known as Trumpcare.  The Congressional Budget Office has projected that the bill will reduce the federal budget by taking health benefits from those who need it most and by drastically altering Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid provisions that support seniors, orphaned children and some of the most vulnerable Americans.  CBO estimates that, if this bill were signed into law, 24 million people would lose health benefits in the next 10 years, and 14 million will lose coverage in 2018.  Hospital associations, medical associations, senior citizen associations and many others have all come out against this repeal.  Citizens have flooded congressional offices with phones calls against this legislation. The current struggle within the Republican Conference revolves around how much insurance to take away from vuln
Rep. John Lewis on Expansion of MLK Historic Site to National Park
Rep. John Lewis made this statement today on his bill H.R. 267, The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Park Act of 2017.  The bill expands the physical area of the park to include the Prince Hall Mason Lodge, and upgrades the King historic district to a national park, the highest designation within the National Park Service, offering it the maximum support and sustenance the NPS can offer any site.  Rep. Lewis made this statement in support of the act (video link): Mr. Speaker, I rise as the proud sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Park Act.  First, let me thank the Gentleman from Utah (Mr. Bishop), the Gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Grijalva), and all the Natural Resources Committee staff for their hard work and support of this Act. Mr. Speaker, this non-partisan bill will simply change these historic, Atlanta places from being a “Site” to a “Park”.  At no additional cost to taxpayers, this bill will create the first national, historic park in the state of Georg
Rep. John Lewis Applauds the Appointment Of Raphael Bostic to Atlanta Federal Reserve
WASHINGTON - Representative John Lewis applauds the appointment today of Raphael Bostic to become the 15th president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  Bostic is both the first African-American and the first openly-gay president of a regional Federal Reserve Bank.  Bostic, currently a professor at the University of Southern California, served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama Administration.  His term will begin in June. “I congratulate Mr. Bostic on his historic appointment,” Rep. Lewis said.  “Atlanta is the cradle of the Civil Rights movement, so it is only fitting that our city be home to the first African-American head of a Federal Reserve Bank.  While such an appointment is long overdue, I am proud that Atlanta is leading the way.  Atlanta has shown that our nation succeeds when all voices and perspectives are heard and can come together to chart a way forward



 
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