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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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Lewis, Hoyer, Clyburn, Conyers, and Brady Reintroduce Voter Empowerment Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, lead sponsors Rep. John Lewis (GA-5), House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (SC-6), Rep. John Conyers (MI-13), Rep. Robert Brady (PA-1), and more than 178 Democrats reintroduced the Voter Empowerment Act in the House of Representatives.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will introduce a companion version in the Senate.  The Voter Empowerment Act will help ensure equal access to the ballot for every eligible voter, will modernize our voter registration system to help more Americans participate, and takes steps to eliminate deceptive practices that deter voters from casting their ballots.  The struggle for voting access in America has been long and storied.  It is not a right assured to every citizen.  Most Americans had to struggle and some died to win voting access in this country.  When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, only white Protestant men with property over the age of 21 co
Rep. John Lewis on the Arrest Video of Ms. Katie McCrary
WASHINGTON – After viewing the video of a DeKalb County police officer striking a homeless woman with his baton several times during an arrest, Rep. John Lewis made the following statement: “This week, I watched the alarming video of Ms. Katie McCrary’s arrest in Decatur, Georgia.  I was shocked and appalled to see such violence towards any person -- especially a woman known to have clear mental health issues. “Considering the gravity of this situation, I appreciate DeKalb County’s prompt response and action.  I requested an update from the DeKalb County leadership on this serious matter, and I look forward their response. “In the shared commitment to strive towards achieving what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the Beloved Community, we all must do our part in standing for justice.  Inaction is not an option.  We must be proactive and engaged in encouraging all of our sisters and brothers to respect the dignity and worth of every human being.  We can, and we
The Atlanta Passport Agency is hosting a special Passport Day on Saturday, September 23, 2017 as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Awareness Month.  The hours of the event are from 8:00a.m. until 12:00p.m. at the Atlanta Passport Agency.  No appointments are needed to apply for a passport, and customers can request routine or expedited service (expedited service incurs an additional $60 fee).  This year, the State Department’s public awareness campaign focuses on the benefits of getting a U.S. passport card and how both products (the passport book and card) are great forms of photo identification.  The event on Saturday is a convenient way to apply for the first time or renew your passport.  Please contact us at (404)704-3470 or AtlantaCongressional@state.gov, if you are interested in participating, or if the Passport Day Flyer is posted on your website. Day:  Saturday, September 23, 2017 Time:  8:00am – 12:00pm Location:  Atlanta Passport Agency   
Rep. John Lewis Responds to Proposed Ban on Transgender Military Service People
“I have fought too long and hard to end discrimination based on race and color to allow discrimination based on gender identity to be considered acceptable. “This mean, misguided policy takes us back to another place, a darker time.  How is it acceptable to target those who love our country so much that they put their bodies and livelihood on the lines for its defense?  This is a sad and dark day. “As a nation and as a people, all Americans should expect and deserve better.  There is no place in our society for hate or bigotry.  To punish any person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is a shame and a disgrace, but to penalize those who pledge to serve and protect our country is unconscionable. “I stand with our transgender service members, and I pray that they will not lose heart.  They must know that we love them.  We respect them.  We are grateful for their service and sacrifice, and most importantly, we will stand for their rights, just as they h

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