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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 and Sen. Sherrod Brown Urge DOT To Act on Bus Safety
WASHINGTON – Following a series of recent high-profile bus crashes, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) urging completion of several overdue rules to improve motorcoach safety.  According to the most recent statistics available, nearly 300 people are killed and 22,000 people are injured in bus crashes every year.  In October of this year alone, 13 people died and 31 were injured in Riverside County, California, when a bus hit a truck.  A charter bus driver was killed and 43 senior citizens were injured when a motorcoach collided with a tractor trailer in Georgia.  In Maryland, six people were killed and ten people were injured when a school bus and a Baltimore transit bus crashed.  Common-sense, proven safety measures could help prevent deaths and severe injuries in crashes across the country. "Too many people die unnecessarily, when simple safety measures could make the difference between life a
Federal Grants Announcement - $115 Million in Grants
Periodically, Rep. John Lewis is notified that organizations within the 5th Congressional District have been selected to receive a variety of federal grants.  This federal grants announcement will advise press and constituents of these notifications.  This announcement details about $115,083,444 in federal grants coming to the 5th Congressional District. What is the funding process for federal grants? There are two basic ways the federal government awards funds, through mandatory funding or discretionary funding.  Members of Congress vote on “authorizing” legislation that funds the mandatory commitments of the federal government for programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and SNAP.  Also every year, levels of discretionary funding are determined during the Congressional appropriations process.  Rep. Lewis and all other members of Congress work to ensure that federal programs which provide key services within their districts are funded at l
Lewis, Scott, Conyers, and Waters Urge Inclusive Search for New Atlanta Fed President
Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee; David Scott (D-GA), a senior member of the Financial Services Committee; John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee; and Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member on the Financial Services Committee, urged the Federal Reserve to conduct an inclusive, transparent search for the next President of the Reserve Bank of Atlanta, one that engages candidates from many diverse backgrounds. In a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Thomas Fanning, Chairman of the Atlanta Fed, the Members emphasized the need for Federal Reserve policymakers to account for our nation’s grave racial disparities in terms of unemployment, wages, and income in the development of monetary policy, especially since the economic downturn severely damaged the already tenuous financial security of traditionally underserved communities.  In the sixth Federal Reserve district, where the new president will serv
Rep. John Lewis Mourns the Passing of Journalist Gwen Ifill
This nation has lost one of its premier journalists.   Gwen Ifill exemplified the highest standards of professional reporting .  As the seasoned host of the PBS Newshour and Washington Week, she understood the complexities of politics and built a national reputation for leading a substantive, balanced and fair newscast.  She believed in the necessity and power of news to educate voters about issues they needed to evaluate and comprehend. She began her career when few people of color were represented in national television news and when reporters were mainly men.   As a pioneer, the challenges she experienced could never  subdue her love of politics or silence her desire to blaze a trail for those who might see her very presence as confirmation that they too could succeed. Beyond her outstanding competence, Gwen Ifill was admired  by her colleagues as a gracious, humble, magnanimous human being--rare qualities in a profession that requires ambition and persistence.  She was a



 
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