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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 Trolled by Conservative Media
Freedom of speech and the right to openly disagree were enshrined in our Constitution by the founders of this nation because criticism and debate play a powerful and important role in a democratic society.  During the colonial period, English law specifically prohibited something called “seditious libel,” defined as speaking critically of the government or its officials.  Before 1700 in this country, there were 1244 prosecutions for seditious speech.  People could be humiliated by public confinement to stocks, subjected to public whippings and more, simply for criticizing the government and its officials. Early Americans rankled against tax structures and had a variety of criticisms against British rule, which ultimately gave rise to the American Revolution.  The founders ensured their very First Amendment to our Constitution protected the right to free speech for all Americans.  It is unfortunate that we are not all aware of this history and that substantive disagreement in
Rep. John Lewis Opening Statement In Oversight Hearing on Social Security
Rep. John Lewis made this statement today in the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on the Social Security Representative Payee Program:   Good Morning.  Mr. Chairmen, thank you for holding today’s hearing.  I would also like to thank all the witnesses for being here today. This morning, we are studying the Representative Payee Program.  Together, we will learn more about how the Social Security Administration provides a person or organization to handle the benefits of another.  This program is a saving grace for seniors struggling with dementia, for the mentally and physically disabled, for children who lost a parent, and for those who lose a spouse.  This hearing is an important first step in understanding how we can help the agency better serve the most vulnerable among us.  Over the years, many of you have heard me say that Social Security is a sacred trust.  It is a trust between the American government and the American people.   It is the greatest exa
Rep. John Lewis Senate Testimony in Sen. Sessions Confirmation Hearing
Full Written Testimony submitted for the RecordVideo of Congressman Lewis' Testimony Remarks as delivered: Chairman Grassley, Senator Leahy, and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today.  Millions of Americans are encouraged by our country's efforts to create a more inclusive democracy during the last 50 years, or what some of us call the Beloved Community, a community at peace with itself.  They are not a minority.  A clear majority of Americans say they want this to be a fair, just, and open nation.  They are afraid this country is headed in the wrong direction.  They are concerned that some leaders reject decades of progress and want to return to the dark past, when the power of law was used to deny the freedoms protected by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and its Amendments.  These are the voices I represent today. We can pretend that the law is blind. We can pretend that it is even-handed.   But if we are honest with ourselves, we know
Rep. John Lewis Opening Statement On Repeal of Obamacare Individual Mandate
(Remarks as delivered) Good afternoon.  Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  Again, I congratulate you on your new role as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee.  I look forward to working with you in this new Congress.   I hope we can continue our tradition of strong oversight of the Administration as we have in past Congresses.  I would also like to thank each witness for being here this afternoon. Let me begin by saying what I have said at countless other hearings -- the Affordable Care Act works.  It works.  Now, I want to be crystal clear for the record.  The topic of today’s hearing is a Republican idea.  In fact, Governor Romney called it the “ultimate conservative idea” because it was based in personal responsibility.  The individual mandate became a core part of the health care law.  There is not a family in this country that has not been touched by sickness or injury.  I have said it before, and I will say it again.  I believe in my heart of hearts that health ca

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