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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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DAV/RecruitMilitary Veterans Job Fair on Thursday, October the 5th at The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.   What:    DAV/RecruitMilitary Veterans Job Fair Where:  Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 441 Martin Luther King Jr Drive NW, Atlanta, GA When:   Thursday, October 05, 2017, 11 AM - 3 PM Join us at 10:00 for the seminar “Ready, Aim, Hired: How to Make Sure Your Civilian Job Search Hits the Target -- Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster” presented by MyComputerCareer.  This seminar is intended to show job seekers how to work smarter to secure interviews. Learn how to prepare a job search system that will create a list of target employers and how to connect with these employers to secure interviews.  Register separately for the seminar at rmvets.com/ atlanta_mcc. Register to Attend: https://events.recruitmilitary.com/events/atlanta-veterans-job-fair-october-5-2017          100+ Job Opportunities (Managerial, Supervisory, Etc.          60+ C
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 $57,577,850 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 le
Rep. John Lewis Statement on National HBCU Week
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. John Lewis made the following statement celebrating National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week: “Throughout our nation’s history, HBCUs played an integral role in shaping generations of leaders and visionaries when segregation and discrimination prevented African-Americans from earning college degrees. “HBCUs have a strong standard of preparing students who are equipped for their futures and armed with a vast knowledge of the past.  Today, we come together to pay tribute to generations of HBCU alumni/ae who are agents of change and impact communities across our country and in every corner of the globe.  It is impossible to calculate their benefit to our society. “In particular, I am proud that Georgia’s 5th Congressional District is home to some of our nation’s finest Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse School of Medicine, the Interdenomina
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Like you, I am closely monitoring Hurricane Irma as it moves through the Caribbean and threatens Georgia and the Southeastern United States over the next few days.  As we all know, Irma is an extremely dangerous storm, and everyone should take its threat seriously.   You can find up-to-date information about preparations, traffic, and open shelters here in Georgia by visiting the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).  The State of Georgia has ordered a mandatory evacuation for areas along the coast. Please be patient and safe on the roads as we welcome thousands of people from coastal Georgia and Florida seeking refuge in Metro Atlanta. In Metro Atlanta, we are expected to feel its effects early next week.  The main threats to North Georgia, as with any major storm, are heavy rain, possible flooding, and power outages.  Some important tips: Charge your phone and other electronic devices in case you lose power.   Try to stay off the roads during the storm. If you

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