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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 Statement on Shooting at Ball Park
Rep. John Lewis made this statement on the floor today in response to the tragic shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and four other people at a Virginia baseball park while they were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game: Mr. Speaker, I rise today with the heaviest of hearts.   Mr. Speaker, I want to be crystal clear -- there is not any room in our society for hate.  There is not room for violence.  Whatever we do and wherever we may stand, we must act in a peaceful, orderly, nonviolent fashion. We must understand that we are one people -- the American people.  We are one family -- the American family.  We live in the same house – the American house.  Mr. Speaker, we must teach all of our people to respect the dignity and the worth of every human being.   We must be headlights and not taillights in loving and cherishing our brothers and sisters.  We are brothers and sisters. We must understand that our foremothers and our forefathers came to t
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 Reacts to Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
“I was deeply concerned by this nation’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.  I do not agree with the dark vision of America’s future the president described that pits accepting responsibility for our environmental impact against the economic stability and vitality of our country.  “The president itemized damages to American industries and jobs, through our involvement with a non-binding agreement, but that same concern was critically absent from the budget he sent to Capitol Hill. In it he proposes to cut key supports for American workers, like the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  The MEP helps create or retain more than 80,000 American manufacturing jobs every year.  “This decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement lessens American strength, puts us at odds with our major allies, and leaves room for other nations, like China and the European Union, to fill the void our departure has created.  If we pull back and pull out of negotiations, we canno
Rep. John Lewis Speaking Out at Voting Rights Rally
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Lewis will use these prepared remarks today at the SPEAKOUT rally on the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 10:30 AM.  He joins other members of the Democratic leadership, other colleagues, and activists in an effort to persuade this Congress to repair the Voting Rights Act.  Hailed as the most effective voting access tool this nation has ever employed, the heart of the act—the formula used to apply its power to state electoral systems—was gutted by an ill-conceived U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Congress has the ability to repair what was damaged.  Several legislative proposals have been introduced which could do so, including the Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Democracy Restoration Act.   This rally is meant to spur Congress to take action on these issues before the next national election. These are the prepared remarks Rep. Lewis will use today. I want to thank the Democratic Leadership and Rep. Terri Sewell for bringing us together today to de



 
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