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June 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations Representatives John Lewis (GA-05), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), and Will Hurd (TX-23) released the following statement condemning the murder of George Floyd and calling for an end to systematic racism in America.

"The Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations unequivocally condemns all forms of racism and violence towards the Black community.

May 30, 2020 Press Release

ATLANTA — "Sixty-five years have passed, and I still remember the face of young Emmett Till.  It was 1955.  I was 15 years old — just a year older than him.  What happened that summer in Money, Mississippi, and the months that followed — the recanted accusation, the sham trial, the dreaded verdict — shocked the country to its core.  And it helped spur a series of non-violent events by everyday people who demanded better from our country.  

May 27, 2020 Press Release

Representative John Lewis’ (GA)
Opening Comment for the
Ways and Means Full Committee Hearing on
The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
May 27, 2020

Good Afternoon.  Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this important and timely hearing.

May 20, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, every Member of the Georgia Congressional Delegation in the United States House of Representatives co-signed a letter to U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr and Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, who leads the Department’s Civil Rights Division.  The correspondence encourages the Department to use “all possible Federal resources to achieve full justice, transparency, and accountability in the case of Mr.
May 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule rolling back Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.  This section, also known as the Health Care Rights Law, protects women, LGBTQ+ people, those with limited English proficiency, and individuals with disabilities from discrimination in health care and insurance coverage.  Upon reviewing the rule, Congressman Lewis made the following statement:

April 28, 2020 Page

Updated: April 28, 2020

There are options available for those who may be in need of food assistance.  You may learn more about Georgia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) here.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

Today during a news conference calling attention to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision that “gutted” the Voting Rights Act, Rep. John Lewis made the following statement:

“I have said this before, and I will say it again.  The vote is precious.  It is almost sacred.  It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.

June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In the United States, there are more than 400,000 children in the child welfare system.  Of these foster youth, over 100,000 children eagerly await a permanent family.  Unfortunately, LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system.  An estimated 30 percent of foster youth identify as LGBTQ, and they are more likely to experience poor treatment, discrimination, or violence while in care. 

February 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Lead sponsors Rep. John Lewis (GA-5), House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (SC-6), and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) reintroduced the Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 1275) in the House of Representatives yesterday.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will introduce a companion version in the Senate.