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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.  

November 28, 2018 Press Release

I join my colleagues in adamantly opposing the nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court.  The right to vote is precious, almost sacred.  It is the most powerful tool of non-violent reform available to every citizen in our democracy.

August 6, 2018 Press Release

“Today, on the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) by President Lyndon Johnson, we celebrate a milestone in American history.  With the stroke of a pen, millions of Americans were ushered into the democratic process.  In 1964 in Holmes County, Mississippi, there were only twelve black registered voters.  By 1965, there were 28,500, and by 1984 there were 406,000.

July 26, 2018 Press Release

          The results of the ACLU’s test of Amazon’s “Rekognition” software are deeply troubling.  As a society, we need technology to help resolve human problems, not to add to the mountain of injustices presently facing of people of color in this country. 

          Black and brown people are already unjustly targeted through a discriminatory sentencing system that has led to mass incarceration and devastated millions of families.  The poor are already ensnared by the complications of a judiciary that leads the innocent to plead guilty because they can find no other way out.

July 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made the following statement today upon introduction of the Higher Education Dream Act (H.R.6525), his bill to prohibit discrimination against Dreamer students in higher education. 

“Young people are our nation’s future, and we must allow them every chance to succeed.  The Higher Education Dream Act will ensure our colleges and universities reflect the United States’ commitment to justice and equality.

July 18, 2018 Press Release

I want to thank my friend, the Gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr. McGovern) for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to oppose this rule and to support the previous question.

In a democracy, the right to vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.  Many people marched and protested for the right to vote.  Some gave a little blood, and others lost their lives.

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