Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Over the last several decades, Congress has addressed some of our most pressing civil rights concerns by passing bipartisan legislation that protects American workers from discrimination on the basis of color, race, religion, age, disability and sex. Our civil rights laws have strengthened our country, and brought us closer to the Beloved Community where all people are able to succeed based on their abilities, not on the labels used to limit them.
We have taken some stumbles backward in recent years. The Supreme Court has weakened some of these basic protections in ways that Congress never intended. They have undermined the protections for workers, for older Americans, for the disabled, for racial and ethnic minorities, for women and for those in the military. We must work together to restore those rights.
But we have also taken some wonderful steps forward recently with the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, repealing the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy, all of which I was happy to vote for.
The struggle for civil rights and human rights is bigger than one law, one vote, or one judicial decision. It’s beyond one presidential term or act of Congress. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, and each generation, each citizen, each president and each member of Congress must do his or her part. It has always required ordinary men and women with extraordinary vision, who have helped build this democracy. Together all of our efforts comprise the struggle of a nation to build the Beloved Community, a nation at peace with itself, that respects the worth and dignity of each and every human being.
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Julian Bond was one of a kind. We worked together in the Civil Rights Movement and he became one of my closest and dearest friends. He was so smart, so gifted, and so talented. He was deeply committed to making our country a better country. He never, ever became bitter or hostile. We were friends, but we were more like brothers in the struggle.
We went through a difficult period during our campaign for Congress in 1986, but many years ago we emerged even closer. His leadership and his spirit will be deeply missed.
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 $85,384,729.55 in federal grants coming to the 5th Congressional District.
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Washington --Today the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), a coalition of 200 civil rights organizations and one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the country, issued its vote ratings for every member of the 113th Congress. The LCCR has issued the Voting Record for every Congress since 1969. The scores reflect positions taken by every senator and representative on matters related to legislative priorities deemed important to the advance of civil and human rights.
"Today this nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson. Over the years it, along with the Voting Rights Act, has been hailed by many legal historians as one of the most transformative pieces of legislation ever passed by the U.S. Congress.
WASHINGTON—In 2004, a bill sponsored by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in the House and by Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) in the Senate was passed by the U.S. Congress, granting a Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posthumously and to Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The minting of the medals takes about a year’s time. Unfortunately, Mrs. King fell ill and subsequently died in 2006. Today the U.S. Congress gathered to complete the effort by giving its highest honor to Dr. and Mrs. King. Rep.
Rep. John Lewis made this statement about the murders of three people yesterday, on the eve of Passover, by 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo.
"It is deeply tragic that such senseless brutality should occur on the eve of Passover, the time when Jews all over the world remember their liberation from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago. Hate itself is a kind of bondage that poisons the well of the soul. Somehow we must finally learn that it can never be a meaningful answer to human problems.
"When Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed 46 years ago today, I was in Indianapolis, Indiana working on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. That was a sad and dark hour for this nation and the world community. We lost a warrior for peace and human dignity who gave all he had so we could live in a better America today.
WASHINGTON--Today the U.S. Supreme Court made a critical decision that will dramatically affect the quality of the electoral process in the United States. The decision extends the damage the Citizens United v. FEC decision made to the integrity of U.S. elections by removing the cap placed on the number of campaigns to which one individual can contribute.
Tomorrow, on the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Rep. John Lewis will lead a congressional delegation to civil rights sites in Mississippi and Selma, Alabama. The tour through Mississippi commemorates the Mississippi Freedom Summer project developed by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) 50 years ago. Then Chairman of SNCC, Rep.
WASHINGTON—Rep. John Lewis celebrated with opponents of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) legislation after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. The decision is a vindication of a position Rep. Lewis has long held and adamantly express about the unfairness of the act.