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April 14, 2014 Press Release

            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.

April 4, 2014 Press Release

                "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.

April 3, 2014 Press Release

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.

March 6, 2014 Press Release

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.

June 27, 2013 Press Release

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.

May 15, 2013 Press Release


                “I am deeply disturbed by what I have heard surrounding the broad capture of Associated Press journalist phone records by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  I realize that we are entering into a very difficult era of cybercrime and terrorism and that we must use new methods to protect the national security of this nation that could require more intrusion than citizens have been accustomed to in the past.

April 4, 2013 Press Release

                ATLANTA-Tomorrow at the culmination of a series of programs hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology, Rep. John Lewis will receive the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage.  The ceremonies will take place on the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.—April 4, 1968.  Lewis will speak about the legacy of Dr. King in his speech at Georgia Tech tomorrow and discuss one of the last sermons Dr. King delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

April 2, 2013 Press Release

Upon learning about the death of Elwin Wilson, the former Ku Klux Klan member who beat him when the Freedom Rides stopped at a bus station in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961 and apologized for his actions decades later, Rep. John Lewis made this statement:

“I am very sorry to learn of Elwin Wilson’s passing.  It is my prayer that he will rest in peace since he made amends to many of those he had injured.  He told me he wanted to be right when he met his Maker, and I believe Elwin Wilson accomplished what he set out to do.

February 27, 2013 Press Release

                WASHINGTON--Today at an official ceremony in the U.S.

February 25, 2013 Editorial
This week the Supreme Court will hear one of the most important cases in our generation, Shelby County v. Holder. At issue is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires all or parts of 16 “covered” states with long histories and contemporary records of voting discrimination to seek approval from the federal government for voting changes. The court is questioning whether Section 5 remains a necessary remedy for ongoing discrimination.