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July 8, 2016 Press Release

Like so many Americans, I had a chance to view the murder of Alton Sterling on video.  I am not an expert, but to me, it looked like an execution. I cannot understand why any citizen who is complying with police commands should need to fear for his life and then be murdered.  The lives of his wife and children are shattered.  How can they ever be repaired?

July 2, 2016 Press Release

“The world community has lost a giant—one of the most dedicated, committed champions of human rights it has ever known.  He transmuted his survival of the worst horrors of the Holocaust in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald camps to become a gifted, poetic voice that called for the liberation of all human kind.

June 24, 2016 Press Release

Reps. John Lewis (GA-05) led members of Congress to register their complaints about recent mass raids and deportations by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted under the name Operation Border Guardian.  Reps. Lewis, G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Hank Johnson (GA-04), and Alma S. Adams (NC-12) shared their deep concerns in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today.  

June 22, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON Congressman John Lewis (GA) spoke on the House Floor this morning to condemn Congressional inaction to mass shootings and gun violence in the United States.  He made this statement and led a sit-in against the inaction of Congress on this crisis of violence:

“On occasion, Mr. Speaker, I have had what I call an executive session with myself.  

June 17, 2016 Press Release

            "It was one year ago today that Charleston, SC and this nation lost nine precious souls. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Daniel Simmons, Sr., Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, and Rev. Clementa Pinckney: they were mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. They stood for the power of love to overcome the chaos of hate.  Their singular faith in this principle, even in the face of death, should be a lesson to us all.  Now it is our duty to realize their vision of human unity in this nation and the world around us.

June 13, 2016 Press Release

“As the details of this tragic incident become more clear, I am deeply saddened and very disturbed by what has been visited on the Orlando community.  As I said earlier today, how many more must die?  How long must we wander through this dark killing field filled with the broken bodies of hundreds—even precious little children—before we finally take strong action against the accessibility of assault weapons in this country? 

February 24, 2016 Press Release

                WASHINGTON--Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has sponsored a bill (H.R. 2880) that will change the designation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site to a national historical park, the highest level of historic protection and preservation offered by the federal government.  The Prince Hall Mason Lodge, of which Martin Luther King Jr. was a member, will now be included under this protection as well as King's birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, one of the only two churches where King served as pastor, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Dr.

January 5, 2016 Press Release

Gun violence destroys the lives, the hopes, the dreams and aspirations of so many people.  In the last decade we have buried more than 20,000 children under the age of 18 killed in gun-related incidents.  I, and many other Americans, share the President’s pain that we could not find the courage to take action after the tragedy in Newtown and are still struggling to respond to the daily violence on city streets in America.  This morning President Obama took critical and important steps to try to stem the crisis of gun violence in America. 

August 19, 2015 Press Release

"I am very sorry to learn that the first African American member of Congress ever elected from Ohio, Rep. Louis Stokes, has died.  He was a gifted public servant who brought dignity to the office, not only on behalf of the people of Cleveland and Ohio, but he contributed to the public good of the entire nation.

May 23, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- This week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted the Cost of War amendment authored by Rep. John Lewis during consideration of H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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