Peace and Nonviolence
Peace: The Path to Prosperity
As a student of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, I have long believed that peace is the true way for change. In recent years, this belief has been further validated through studies which examine the economics of peace. Countries which are more peaceful internally and with their neighbors are often wealthier nations.
I believe that generations have forgotten how effective peace and nonviolence can be as an ideology and as a tool. If we prevent acts of violence on our streets, in our schools, there is no need to incarcerate. If we prevent war, there is no need to cut education and social insurance programs to cover the costs.
Over the years, I have sponsored briefings examining the economic benefit of peace and looking at movements of nonviolent protests around the world. I also am a proud supporter of protecting the U.S. Institute of Peace which teaches conflict resolution around the world and is a key partner to the Departments of State and Defense.
In tribute to the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and Gandhi’s birthday, I reintroduced –
- The Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act; and
- The Securing American Families by Educating and Training our Youth (SAFETY) through Nonviolence Act
This year, I also introduced the Cost of War Act, a bill that requires the Department of Defense and the Internal Revenue Service to calculate the cost of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya to each American taxpayer.
As the debt and deficit debate continues, many are considering cutting Medicare, Social Security, and programs serving the elderly, the unemployed, women, families and children. I believe that before any drastic decisions are made, everyone must have an honest accounting for a budget.
More on Peace and Nonviolence
WASHINGTON--Long-time peace advocate, Rep. John Lewis scored a victory today by gaining the inclusion of his Cost of War Act H.R. 3088 as an amendment passed en bloc as part of the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. The Congressman made this statement on the House floor in support of his amendment today:
WASHINGTON--Today Rep. John Lewis encouraged members of the House to vote against H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA). He joined many other civil liberties, entertainment, and cyber privacy organizations in opposing the bill. The bill would allow organizations like the National Security Agency (NSA) or the Department of Defense Cyber Command to share data it collects on American citizens with private industry or other government agencies without restriction.
Rep. John Lewis made this statement about the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida:
“This shooting is a tragedy. It reminds me too much of what happened in the 1930s, 40s and 50s in this country when thousands of people of color were murdered without impunity simply because their lives were thought to be cheap. The death of Trayvon Martin has a chilling effect on black parents and their children, especially their sons.
WASHINGTON—Today Rep. John Lewis participated in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol where a marker was unveiled to honor the contributions of slave laborers to the U.S. Capitol. The following is his statement:
Yesterday Rep. John Lewis attended a ceremony at the White House where President Barack Obama introduced his new initiative, My Brother's Keeper, a White House program serving young African American men and boys. Rep. Lewis made these comments: