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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 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.

July 16, 2018 Press Release

“I am deeply disturbed by the outcome of the Helsinki summit.  The leader of this nation takes an oath before God to defend this country from all enemies both foreign and domestic, but this president is not defending the American way of life.  He seems afraid to hold Russia accountable for its infringement on the election of 2016.

June 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Lewis will use these prepared remarks today at the SPEAKOUT rally on the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 10:30 AM.  He joins other members of the Democratic leadership, other colleagues, and activists in an effort to persuade this Congress to repair the Voting Rights Act.  Hailed as the most effective voting access tool this nation has ever employed, the heart of the act—the formula used to apply its power to state electoral systems—was gutted by an ill-conceived U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Congress has the ability to repair what was damaged.

May 12, 2017 Press Release

              “I am not certain what more the White House could do to signal its utter disregard for the democratic process in this country.  While we as a nation are trying to evaluate why the FBI director was fired shortly after he requested more funds to continue the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the president moves to establish a so-called “election integrity” commission.

August 26, 2015 Press Release

I was sad to learn that Mrs. Amelia Boynton succumbed to her illness early this morning in Montgomery, Alabama.  This nation has lost a crusader, a warrior, and a fighter for justice.  She was one of the most dependable, reliable leaders to stand up for the right to vote in Selma, Alabama and in the American South.   

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.

July 17, 2015 Press Release

Across the country, there is a deliberate, systematic attempt to make it harder and more difficult for the disabled, students, seniors, minorities, poor and rural voters to participate in the democratic process.  We must not let that happen. 

That is why we need to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act now more than ever before.  The burden should not be placed on citizens whose rights are violated to mount their own defense. 

June 24, 2015 Press Release

"I want to thank my friends and colleagues in the Senate:  Senators Durbin, Coons and especially Senator Leahy and his staff for coming forth with a piece of legislation to repair and correct the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Shelby County v. Holder case.   I want to thank the representatives of the Tri-Caucuses -- Reps. Sewell, Sanchez, and Chu--for spearheading this effort in the House. 

June 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, June 24, 2015) – Two years since the Supreme Court gutted core protections in the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, states and localities throughout the country have passed sweeping laws that disproportionately suppress the voting rights of minorities.  These laws have left voters without the protections they need to exercise their constitutional right to vote.  

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