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 representa
I am deeply saddened to learn today that the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is stepping down. His resignation is a great loss for any American seeking justice in our society. He became the symbol of fairness, an embodiment of the best in the federal government.
Rep. John Lewis won kudos in two categories in the Best of Atlanta awards, an innovation of the local Atlanta newspaper Creative Loafing. The 2014 awards were released today. The paper said this about Lewis:
"It is unbelievable to me that the Governor Nathan Deal and a State Senator Fran Millar would advocate legislative action that would make it harder and
Today, Rep. Lewis attended a gathering at the White House in honor of the 20th anniversary of Americorps. Americorps is a volunteer service organization that engages more than 75,000 Americans to assist nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.
"Thirteen years have passed since the 9/11 disaster reshaped the course of American history. We can never forget the thousands of innocent lives that were lost on that day or the thousands of families whose future was forever changed.
"We have lost a very successful member of the Atlanta community. He was a winning businessman who took the tasty idea of putting seasoned chicken between two pieces of bread and created a billion-dollar restaurant chain. He first tried the sandwich on customers at the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville. When he realized it was a hit, he built the first Chick-Fil-A in an Atlanta mall in 1967. Since th
"The death of Michael Brown is a grave tragedy the community of Ferguson, Missouri should not have to bear. How many more young men of color will be killed before we realize that we have a problem in America? We are permitting the incarceration and shooting of thousands of black and brown boys in their formative years who might have become great artists, leaders, sci
Today Rep. John Lewis learned of the passing of John Siegenthaler--a pivotal civil rights reporter for The Tennessean in Nashville who would ultimately rise to become editor, publisher, and chairman emeritus of the journal. He was the founding editorial director of USA Today and a director on the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Rep.
"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.