October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and an important time to recognize the continuing employment difficulties that face Americans with disabilities. Despite the ability and desire to work, people with disabilities face a 50-percent unemployment rate or higher.
Recently, the American Association of University Women rated the voting records of members of the 109th Congress. Congressman John Lewis is the only member of the Georgia delegation to have received a perfect voting record from the AAUW on issues it deems important to women.
"President Gerald Ford was more than a politician; he was a statesman and a gentleman. Gerald Ford will always be remembered as the leader who found the courage and the capacity to heal an injured nation.
On September 11, 1906, Mahatma Gandhi began an 8-year non-violent struggle to end unjust treatment of Indians in South Africa. Exactly 100 years later Rep. John Lewis will join with members of the Indian community and other proponents of peace nationwide to commemorate the modern legacy of non-violent struggle initiated by Gandhi's first public act of satyagraha.
America remembered two pivotal moments in its history this week, the 43rd anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice (August 28, 1963) and the first year since the Gulf Coast's devastation by Hurricane Katrina (August 29, 2005), with particular concern for the continued debilitation of one of the world's great cities-New Orleans.
"The radio ads issued by the National Black Republican Association," said Rep. Lewis, "claiming that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican are deceptive and misleading.
Mrs. Ora Crawley, the oldest sibling of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), died on Thursday July 27, 2006, in Detroit, Michigan. She was 70 years old. Mrs. Crawley was a native of Alabama but lived in Detroit for many years. She is survived by five brothers other than Rep. Lewis and two sisters. She had two children-one son, Donzell Crawley, and one daughter, Dorothy Crawley Powell.
Rep. John Lewis, a long-time proponent of non-violence, called for peace in all Middle East conflicts. Rep.
Although Rep. John Lewis has attended every presidential signing ceremony of the Voting Rights Act since it was first signed by Pres. Lyndon Johnson in 1965, he will not be able to be present at this one for personal reasons. He will be attending a funeral in Massachusetts.
July 13, 2006 -The following is a transcript of the comments Congressman Lewis made today during the debate in support of H.R. 9, the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006, which reauthorizes the expiring sections of the Voting Rights Act.