John Lewis

COMMENTARY

The time for change is now

BY: - September 22, 2020

As a young man, John Robert Lewis heard the words of a nearby Baptist preacher talking about the Beloved Community. For Mr. Lewis, Dr. King’s message was the clarion call he was searching for. Dr. King’s words inspired a 17-year-old Lewis to act. He acted by taking to the streets, much in the same way […]

Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’ words ring out in Capitol one more time

BY: - July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life. “You must find a way to get in the way,” he said in a recording of a 2014 commencement speech he gave at Emory University. “You must […]

House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk

BY: and - July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]

Civil Rights hero John Lewis changed America making ‘good trouble’

BY: - July 20, 2020

Civil Rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who advocated for change through nonviolence, died late Friday night at the age of 80. The Atlanta Democrat was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in late December. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed his death, saying the country had lost “one of the greatest heroes of […]

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warns of fascism at forum

BY: - February 21, 2020

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warned of fascism in the United States during an East Lansing appearance Wednesday. She was speaking at the former Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum at Michigan State University. Albright served under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001 and was the first woman to hold that role. She […]

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U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

BY: - December 7, 2019

The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the […]