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  • John Lewis to anti-Trump protesters: 'Never become bitter'

    11/18/2016 5:45:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2016 7:57 PM EST | Jonathan Mattise
    Congressman John Lewis, returning to the city where he launched a life of protest, said demonstrators objecting to the election of Donald Trump are justified in raising their voices. But those protesters should be peaceful and remain optimistic, the iconic civil rights leader said on a visit to Nashville, where as a college student in the 1960s he helped desegregate lunch counters and movie theaters. “I would say to the young people, the young protesters, and those not so young: Accept a way of peace, believe in the way of love, believe in the philosophy and the discipline of nonviolence,”...
  • Conservatives Will Get a Kick Out of Which Fast Food Joint Dems Called During Their Sit-In

    06/28/2016 9:15:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | 6/23/2016 | Conor Swanberg
    Democrats have been making a dramatic scene in the House this week by staging a “sit-in” with hopes to force a vote on further gun control laws, spurred by Omar Mateen’s attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando. But even politicians get a little hungry when they are busy sitting on the floor, so they decided to call for some delivery—and conservatives will probably get a kick out of what they ordered. TMZ caught interns bringing in a big cart of Chick-fil-A for the famished protesters.
  • Democrats go too far on guns

    06/28/2016 4:16:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 june 2016 | Ben Boychuk
    Once upon a time, Democrats would sit-in to press for civil rights. Today, they sit-in to take civil rights away. How else to describe the goal of last week's 24-hour sit-in by House Democrats? They took to the floor Wednesday demanding a vote on gun control legislation in the wake of last week's terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Gun ownership is a right. Due process of law is a right. The government needs to meet a very high threshold before denying citizens either one. Rep. John Lewis led the protest, which devolved into screaming matches early Thursday....
  • Democrats End Sit-In After 25 Hours, Drawing Attention to Gun Control

    06/23/2016 11:27:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2016 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
    House Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in over gun control legislation on Thursday, a protest Speaker Paul D. Ryan labeled a high-profile stunt that undermined the basic institutions of government. Mr. Ryan said he was “not going to allow stunts like this to stop us from carrying out the people’s business.” He added, “This is about a publicity stunt and now a fund-raising scheme.” But on legislative business, it was Mr. Ryan who prevailed. He personally reclaimed control of the House, pounding his gavel and muscling through a major appropriations bill that included funding for combating the Zika virus, without debate.
  • Rebellious Democrats disrupt House, stage protest over guns

    06/22/2016 2:56:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2016 5:08 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    Rebellious Democrats shut down the House’s legislative work on Wednesday, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun control measures before lawmakers’ weeklong break. Exasperated Republicans were forced to recess while cutting off cameras that showed the protest. But in an unprecedented step, C-SPAN used live video feeds from one lawmaker’s Periscope account and another’s Facebook page to transmit words and images from the House. Nearly 100 Democrats led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis demanded a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases by some suspected...
  • Democrats stage sit-in on House floor to force gun vote

    06/22/2016 9:36:58 AM PDT · by PROCON · 169 replies ^ | June 22, 2016 | RACHAEL BADE, HEATHER CAYGLE and BEN WEYL
    More than two dozen House Democrats staged a "sit-in" on the House floor Wednesday in protest of GOP leadership's refusal to allow a vote on a gun control measure following the Orlando massacre. Led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, and more than 40 Democrats walked into the chamber just before noon and pledged to “occupy” the House floor until GOP leadership allowed a vote. Democrats have tried numerous times over the past week to force a vote on a so-called "no fly, no buy" bill, which would bar terror suspects on the “no-fly" list from purchasing...
  • Navy secretary fires back at conservatives: Will name warships as I please; no politics involved

    05/18/2016 12:09:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 100 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 18, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says in a letter that he has the power to name warships as he chooses, in response to a former Marine and congressman who charges he has politicized the process.</p> <p>Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican and House Armed Services Committee member, wrote Mr. Mabus to question the naming of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer after former Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.</p>
  • Rep. John Lewis Says He Never Saw Bernie Sanders During Civil Rights Movement

    02/13/2016 10:39:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 12, 2016 | Nick Kangadis
    On Thursday, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) told the media that he questions whether Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (DS-Vt.) was as involved in the civil rights movement as he has said he was. As noted by CNN, Sanders on multiple occasions has talked about his past as an activist during the civil rights movement in the 1960s at the University of Chicago. Sanders repeatedly mentions his work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. ...
  • Report: Israel treating al-Qaeda fighters wounded in Syria civil war

    03/14/2015 6:48:31 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/13/2015 |
    Nusra Front is the Sunni Muslim al-Qaida offshoot which is currently fighting the Iranian-backed axis of Bashar Assad and Hezbollah in Syria. Israel has opened its borders with Syria in order to provide medical treatment to Nusra Front and al-Qaida fighters wounded in the ongoing civil war, according to The Wall Street Journal. The prominent American newspaper reported that Nusra Front, the Sunni Muslim al-Qaida offshoot which is currently fighting the Iranian-backed axis of Bashar Assad and Hezbollah, "hasn't bothered Israel since seizing the border area last summer" along the Golan Heights.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 8 March 2015

    03/08/2015 5:20:29 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 90 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 8 March 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 8th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. ; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Lewis.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Benjamin Crump, lawyer for the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson.THIS WEEK (ABC): Mayor James Knowles of Ferguson, Missouri;...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • When is a Boycott of Israel not a Boycott?

    02/08/2015 6:01:39 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 10 replies ^ | 2/7/2015 | Michael Curtis
    There are understandable differences of opinion between the American and Israel leaders on the issue of Islamist terrorism. It is wholly appropriate and desirable that they should be heard in the U.S. Congress. It is therefore painful that some honorable Democratic members of Congress should be so misguided as to declare that they will not attend the Israeli leader’s address. John Lewis (Georgia), a hero of the civil rights movement, G.K. Butterfield (North Carolina), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Eric Blumenauer (Oregon) are among those who are engaging in what is tantamount to a boycott of Israel. According...
  • Insider says Obama administration 'sent a message' to black Democratic lawmakers that they should...

    02/07/2015 3:01:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/06/15 | David Martosko
    Insider says Obama administration 'sent a message' to black Democratic lawmakers that they should skip Netanyahu speech to Congress, as Biden says he'll be a no-show **SNIP** That disapproval apparently was orchestrated, or at least strongly encouraged, by the White House through comamunications with lawmakers connected to the Congressional Black Caucus. 'I'm not saying the president called anyone personally,' a current White House staffer told Daily Mail Online. 'But yeah, the White House sent a message to some at the CBC that they should suddenly be very upset about the speech.' The source said it was a 'back-channel' arrangement that...
  • Top Black Dems to skip Netanyahu speech

    02/06/2015 12:57:03 PM PST · by yoe · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    Leading members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are lining up to skip a coming speech by the prime minister of Israel. Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), the chairman of the CBC, said they won't attend Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3 speech before Congress to protest Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) decision to invite the prime minister without first consulting President Obama and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill. Butterfield said that move marked an "unprecedented overreach of the Speaker’s authority" that "goes beyond the traditions of his office." "It is baffling that Speaker Boehner, who...
  • Rep. Lewis to Obama: Declare martial law

    08/14/2014 3:28:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | August 14, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Thursday called on President Obama to use executive authority and declare martial law in Ferguson, Mo., where protesters have clashed with police after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. “My own feeling is right now is President Obama should use the authority of his office to declare martial law,” Lewis said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” “Federalize that Missouri National Guard to protect people as they protest,” Lewis, an icon of the 1960s civil rights movement, said it is “unreal” to see what the police are doing in Ferguson. “People have a right to...
  • Rep. John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon, Calls for ‘Martial Law’ in Ferguson, Mo.

    08/14/2014 1:27:00 PM PDT · by don-o · 55 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 14, 2014 | Pema Levy
    John Lewis, the Democratic congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon, called on President Barack Obama to declare martial law in Ferguson, Missouri, on Thursday as a necessary response to the blunders of local police. Lewis says the police have responded to largely peaceful protests over the slaying of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, with excessive force reminiscent of the 1960s. “My own feeling is right now is that President Obama should use the authority of his office to declare martial law, federalize the Missouri National Guard to protect people as they protest," Lewis said during an interview on...
  • John Lewis Calls On Obama To Declare Martial Law In Ferguson, Mo.

    08/14/2014 11:42:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:43 PM 08/14/2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Georgia Rep. John Lewis has called on President Obama to declare martial law in Ferguson, Mo. The congressman made the public call Thursday afternoon as protesters continue to clash with police in Ferguson after a cop shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown Saturday night. …
  • Number calling illegal immigration 'most important problem' grows SIX-FOLD, tops all other issues

    07/16/2014 2:41:25 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 16 July 2014 | David Martosko
    The number of Americans who see illegal immigration as the nation's most pressing problem has spiked from 3 per cent to 17 per cent since May, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. That percentage now tops government corruption, the U.S. economy, jobs, health care and every other hot-button issue, driven by a flood of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children pouring across the U.S.-Mexico border. 'We are all connected. We can't just build a wall or a fence and say no more,' Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis tweeted on Tuesday. 'This is America. Our doors are open.' The...
  • Civil rights leaders slam Obama on judicial picks

    12/23/2013 1:12:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Obama administration is under fire from powerful House Democrats and some in the civil rights community for its recent picks to fill four judicial vacancies on Georgia’s Northern District federal bench. The rift came into the spotlight during a Monday morning press conference, where civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, and others urged the White House to withdraw its four Dec. 19 nominations. “The group cites serious concerns that the proposed candidates do not adequately reflect the diversity of the northern district and that the selection process lacked meaningful community input,” the coalition of critics said in...
  • Pelosi: Redskins should change name

    10/28/2013 3:20:43 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Pelosi: Redskins should change name By Bob Cusack - 10/28/13 06:00 AM ET Rep. Nancy Pelosi believes the Washington Redskins should find a new name. In an interview with The Hill, the California Democrat said it “probably would be a good idea if they change the name.” The House minority leader is the latest politician who has embraced a name change. President Obama earlier this month said he would “think about changing” the team name if he owned the football team. Pelosi noted that when she was growing up in Baltimore, the city didn’t have a football team. “So one...
  • Rep. John Lewis compares opposition to Obamacare to racism

    10/29/2013 10:20:12 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-29-2013 | Alex Pappas
    October 29, 2013Rep. John Lewis compares opposition to Obamacare to racismAlex Pappas Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Tuesday compared Republican opposition to President Obama’s health-care law to racism. The Democratic lawmaker made the comments comparing the Republican resistance to Obamacare to the opposition to civil rights in the the 1950s during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Referencing the numerous Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare over the last several years, Lewis said: “Just reminds me of another period in our history. Not so long ago during...
  • Rangel says police tightened his handcuffs at immigration arrest

    10/12/2013 9:48:19 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies ^ | 10/11/13 | Rebecca Shabad
    Rtightened his handcuffs. “I thought I’d be treated better ep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said police who arrested him Tuesday by the Capitol Police than I was,” Rangel said on FOX Business Network Friday. Rangel was one of several Democratic lawmakers arrested by U.S. Capitol Police at an immigration reform rally on the National Mall. “I think they were trying to help me, but the cuffs were so tight that when I said loosen up the cuffs — and I wasn’t cursing then — in an attempt to loosen it up, one of the rookie cops actually tightened it,” he said....
  • NAACP CEO Hopes Boehner Will 'Look Into the Eyes of John Lewis'

    08/30/2013 8:39:50 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    KMBZ ^ | Aug 29, 2013 | Alex Wong
    “I’m heartened by the signals that Majority Leader Cantor has sent that he might be willing to support [altering the Voting Rights Act], and I’m hopeful that Mr. Boehner will look into his heart, and more importantly, look into the eyes of John Lewis, and recognize that on this one, any sort of recent tradition of we don’t put anything forward unless the majority of the party is in alignment, that in this case it might be worth to let that be the exception,” Jealous said, responding to an audience question about the Republican Party’s political future. . . ....
  • Rep. John Lewis Heralds Changing Electorate: ‘Minority Will Become Majority

    08/25/2013 2:51:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 74 replies ^ | August 25, 2013 | Evan McMurry
    Upon the anniversary of the March on Washington, John Lewis spoke to Meet the Press’ David Gregory about the legacy of the civil rights movement Sunday morning, encouraging America to embrace, not fear, the shifting demographics of the electorate that would put minorities in a place of political power. “I think some forces want to create this sense of fear,” Lewis said. “They think that the country is moving too fast, or maybe becoming too progressive. The country’s not the same country. People are coming together. And in a short time, the minority will be the majority.” Lewis is the...
  • Rep. John Lewis: Look to MLK as American Founding Father

    08/25/2013 2:32:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies ^ | August 25, 2013 | Amy Woods
    Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis -- who as a 23-year old civil rights activist helped organize the 1963 "March on Washington" -- said on Sunday that Martin Luther King, Jr. should be looked upon as one of America's founding fathers. Lewis said that he "saw hundreds and hundreds of young people" at the 50th anniversary events in Washington on Saturday, and "I said to myself, 'This is it', Dr. King must be looked upon as one of the founding fathers of a new America," said Lewis on ABC's "This Week." "He helped hold us together."
  • Voting rights a rallying cry at MLK march 50th anniversary event

    08/24/2013 1:12:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies ^ | August 24, 2013 | Russell Berman
    Senior Democrats and leaders of the civil rights and labor movements marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington by summoning a younger generation of activists to fight for a restoration of the Voting Rights Act to ensure universal access to the ballot box. As thousands ringed the Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial, speakers mixed themes of the past and present in paying tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the iconic “I Have A Dream” speech he delivered to combat racial discrimination. “Those days, for the most part, are gone, but we have...
  • Rep. John Lewis’ New Civil Rights Comic Book-Novel At Comic-Con

    07/29/2013 10:50:22 AM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    Electronic Urban Report ^ | July 28, 2013 | PJ
    *Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis was a main attraction at the 2013 Comic-Con International comic book convention in San Diego; where he went to promote his new graphic novel “March.”*Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis was a main attraction at the 2013 Comic-Con International comic book convention in San Diego; where he went to promote his new graphic novel “March.” “March” tells the story of Lewis’ role in the civil rights march and the demonstrations he helped lead as a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee activist in the 1960s. As expected, Lewis received a “hero’s welcome” at the convention...
  • House to Assess State of the Black Union

    07/23/2013 7:17:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies ^ | July 23, 2013 | Warren Rojas
    Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, the African-American teen slain in Sanford, Fla., by acquitted gunman George Zimmerman, will address members of Congress on Wednesday, sharing his thoughts on the black experience in the United States at the inaugural meeting of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys. The group discussion on “The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature Into Strong Men” is scheduled to take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 2737 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Ex-Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Obama administration...
  • Rep. John Lewis: Zimmerman Verdict 'Seems to Justify the Stalking & Killing of Innocent Black Boys'

    07/15/2013 9:11:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 15, 2013 | Matt Berman
    Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is no stranger to racial violence. On March 7, 1965, Lewis—then the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee—helped lead a 600-person march for voting rights from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery. As the march moved out of Selma, roughly 150 state troopers, sheriff's deputies, and "possemen" stopped the demonstrators on a bridge. One minute and five seconds after being ordered to disperse, clubs, tear gas, and bullwhips came down on the demonstrators. John Lewis was knocked down, called a "black bitch" and other racial epithets, hit on the ground with a billy club, and then hit...
  • New Congressional Quest: End Prison Phone Call Price Gouging

    04/23/2013 6:30:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-23-2013 | Bridget Johnson
    April 23, 2013 New Congressional Quest: End Prison Phone Call Price Gouging Bridget Johnson The Congressional Black Caucus Working Group on Prison Telecomm Reform is protesting high call costs for phone-homers behind bars. The CBC group will hold a press conference with former inmates and family members “to expose the often exorbitant rates that prisoners and their families are being charged for telephone calls and to announce the CBC response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to resolve the issue after more than a decade of delay,” according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D)...

    10/24/2012 5:12:27 PM PDT · by Syncro · 10 replies
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | October 24, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Ann Coulter October 24, 2012 OBAMA: HALF-BLACK BUT ALL DEMOCRAT New York can be a lonely and desolate city. My only date on this rainy Tuesday night is Chris Matthews -- the last liberal left who will still talk to me about race. The rest of the Non-Fox Media are lying in wait, hoping I'll disappear so they can revive the old chestnuts about racist Republicans again. Among many such myths, there's Reagan's Philadelphia speech, George W. Bush's speech at Bob Jones University, someone yelling "Kill him" at the mention of Barack Obama's name at a Sarah Palin rally,...
  • Georgia Democrat John Lewis says segregation will return if Romney wins

    09/07/2012 9:46:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 7, 2012 | Christopher Collins
    Yesterday, Georgia Democrat Congressman John Lewis of Georgia’s 5th District used the race card tactic with his speech at the Democratic National Convention in pressing points that if Romney wins in November, surely the GOP and Romney will send African-Americans back to the days of segregation. After three minutes of telling the story of the days of segregation when he and other Africans-Americans were forcibly denied access to restaurants, public transportation and the ballot box, Lewis asked, “Brothers and sisters, do you want to go back? The democratic audience shouted no. After continuing using race as a reference in relation...
  • Rep. John Lewis predicts the return of segregation if Romney wins

    09/06/2012 8:30:20 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Sept. 6, 2012 | Neil Munro
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rep. John Lewis used his Thursday convention speech to argue that a GOP victory in November will send African-Americans back to the early 1960s, when he and other Africans-Americans were forcibly denied access to restaurants, public transportation and the ballot box. “I’ve seen this before, I lived this before,” he claimed, after extensively describing his activism in Southern states in the 1950 and 1960s. “We were met by an angry mob that beat us and left us lying in a pool of blood,” he said to raucous applause from roughly 20,000 delegates and activists. “Brothers and sisters,...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • Rep. John Lewis Says Death Of Trayvon Martin Is A Tragedy

    03/22/2012 2:15:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 62 replies · 2+ views ^ | March 21, 2012
    Rep. John Lewis made this statement about the shooting of the unarmed teen 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. “They realize that in the 21st century they may still live in a circumstance where the law is no protection, government authorities permit the worst...
  • Video: 'Occupy Atlanta' Silences Rep. John Lewis Via Jazz Hands (TOTALLY HILARIOUS!)

    10/10/2011 6:48:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 75 replies
    Town ^ | Oct 09, 2011 4:18 PM | Guy Benson Political Editor,
    Having watched this clip all the way through several times, I still can't stop chuckling. Here's a quick primer to prepare you for what you're about to see: The video begins as civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis rrives at #OccupyAtlanta, hoping to express solidarity and articulate support with some brief remarks. Unfortunately for him, the Congressman is totally unacquainted with the gathering's "rules," which make the US Senate look like a model of efficiency. The group's "leader" (the hippie with the bullhorn) speaks in three-second intervals so the rest of the assembled group can chant his partial sentences back...
  • Is Congressman John Lewis A Witch?

    10/10/2011 4:07:56 PM PDT · by Billlknowles · 9 replies ^ | 10/9/2011 | Robert Adkerson
    As I watched this video of the Atlanta version of Occupy Wall Street there are a few key points that jump out at me. The first is that I would like to personally thank this group of Leftist misfits for proving beyond the shadow of a doubt why our Founders did not establish a true democracy. Despite the fact that all on the Left and sadly even some on the right continue to refer to us as such, we are a Constitutional Republic. Thank God that is the case, because as these fine citizens demonstrate here, minorities have zero rights...
  • Occupy Atlanta Protesters Use "Assembly" Rules to Prevent Rep. Lewis From Speaking

    10/10/2011 9:08:00 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 33 replies | October 10, 2011 |
    Rep. John Lewis is prevented from speaking to "Occupy Atlanta Protesters"
  • VIDEO: 'Occupy Atlanta' in strange group chant, silences Civil Rights Hero John Lewis

    10/08/2011 4:06:40 PM PDT · by garjog · 156 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct 8, 2011 | conservARTive
    Watch this video of strange group behavior. Effects of drug use? Mob rule psychology? Really strange people in control.
  • A Poll Tax by Another Name [Rep. John Lewis Says Voter ID Is Racist?]

    08/28/2011 6:57:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    NYTimes ^ | August 28, 2011
    A Poll Tax by Another Name By JOHN LEWIS August 26, 2011 AS we celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, we reflect on the life and legacy of this great man. But recent legislation on voting reminds us that there is still work to do. Since January, a majority of state legislatures have passed or considered election-law changes that, taken together, constitute the most concerted effort to restrict the right to vote since before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Growing up as the son of an Alabama sharecropper, I experienced Jim Crow firsthand. It was enforced by the...
  • Rep. Lewis: African-Americans frustrated with unemployment rate, not Obama (playing golf)

    08/18/2011 10:03:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/18/11 | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Lewis: African-Americans frustrated with unemployment rate, not ObamaBy Daniel Strauss - 08/18/11 01:37 PM ET Lewis's comments come after Rep. Maxine Waters said the black community is supportive of Obama but also "getting tired." African-Americans aren't frustrated with President Obama, they are frustrated with the high unemployment rate, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said. "I don't think the people that I've been talking to today, and there's several thousand individuals here," Lewis said from a job fair in Atlanta. "They're not frustrated with President Obama, they're frustrated with unemployment. They want all of us to work together, to create jobs...
  • Georgia lawmaker speaks out against Libya war funding

    07/13/2011 3:43:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies ^ | July 12, 2011
    “There is nothing more powerful than protest, there is nothing more powerful than getting out there, making noise and making protest heard,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in response to the expressed appreciation of protestors who gathered recently in front of the his 5th congressional headquarters. The news conference turned demonstration was organized by the World African Diaspora Union and included former congresswoman and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney. Rep. Lewis acknowledged the demonstrators and insisted that protestors come inside his office for a frank discussion of the issues and their demands. “I appreciate your coming by. People must speak up....
  • Rep. John Lewis: Immigration Is the New Civil Rights Battle (interview)

    05/20/2011 7:04:13 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 29 replies
    Fifty years after taking part in the Freedom Rides, Lewis issues a challenge for today's generation. ... JL: I would love to see more people, especially young people, get involved in this whole issue of trying to demonize the Latino population. Too many of our brothers and sisters are being racially profiled because of their background, last name or the language they may speak. The state of Georgia is copying the state of Arizona, and I think there will be other states to follow the same path. When you take on the immigrant population, you're taking on all of us....
  • Thousands protest Georgia anti-immigration bills

    03/25/2011 5:31:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 47 replies ^ | 24 Mar 2011 | KATE BRUMBACK
    ATLANTA — Thousands of people gathered at the Georgia Capitol Thursday, waving signs and chanting to protest legislation that targets illegal immigrants. Javier Mendez, his wife and their 18-month-old son were among the crowd that police estimated at roughly 5,000 people. The 35-year-old waiter, who lives in Roswell, said he came here from Mexico about five years ago to seek a better life. "We are fighting for something we believe is fair," said Mendez, who works as a waiter. "We're not the criminals they say we are. We're just looking for a better opportunity." The crowd, dressed mostly in white...
  • Ann Coulter: WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS KEITH OLBERMANN? (Racists Under Every Tea Bag!)

    07/28/2010 3:43:15 PM PDT · by Syncro · 34 replies · 3+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | July 28, 2010 | Ann Couter
    WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS KEITH OLBERMANN?July 28, 2010 While engaging in astonishing viciousness, vulgarity and violence toward Republicans, liberals accuse cheerful, law-abiding Tea Party activists of being violent racists. Responding to these vile charges, conservative television pundits think it's a great comeback to say: "There is the fringe on both sides." Both sides? Really? How about: "That's a complete lie"? Did that occur to you simpering morons as a possible reply to the slanderous claim that conservatives are fiery racists? The most notorious accusations of "racism" at anti-Obama rallies so far has consisted of the allegation that...
  • Ann Coulter: OBAMA'S POLL NUMBERS DOWN, IMAGINARY RACISM UP (Libs Stumble/Mumble Over Race!)

    07/21/2010 2:54:25 PM PDT · by Syncro · 29 replies
    Ann Coulter.Com ^ | July 21, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    OBAMA'S POLL NUMBERS DOWN, IMAGINARY RACISM UPJuly 21, 2010 The Democrats are depressed about their collapsing poll numbers, so it's time to start calling conservatives "racist." As we now know from the Journolist list-serv, where hundreds of liberal journalists chat with one another, and which was leaked to Daily Caller this week, journalists cry "racism" whenever they need to distract from bad news for Obama. (Ironically, this story did not make headlines.) When the Rev. Jeremiah Wright scandal broke during the 2008 campaign, the first response of Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent was to demand that they start randomly...
  • No More Beer Summits: Tea Party ‘N-Word’ Incident Didn’t Happen, Congr. Black Caucus Owes Apology

    04/27/2010 12:55:40 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies · 1,000+ views
    Big Government ^ | 4/26/2010 | Andrew Breitbart
    Rep. Andre Carson wants to change the subject. I don’t blame him. On April 13, 2010 he told AP reporter Jesse Washington, “I think we need to move toward a dialogue that explores why this kind of divisive and reprehensible language is still making it into our political debate.” The “divisive and reprehensible language” that Rep. Carson is referring to is his claim that while he left the Cannon office building on March 20 with Rep. John Lewis, they were verbally assaulted by health care protesters hurling the “N-word” at them. He said the scene was so hostile he “expected...
  • VIDEO: CNN Anchor Claims "N-Word" Tape Exists

    04/20/2010 6:00:31 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 109 replies · 4,564+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 20, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    CNN anchor Don Lemon claims there is a tape that shows Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) being called the "n-word." However, he is unable to produce it on-air.
  • AUDIO: Origin of Rep. Carson's racism accusation toward health care protesters

    04/06/2010 6:45:13 PM PDT · by paltz · 22 replies · 1,345+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 4/6/10 | Kerry Picket
    On March 20, Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, first told reporters that health care protesters outside the Capitol hurled racial slurs at fellow Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia. Mr. Carson came off the House floor and told reporters his story about health care protesters hurling racial slurs during their walk from the Cannon Building to the chambers. While we were interviewing Mr. Carson, Lauren Victoria, a freelance journalist and "unofficial" CBC blogger saw us talking to the Indiana Democrat: "I don't know if I was the first to report, but I did...