Monday, January 21, 2013
U.S. Congressman responds to talk show host's claims that Lewis would not have been beaten up during the 1965 Alabama civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery had he had a gun.
On his national radio program this past Friday, Rush Limbaugh was making a point that in his opinion liberals had made the gun debate about race. Limbaugh, who can be heard locally weekdays from noon-3 p.m. on AM 750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB, asked his listeners, "Try this. If a lot of African-Americans back in the sixties had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, do you think they woulda needed Selma? I don't know. I'm just asking. If John Lewis, who says he was beat upside the head, if John Lewis had had a gun, would he have been beat upside the head on the bridge.” During the 1965 Alabama civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, state troopers beat the unarmed protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge and Lewis …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Lilian Lewis died on the morning of December 31, 2012.
The office of Congressman John Lewis has confirmed that his wife Lilian passed away Monday morning in Atlanta. Congressman John Lewis and his wife were married in 1968. They have a son together, by the name of John-Miles. Lilian is said to have played a major role in the civil rights movement at the side of the longtime GA congressman. According to the AJC, "Lilian attended Los Angeles High School with the late Johnny Cochran, received an undergraduate degree in English from California State College (now California State University) at Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in library science at the University of Southern California." John and Lilian met at a New Year's Eve party which was being held at Xernona Clayton's house. Now after 44 …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Virginia-Highland resident to face incumbent U.S. Rep. John Lewis for the District 5 Congressional seat in November.
Virginia-Highland retired lawyer Howard Stopeck, 73, is set to face incumbent U.S. Rep. John Lewis for the District 5 Congressional seat in November. A Republican, Stopeck made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1984. The 5th Congressional District represents a diverse swath of metro Atlanta that stretches from Buckhead to Forest Park and Decatur to Sandtown. On his website, Stopek writes: "Whereas John Lewis was effective in Civil Rights; he’s stuck there. Whereas Atlantans need jobs and we have the highest foreclosure rate in America in the last four years, John Lewis has no solutions to create jobs beyond Rumpelstiltskin spinning straw into gold, for those who believe in fairytales. Atlanta needs more than a hero ..." View here Stopeck…
Friday, September 7, 2012
Viginia-Highland resident Howard Stopek to face incumbent U.S. Rep. John Lewis for the District 5 congressional seat in November.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Editor’s note: Virginia-Highland retired lawyer Howard Stopeck, 73, is set to face incumbent U.S. Rep. John Lewis for the District 5 congressional seat in November. A Republican, Stopeck made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1984. The 5th Congressional District represents a diverse swath of metro Atlanta that stretches from Buckhead to Forest Park and Decatur to Sandtown. I am Howard Stopeck, Republican nominee, United States House of Representatives, Fifth District of Georgia. Click www.GoWithSto.com to see who and what I am. If we think alike, I ask for your support. With your support, here’s some of what I’ll get done in Congress: Click here to view a short video Economists: See how the Transparent Tax will save our economy with …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis calls the recently discovered audio of an interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.' "so relevant today." Tuesday marks the 49th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
A few months after the discovery of an audio tape featuring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. advocating the use of non-violent means to reach a peaceful end, a fellow civil rights icon reflected on that message. U.S. Representative John Lewis (GA-D), told Patch that when he listened to the tape, he “was moved to tears.” The 10-minute reel-to-reel interview with King was produced nearly three years before his “I Have a Dream" speech. Reuters reports that in a low-key discussion that comes through “clearly and powerfully,” King explains on the tape that the civil rights movement “represents struggle on the highest level of dignity and discipline." Tuesday is the 49th anniversary of King's riveting speech in Washington. On August 28, 1963, King …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The vigil, which is expected to include a wide array of community members with signs, banners and bullhorns in hand, will be opposing the United States’ war with Afghanistan and occupations abroad.
Midtown’s Colony Square will be the site of Friday’s 10th Anniversary 'Stand for Peace' vigil that is expected to feature appearances from U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, and Mrs. Evelyn Lowery. The vigil, which will include a wide array of community members with signs, banners and bullhorns in hand, is hosted by Georgia Women's Action for New Direction (WAND) and will be opposing the United States’ war with Afghanistan and occupations abroad. WAND's mission is to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs. The history of vigil dates to Aug. 27, 2003. Spurred by a change.org call for citizens across the …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Michael Johnson takes on Rep. John Lewis for the District 5 United States House of Representatives.
Michael Johnson says the time is now for a change in the United States Congress, and he is attempting to make that change by winning the District 5 seat from Rep. John Lewis. Michael was born here in the 5th district on June 21, 1968, to Miller Johnson, Jr. and Charlotte Mize Johnson. His father graduated from Turner High School and Morehouse College and his mother graduated from Howard High School and Spelman College. Mr. Johnson says that he looks forward to working with the President to lower unemployment and foreclosure rates, which are both high in District 5, as well as finding a solution to keep social security available and viable. For more on Michael Johnson's platform, see his website.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The 5th Congressional District pits incumbent Rep. John Lewis against Judge Michael Johnson for the Democratic nomination.
The 5th Congressional District represents a diverse swath of metro Atlanta that stretches from Buckhead to Forest Park and Decatur to Sandtown. U.S. Rep. John Lewis is the incumbent running against Michael Johnson, the former Fulton County Superior Court judge, in the Democratic primary July 31. The winner will go on to face Atlanta divorce attorney Howard Stopeck, the Republican candidate. On Sunday, July 29, the Atlanta Press Club is sponsoring a debate between the Lewis and Johnson, that is scheduled to air from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting's WGTV. The candidates will be asked a series of questions from metro Atlanta reporters, including Patch. To be as inclusive and representative as possible, we want to know what…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Reaction is coming in to today's historic Supreme Court ruling
Here is some local reaction to Thursday's historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare: ***** State Rep. Pat Gardner, D-57, whose state House district includes Midtown. She has been a vocal advocate for the Affordable Care Act since it was first signed in 2010. “No one could be more delighted by the Supreme Court’s ruling today than I am. As a mother whose baby daughter was denied coverage by insurers 35 years ago because of a pre-existing condition, I am so pleased that no family will have to face that kind of anxiety in the future. Today we have taken a momentous step forward towards creating a coordinated system of care. People will no longer be denied coverage or find that their coverage has been dropped because they are sick. I am …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A YouTube Video posted by Democrats from the House Ways and Means Committee captures part of the exchange.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A YouTube video shows part of an exchange between Georgia's 10th District U.S. Rep. Paul Broun and 5th District Rep. John Lewis. Lewis confronts Broun over an amendment Broun proposed that would would eliminate funding for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires federal oversight of voting laws in Georgia and several other states. Lewis represents the 5th Congressional District of Georgia that Midtown is a part of. Broun -- who under new District 10 boundaries will represent much of Northeast Georgia, including most of Athens-Clarke County; all of Oconee, Walton and Barrow; and part of Gwinnett -- is shown withdrawing the amendment after Lewis' remarks. Should the state of Georgia still be subject to the Voting Rights Act? Tell …