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Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. John Lewis, Hero of the Capitol Sit-In for Gun Control

The revered civil rights leader inspired an unprecedented protest with fellow Democrats against legislative indifference to America’s long and tragic epidemic of gun violence.

Posted on Jun 25, 2016 READ MORE


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A House Divided on Gun Control Cannot Vacation

“Give us a vote. Let us vote. We came here to do our jobs. We came here to work. The American people are demanding action.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE



C-SPAN Defies Paul Ryan’s Sit-In Blackout With Streaming App

The House speaker’s move to shut the public out of the Democratic gun control protest backfired when the public interest cable channel began broadcasting live footage from the House chamber. Meanwhile, social media are adding fuel to the fire.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Selma March Leaders Awarded Congressional Gold Medal Lament Voting Rights Losses

Civil rights leaders from the 1960s were awarded one of the highest civilian honors Wednesday by some of the same congressional leaders who failed to pass a renewed Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down crucial provisions in the 1965 legislation.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Interviews Civil Rights Leader John Lewis on Marching in Selma 50 Years Ago

As he introduced President Obama at the commemoration of Bloody Sunday, the longtime congressman recalled marching in Selma, Ala., at the age of 25.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Rep. John Lewis Remembers Police Attack on Selma Bridge 50 Years Ago

Lewis was one of hundreds of peaceful voting-rights activists who were beaten 50 years ago on Bloody Sunday as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led them on a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. He recalls the event on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Demonstrators Converge on D.C. to Commemorate Civil Rights Anniversary

On a march from the National Mall to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Saturday, tens of thousands of people honored the work of those who marched on Washington, D.C., 50 years ago in the struggle for civil rights and pledged that the goal “included equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled,” The Associated Press reports.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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The Dream Did Not Come Free

We forget that the majestically peaceful assemblage that moved a nation came in the wake of brutal resistance to civil rights and equality. And that there would be more to come.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE


Rep. John Lewis Schools Rush Limbaugh on Civil Rights Movement

Rush Limbaugh asked on his radio program Friday, “If a lot of African-Americans back in the ’60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma?”

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


The Struggle to Protect the Vote

Sixteen states have passed laws that could restrict the right of people of color to cast their ballot by requiring that voters at the polls show photo ID, which some may lack or find difficult to obtain. “Democracy Now!” spends an hour discussing the issue with 13-term Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a key figure of the civil rights movement.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Rangel Defends His Honor in House Hearing (Video)

By the time Rep. Jo Bonner, the top-ranking Republican on the House ethics committee, was halfway through his commentary about the alleged wrongdoings of veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel (above), it was clear that what was at stake was ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


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